Finger Guns Simcoe IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Finger Guns Simcoe IPA”.  The beer pours a hazy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of  tropical fruit, citrus, grain, floral hops and herbal.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, herbal hops, grain, dankness and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%.  If you like a good juice bomb and Simcoe hops then you need to try this.

Commercial Description:  100% Simcoe IPA.  Finger Guns is the next adaptation of our award winner Day Blink pale ale. We hit this beer with a huge dry hop of Simcoe which is instantly noticeable on the aroma. Lots of dankness and peach aromas until front with a soft juiciness in the finish. This beer is definitely one of our favourites in the single hop series and we’re excited to add it to the list!

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Towers and Trains Early Grey IPA – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Towers and Trains” Early Grey IPA.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of light malts, earl grey tea and some floral hops.  The flavour is of Earl Grey tea, grainy malts, herbal hops some citrus and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50.  While not a huge tea fan this is a really enjoyable blend of Earl Grey tea and an IPA.

Commercial Description:  Made with organic Earl Grey Tea from our friends just down the boardwalk at The Great Wall Tea Co. this Earl Grey IPA has a perfect balance of west coast hops, bergamot, and a gentle black tea bitterness.

Tart IPA – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Tart IPA”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juicy citrus and mild tropical fruits with floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, some herbal hops, mild tartness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is an enjoyable twist on a New England IPA and I look forward to having more.

Commercial Description:  Worlds are colliding! Loads of juicy hops combine with a puckering tartness, resulting in a beautifully balanced Tart IPA bursting with flavour.

Roggenbier – Boundary Brewing


From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Roggenbier” a German style Red Rye Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, bready malts, grain, fruity esters with some pronounced citrus. The flavour is of rye spice, bread, grain, citrus, citrus rind, fruity esters, yeast, herbal hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol contnet comes in at 5% with an IBU of 28. I have not had a ton of beers in this style but I can say that I quite enjoyed this one. 

Commercial Description: A medium bodied German Rye Red Ale. This beer puts the rye malt forward, showcasing the delicate spicyness of the grain, with hints of caramel and roasted barley and perfectly balanced with a delicate herbal hops finish.

Riptide Rye IPA – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Riptide Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, tropical fruit, orange and rye spice.  The flavour is of mild resin, herbal hops, tropical fruit, good citrus hit with some melon and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 58.  While I would not go as far as to call this a North East IPA it is a good Rye IPA.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in the North East style with British yeast, Amarillo hops and flaked rye.  Apricots and nectarine meet citrus/mandarin orange with undertones of melon, creating juicy flavours with soft spicy tones of Rye.  Follow the tide and enjoy the flavour and aromas of this fresh IPA.