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.
From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “White Raven India Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep cloudy amber orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral hops, herbal, citrus, malts and a mildly dank finish. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, bready malts, juicy hops, citrus, mango and other fruits, bitterness, herbal and leafy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 72. This is a great IPA that any lover of the style would enjoy.
Commercial Description: Sightings of the white raven in the wild are so rare that many people don’t even believe it exists. Others know better. Experiencing something that unique is hard to forget and it instills a sense of optimism to come across a creation that’s one-of-a-kind, coasting through life on its own, in its own way. The irony of this conflict is that the white raven is a natural mediator – the wise old bird would advise both sides to stick a pine cone in it and simply enjoy the beer. Our White Raven India Pale Ale is a distinctive, very hop forward blend with huge aromatics of orange, grapefruit, passion fruit and mango with a touch of pine. The signature flavours of Munich and crystal malts contribute a complex toffee-caramel backbone that nicely balances the bitterness from the hops. It finishes slightly dry with lingering citrus and a tropical impression that tells you this robust beer would pair well with blackened fish, roasted duck, and even spiced coffee cake.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Lychee Berliner Weisse”. Hearthstone has now expanded beyond their Raspberry version of the Wyld. The beer pours a golden colour with a small white head. The aroma consists of mild lychee, fruit and a sweetness that boarders on sugary. The flavour is of mild lychee, tartness, wheat and other fruits. The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00. While the Lychee was not over the top this is a tasty Berliner Weisse.
Commercial Description: We give you our take on a traditional old world classic – the Berliner Weisse. Using 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria, and real, whole lychees. This brew is tart, light and refreshing. We hope you agree! Cheers to summer sours!
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Kottbusser” an ancient style of beer that is more or less a brown ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a reddish tinge held up to light with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, honey, caramel, wheat and coffee. The flavour is of chocolate, wheat, honey, earth, ash, coffee and fruit notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 16. Not quite a typical brown ale but the flavour is quite full and quite interesting. I will be buying more bottles of this especially if they keep it around for winter.
Commercial Description: An ancient style of beer outlawed with the induction of the German Purity Laws. This brown ale is made with malted barley, wheat and flaked oats and finished with molasses and Fraser Valley’s Alfalfa honey. With notes of sweet chocolate and coffee on the nose, Twin Sails Winter Ale is full bodied with great malt complexity. The beer finishes with subtle roasted malt flavours and honey sweetness.
From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Anarchist Amber Ale”. The beer has an amber colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of caramel and fruits but is mild. The flavour is of caramel, cereal grains, fruits, melon, citrus, sweetness and a grassy hops finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 27. This is a very serviceable and sessionable Amber Ale. It may not knock your socks off but it will be a nice refreshing sip none the less!
Commercial Description: This is a beer lover’s beer. Anarchist Amber Ale is a full bodied hand-crafted ale that is a generous combination of carefully roasted malted barley balanced with three Northwest hop varieties. Patient and watchful conditioning results in a harmony of hop and malt.