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.
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Bayard Farmhouse Saison”. Check out the tasting panel I was part of for this beer at Whats Brewing magazine. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head with some retention. The aroma consists of citrus, orange, pepper and a citrus find in the finish. The flavour is of lots of citrus and tons of orange rind, pepper, herbal notes, crackery malts and a grassy and mild bitter finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 25. I enjoyed this beer but I found the citrus rind a little strong for my liking as it took on a bit of an odd bitterness.
Commercial Description: He’s back and better than ever! – Hero of many a legend, Bayard the horse perpetually outwits any attempt to control him & fearlessly blazes his own path. He symbolizes the free spirit not to be tamed. Wild by nature, this Saison is the happenstance of unique yeasts & bottle-conditioning, & is just the thing for celebrating the things we cannot control.
Food pairing as per brewery: Asian & Middle-Eastern cuisine, spicy, funky & creamy cheeses