From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Broadside India Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, bready, understated fruit notes and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, bread, tropical fruits, citrus, citrus rind, some resin and earth and bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 60. The bitterness is not huge so I would personally consider this on the bitter side of an English IPA. While it is not a huge hop bomb it is still a beer that hits you with a ton of flavour. If you find yourself in the Nelson area make sure to pick up some of Torchlight Brewing’s beer!
Commercial Description: “Fire all guns!” A broadside is the maximum firepower a vessel can deliver to a single target all at once. Devastating to your enemies if well timed. Similarly Broadside India Pale Ale brings to bear the full power of malt and hops within the crimson glory of this full bodied ale.
From White Rock Beach Beer Company in White Rock comes their “’Pier’ IPA”. The beer pours an orange coulor with an off white head. The aroma consists of slightly sweet fruity front with a very mild floral hops finish although it is understated. The flavour is of lemon citrus, tropical melon, some decent earthy notes and a low bitterness. This is an English IPA to the max and drinks more like a mild pale ale than an India Pale Ale. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 80 (Not all IBU goes to bitterness). As long as you go into this beer knowing it is not a hop heads dream you should really enjoy this beer for the flavours it delivers.
Commercial Description: A trio of hops – Magnum, Centennial, and Cascade – give this craft-brewery facourite the ‘bite’ devoted hopheads are looking for, while finishing smooth and crisp.
From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse of the Yukon Territories comes the “Ice Fog IPA” and English India Pale Ale. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of biscuit malts, fruit and and floral hops. The flavour is of biscut malts, caramel, fruit and very mild bitterness almost more grassy. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. While I question this being even considered at English IPA as the bitterness is just to low it is still a tasty beer and worth picking up. Just do not expect to taste bitterness.
Commercial Description: When it’s quitting time around the brewery the team can often be caught snagging a pint of this British style malt forward IPA. We call it Fog-O’clock and it’s becoming a bit of a Yukon trend! Unlike the hundreds of other IPA’s out there, we’re not going for the “hip and hop” award with this brew, going over the top with bitterness. It’s a session beer for folks who appreciate an IPA with balance.
From The Noble Pig Brewhouse in Kamloops comes their “Imperialist Pig IPA” and English IPA. The beer pours a orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of fruity melon, sweetness and caramel. The flavour is of caramel, earth, melon, citrus, sweetness and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 63. Even with an IBU at 63 this beer is quite low on the bitterness and more reminiscent of an English IPA. I tend to enjoy hop bombs for IPA’s but I can appreciate what this beer brings to the table.
Commercial Description: Reminiscent of the beers shipped to India from England in the 1800’s. Heavily hopped with four separate additions of hops. Columbus, Willamette, cascades & styrian goldings.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “IPA” a beer in their classic series. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, earth, floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of caramel and biscuit up front with some earthiness, sweetness, mild tropical hops notes and a mild bitterness. There is no doubt this is an English IPA. The alcohol content comes in at 6.25% with an IBU of 78. I am surprised that the IBU is that high as it really does not come through in the flavour but more like an IBU of 40-50. With that being said this beer has all the makings of a really good English IPA and would probably even be quite palatable to non IPA drinkers.
Commercial Description: A traditional English style IPA using primarily Australian hops. Red Collar IPA is brewed with Kamloops water, Canadian malt, English ale yeast, and Galaxy and Ella hops. Unpasturized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated.