Laslui Lake Black IPA – A Frame Brewing


From the newest brewery in Squamish A Frame Brewing comes their “Laslui Lake Black IPA”.  The Cascadian Dark Ale pours a deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted, coffee and some hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, black coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is probably my favourite beer that A Frame Brewing currently offers.

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Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica” a Cascadian Dark Ale aged in red wine oak barrels for 1 year with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Galaxy hops.  The beer pours a deep copper brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of barnyard funk, roasted malts,  dark fruit, citrus, red wine and grassy hops.  The flavour is of huge oak, barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruity and citrus red wine, leather, earth, bitterness and maybe a hint of soy sauce.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a really well crafted beer although it has transitioned far from its original Black IPA.  I will have to pick up more bottles of this beer as I am a member of the Fellowship.

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Midnight Hopmare Black IPA – Bad Tattoo Brewing


From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Midnight hopmare Black IPA”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild fruit notes, floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, citrus, bitterness, earth and some caramel.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6%.  I’m not always a huge fan of Black IPA’s because I find that the roast overpowers the IPA characteristics.  This beer has the roast profiles but also lots of IPA notes and tastes great.

Commercial Description:  Do not be fooled by the silky smooth mouthfeel, this black as midnight beer packs a whole lotta hop kick. Piney and resinous, with slight hints of citrus, but boasting a robust roastiness from the dehusked black malts used. This is the- ‘Really’ Dark Side of Good!

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Raiden Black Rye IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their new “Raiden Black Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of rye, roasted malts, citrus and bitterness.  The flavour is of rye, roasted malts, caramel, earth, citrus, and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 75.  This beer has a great mix of dark malts, rye and bitterness to make it a very interesting brew that is well worth a pickup!

Commercial Description:  “Raiden” Black Rye IPA Dry Hopped with Citrua.  Ella, Amarillo and Galaxy.  Pungent citrus and black current aromas from West Coast hops and slight pepperiness from rye is balanced with a roasty, yet smooth mouthfeel.

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Disruption Black IPA – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Disruption Black IPA”.  The beer pours a deep brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, ash and earthy notes.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, citrus, bitterness and pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 77.  As Black IPA’s go this is a very well made beer and was not a surprise to hear they won a Gold Medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards 2015 for Best American Black Ale.

Commercial Description:  Get ready to challenge what you think about dark beer. This black IPA is a calculated anomaly. It looks big and scary like a stout, but it drinks like an IPA. Close your eyes, you’ll never guess how far into the dark you’re sinking. With its fresh hop aroma and roasted malt flavour, Disruption is a whole new beast.  Welcome to the lab.

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