From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release”Nitro Mango Milkshake IPA”. The beer poured a off white cascading nitro pour that settled into a deep cloudy orange colour. The aroma consisted of mango, tropical fruits with very floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of mango, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, lactose sweetness, resin and mild bitterness. This was basically as creamy as any nitro stout you have ever had. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 45. While this was a weekly one off and they only made two kegs and it may be gone it needed to be shared just how creative and tasty this beer was! I hope they decide to make more of this beer soon. This beer was discussed in Pacific Beer Chats IPA episode.
From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their “Hoppin’ Cretin IPA”. The beer pours an golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops up front with citrus, grapefruit peel and some caramel malts. The flavour is of fruity citrus large on the front of the beer with some citrus peel, caramel malts and medium bitterness finishing things off. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. While I like my IPA’s to have huge bitterness this is still a very well made IPA and it is quite balanced.
Commercial Description: INDIA PALE ALE • GOLDEN COLOUR LIGHT, CARAMEL MALT BODY • HEAVILY HOPPED WITH NOTES OF CITRUS, TROPICAL FRUIT & PINE • EXTREMELY DRY FINISH • LOBOTOMY
ALL NATURAL. UNFILTERED.
From Squamish’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their “Super Jupiter Grapefruit IPA”. The IPA pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavour is of pine, grapefruit, grapefruit peel, citrus, tropical fruit and an overall hops bitterness. The alcohol content of the brew is 6.8% with an IBU of 69. This is a great tasting IPA and it really shows that they use real grapefruit and grapefruit peel in the mash!
Commercial Description: A refreshing aromatic IPA brewed with real grapefruits and dried grapefruit peel. Brewed with Canadian pale, dark crystal and carastan malts, and four varieties of bittering and aroma hops. This dry hopped beer offers wonderful citrus and tropical aromas, with grapefruit at the apogee. Named for the newly discovered Super Jupiter planet, which was identified by a team of Canadian astrophysicists in late 2012. Brew the Beer you wish to see in the Universe!
Food pairing as per brewery: The noticeable hop profile in this ale allows it to stand up to spicier foods as well, such as curry and tacos.