From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast. The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%. The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH (Simco)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer pours a light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, passion fruit, sweetness, mild malts, floral and grassy hops. The flavour is of and a very mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 30ish according to the brewery. This might be one of the better vehicles for fresh hops in the beer world. The beer is not expected to be a huge hop bomb when it is an India Session Ale and works quite well. Its my third fresh hop beer of the year and my favorite so far.
Commercial Description: Pine and resin aromas might make you think we harvested these Simcoe hops from a forest. But they were cut down in Toppenish, Wa, and then hurried across the Cascade Mountains to get their fresh flavours into our kettle. Take a sip and note the sophistication that British Golden Promise malt provides as a counterpart in our refreshing single malt and single hops session ale.