48 Dark Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%.  This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.

Commercial Desciption:  84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts.  Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present.  This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising:  it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.

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East Van SMaSH (Amarillo) – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers.  The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast.  The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%.  The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.

Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale) – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario conceived collaboratively with Canadian Hip Hop artist K-OS comes their “Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale)”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, grainy, caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of huge rye notes, caramel, peppery, citrus, some sweetness, herbal and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and an IBU of 46.  I have a love for Rye in beer and this one delivered.  If you see this on the shelve it would be well worth your time to pick up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Soft creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, Cambozola, or medium cheddar & gouda cheeses; smoked herb-rubbed tofu; eggplant, ricotta & roasted pepper flan with chimichurri; cheese agnolotti with gorgonzola & rosemary cream.

The Code East Coast IPA – Bomber Brewing


With the Release of the sequel to my favourite hockey movie on Friday March 17th 2017 Goon Last of the Enforcers, Bomber Brewing in Vancouver made “The Code East Coast IPA” and its Official.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, citrus, caramel and dank hops.  The flavour is of resin, pineapple, citrus, overall fairly juicy with caramel, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 69 just like our favourite goon Doug Glatt’s number.   Pick up a six pack soon and go see the movie in theatres in Canada now!

 

Ninjutsu Pale Ale – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Ninjutsu Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep Golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, mild fruits, biscuit and grassy hops. The flavour is of lemon, caramel, biscuit, grassy hops, earth and Mild resin. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 30 IBU. I hear they dry hopped this beer again after I tried it but it was a good session ale already.

Commercial Description:  Easy drinking, light bodied. Mild hop bitterness with pleasant notes of marmalade and apricots.