Double IPA 128 – Farnham Ale & Lager

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!



BC Backyard Lager – Old Yale Brewing

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.

High Level IPA – Alley Kat Brewing

From Edmonton, Alberta’s Alley Kat Brewing Company comes their second beer in their Back Alley Brews series the “High Level IPA”.  The beer pours a orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruits, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, mango, pineapple and some other tropical fruits with caramel and maybe some bready malts that finishes with a herbal hops bitterness.  The beer has an alcohol content of 6.2% with an IBU of 52.  The hop bursting technique used makes for an interesting flavour although it comes in more as an English IPA.

Commercial Description:  uckets full of El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria, and Jarrylo hops were thrown into this hop bursted IPA. A smooth bitterness makes way for fruity hop flavours and aromas of mango, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and pear.  Hop Bursting is a brewing technique where you add all of the hops near the end of the brewing process, but don’t allow them to boil for very long. This allows the intense flavours of the hops to come through with a smooth bitterness that doesn’t overpower. The result here is a juicy IPA, ‘bursting’ with flavour.