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.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Hazy White IPA”. The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consisted of orange and general citrus notes but juicy in general with wheat hints. The flavour is of orange, mild tropical fruits, citrus rind, spices, wheat, mild bitterness and some yeast but not super juicy overall. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with 30 IBU. While not super juicy this is a really enjoyable hazy IPA.
Commercial Description: This juicy wheat beer was infused with the freshly squeezed juice and zest of hundreds of lemons and oranges during multiple stages of the brewing process. Adding hops, juice and coriander during fermentation gives us the extra flavour and hazy appearance that makes this white IPA so luscious.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond in collaboration with Superflux Beer Company (formerly Machine Ales) comes their “Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2″. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of mild tropical, pine, resin, citrus rind, wheat with a floral finish. The flavour is of with hints of pineapple and citrus. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 61. This currently tastes like a massive West Coast IPA with the look of an North East IPA. This was bottled and consumed on Jan 24th, 2018. The original version of this from 2016 was far more fruity but I have a feeling as this one ages for a week or two the fruit notes will pick up. Its a really nice West Coast IPA none the less.
Commercial Description: Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2: A juicy, dank, pineapple explosion of tropical hops! Featuring Denali & Vic Secret hops.
From 2 Crows Brewing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in collaboration with Kilter Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, juicy hops, coconut, resin and lactose. The flavour is of pineapple, mango, citrus, banana, citrus rind, resin, lactose, yeast and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 49. Not as juice forward as many Milkshake IPA’s with a more pronounced bitterness but regardless it is a tasty juice bomb.
Commercial Description: Milkshake IPA with coconut, mango, pineapple, banana, & lime.