Subaquatic Domicile IPA – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Subaquatic Domicile IPA”.  The latest IPA from Hearthstone pours an orange colour with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.  The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, sweetness and maybe a hint of malts.  The flavour is of and maybe a hint of earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an unspecified IBU.  This beer is a nice blend of North East IPA and North West IPA.  It still has the bitterness of the west coast but still has the juicy side of the hops.  I recommend finding some of this for yourself.

Commercial Description:  This Pineapple infused New England Style IPA is hazy, thick, creamy and magical.  Tropical fruit notes from Equanot, Idaho 7 & El Dorado hops are amplified by a healthy dose of Pineapple.  Join the haze craze and get it in ya!

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Kazu Maru IPA – Wheelhouse Brewing


From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their  “Kazu Maru IPA”.  The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75.  Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!

Commercial Description:  The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery.  This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.

Vapor Wave IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Vapor Wave IPA”.  This is the breweries third release from their new brewery only release.  The beer pours a murky orange colour like orange juice with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus, huge fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, very juicy, hint of salt some resin, mild acidity and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%.  This newest winner from Twin Sails has a ton of body and is well worth a pickup.  Wow!

Commercial Descrition:  Vapor Wave is an experimental IPA brewed with acidified malt which adds a nice tart acidity and sea salt to give it a complex flavour profile that is both balanced and refreshing. It was then triple dry hopped with Citra, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops giving it a big citrusy hop punch that reminds you that that beer you’re crushing is actually an IPA.

Three Bears Breakfast Stout – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal.  The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40.  This is definitely breakfast in a bottle.  I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.

Commercial Description:  On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell.  Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.

Super 8-Bit IPA 2017 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA” 2017 edition the latest in their Experimental IPA Series.  This IPA uses 8 different hops including Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, herbal and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, grape, herbal, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 68.  Like every year this beer is a massive flavour bomb.  It is a great IPA with tons of flavour and a good hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  It’s back!  Version 2017.  This year we are using all new hops for our Super 8-Bit!  This year’s 8 Legendary hops features Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight Hops!