Guayabera Citra Pale Ale – Cigar City Brewing

From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Guayabera Citra Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, herbal and floral hops and a sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, melon, herbal, resin, hint of dank hops, bitterness and some bready malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 50.  This Pale Ale is absolutely a great example of what I like in a beer of the style.

Commercial Description:  Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in it’s four-pocketed design.  We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale.  The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.

How ‘Bout That Triple IPA – Twin Sails Brewing (Parallel 49 Brewing)

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody in collaboration with Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest limited release the “How ‘Bout That Triple IPA” with Mosaic Citra & Simcoe.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange with a white head that leaves some lacing.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of pineapple, tropical melons, citrus and an overall juicy fruit flavour with citrus rind, caramel, resin, mild earth and bitterness.  This does have some alcohol burn but nothing like its 11% ABV and event with 60 IBU it is not overly bitter.  This stuff is excellent and I hope that it comes back again and again.

Commercial Description:  Triple IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops.


Super 8-Bit IPA 2014 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks brewing out of Big River Brewpub in Richmond BC comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA 2014”.  This years batch has been brewed with a bunch of Australian hops as well as a mix of other hops.  The hops included are citra, amarillo, zeus, simcoe, dr. rudi, topaz, ella and green bullet.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity, citrus, lemon and caramel.  The flavour is of big caramel, pine, resin, hops bitterness, citrus and tropical fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.3% with an IBU of 69.  This is an awesome IPA and well worth hunting down in Metro Vancouver on tap.

Commercial Description:  Oh yeah baby, it’s back!  Super 8-Bit IPA 2014.  A vibrant West Coast IPA with 8 exotic hops: Citra, Amarillo, Zeus, Simcoe, Dr. Rudi, Topaz, Ella, Green Bullet.  Every year we will change up the hops and this year we are featuring a few sexy Aussie hops and our favorite West Coast hops!


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Big Swell IPA – Maui Brewing Company

From Maui Brewing Company out of Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui) comes the “Big Swell IPA”.  The can states “Bif, hoppy, bold, smooth, and hoppy… Did we mention hoppy?”.  I was sold so I picked up a 6 pack of cans.  The beer pours a golden amber colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma of the beer is both fruit and floral hops. This is a true Hawaiian IPA with the standard tropical fruits of most of the beer on the Islands with a nice hopy bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.8% with an IBU of 50+.  I would recommend this beer to anyone who loves a good IPA.

Commercial description: Our handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with four different kinds of Northwestern Hops and malted barley …dry-hopped to perfection.  Its flavor begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of hop flavor.

Hops used in the brew: Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Falconer;s Flight and Citra.

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