Rye & Ginger Amber Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Rye & Ginger Amber Ale” a tap exclusive with Tap & Barrel.  The beer pours a deep amber red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger and leafy, grassy hops.  The flavour is of rye malts, rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger, earth, fruity notes and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 21.  This is a nice mix of flavours and is really refreshing.  If you find yourself near a Tap & Barrel or the brewery make sure to check this one out.

Commercial Description:  With smooth spice from rye malt and the ginger, this amber ale is lightly hopped and very refreshing.  Pouring a pale amber, this beer is a take on the classic rye and ginger without the ginger kick.

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Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in the Ironworkers Series (No 04) “Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a tan head.  The aroma consists of port, oak, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of port, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, dark fruits, earth, oaky and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 59.  I would not usually think to barrel age an IPA but this one seems to have worked out pretty well.  Keep up the good work Bridge Brewing.

Commercial Description:  This Belgian red is loaded with intense flavour.  Pouring a deep ruby, the munich, crystal and special W malts provide a strong malt background for tropical, citrus and berry notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops used.  It has been additionally barrel aged in port barrels, enhancing the aromatics and adding smooth oaky tannins.  This is an intense and complex Belgian IPA.

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Moody Ales and Ridge Brewing – 1880 Export Stout


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Moody Ales from Port Moody, BC and Ridge Brewing Company from Maple Ridge, BC have collaborated to create their 1880 Export Stout as part of the Moody Ales Small Batch Series.

The eye almost slides off this beer it is a dark, murky brown that almost seems like an absence of colour, it is kind of fun to stare at it and try to really see through it.  The head is a creamy light tan with bubbles that look almost nitrogenated.  I normally don’t go on about how beers look but I really love staring at this one.

The nose is so rich, leading with a little bit of alcohol heat and coffee, almost like a Spanish Coffee for after dinner.  There is a touch of prune underneath.  A roasty malt aroma rolls up on the heels of the coffee.

The mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth, almost creamy and glides across the tongue.  The carbonation is very mild, just a whisper of a tingle just as you swallow.  The flavours are amazing, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and a little alcohol warmth but not heavy and chewy, just smooth.

This is exactly the beer I want sitting in front of a fire on a cold night.

Side Cut East Coast India Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest “Side Cut East Coast India Pale Ale”.  West Coast meet East Coast. We do IPA’s differently and Bridge Brewing is doing a great job emulating the style. The beer pours a very cloudy deep orange with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus rind, lemon, dank hops with a floral finish.  The flavour is of citrus rind, lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, resin, mild bitterness and a mild earth finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.3% with an IBU of 59.  I really like the style of East Coast India Pale Ales with they very cloudy appearance and they fuller body.  This one does a great job of mimicking those characteristics while still having some west coast edge.

Commercial Description:  This juicy IPA brings a brilliant bitterness with a cloudy appearance. Big notes of peach, tangerine and tropical fruit, followed with a fluffy and full mouthfeel. Our outstanding North East IPA is big on flavor and aroma, with no clarifying agents or filtering for this beer. It is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest!

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Lemon Gin Saison – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest “Lemon Gin Saison”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, spices and a hint of gin.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, gin, peppery, spices, earth and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 24.  This is a really interesting take on a saison with interesting flavours combining with the lemon and gin flavours to make a new experience.  Make sure to pick up a bottle and see what you think.

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