The Lion ESB – Silver Valley Brewing


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From Silver Valley Brewing out of Maple Ridge comes their “The Lion ESB”.  The beer pours a fairly deep copper colour with a light tan head.  The aroma consists of fruity notes, caramel malt and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, grain, fruity notes, some citrus rind and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.25% with an IBU of 40.  I could definitely consume quite a few of these in the future.

Commercial Description:  This traditional British ale balances its smooth caramel backbone with an earthy hoppy bite and fruity aromatics. Pairs well with roasted meats, english cheeses, and fish and chips.

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Dizzy Dogs DBL IPA – Bad Dog Brewing


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From Bad Dog Brewing in Sooke near Victoria on Vancouver Island comes their “Dizzy Dogs DBL IPA”.  The beer poured a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of fruity citrusy, melon with floral hops.   The flavour is of Citrus, melon, tropical fruit, toffee, herbal hops and a medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 84.5.  While not a perfect beer it was an enjoyable sip and I see promise with Bad Dog Brewing.

Commercial Description:  We’ve doggone done some crazy work in the Bad Dog brewery.  We dry hopped three times during active fermentation and mashed it up to an insane 84.5 IBU.  List of hops in this batch include: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Fuggles, Hallertua, Hersbrucker, Magnum, Millenium, Mosaic and probably some stuff lying around… Hang on tight you take Dizzy Dogs for a spin.

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Anniversary Beer Raspberry Gose – The Parkside Brewery


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From the Parkside Brewery in Port Moody comes their Second Anniversary beer the “Anniversary Beer Raspberry Gose”.  The beer pours a deep murky red colour with a red head.  The aroma consist of huge raspberry notes, juicy berries with a good sweetness on the nose.  The flavour is of big tartness, raspberries, jammy berry, mild sweetness, hint of malts and a salinity in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 8.  This is one of the nicer fruited Gose that I have had locally now.  I would pick up some of this as fast as you can.

Commercial Description:  This brilliant raspberrry-red beauty was made on a base of superior Pilsner, wheat and acid malts and has a salty, tart sourness from the addition of raspberry juice, coriander and grains of paradise. It’s light and easy-drinking with a nice crisp finish.

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Neon Moon Black Lager – Dead Frog Brewery


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From Dead Frog Brewery recently moved to Langley BC comes their new “Neon Moon Black Lager”.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malt, nutty and dark fruit.  The flavour is of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, nutty, ash, earth and some mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18.  I enjoy a well made black lager and this one was an enjoyable sipper.

Commercial Description:  A smooth black lager that combines the rich, roasted flavours of a dark ale with the crisp finish of a lager.

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Barracuda IPA – Superflux Beer Company


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From Superflux Beer Company brewing out of Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Barracuda IPA”.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, tropical fruit, juicy hops and sweetness.  The flavour is of mango, tropical fruit, citrus, citrus rind, dankness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2%.  I had this a little while ago and it was really enjoyable!

Commercial Description:  Same same, but different. Barracuda, 6.2% IPA, features our absolute favourite hop blend and will join the regular rotation alongside Easy Tiger/Colour & Shape/Happyness.

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