From 2 Crows Brewing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in collaboration with Kilter Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, juicy hops, coconut, resin and lactose. The flavour is of pineapple, mango, citrus, banana, citrus rind, resin, lactose, yeast and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 49. Not as juice forward as many Milkshake IPA’s with a more pronounced bitterness but regardless it is a tasty juice bomb.
From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Belgian Golden Strong”. The beer pours a orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, banana, fruity notes and a sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of bubblegum, banana, caramel, candi sugar, mild bitterness, spices and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 28. This is a tasty Belgian style beer and a worthy addition to the Moody Ales small batch series.
Commercial Description: The light body and soft, sweet malt character blend with the fruity aromas for a delicious and dangerous easy drinking beer. Highly attenuated Belgian ale with fruity esters and low spicy alcohol and hop notes.
From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Depth Charge Oak Aged Belgian Quad with Cognac”. Last years version was a scotch ale. The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cognac, candi sugar, dark fruit, banana, sweetness and some oak. The flavour is of dark fruits, cognac, candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, banana, citrus rind, sweetness, mild bitterness and alcohol. There is a slight harshness in the finish that would die off with a bit of time in your cellar. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 22. This is a fantastic brew with a ton of flavour jumping out at your mouth.
Commercial Description: Belgian yeast provides a spicy backbone to the rich cognac and oak flavours of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and toasted bread. Best enjoyed in bad weather, shared with family and friends, or aftter cellaring.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Wag the Wolf Hopfenweisse”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruit, wheat, yeast and a floral hops. The flavour is of banana, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, yeast, malt, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%. I enjoyed this wheat beer with a good bitterness bite.
Commercial Description: Wag the Wolf is a weissbier (wheat beer) that has been generously “late-addition” hopped with organic New Zealand varieties to provide abundant aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Fermented with a traditional Hefeweizen yeast, expect pleasant fruit and spice flavours with a restrained bitterness on the finish.
From Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company in Parksville on Vancouver Island comes their “Comfortably Chum” a Hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel, banana and some perfumey floral notes. The flavour is of orange, orange peel, banana, clove, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This was an interesting Hefeweizen with the mix of banana and citrus flavours but I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A traditional German style Hefeweizen with Canadian pilsner & brewed with malted wheat. A special German wheat beer strain adds a fantastic bouquet aroma & flavours of banana & clove. Lightly hopped with German Hallertau & finished with sweet orange peel. A complex recipe for simple pleasure. Best enjoyed in a glass.