Luck of the Irish Red Ale – Russell Brewing 


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.

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Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale – Innis & Gunn


From Edinburgh Scotland comes the Innis & Gunn “Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale”.  This Imperial Red Ale pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and oak.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, orange, cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, medium bitterness and an overall sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%.  While its not my favourite of the Innis & Gunn beers I have had it was a very interesting brew and I am glad I tried it.

Commercial Description:  An Imperial Red Ale brewed using extra Pale Ale, Rye Crystal and Crystal Malts with a touch of wheat. A first for Innis & Gunn, the beer was transferred into first fill bourbon casks and then dry hopped with a blend of Ahtanum and Amarillo hops for maturation. The dry hopping imparts an intense and distinctive hop aroma of orange, Turkish delight, dried cherries and lychees.

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Fire Steel Red Ale – Coast Mountain Brewing


From Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler comes their “Fire Steel Red Ale”.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, nuts and roasted malts.  The flavour is of caramel, nuts, earth, resin, roasted malts and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 48.  This is a very tasty red ale and is well worth picking up if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  Our NorthWest Red Ale is brewed with six carefully selected specialty malts and an intense burst of flavour stemming from Simcoe, Centennial & Chinook hops. High in the mountains, Fire Steel shines with flavour.

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Wolf At The Door Red Ale – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Wolf At The Door Red Ale”.  The beer pours a deep copper red colour with an off white head.  The aroma consist of caramel, citrus fruit and some floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, citrus, some raspberries, mild resin, earth and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15.  Bomber keeps making new and interesting seasonals and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Wolf at the Door Red Ale has been released in conjunction with Theatre Replacement’s production of “East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood“, which runs November 23rd to December 31st at The Cultch’s York Theatre.  Late additions of Enigma and Citra hops add big, bold hop flavour and aroma with none of the expected bitterness that usually follows. Our liberal use of Cara Red malt gives Wolf at the Door a scary red hue, but don’t let the colour intimidate you; this well balanced, malt-forward, easy drinking red ale is really a gentle and friendly Granny in Wolf’s clothing.

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Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in the Ironworkers Series (No 04) “Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a tan head.  The aroma consists of port, oak, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of port, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, dark fruits, earth, oaky and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 59.  I would not usually think to barrel age an IPA but this one seems to have worked out pretty well.  Keep up the good work Bridge Brewing.

Commercial Description:  This Belgian red is loaded with intense flavour.  Pouring a deep ruby, the munich, crystal and special W malts provide a strong malt background for tropical, citrus and berry notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops used.  It has been additionally barrel aged in port barrels, enhancing the aromatics and adding smooth oaky tannins.  This is an intense and complex Belgian IPA.

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