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.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16. I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me. This is a serious desert beer.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Lone Wolf IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity notes of citrus, sweetness and caramel. The flavour is of caramel, resin, fruity citrus, sweetness, bitterness and lots of pine. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. This is definitely an enjoyable IPA and I would recommend picking up a bottle for yourself.
Commercial Description: This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense. A well balanced N.W. IPA with Cascade/Centennial Final and Dry Hopping for that citral finish.