Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


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!

 

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Bayard Farmhouse Saison – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Bayard Farmhouse Saison”.  Check out the tasting panel I was part of for this beer at Whats Brewing magazine.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head with some retention.  The aroma consists of citrus, orange, pepper and a citrus find in the finish.  The flavour is of lots of citrus and tons of orange rind, pepper, herbal notes, crackery malts and a grassy and mild bitter finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 25.  I enjoyed this beer but I found the citrus rind a little strong for my liking as it took on a bit of an odd bitterness.

Commercial Description:  He’s back and better than ever! – Hero of many a legend, Bayard the horse perpetually outwits any attempt to control him & fearlessly blazes his own path. He symbolizes the free spirit not to be tamed. Wild by nature, this Saison is the happenstance of unique yeasts & bottle-conditioning, & is just the thing for celebrating the things we cannot control.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Asian & Middle-Eastern cuisine, spicy, funky & creamy cheeses

Haters Gonna Hate Imperial Kolsch – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Haters Gonna Hate Imperial Kolsch”.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, lemon, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of grain, bread, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, grassy, resin and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 40.  As an Imperial Kolsch goes this is probably one of the best versions I have been able to try.

Commercial Description:  Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly “catty” character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Chili-lime + garlic prawns, feta vinaigrette, Korean BBQ beef short ribs (Galbi), kimchi, ripe surface-ripened cheeses like La Sauvagine or Madawaska.

 

The Eldorado Single Hop IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “The Eldorado Single Hop IPA” a beer part of their IPA series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, lemongrass, floral hops and caramel.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemongrass, herbal notes, caramel, leafy, grassy and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 75 – 80.  I like a good single hop IPA and this one has enough flavour to not be one dimensional and be quite refreshing!

Commercial Description:  Eldorado Hop is the focus of this single hop IPA. In addition to the stone fruit flavours of the Eldorado Hop, we have added distinctive Lemongrass, to provide a little extra citrus zing.

Sombrio Citrus Session – Vancouver Island Brewing 


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Sombrio Citrus Session”. The Beer pours a mildly hazy Yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, mld malts and floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus, mild resin, grassy hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 36.  Like many session Ales this one is light on flavour but still enjoyable. Should stand up to a good patio.

Commercial Description:  Bright and citrusy, this fruity session ale will take you right to the beach, no matter the season.