From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “120 Min IPA”. The beer pours a very deep cloudy orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and sweetness. The flavour is of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at around 18% with an IBU of 120. I am a big fan of Barley Wine and this beer is way more of one than it is an IPA.
Commercial Description: Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads! We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age. Every Beer Has A Story…
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat. The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine. Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.
Commercial Description: Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers. The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature. All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish. The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts. The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%. This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.
From Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona comes their “Citrana Southwestern Style Gose”. The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, lime, salt, coriander and cardamom. The flavour is of lemon, salt, very mild tarness with some malts, coriander and cardamom. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%. This is a nice mild gose that is extremely drinkable and well worth trying if you can find it.
From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur” a Cloudy Double IPA. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange juice, pineapple and basically just juice. The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, citrus rind, some herbal notes and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. With a great mothfeel this beer is really tasty and I am so glad I was able to get a can from the Hoppy Craftsmen while in Arizona. These cans sell out extremely fast!
Commercial Description: What the hell is “Dirty Hop Water?” First off, it’s proof that humulus lupulus is God’s gift to beer. It’s also proof that the all powerful hop is still craft beer’s king. This series combines the hazy proteins of AZ grown unmalted grains with the most badass, aromaticaly driven hops in the world. The result is this murky, juicy, tropical smoothie-esque hop bomb. We Won’t make this D.H.W. rendition ever again. Like, ever. You’re special if you were able to grab a sip of this can. Enjoy! Cloudy India Pale Ale with Eureka, Callista and Belma Hops.