418 Citra Pale Ale – Faculty Brewing


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.

Recipe
INGREDIENTS – 10 GAL.
10lbs Crisp Best Pale
2.5lbs Munich Malt
2.5lbs Vienna Malt
2.5lbs Carahell
2.5lbs Carafoam
1oz Magnum – Boil 60 minutes
1oz Citra – Boil 15 minutes
2oz Citra – Boil 1 minute
1pkg US-05

MASH STEPS.
Mash: 66°C, 60 minutes

 

Advertisements

Bayard Farmhouse Saison – Strange Fellows Brewing


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