Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “C.R.E.A.M. Key Lime Milkshake IPA” named after the hops used including Columbus, Rakau, Ekuanot, Azacca and Meridian. The beer pours an orange copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lime, tropical fruit, lactose sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of lime, tropical fruits, lactose, mild resin and pine and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. This Milkshake IPA has one hand in the West Coast IPA and one in the East Coast and it was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: A HAZY GOLDEN IPA WITH FLAVOURS OF TROPICAL CITRUS HOPS, FRESH PEELED LIME ZEST, AND A CREAMY HINT OF SWEETNESS.
Food pairing as per brewery: BBQ CHICKEN, STEAK, SUMMER SALAD
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 Bieres Jukebox subcontracted at Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie in Montreal comes their “New Wave Milkshake IPA”. Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer! The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple and some mild lactose. The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, mango, vanilla with some grain, resin, pine, lactose and a mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 50. This Milkshake IPA is not as sweet as some but it is quite on point with tones of fruit flavours and a lower than average bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer and am stoked I had the opportunity to try it out!
Commercial Description: No time for the flat iron! Take out your hairspray, adorn your prettiest magenta glitter vest and vibrate in tune with the hippest synthesizer in town! Jukebox New Wave Milkshake IPA is in the house! With its opaque orange juice-ish hue, its decadent tropical hoppiness and its luscious lactose and vanilla sweetness, it will knock the white socks off of even the most seasoned IPA enthusiast.
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Shake Your Fruity Milkshake India Pale Ale” the newest beer in their Mount Pleasant Series of beers. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tons of fruit including orange, pineapple and berries with lactose. The flavour is of lactose, orange, pineapple, tropical fruits, berries, citrus rind, mild resin, earth and some bitterness. This beer has a ton of body from all of the oats used. The alcohol content comes in at 7.3% with an IBU of 38. The Milkshake IPA isn’t for everyone but I am a total convert. Keep these fruit bombs coming with the nice sweet finish.
Commercial Description: What is a Milkshake IPA? It’s not just a clever name — these are hoppy beers, brewed with oats and lactose sugar in order to produce a thick, milky, sweet, and often fruity brew. To the beer world, this brew style resembles a classic milkshake. Brewed with oats and apple puree for a soft and full body. Primary flavours are of juicy orange and pineapple.