From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Hop Pun IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, grain, pine and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, stone fruit, sugary, grain, resin and lots of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 35. I don’t know how they pack the bitterness into this beer with only 35 IBU but its tasty and I would recommend picking up a 4 pack if they sell it in your area.
Commercial Description: O.K., let’s hop right to it. Much like pet grooming businesses and rec sports teams, it seems the name of an IPA is more hopten than not, a clever play on words. With our new IPA, Hop Pun, we decided to forego this hopportunity for a chuckle and focus on cramming this deliciously hopulent brew with an hopbundance of new world hops from Australia and New Zealand. The result is a punchy beer with a hopstraveganza of tropical fruit esters and a lipsmackingly resinous finish. As your resident hoptometrist, we urge you to get your perscription filled for glasses of Hop Pun. HOP YOU ENJOY!
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Old Red Barn” 2016 Vintage a sour red ale. This beer was aged for two years in stainless and barrels. The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, sour funk, oak, vanilla and some sweetness. The flavour is of cherry, oak, big acetic notes (quite sour), vanilla, sugar, red wine and a hint of vinegar. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 23. Having tried the original around three years ago I can say that they made a beer this beer to the same great standard. I wish they would release this far more often.
Commercial Description: The Old Red Barn is our first foray into the wild world of sour beers. This special ale is fermented with a mixed yeast culture that takes almost two years to produce all the complex flavours that you’re about to enjoy. Fermented in stainless then barrel aged for two summers, the beer reminds one of the sweet rewards of patience with cherry pie, vanilla, and almond aromas. the flavour is bracingly tart with a background of oaky vanilla and a low hops bitterness to accentuate the bready malts. Try it at 10C in a large Bordeaux glass, with a creamy, warm Swiss Raclette or buttered scones with sour cherry preserves.
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Le Temps Noir″ 2016 Vintage a Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. The beer pours a deep opaque black with a deep brown head. The aroma consists of Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, burnt coffee, bitterness, resin, sweetness and an alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% with an IBU of 85. Well it’s been a long wait since 2013 but the wait was worth it! This beer is great.
Commercial Description: Our Imperial Stout is a decadent ode to the art of brewing. Malted & roasted barley come together with a heaping dose of crystal and chocolate malts to form the jet black body. Columbus hops form the bitter backbone and a slow fermentation leads to a smooth finish. The beer is then aged for 6+ months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. The barrel ageing adds a complexity of brown sugar and vanilla notes, along with a slight interplay of oxygen that would be impossible to achieve without this time consuming process.
Food Pairing as per Half Pints Brewing: Try it with a side of your favourite dark chocolate.
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their one off beer ”Ol’ Glory Barley Wine”. The beer pours a orange\brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits, sweetness, toffee and some alcohol. The flavour is of toffee, candied sugar, sweetness, dark fruits, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% with and IBU of 75. This Barley Wine was pretty good but it was not quite as good as Burly Wine.
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their” Dead Ringer Belgian IPA”. This beer began last year as a test batch growler fill and is now a bomber release. The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pepper, Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus and a mild floral hops. The flavour is of pepper, Belgian yeast, earth, wheat, citrus, citrus rind and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 49. If you like the Belgian IPA style and find yourself in Manitoba or anywhere else you may be lucky to find it pick up a bottle as you will not be disappointed.