From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing out of Courtenay comes their “Burton Ale”. The beer pours a deep red / amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, molasses, mild roast and dark fruit. The flavour is of caramel, molasses, orange zest, herbal, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75. This is an interesting ale. I don’t know much about the Burton Ale style so I can not say if it is to style though.
Commercial Description: Originating from Burton-On-Trent, England, the Burton Ale inspired the IPA beer style we know today. Almost 200 years later, Gladstone and Vancouver Island Brewing have come together to recreate this strong amber ale that inspired the IPA beer style. English born, Island proud.
From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50. If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “Steel Toe Lager”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops. The flavour is of biscuit, grain, citrus, sweetness and a low bitterness and grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14. While it is well known that I am not a big fan of the lager style this one delivers on exactly what it should with a crisp clean flavour and is worthy of your glass if you enjoy a good lager.
Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Ortega Blonde” 2017 edition. The beer is a blend of wine and Ortega Blonde Ale. The wine is of the final vintages of the Muse Winery that was the oldest winery on Vancouver Island. The wine was a Bacchus wine. The beer poured a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of white wine, citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of white wine, citrus, grain, bread, mild bitterness and a mild spicy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 24. People that know me know that I do not like wine but this beer is well made and well blended and really refreshing.
Commercial Description: Building on our 2014 Ortega Blonde, and taking the final vintages from Muse Winery, home of the oldest wines on Vancouver Island, this Ortega/Bacchus blend was introduced to a light bodied Canadian Pilsen based ale resulting in a delicate, complex, effervescent ale, a beer spritzer with citrus notes, and a dry white wine finish. As the saying goes “It takes lots of beer to make a good wine.” We believe in having them both and drinking them both too. Cheers!