Free Dive IPA – Coppertail Brewing


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

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Pear Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”.  The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.

Commercial Description:   This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla.  Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose  and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.  Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.

Lug-Tread Lagered Ale – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


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.

BC Bitter – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “BC Bitter”.  This English Bitter pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, sweet malts, mild grapefruit, mild pine and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, mild earth, citrus, bitterness and herbal hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 32.  This new beer using all BC grown ingredients is an enjoyably brew.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.

Commercial Description:  Local ingredients add BC flavour to this traditional English bitter. Nugget and Chinook hops from Lillooet balance brilliantly with Pilsner malt from Armstrong for a slightly hoppy, bready summer beer. Pair with fish & chips.

Off Trail Pale Ale – Old Yale Brewing


From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Off Trail Pale Ale.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, grain, citrus with floral and herbal hops.  The flavour is of grain, caramel, citrus, mild earth, spicy and herbal hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35.  This is a well executed standard pale ale and should do the trick for a good 6 pack in the fridge beer.

Commercial Description:  A generous heaping 
of whole leaf cascade 
hops are carefully
 balanced with malted 
barley and combined to deliver our refreshing
 Off Trail Pale Ale. We 
suggest pairing with
a juicy burger or your favorite pizza.

Food pairings as per brewery:  Coconut curry w/ rice & chicken, Mushroom meatloaf, Grilled tiger prawns, Arugula salad, Samosas, Strong cheeses