Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale” a beer with Cucumber and Lemon.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of cucumber, lime, coriander and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of cucumber water, lime, lemon zest, earth, mild funk and a hint of bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  If you enjoy a good cucumber water on a hot day this beer should definitely be up your alley.

Commercial Description: A welcome break from the tedium of both work and weather, this beer evokes memories of Scandinavian farmhouse ales past with its dry, rustic, and earthy characterBalanced by the refreshing brightness of fresh cucumber and lemon zest, you’ll find Hiatus is best enjoyed on a sunny day as you leave your obligations behind.

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Blacktop Oat Stout – Panhead Custom Ales


From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness.  The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one.  I know that I did.

Commercial Description:  As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.

Raw Ale – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort.  The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass.  The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13.  I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before.  I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.

Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label.  Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.

Tropical Milkshake ISA – The Parkside Brewery


From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Tropical Milkshake ISA” their Anniversary beer.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, juicy hops, lactose and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, juicy, lactose, resin, earth, dank hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 40.  More dank and bitter than your average Milkshake IPA but I quite enjoyed it.

 

Black Pils – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Black Pils”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth and some pilsner malts with herbal hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 23.  This is hardly a pilsner in the regular sense but that makes it far more interesting to me.

Commercial Description:  Our dark twist on a classic Czech style Pilsner.  A dark black beer with an authentic Saaz forward hop character creating a nice bite and dark malts add subtle roasty notes.

Thanks to Hearthstone Brewery for this photograph.