From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth, pine a hint of citrus and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50. I was hoping for a little more fruit characteristic but I did quite enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: SPARKS FLY WHEN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOPS MEET A DARING AND ROASTED MALT BASE. THE HOP FLAVOURS AND AROMAS OF A POWERHOUSE IPA ARE BALANCED PERFECTLY WITH THE DEPTH AND INTRICACY OF A COMPLEX DARK ALE.
Food pairing as per the brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Subaquatic Domicile IPA”. The latest IPA from Hearthstone pours an orange colour with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, sweetness and maybe a hint of malts. The flavour is of and maybe a hint of earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an unspecified IBU. This beer is a nice blend of North East IPA and North West IPA. It still has the bitterness of the west coast but still has the juicy side of the hops. I recommend finding some of this for yourself.
Commercial Description: This Pineapple infused New England Style IPA is hazy, thick, creamy and magical. Tropical fruit notes from Equanot, Idaho 7 & El Dorado hops are amplified by a healthy dose of Pineapple. Join the haze craze and get it in ya!
From Farnham Ale & Lager in Farnham Quebec comes their “Double IPA 128”. Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer! The beer pours a copper orange colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of citrus, grass, pine and some bready and caramel malt notes. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, mild pine, resin, bitterness, earth, caramel and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 128. I really enjoyed this beer and I am just happy I managed to get my hands on a can of it!
From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their “Kazu Maru IPA”. The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops. The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75. Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!
Commercial Description: The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery. This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. This is definitely breakfast in a bottle. I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.
Commercial Description: On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell. Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.