From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA”. This weird and wonderful brew pours a weird brownish copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with some sweetness and a definite sour note. The flavour is of sourness, toffee, sweetness with grassy, herbal hops with earth and a medium bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This beer is more sour ale than IPA for sure but it is a fun brew and I am glad that I got the chance to try it this year. I hope you do too!
Commercial Description: Our hands harvested these columbia hop cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in the beautiful Columbia Valley. These fresh hops met our sour red IPA, infusing this once-a-year brew with fresh green earthy flavours. Herbal notes meet fruity melon and tangy citrus, all nestled in a tart IPA.
Well it is that time of year again! Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC has brought us their 2017 version of their wet hopped “Sartori Harvest IPA”. In traditional fashion I could not find this beer in Vancouver but I did find it while in Kelowna. The beer poured a fruity tropical notes with floral and herbal middle and some pine at the end. The flavour is of mild resin and bitterness, herbal notes, mild hint of malts with mild tropical fruits and a pine finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. I was happy to finally really enjoy a bottle of this as the last few years it didn’t do it for me. I hope next years batch is as good or better than this version.
Commercial Description: This wet-hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year when, in the midst of the hop harvest, fresh Centennial hops are spirited from Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our Brew Kettle in Victoria. Sartori’s fresh hops have a delicious profile unique to the patch of land they cultivate in the Columbia Valley making this limited release singular and remarkable.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes this years version of “Chrono Wet Hop IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of semi tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of resin, pine, herbal, tropical, citrus, caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 66. I have not been the biggest fan of fresh hopped beers over the last few years as they lack bitterness. I am happy to say this one was a tasty one and a good kick off for the fresh hop season.
Commercial Description: Chrono Wet Hop IPA: Time is of the essence. Freshly picked Centennial and Cascade hops from BC Hop Co were immediately brought to the brewery and thrown into the brew within hours of picking. The magic of the fresh hops deliver a juiciness and dankness that we will never get from dried hops. Enjoy a light malt body and a citric blast from the wet hops!
From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Jai Alai IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 70. This beer falls under the I wish I brought back more than one can category. This stuff was really good!
Commercial Description: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.
From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50. If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.