Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver is now open. My favourite of their launch lineup was their “Maraca Passionfruit Black IPA”. The beer poured a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, Passionfruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, Passionfruit, almost some tartness, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% and an IBU of 50. This is quite the mixture of flavours and well executed tasty brew.
From the newest brewery in Squamish A Frame Brewing comes their “Laslui Lake Black IPA”. The Cascadian Dark Ale pours a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of mild roasted, coffee and some hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, black coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. This is probably my favourite beer that A Frame Brewing currently offers.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica” a Cascadian Dark Ale aged in red wine oak barrels for 1 year with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Galaxy hops. The beer pours a deep copper brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruit, citrus, red wine and grassy hops. The flavour is of huge oak, barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruity and citrus red wine, leather, earth, bitterness and maybe a hint of soy sauce. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This is a really well crafted beer although it has transitioned far from its original Black IPA. I will have to pick up more bottles of this beer as I am a member of the Fellowship.
From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Midnight hopmare Black IPA”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild fruit notes, floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, citrus, bitterness, earth and some caramel. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6%. I’m not always a huge fan of Black IPA’s because I find that the roast overpowers the IPA characteristics. This beer has the roast profiles but also lots of IPA notes and tastes great.
Commercial Description: Do not be fooled by the silky smooth mouthfeel, this black as midnight beer packs a whole lotta hop kick. Piney and resinous, with slight hints of citrus, but boasting a robust roastiness from the dehusked black malts used. This is the- ‘Really’ Dark Side of Good!
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Warp 8.5 Cascadian Dark Ale”. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, pineapple, sweetness, roasted malts, ash and hops. The flavour is of really tropical fruits, earth, ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% hence the name with an IBU of 100. With so many Cascadian Dark Ales being overly roasted and bitter from coffee it was nice to try this one that still has so much IPA still present. This is what I think a good CDA should taste like.
Commercial Description: To boldly go where no beer has gone before… This Galaxy hop fueled cascadian dark ale accelerates you through the final frontier of flavour.