Back on October 26th, 2013 Hops Connect and Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers held a home brew competition. Click here to check out the competition. The contest put the Simon Fraser Brewing Club (S.F. Brew) against University Of BC brewing Club (brUBC). There were a bunch of great beers in the competition but the winner of Best Of Show was Hop-A-Rella IPA. Hop-A-Rella IPA was brewed by Natasha Peiskar and Jill Plotnikoff. The prize for the winning beer was to have a 15HL commercial batch brewed at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. Recently Jill and Natasha were able to brew this beer with the help of Brew Master Kevin Emms. The beer was renamed the “University Brew Off IPA”.
This is not the original Hop-A-Rella IPA but a re-imagining tweaked for the larger brew size. The beer pours a amber orange colour with a white head and some lasting lacing. The aroma is malty with fruity esters and floral hops. The flavour is of big hops bitterness up front with sweet malts, tropical and citrus fruits, resin and pine. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 78. The Ladies really hit it out of the park with this beer but then tasting the Hop-A-Rella back at the competition I knew that they would.
I was not able to make it to the brew day due to work but Natasha Peiskar sent me these photos.
I was also unable to go to the launch party as I was out of town but again Natasha Peiskar sent me photos.