From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Honey Wheat Wine”. This one is release number 13 in the series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, wheat, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters. The flavour is of honey, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, caramel, wheat, vanilla, low bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.3% with an IBU of 25. At first sip I thought this may end up being a bit to sweet but the flavour is great and never gets cloying.
From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Red Pilsner”. The beer pours an amber colour with an white head. The aroma consists of caramel, grainy malts and some floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, grains, some mild fruity notes with very little bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. If you are looking for an easy drinking lager with a bit more flavour to it this could be what you are looking for.
Commercial Description: We built this brew by hand with Czech pilsner yeast and a unique combination of black malts, malted wheat, and 100% simcoe hops. The addition of the roasted malts give it a distinctive reddish hue, while the slow process and cold storage temperatures closely resemble the winters this style of beer was originally brewed during.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA”. The beer pours a deep amber with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity almost banana, lemon, floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, fruity, citrus rind, resin, pith, hops bitterness and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100. The 100 IBU and the alcohol does not really come out in the flavour as bitterness but this is an interesting flavour anyways. I would say this almost seems like and English IPA.
Commercial Description: Ahoy matey! While the Jolly Roger is flown to identify that pirates are about to attack, our Jolly Hopper signifies an imminent attack on your tastebuds. Featuring a moutherload of experimental hops, this beauty is not for the faint of palate. Surrender or walk the plank!
From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “1897 Amber Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, some honey and some fruit notes. The flavour is of caramel, honey, fruity notes and very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 20. If your looking for a good Amber Ale at a good price then take a look for this one as it wont break the bank.
Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.
Commercial Description: Rumour has it that the crisp, comforting taste of our 1897 Amber ale will stir up secrets in the pub that spread like whispers through tall trees. But you didn’t hear it from us.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Atlantic Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel and biscuit malts, pine and citrus notes. The flavour is of caramel, biscuit, fruity notes, mild resin and citrus, tropical fruit and mild bitterness. The alcohol comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 30. This one won’t knock you socks off but it is a well made and enjoyable Pale Ale.
Commercial Description: East meets West in this little beauty! This is our take on an English style pale ale – light in colour and body, hopped with a mix of Old World and North American hops, resulting in a balanced and refined pale ale.