From Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing. The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40. This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.
Commercial Description: Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops. Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish. It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.
From two breweries that never make IPA’s in Dageraad Brewing and Steel & Oak Brewing out of Burnaby and New Westminster respectively comes their “Suburbs 2 IPA”. The beer pours a deep murky orange with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus pith, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pith, resin and a low bitterness with a Belgian yeast spin. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%. For a breweries that do not make IPA’s this is one tasty Belgian inspired North East IPA.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Barrel Aged Hermannator”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinged head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, red wine, oak, anise, toffee, caramel, bready malts and sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, dark fruits, cherry, caramel, chocolate, toffee, earth, citrus rind and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 25. This was a very interesting beer but it had little left of what Hermannator was sadly. I hope in future versions of Barrel Aged Hermannator they let the original beer shine thought a little more.
Commercial Description: Our original Brewmaster Hermann Hoerterer designed Hermannator as a seasonal gift to friends & family in 1987. It soon became our flagship brew, the most anticipated beer of the year. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hermannator. To celebrate we’ve aged Hermannator in red wine barrels, leaving it with beautiful notes of red wine, sherry, and plum that will only get better with time. Hermannator Ice Bock is a well loved and established beer. By aging it in red wine barrels the plum and sherry notes are added upon to create a wholly different experience. Fruitier, brighter, and dangerously easy to drink. The additional 2 months of barrel aging leaves an aggressive red wine note that is sure to age beautifully for those that can resist drinking it all right away.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Mixed Greens IPA” part of their 1830 House Series. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of dank hops, citrus, fruity hops and a floral finish. The flavour is of super dank hops, citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, resinous as heck, medium bitterness and pine. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 60. Evan Doan explained this as a NE IPA that is filtered. While it is juicy it is more of a NW IPA with some juice but this is a damn good IPA and I can’t wait for it to hit the market.