From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Belgian Golden Strong”. The beer pours a orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, banana, fruity notes and a sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of bubblegum, banana, caramel, candi sugar, mild bitterness, spices and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 28. This is a tasty Belgian style beer and a worthy addition to the Moody Ales small batch series.
Commercial Description: The light body and soft, sweet malt character blend with the fruity aromas for a delicious and dangerous easy drinking beer. Highly attenuated Belgian ale with fruity esters and low spicy alcohol and hop notes.
From Pueblo Vida Brewing out of Tucson Arizona comes their “Circuitous Double IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of very juicy notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and lots of overall fruit notes. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, citrus, honey, mild resin, some bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. This is an extremely good cloudy Double IPA and if you end up in Tucson make sure to grab some soon.
Commercial Description: DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH MALTED OATS…HOPPED WITH MOSAIC 3-WAYS (CO2 HOP EXTRACT, HOP PELLETS & LUPULIN POWDER). TASTING NOTES: MANGO, PEACH, HONEY
From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “120 Min IPA”. The beer pours a very deep cloudy orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and sweetness. The flavour is of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at around 18% with an IBU of 120. I am a big fan of Barley Wine and this beer is way more of one than it is an IPA.
Commercial Description: Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads! We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age. Every Beer Has A Story…
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat. The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine. Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.
Commercial Description: Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers. The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature. All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish. The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts. The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%. This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.