High Level IPA – Alley Kat Brewing

From Edmonton, Alberta’s Alley Kat Brewing Company comes their second beer in their Back Alley Brews series the “High Level IPA”.  The beer pours a orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruits, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, mango, pineapple and some other tropical fruits with caramel and maybe some bready malts that finishes with a herbal hops bitterness.  The beer has an alcohol content of 6.2% with an IBU of 52.  The hop bursting technique used makes for an interesting flavour although it comes in more as an English IPA.

Commercial Description:  uckets full of El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria, and Jarrylo hops were thrown into this hop bursted IPA. A smooth bitterness makes way for fruity hop flavours and aromas of mango, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and pear.  Hop Bursting is a brewing technique where you add all of the hops near the end of the brewing process, but don’t allow them to boil for very long. This allows the intense flavours of the hops to come through with a smooth bitterness that doesn’t overpower. The result here is a juicy IPA, ‘bursting’ with flavour.


Extrovert Red Ale – Situation Brewing

From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Extrovert Red Ale”.   The beer pours a dark reddish amber with an off white head.  The aroma is grainy bready malts, with caramel notes also and leafy hops and fruits.  The flavour is of some earth, bready and grainy and toasted malts, caramel, fruit with a herbal and mildly bitter finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22.  Its not a perfect red ale but it is tasty and I would not hesitate to have it again.

Commercial Description:   A new school revival of an old school favorite. Outgoing and approachable, this brew finishes with bready, caramel malts and subtle fruit. 2-row barley and Munich malt meld with Cascade and Chinook hops to bring you an oddly well-balanced Extrovert.

Afternoon Tea Saison – Situation Brewing

From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Afternoon Tea Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma transitions between mango and tea flavours while being fairly sweet on the nose.  The flavour is of lots of mango, with tea behind it, wheat and spices in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. Not being a tea fan I always wonder if I will like a tea based beer. Luckily for me this beer is well made and easy for even me to enjoy especially on a hot summer day.

Commercial Description:  Not your grandmother’s saison! Unless she likes tea, in which case she’s gonna dig it. This beer was brewed with heaps of Oolong mango tea. Spicy phenolics on the nose give way to biscuity malts. The tea addition adds fun, dynamic layers of flavour to the saison. Mild tannins close out the finish.


Swap the Hops Pale Ale – Bent Stick Brewing

From the newest brewery in Edmonton Alberta comes their “Swap the Hops Pale Ale” a beer that will have different hops brew to brew depending on what they have on hand. The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of fuity melons, pear bready malts and leafy hops. The flavour is of melon, citrus, pear, bready malts, earth, herbal, leafy and bitter hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. For a brand new brewery this is a sold beer and I look forward to trying our more of their beers in the future.

Page Turner IPA – Situation Brewing

From the newest brewery in Edmonton Alberta Situation Brewing comes their “Page Turner IPA” their self proclaimed flagship beer.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus rind, resin, floral hops and caramel.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, caramel, resin, pine and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 80.  I am a big fan of IPA’s as it is well known and although I did not find this super bitter I did find it super tasty.

Commercial Description:  Our flagship beer – born to standout of the croud.  We showcased Mosaic and Citra and stood it toe-to-tow with a balancing malt backbone.  An aroma of sticky citrus rind, evergreen and tropical fruit serve as a tribute to the style.