Double IPA (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”.  I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8.  The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55.  Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.

Commercial Description:  A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.

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Noble Pilsner – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Noble Pilsner”.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat. The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruit, floral hops and some mild malts.  The flavour is of biscuit and caramel malts, citrus and extremely low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%.  While I am not a fan of Pilsners this one is a great example of the style and well worth picking up if you want a good pilsner.

Super 8-Bit IPA 2017 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA” 2017 edition the latest in their Experimental IPA Series.  This IPA uses 8 different hops including Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, herbal and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, grape, herbal, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 68.  Like every year this beer is a massive flavour bomb.  It is a great IPA with tons of flavour and a good hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  It’s back!  Version 2017.  This year we are using all new hops for our Super 8-Bit!  This year’s 8 Legendary hops features Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight Hops!

FIG JAM IPA – Burleigh Brewing


From Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads in Australia comes their “FIG JAM IPA”. In Australia FIG JAM is an acronym for Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me. Gotta love a cocky brewery!  The Beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, citrus, lemon, pineapple, stone fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 70.  I quite enjoyed this and I am happy I got the chance to try it. I am glad my friends and family buy me Beer on their travels.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally, India Pale Ales (IPAs) were brewed extra strong and hoppy to last the long journey by boat from England to India. These days, we brew ours that way because we love it.  And, you know, for history and nostalia… The incredible balance of Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM India Pale Ale belies its 7.0% abv and 70IBU IPA statistics. The fine balance of malt, hops and alcohol is deftly managed through five separate hopping phases, delivering the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop character on the finish. All the ‘punch’ of an IPA, carefully delivered with Burleigh Brewing’s trademark balance.

Lone Wolf IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Lone Wolf IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity notes of citrus, sweetness and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, resin, fruity citrus, sweetness, bitterness and lots of pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is definitely an enjoyable IPA and I would recommend picking up a bottle for yourself.

Commercial Description: This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense.  A well balanced N.W. IPA with Cascade/Centennial Final and Dry Hopping for that citral finish.