From BRB Co (Be Right Back Brewing) in Richmond comes their “Deadpale Ale” a beer that unofficially ties into the movie Deadpool showing across the street. The beer pours a mildy cloudy golden to copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of a really bready and grainy malt presence with some good citrus notes in the finish and some floral hops although mild. The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, caramel and citrus with some very mild hops bitterness. This is definitely an English Pale Ale and not a West Coast Pale. The alcohol content comes in at a very sessionable 4.3% with an IBU of 26. While this beer is not going to knock you socks off like deadpool would or kick you in the face with hops it is a tasty beer and I am sure Deadpool would support drinking a few in a sitting.
From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Yukon Gold English Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep golden colour with a small white head. The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and some bready malts. The flavour is of caramel, bready, mild citrus, mild nuttiness, earth and some very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a very mild Pale Ale and fits the bill as an English version. Do not look at this beer as anything West Coast but do look for a nice flavoured quite mild Pale Ale.
The Yukon’s number one selling draught (yes, including the mega-breweries), this ale was designed to be an almost “non-ale”. It is golden in colour, brilliantly clear, and clean across the palate. The mix of 5 malts still provides subtle character in the body, and the addition of malted wheat provides a slight, but characteristic citrusy finish. Hopped with noble Saaz, Sterling and UK Golding, the bitter is barely perceptible, but mild hop flavours linger in the after-taste; the dry, clean finish provides a refreshing perk at the back of the palate. The full package mimics the classic milds of the British Isles, with a bit of Yukon spirit, just to make sure you remember what part of the world it’s from! The artwork on the package and label was created by Artist Lynn Blakie. Her piece captured the gold that’s present not only in the soils of the Klondike but in the spirit of the north. Gold is in the colours and culture of this place, the campfires and the ever-lasting summer sun. To learn more about Lynn’s work, click here.
Food pairing as per the brewery: Pan Asian, earthy cheeses, camembert, fontina, asiago, colby cheese, Parmesan, Edam, feta, salad, poultry.
If you are reading this before December 15th 2012 then this beer is as of yet unreleased!
From the as of yet unopened Powell Street Craft Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “Old Jalopy Pale Ale” an English Pale Ale with a twist. This pale ale pours a deep cloudy amber/brown colour with a tan head. The aroma of the beer consists of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops with some caramel malts hidden in the background. With your first sip of this wonderful brew you will taste citrus, grapefruit, pine and floral hops up front with some great caramel malts to finish off the experience! The alcohol content of this beer is 5.5% and has an IBU of 40. This is a very good English Style Pale Ale where the hops wont hit you in the face but greet you very pleasantly (Just like the owners!). I will be buying more of this beer when the brewery opens up this Saturday for sure! So get out there and buy some beer before I buy all of it!
Currently Powell Street Craft Brewery beer will only be available at their brewery in either 650ml bombers, 1 liter Boston Rounds (refillable) and 1.89L Growlers. They are working on the logistics of getting their beer out to stores and bars near you!
Bottle Description: A twist on a traditional English Pale Ale. Caramel and English Pale malts were combined with floral, citrus and grapefruit notes of the North American hop giving this ale a very distinct sensory profile.
1830 Powell Street, Vancouver