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.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier. The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus. The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.
Commercial Description: Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.
Food pairing as per brewery: Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody in collaboration with Vancouver’s Boombox Brewing comes their “Tone Def Double IPA with Blood Orange”. The beer pours an exceptionally cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of blood orange, tropical fruits, citrus, tangerine, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of blood orange, tangerine, tropical fruits, citrus, mild citrus rind, bready malts, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. This might be my favourite of the new beers from Twin Sails Brewing. This stuff is epic!
Commercial Description: Tone Def Double IPA is a collaboration with our friends at Boombox Brewing. This NE style DIPA has an addition of 500lbs of blood orange purée and 2L of fresh blood orange zest on top of an already massive amount of hops. We added two huge dry hop additions of Citra, Amarillo and Azacca hops which amplified the citrus juiciness of the aroma and flavour. This beer is nothing short of getting hit in the face with an orange.
From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Pale Ale” part of their Innovation Series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, spices and floral hops. The flavour is of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, citrus rind, blood orange, cinnamon, vanilla, earth, mild bitterness with a mild sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 33. While the first thing you would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale is not Brettanomyces this beer does a great job of surprising you with tasty flavours.
Commercial Description: Cinnamon spice combines with blood orange, papaya and a hint of vanilla. The use of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis as a secondary yeast means the beer has a note of barnyard funk.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a very flavourful style of lager. The beer pours a copper colour with a slightly off white head. The aroma consists of bready malts, citrus and blood orange. The flavour is of bready malts, caramel, citrus, citrus rind, blood orange and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26. Helles Bock is not a style I know all that well but this one tastes great especially because the flavour seems to evolve as you drink it. I recommend picking up a bottle to try it for yourself.
Recommended glassware from brewery: Hollowed out skull of your enemy. I just used a whiskey snifter personally though.
Commercial Description: A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.