From Little Kn?wn Brewing Co a collaborative project between 49th Parellel Group a beer distributor in Western Canada and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery out of Ontario comes their “Je Ne Sais Quoi” a Session IPA. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild fruit aroma backed up with some floral hops and maybe some pine but not much else. The flavour is of mild resin, pine, bitterness and some fruity citrus notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. As India Session Ale’s go this is a pretty good brew although one of the issues with the style is it has little to no body.
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.
From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish. The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40. If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.
Commercial Description: Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.
INGREDIENTS – 10 GAL.
10lbs Crisp Best Pale
2.5lbs Munich Malt
2.5lbs Vienna Malt
1oz Magnum – Boil 60 minutes
1oz Citra – Boil 15 minutes
2oz Citra – Boil 1 minute
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish. The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.
Commercial Description: Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes this years version of “Chrono Wet Hop IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of semi tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of resin, pine, herbal, tropical, citrus, caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 66. I have not been the biggest fan of fresh hopped beers over the last few years as they lack bitterness. I am happy to say this one was a tasty one and a good kick off for the fresh hop season.
Commercial Description: Chrono Wet Hop IPA: Time is of the essence. Freshly picked Centennial and Cascade hops from BC Hop Co were immediately brought to the brewery and thrown into the brew within hours of picking. The magic of the fresh hops deliver a juiciness and dankness that we will never get from dried hops. Enjoy a light malt body and a citric blast from the wet hops!