From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in collaboration with Britannia Brewing Company both from Richmond comes their “Kizuna Pineapple Sour”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pineapple, fruity sweetness and tartness. The flavour is of pineapple, tartness, hint of wheat and some sweetness in the finish. This is like an adult juice with a hint of sourness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 7. This is probably my favourite of their sour series so far!
Commercial Description: A delicately tart wheat kettle sour brewed with fresh pineapples.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. This is an interesting take on the Wit. It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit. If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category.
From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in partnership with Cultch for Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves comes the “Snow White IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consist of floral hops, wheat, yeast, coriander, grapefruit and some other citrusy notes. The flavour is of coriander, citrus rind, grapefruit, pith, orange, lemon, yeast, wheat, with some dankness and pretty big hit of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 50. This is a really well crafted White IPA and a nice change up for what I have been finding on the market!
Commercial Description: This year’s brew features an international cast: Canadian barley and wheat, Belgian yeast, and hops from both Germany and the United States. Late additions of grains of paradise and hand-toasted coriander balance perfectly with the citrus aromas of Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria hops making this White IPA the fairest of them all. *A portion of all Snow White IPA sales will go to support more outstanding East Van productions. A promotional code on every bottle allows theatre goers to receive a discount on panto tickets.
From Fernie, BC’s Fernie Brewing I received their What The Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale.
The pour is a dark honey red-brown, crystal clear with no visible carbonation. The head is snowy white with coarse bubbles.
The nose is very light, some berries or fruit and mild spice.
Where this beer shines is on the tongue. The carbonation I could not see is present and pleasant, mild but nice. Several flavours come at once on the first sip, an astringent clove, huckleberry, calcium mineral it’s and a little bit of bubblegum.
Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. Blended with wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries.