N.E. IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “N.E. IPA”.  The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops, tropical fruit like mangos and mild citrus.  The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, earth, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, caramel malts, bitterness and a dank finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 55.  While someone hoping for a total juice bomb may not be totally sold this is a great crossover between the North East IPA and a North West IPA.

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Juniper Lime Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes.  The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13.  This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet.  I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.

 

Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale”.  This is their new re-branded look.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of bready and caramel malts, pine, tropical fruit and citrus.  The flavour is of bread and caramel malts, tropical fruit, citrus, mild pine and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 35.  This beer is not going to blow the beer geek away but it is a tasty beer and would not hurt to have in your fridge to share with friends!

Strathcona Gold – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Strathcona Gold” a Belgian Ale.  The beer pours an copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, bubblegum, fruits and yeast.  The flavour is of caramel malts, yeast, fruit, bubblegum, sugar, with some alcohol and bitterness in the flavour.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 32.  This beer is on the the sweeter side for me but if you enjoy a beer that sits more on that side you should enjoy this one.

Commercial Description:  The Belgian Gold is a complex and powerful ale but the flavouring is still delicate, made up of fruit, spice and estery tastes. The aroma is also spicey and fruity that comes from the Tettnanger hops, part of the Czech Saaz hops family.

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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