Dry-Hopped Wild Ale – Field House Brewing


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Dry-Hopped Wild Ale”.  The beer pours a red colour with a reddish head.  The aroma consists of fruit, grape must and sweetness.  The flavour is of grape must, citrus, tropical fruit, brettanomyces funk, some sweetness but little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 25.  This was an interesting take on a Wild ale and I enjoyed it.

Commercial Description:  An experiment with hops & grapes, this aromatic ale was dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo and then conditioned on Brett and a blend of grape must.

 

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Hazy White IPA – Field House Brewing


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Hazy White IPA”.  The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consisted of orange and general citrus notes but juicy in general with wheat hints.  The flavour is of orange, mild tropical fruits, citrus rind, spices, wheat, mild bitterness and some yeast but not super juicy overall.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with 30 IBU.  While not super juicy this is a really enjoyable hazy IPA.

Commercial Description:  This juicy wheat beer was infused with the freshly squeezed juice and zest of hundreds of lemons and oranges during multiple stages of the brewing process. Adding hops, juice and coriander during fermentation gives us the extra flavour and hazy appearance that makes this white IPA so luscious.

 

Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale”.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of smoke, peat and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, peat smoke, roasted malts, maple, bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  While I am not a massive fan of smoked beers this one is well made and very enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Smouldering smoke rises over dark caramel and a rich malty backbone, leaving you with a smooth and decadent finish.

Jackdaw (Rye Kettle Sour) – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Jackdaw” a Rye Kettle Sour.  The beer pours a golden to amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, hint of rye and a tartness.  The flavour is of lemon, orange peel, mild pineapple, tartness, rye and a hint of some more malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 10.  This is a very refreshing kettle sour and not over the top sour.  This will not only appeal to the person new to sours but also the sour heads too.

Commercial Description:  The Jackdaw Rye sour is created with the classic Whisky Sour in mind. Rye brings a dryness which combines with light citrus notes from lemon and orange peel. For those unfamiliar with sour beers, the Jackdaw is an excellent place to start. It’s a well-balanced sour beer without too much pucker and a delightful citrus aroma.

Barrel Aged Belgain Tripel – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Barrel Aged Belgain Tripel” a beer released for the breweries second anniversary.  The beer pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of wine, oak, candied sugar, tannin and sweetness.  The flavour is of wine, oak, sweetness, candied sugar, tannins, citrus rind, vanilla and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% and shows up in the flavour a bit with an IBU of 25.  While a Tripel is not my favourite style the wine barrels brought the sweetness back a bit for me and made it more enjoyable than most in this style.  This style can be a bit cloying for me usually.