Tree Brewing in Kelowna has opened a second location named the Beer Institute. The beer institute brews all of their own beer on site using the standard recipes while also making a few of their own seasonal beers. One of these Beer Institute seasonals that was created was the “Pumpkin IPA” and was packaged in bombers with a sharpie label and was only available in the retail space on site. The beer pours a brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of a great malt beginning with a fairly big hops bitterness, pine, resin with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. Having drank many pumpkin beers this was a welcome change. Making it an IPA really threw a wrench into what I was expecting with a pumpkin beer. I hope more breweries will try out this as a possible style as hops always make a beer better!
From Rough Draft Brewing Company out of San Diego California comes their “Hop Therapy Double IPA”. The double India Pale Ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine, sweet malts and citrus. The flavour is of pine, resin, caramel malts, citrus and a big hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with a big bitterness of 94 IBU. This may not be the most balanced double IPA but it is very tasty and well worth a pickup if you can find a bomber of it!
Well it has happened! BC has its first Gypsy Brewery! Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks located in Richmond BC have brewed their first commercial brew. Dan Fuggles and Tony Warlock are well known in the Home Brewing circles in Metro Vancouver and have struck out on the commercial brewing path. Their “River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA” is a collaboration with Big River Brewpub in South Richmond. The beer pours a cloudy orange/copper with a creamy white head. There is some lasting lacing left on the glass. The aroma consists of melons, fruity esters, sweet malts and floral hops. The flavour is of big hops up front with sweet melon, citrus, Belgian yeast, pine and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 68. This is a very tasty brew to be sure. There is a great balance of sweetness from the malts and fruit esters with the hops bitterness.
Commercial Description: We have merged two beautiful styles, a lovely peachy grapefruity West Coast IPA with the complex spicy characteristics of a Belgian IPA, this “hop juice” weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 68 IBU and is hopped with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, and Dry Hopped with even more Citra and Amarillo.. Yummm
From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “#500 (Imperial IPA)” a beer originally brewed to mark their 500th batch of beer. So to go with the number 5 there are 5 different malts and 5 different hops used in this brew. This Double IPA pours a deep cloudy colour (Rusty) with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, some fruits, malts, earthy with floral hops. The flavour is of smoke, caramel, malts, fruits, earthy and big hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with a very big 100 IBU. Nøgne Ø should be very proud of this beer as it is an amazing double IPA and worthy of being a landmark beer.
Commercial Description: When Nøgne Ø decided to make its 500th batch of beer, it was quickly established that the key numbers would be 5 malts,5 hops, 10% alcohol and 100 IBUs. The result is an incredibly rich and hoppy Imperial IPA. Malty enough to be almost a barley wine, but intensely fruity, mainly because it is dry hopped with generous amounts of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.
From the American Ram Restaurant & Brewery Chain comes their draft only release the “ZZ Hops Double IPA”. This double IPA pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruits and floral hops. The flavour is of pine, big hops bitterness and some mild sweet citrus to finish it all off. The alcohol content comes it at 8% with an approximate IBU of 80. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this brew was when I had it at one of the Locations in Washington. I left with a full growler just to make sure I had enough of it!