From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Golden Enigma Smash ISA”. This Single Malt Single Hop beer was made with Enigma hops and Golden Promise malts. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, maybe a hint of tropical fruits and some floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, mild tropical fruit, citrus rind, resin, biscuit and some low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45. Single malt single hop beers can sometimes fall into the bland territory but this one was a nice refreshing one and I will be having more in the future.
Commercial Description: This Single Malt and Single Hop SMaSH Pale Ale was brewed with the big Aussi hop Enigma and the Scottish malt variety Golden Promise. Balanced between a sweet malt backbone and assertive resinous, fruity hop character this Session Pale Ale reveals in an uncomplicated way the nature of these unique ingredient varieties.
Food pairing as per brewery: Fish and Chips, Strong Cheese, Burgers
From Little Kn?wn Brewing Co a collaborative project between 49th Parellel Group a beer distributor in Western Canada and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery out of Ontario comes their “Je Ne Sais Quoi” a Session IPA. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild fruit aroma backed up with some floral hops and maybe some pine but not much else. The flavour is of mild resin, pine, bitterness and some fruity citrus notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. As India Session Ale’s go this is a pretty good brew although one of the issues with the style is it has little to no body.
From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Tropical Milkshake ISA” their Anniversary beer. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, juicy hops, lactose and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, juicy, lactose, resin, earth, dank hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 40. More dank and bitter than your average Milkshake IPA but I quite enjoyed it.
From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Main Sail ISA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of herbal and grassy hops with some malt backbone. The flavour is of toffee, citrusy lemon, herbal as well as mild bitterness, pine and resin. The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 40. This is a mild flavour ale as is expected in an India Session Ale but it is pretty tasty none the less.
Commercial Description: This light bodied session ale is easy drinking and lower in alcohol. With refreshing citrus and floral notes, this well balanced session ale has a light malt body and a medium level of bitterness.
From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “19 IPA” actually an India Session Ale. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, bready malts and floral hops. The flavour is of mild resin, citrus, mild tropical fruit, bread and caramel malts, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 47. While calling it an IPA is a miss representation it is a pretty darn tasty India Session Ale.
Commercial Description: Tropical in taste with floral notes, this everyday IPA was made to accompany you on any adventure.