From Sooke Oceanside Brewery in Sooke on Vancouver Island comes their “Renfrew Red Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity with a floral finish. The flavour is of caramel, mild roasted malts, resin, grassy, mild bitterness and some fruity notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While fairly standard this is a good red ale and you will enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Port Renfrew has many names. Some for love, as only the sea could be loved. Some for the ships she has taken, wrecked over rock and wave, where dangerous waters run red. This Red Ale is the namesake of that love and danger. I prefer to call her Renfrew.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Zombie Repellant Ale 2″ or ZRA2. This beer is their answer to the Pumpkin ale as they do not seem to like them. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, dark fruity notes, candied sugar, earth and some floral hops. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, spices, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, candied sugar, citrus rind, resin and some leafy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 24. This Anti-Pumpkin beer is really tasty and I will have to get some more of it.
Commercial Description: Our 2017 ZRA 2 is a Belgian-inspired red ale with a fruit forward aroma, full body and hints of spice from both our Belgian yeast and aromatic hop selections. In the middle of the night, when all evidence of light has faded, that’s when they come. Be vigilant, be prepared. The throngs of pumpkin beer loving hoards can’t keep you from what you really want… Zombie Repellant Ale. Our ZRA will increase your resolve to fight through the zombie hoards. Guaranteed to contain no pumpkin.
From Twa Dogs (Macaloney Brewers & Distillers) brewed at the Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery comes their “Seas Between Us Red IPA”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, citrus, pine and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, resin, fruity citrus, pine, herbal and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. I have not had a ton of beer from this brewery as of yet but this beer was an enjoyable one.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Red 5″ an American Red Ale. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruitiness and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, some resin, mild fruit, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 78. This is a refreshing Red Ale seasonal.
Commercial Description: A full bodied red ale where the malt and hops battle it out creating a beautifully balanced brew. The force is strong with this one.
From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Luck of the Irish Red Ale”. The beer pours a deep copper red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness and mild fruit. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, mild toasted malts and some bitterness. The beer comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30. This is an enjoyable easy drinking Red Ale.
Commercial Description: Bitter is not always better when it comes to craft beer. As a beer style, this red ale is intended to be malt-forward, offering toffee and caramel sweetness which is beautifully balanced by a restrained use of hops. The natural rich red colour comes from the generous use of imported roasted barley and specialty malts. Finishes clean and smooth, leaving you wanting more.