From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in the Ironworkers Series (No 04) “Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a tan head. The aroma consists of port, oak, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some hops bitterness. The flavour is of port, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, dark fruits, earth, oaky and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 59. I would not usually think to barrel age an IPA but this one seems to have worked out pretty well. Keep up the good work Bridge Brewing.
Commercial Description: This Belgian red is loaded with intense flavour. Pouring a deep ruby, the munich, crystal and special W malts provide a strong malt background for tropical, citrus and berry notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops used. It has been additionally barrel aged in port barrels, enhancing the aromatics and adding smooth oaky tannins. This is an intense and complex Belgian IPA.
From Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey comes their “Wrath of Brooks-Kahn Belgian IPA” a collaboration between the brewmaster at Big Ridge Ashley Brooks and the former brewmaster Tariq Kahn who is now the head distiller at The Distillery. When this beer was originally made it was called the Wrath of Kahn as a play on Tariq’s name. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, citrus fruits and floral hops. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, spices, huge citrus rind, lemon, resin, caramel, good levels of bitterness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4% with an IBU of 76. I really enjoyed the glass of this that I had and I would go for me if I found it on tap.
Luppolo Brewing is still waiting for their building permit but they have been doing test batches to shore up what their lineup will be when they open. Recently Luppolo Brewing was able to do a collaboration brew at Callister Brewing in Vancouver. The Collabrewation was called “Belgian Rye IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy copper orange colour with and off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, melon, rye, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus rind, tropical fruit, citrus, melon, rye, bitterness and some resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4%. Having the chance to try out this beer as one of their test batches I would say it is not quite as good as the test batch but if you gauge you excitement level on this beer you are still going to be stoked for this brewery trying this beer!
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their” Dead Ringer Belgian IPA”. This beer began last year as a test batch growler fill and is now a bomber release. The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pepper, Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus and a mild floral hops. The flavour is of pepper, Belgian yeast, earth, wheat, citrus, citrus rind and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 49. If you like the Belgian IPA style and find yourself in Manitoba or anywhere else you may be lucky to find it pick up a bottle as you will not be disappointed.
From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Farmhouse Double IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pepper, citrus, tropical fruits, biscuit and Belgian yeast. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, pepper, tropical fruits, citrus, orange peel, resin, earth and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a big 10%. Mixing Belgian styles and IPA’s is becoming quite popular and luckily it works really well! I quite enjoyed this beer and wish it was poured in bigger glasses as 250ml was just not enough.
Commercial Description: Belgian strong ale loaded with exotic Mosaic hops.