Wannabe IPA – Outcast Brewing

From Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing.  The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt.  The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40.  This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.

Commercial Description:  Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops.  Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish.  It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.


Traditional Ale – Big Rock Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario.  The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20.  This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways.  This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.

Commercial Description:  A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness.  “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau

Food pairing as per brewery:  Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.



Original lager – Brewsters Brewing Company

From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Original lager”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, grassy and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, honey, citrus, sweetness and very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19.  For a no nonsense lager this one has lots of flavour.


A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged – Last Best Brewing & Distilling

From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series.  For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, stone fruits, toffee, honey, oak, rye whiskey, sweetness, mild bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 25.  Not having access to Last Best Brewing and having only tried their two barrel aged beers so far I have a very high opinion of this brewery so far.  This beer was very well crafted and amazingly full of flavour.

Commercial Description:  With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West.  We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.



Honest Paul IPA – Brewsters Brewing Company

From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Honest Paul IPA”.  The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, floral hops, orange and citrus.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal and medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 70.  Event with an IBU of 70 I would call this more of an English IPA.  You would not go wrong having a six pack of this in your fridge for a rainy day.

Commercial Description: Pour a tall drink and tell some tall tales with Honest Paul IPA, a refreshing ale with a hoppy bite that will bring out your inner storyteller.