Brut IPA – STEAMWORKS BREWING


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From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Brut IPA”.  This is a new style of IPA that is exploding in the US right now.  The beer finishes very dry by adding an enzyme amylase that breaks down the sugars reducing sweetness and kicking up the mouthfeel.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of  grain, some citrus with a floral hop finish.  The flavour is of grain, some generic citrus, grapefruit, resin, mineral notes and a mild to medium bitterness.  This brew was fairly carbonated  and definitely was not very sweet.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6%.  This is definitely a different style of IPA and I look forward to trying more as it was totally different and it was my first every Brut IPA.

Commercial description:  Our new Brut IPA juxtaposes a vibrant hop aroma with an effervescent mouthfeel, light body and…

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Dazy Double Hazy IPA – RUSSELL BREWING


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From Russell Brewing in Surrey comes their “Dazy Double Hazy IPA”.  The beer pours a fairly clear orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical ftuits, grapefruit, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus rind, pith, sweetness, herbal hops, bitterness and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 46.  While this beer is a bit off point for a hazy in that it was clear but it was still a tasty IPA.

Commercial Description:  A HAZY EAST COAST DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH BARLEY AND MALTED OATS. DRY HOPPED WITH RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF CITRA. INTENSE CITRUS AROMAS OF GRAPEFRUIT, SWEET MELON AND LYCHEE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR THIRST AND SUPPORT.

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(Trail Brew) On Tour Crimson Ale – TORCHLIGHT BREWING


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Munro Lake – Pinecone Burke Provincial Park

On Tour Crimson Ale – Torchlight Brewing

On Saturday June 23rd I headed out for a hike. The weather was overcast so the idea of hiking to a peak was out of the question. Because of this I decided to hit up a mountain lake in Munro Lake. The trail head for Munro Lake is located near Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam. If you use your GPS to find Minnekhada that is the best way to find your way to the trail head. Instead of turning into Minnekhada keep straight on the road and it will turn into a gravel road named Quarry Road. Take this for 3.5km and the trail head will be on the left hand side. There are no signs for the trail so when you see a widening and most likely some cars on the side of…

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Summer Remix mix pack – Moody Ales


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From Moody Ales in Port Moody comes their “Summer Remix Mix Pack” containing the Pool Party Raspberry Hefe and the Sunday Funday Lime Kolsch.  Like the original Mixed Forecast pack this one hits the spot for the weather as we have hit our first heat wave of the year.

Pool Party Raspberry Hefe 

Pool Party Raspberry Hefe pours a orange pink colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists huge raspberry, berries, sweetness and wheat.  The flavour is of pith, raspberry, herbal and wheat but none of the sweetness of the berries and maybe a hint of tartness.   The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%.  I wish this brew had just a bit more sweetness but it is enjoyable.

Sunday Funday Lime Kolsch 

Sunday Funday Lime Kolsch pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lime, big citrus, sweetness and some grains.  The flavour…

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The Lion ESB – Silver Valley Brewing


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From Silver Valley Brewing out of Maple Ridge comes their “The Lion ESB”.  The beer pours a fairly deep copper colour with a light tan head.  The aroma consists of fruity notes, caramel malt and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, grain, fruity notes, some citrus rind and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.25% with an IBU of 40.  I could definitely consume quite a few of these in the future.

Commercial Description:  This traditional British ale balances its smooth caramel backbone with an earthy hoppy bite and fruity aromatics. Pairs well with roasted meats, english cheeses, and fish and chips.

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