1897 Amber Ale – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “1897 Amber Ale”.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.  The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, some honey and some fruit notes.  The flavour is of caramel, honey, fruity notes and very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 20.  If your looking for a good Amber Ale at a good price then take a look for this one as it wont break the bank.

Commercial Description: Rumour has it that the crisp, comforting taste of our 1897 Amber ale will stir up secrets in the pub that spread like whispers through tall trees. But you didn’t hear it from us.

 

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Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.

 

The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth, pine a hint of citrus and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50.  I was hoping for a little more fruit characteristic but I did quite enjoy this brew.

Commercial Description:  SPARKS FLY WHEN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOPS MEET A DARING AND ROASTED MALT BASE.  THE HOP FLAVOURS AND AROMAS OF A POWERHOUSE IPA ARE BALANCED PERFECTLY WITH THE DEPTH AND INTRICACY OF A COMPLEX DARK ALE.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE

 

Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison” a Single Malt and Single Hop beer.  The beer pours an cloudy orange gold colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, sweetness, yeast and grassy hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, candied sugar, yeast and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26.  Trading Post has a knack of making tasty beers and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Dear James refers to a letter written to HBC Chief Trader James Murray Yale, urging him not to marry a woman for whom he had been enamoured with during his first years at the fort. Ignoring the outrageous pleas, James married the woman he loved and fathered two daughters with her.  Known as the quintessential artisanal brew, this farmhouse style Saison, has notes of apricots, citrus and spice. Brewed using Bohemian pilsner malt and Mosaic hops, this complex and refreshing beer shimmers a golden straw colour and is perfect for farmers.

Artisan IPA – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their”Artisan IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with a hint of caramel.  The flavour is of herbal hops, caramel, brown sugar sweetness, some mild citrus and mild bitterness.  The alchol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45.  This IPA could use some work as its quite low on the flavour compared to most IPA’s but its a good choice on a budget for sure.

Commercial Description:  This light golden IPA starts with a hoppy bitterness, followed by a medium level of maltiness and body, finishing with a refreshingly fruity grapefruit flavour.