Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur – Arizona Wilderness Brewing


From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur” a Cloudy Double IPA.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, pineapple and basically just juice.  The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, citrus rind, some herbal notes and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  With a great mothfeel this beer is really tasty and I am so glad I was able to get a can from the Hoppy Craftsmen while in Arizona.  These cans sell out extremely fast!

Commercial Description:  What the hell is “Dirty Hop Water?”  First off, it’s proof that humulus lupulus is God’s gift to beer.  It’s also proof that the all powerful hop is still craft beer’s king.  This series combines the hazy proteins of AZ grown unmalted grains with the most badass, aromaticaly driven hops in the world.  The result is this murky, juicy, tropical smoothie-esque hop bomb.  We Won’t make this D.H.W. rendition ever again.  Like, ever.  You’re special if you were able to grab a sip of this can.  Enjoy!  Cloudy India Pale Ale with Eureka, Callista and Belma Hops.

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Primo Double IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Primo Double IPA” the one year anniversary beer for the brewery.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and floral hops.  The flavour is of melon, pineapple, mango, sweetness, toffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  This IPA is more malt forward than hop forward but does not fall into the English IPA.  This is worth stopping by the brewery to pick some up for sure!

Seeking Asylum Belgian Double IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing Company (AleSmith Brewing)


From Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody in collaboration with AleSmith Brewing out of San Diego California comes their “Seeking Asylum Belgian Double IPA”.  The beer pours an amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus rind, low malt presence, dankness and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 90.  Its no surprise to me that these two breweries would come together and make an awesome Double IPA!  Its probably almost gone off the market now but it was really tasty.

Commercial Description:  Seeking Asylum is a 8% abv and 90 IBU Belgian-style Double IPA co-created with San Diego’s Alesmith Brewing, described as “smooth and full-bodied with a west-coast twist. Imagine a west-coast DIPA mixed with a Belgian style triple!”

Double Infinity (Galaxy) – Superflux Beer Company


From Superflux Beer Company brewing out of Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Double Infinity (Galaxy)” a Double IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, stone fruit and citrus with a herbal and floral finish.  The flavour is of herbal hops with citrus rind, tropical fruits, melons, stone fruit, resin and bitterness with a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Superflux Beer Company is a big player in the local North East IPA style and this one is killing it just like their other brews.  Pick this up if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  We’re thankful for Galaxy Hops. They make better beer than turkey bones do. Hope you fellow Canadians enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday today! Our first Double IPA “Double Infinity” will be available in cans at Strathcona Beer Company while supplies last.

Subversion Imperial IPA – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing in Victoria comes their “Subversion Imperial IPA” newly available in 4 pack cans.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops, grains and some alcohol heat.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, berries, citrus, citrus rind, bitterness with maybe a hint of caramel.  There is alcohol present in the flavour but at 8.2% that I expected.  The beer also has an IBU of 85.  Category 12 Brewing is celebrated locally for good reason as they do not make bad beer.  This beer is fantastic and a good example of what we can do on the Northern portion of the West Coast.

Commercial Description:  This year’s batch of Subversion Imperial IPA is off the charts! A 355 mL 4-pack and an all new dry hop brings our Imperial IPA into reach as a weekday go-to.  Subversion is a big, boldly flavourful IPA that balances a strong hop character with a medium-full body, making it the perfect, easy-drinking accompaniment to all sorts of scheming.  Upend the established order and enjoy all the power and complexity of our Imperial IPA in a new format.  Welcome to the lab.