Red IPA – Postmark Brewing


East Vancouver has yet another craft brewery!  Welcome Postmark Brewing located in Railtown a neighborhood in East Vancouver to the local scene.  Their first of 4 staple beers to be ready for sampling is their “Red IPA”.  The beer pours a reddish amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruits, sweet malts and some floral hops.  The flavour is of a fruitiness including some orange and citrus with pine, hops bitterness, caramel and some mild roasty malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50.  If this beer an indication of what can be expected from Postmark Brewing then people better take notice as this is one mighty tasty beer.

Commercial Description:  An American IPA full flavoured and well-balanced with a reddish amber color.  The beer is medium bodied with a balancing malt backbone,  The specific combination of hops leads to a citrus, tropical fruit aroma and flavour, with a subtle bitterness.  The IBUs, or international bittering unites, are on the low end of the spectrum at 50, with very little residual bitter hop flavor after taste.  This IPA is built to be enjoyed in volume not test your hop endurance threshold.  The hop and malt aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Curry, spicy Mexican, strong cheese, sweet deserts.

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Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner – Parallel 49 Brewing


O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

Limited Edition

From Parallel 49 brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner”.  This beer pours a bright yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pilsner malts, Sorachi Ace hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of pilsner malts, sorachi ace hops and some fruitiness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 37.  I do not make a habbit of looking for pilsners but this is a very well crafted full flavoured pilsner with a good hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  “If someone tries to sweep your legs, offer them this lemony, single hop pilsner brewed with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops. It will distract them long enough for you to embark on months of intense and thoughtful Karate training (or run away).”

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Chicken salad, bratwurst, lemon shortbread

Click here to check out the October 2013 Box

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The Twelve Beers of Christmas – 2 – Wells Brewing Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale


(Wells Brewing is out of England Added my Mike)

The second beer of Christmas is Wells Brewing’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.

This beer has a great black-brown colour, hold it up to a light and light barely makes it through. The head is a nice tan colour though not very stable, it disappears very quickly and does not release the aroma of the beer very well.

The nose on the beer is a little weak but there is a pleasant tinge of sticky toffee bread pudding with a nice hint of prune.

The carbonation on this beer is incredibly fine, giving it almost a champagne texture. This is a very well balanced beer, a pleasant bitterness with nice fruitiness to balance. The toffee pudding flavour mixes well with the mealtimes that comes out as the beer sits on the tongue and the hops come out again on the end.

A very nice beer, perfect to slowly sip on a relaxing winter evening. I probably would not session it, the richness would be too much but this might be my beer on Christmas Day.

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Village Blonde (Natural Golden Ale) – Village Brewery


From Calgary Alberta’s Village Brewery comes their “Village Blonde (Natural Golden Ale)”.  This Golden Ale pours a light golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of a sweetness and apple juice.  The flavour is of apple, fruitiness, malts and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% and the IBU is between 28 and 30.  This is one great Summer ale that would be amazing to drink on any patio especially in Alberta where it is sold.

Commercial Description:  Meet this natural Blonde, whose golden glow comes from the finest two-row Alberta barley. An ale with a crisp, dry palate that balances a slight fruity sweetness and subtle bitterness. Handcrafted, unpasteurized, free of preservatives and additives, this local beauty conforms to the 1516 Bavarian Law of Purity. So few Blondes do.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck confit pooutine, cheeseburger and burger.

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Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA – Double Trouble Brewing (BC Batch 3 Vs. Ontario Original)


Back in January I did a comparison of the first and second batch of the British Columbia Versions of Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA that is contract brewed by Dead Frog Brewing in Aldergrove.  Click here to read. Now I have been able to get ahold of not only a 473ml can of the Ontario version of the beer but also a 650ml bomber of the newest batch of the BC version.  Following will be my review on both versions and which one is my personal favourite.

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Double Trouble Brewing (Ontario Batch)

The IPA pours a slightly cloudy orange/copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweet malts, citrus, clove and an overall fruitiness.  The flavour is of sweet malts, citrus, fruit and a mild hops bitterness.

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Dead Frog Brewing (British Columbia Batch)

This version of the IPA poured a clear orange/copper colour with a white head.  The aroma was of sweet malts, fruit and citrus.  The flavour consisted of sweet malts, fruit, citrus, pine and a mild to medium hops bitterness.  There is a lingering hops bitterness to this version of the beer.

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After trying both of these brews side by side I would have to say that they are both pretty darn good beer.  To my palate the version from Ontario is a nice Pale Ale not an India Pale Ale to the standards out West.  Dead Frogs version may not be a Northwestern IPA but it does have more IPA characteristics for sure.  I would have to say that my personal preference is the BC batch.  This decision is only true for batch three though.  Compared to batch 1 and 2 from BC the Ontario version is Superior for sure.  Don’t hold it against me Claude and Nathan both are great beer.

Commercial Description: Five ingredients instead of four: Water, Yeast, Malt, Hops and Robbers. Don’t ask us how, but there are robbers in there who have absconded with the flavour of hops for the benefit of Hops and Robbers. The amazing flavour of  hops is back in beer! Double Trouble Brewing is proud to present Hops and Robbers, Extra Delicious IPA.

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