From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “N.E. IPA”. The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops, tropical fruit like mangos and mild citrus. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, earth, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, caramel malts, bitterness and a dank finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 55. While someone hoping for a total juice bomb may not be totally sold this is a great crossover between the North East IPA and a North West IPA.
From Coppertail Brewing in Tampa Florida comes their “Free Dive IPA”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, floral hops and maybe a dank note or two. The flavour is of grain, citrus, citrus rind, resin, pine, bitterness, earth, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a good 5.9%. This was a really nice India Pale Ale and a great introduction to this brewery.
Commercial Description: Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered. Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone. Perfect for a day on the water.
Food pairing as per brewery: Spicy grilled shrimp
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Lug-Tread Lagered Ale” a Kolsch. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, bread, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of biscuit, grain, lemon, herbal hops and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 21. I do not hut these kinds of ales out personally but this one is definitely right on point for a lagered ale. If you are looking for a good easy drinking beer you would be doing yourself a good deed to pick this beer up.
Commercial Description: Lug-Tread is our tribute to the classic Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. It is versatile and well suited to any season or occasion, with satisfying, chewy malts to warm in the colder months, and a refreshing, crisp finish to quench a summer’s thirst. The tracks left in the mud from a small tractor’s Lug Tread tell the tale of honest hard work and close family ties.
Food pairing as per brewery: Pizza marinara, salad Niçoise, brined & slow roasted pork shoulder,picnic fare such as cold roast chicken, Abbey-style cheeses.
From Farnham Ale & Lager in Farnham Quebec comes their “Double IPA 128”. Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer! The beer pours a copper orange colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of citrus, grass, pine and some bready and caramel malt notes. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, mild pine, resin, bitterness, earth, caramel and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 128. I really enjoyed this beer and I am just happy I managed to get my hands on a can of it!
From Old Yale Brewing out of Chilliwack comes their brand new “BC Backyard Lager” a beer made from 100% British Columbia ingredients. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grassy hops, grain and rye malts. The flavour is of citrusy lemon, melon, herbal hops, grainy and rye malts and a decent resin and bitterness in the finish for the style. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25. While this is not my style of beer there is good hit of rye malts and hops that make for a tasty lager even for me!
Commercial Description: Our Rye Lager is hand-crafted and 100% of the ingredients are grown right in our backyard – Beautiful BC. Barley and rye blend with Chilliwack hops for a light, crisp finish. Try a Backyard Lager with a locally caught seafood feast.