From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort. The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass. The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13. I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before. I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.
Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label. Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Hummingbird Hop Saison”. The beer pours a golden colour with a good amount of haze and a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy hops. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrus rind, citrus, pepper, maybe a little astringent, bitterness with a very dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 39. This is definitely more bitter than your average saison but it is pretty darn tasty.
Commercial Description: A West Coast take on a classic style. Brewed with Pilsner malt and oats this medium bodied beer balances the spicy characteristics of a saison with a pleasant bitterness an citrus note thanks to a blended, new world dry hop addition. The refreshingly dry finish will have you humming for more!
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”. The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55. This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.
Commercial Description: A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.
Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD
From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Norwegian Wood Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head and a ton of bubbles. The aroma consists of oranges, orange peel, oak, pepper, spices and pineapple. The flavour is of lots of oak, tannins, resin, pepper, citrus rind, mild citrus, pineapple, mango and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 35. This was a really tasty beer and well worth being a 4th Anniversary release. Keep up the great work Four Winds Brewing.
Commercial Description: 4th Anniversary Ale. Norwegian Wood was fermented warm with Kveik (traditional Norwegian farmhouse yeast) in French oak barrels and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces claussenii. They say that this ale sings brightly with notes of pineapple and citrus, balanced by a pleasing mineral dryness. It was hopped exclusively with Enigma and rounded out by naked golden oats.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA”. The beer pours a deep amber with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity almost banana, lemon, floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, fruity, citrus rind, resin, pith, hops bitterness and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100. The 100 IBU and the alcohol does not really come out in the flavour as bitterness but this is an interesting flavour anyways. I would say this almost seems like and English IPA.
Commercial Description: Ahoy matey! While the Jolly Roger is flown to identify that pirates are about to attack, our Jolly Hopper signifies an imminent attack on your tastebuds. Featuring a moutherload of experimental hops, this beauty is not for the faint of palate. Surrender or walk the plank!