From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish. The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30. This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.
Commercial Description: This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon. Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Rye & Ginger Amber Ale” a tap exclusive with Tap & Barrel. The beer pours a deep amber red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of rye malts and rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger and leafy, grassy hops. The flavour is of rye malts, rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger, earth, fruity notes and grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 21. This is a nice mix of flavours and is really refreshing. If you find yourself near a Tap & Barrel or the brewery make sure to check this one out.
Commercial Description: With smooth spice from rye malt and the ginger, this amber ale is lightly hopped and very refreshing. Pouring a pale amber, this beer is a take on the classic rye and ginger without the ginger kick.
From Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn New York comes their “Puff” an Imperial IPA. The beer pours a very hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, lemon, bready malts and a hint of malts. The flavour is of orange, lemon, tropical fruits , ginger, resin, dank, pine, earthiness and lots of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.8% with an IBU of 108. Being a huge fan of big IPA’s I have to say I am super excited to find this in liquor stores in British Columbia now! This stuff is the serious real deal.
Commercial Description: Imagine puffing away on hops for days, then just chillin’ as the party starts winding down. But wait, a final burst of energy; one last dose in a tank of dry hops. A special hop bouquet for the afterparty. If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s PUFF – a hazy, unfiltered pour with an extra dose of dry hops… a new blend devised just for Puff. We decided to capture our own puffy, cloudy brew in a limited release can. First puff says it all – this ish is Keller. Breathe deep and put your head in the clouds… it’s Mad Science. This cloudy, unfiltered brew is meant to be drank super fresh. Don’t wait to Puff – this beer is code dated for consumption within 100 days. Puff, puff…
From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “Backdoor Man” Basil India Pale Ale. This beer has been produced in Collaboration with Storm Brewing who are basically neighbors with Parallel 49 Brewing. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of basil, lemon, floral hops and maybe some ginger. The flavour is of a ton of basil, lemon, sweetness, mild bitterness and still coming up with some ginger. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. I quite enjoyed this beer but it was no surprise as I have had Basil IPA’s from Storm Brewing before and been a fan.