Crafty Cream Ale – Love Shack Libations


From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness.  The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.

Commercial Description:  This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.

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Full Time IPA – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Full Time IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and floaties.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, pine, mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pith, pine, caramel and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 60.  Beau’s All Natural Brewing knows how to make a tasty beer and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Full Time I.P.A. pours hazy deep gold with a dense white foam. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and pine abound. The flavour mirrors the aroma impressions with pronounced juicy fruit. A balanced bitterness underpins the flavour. This medium bodied ale finishes dry with lingering hop and fruit notes.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Chipotle & mango salsa with spiced tortilla chips, BBQ beef burgers with caramelized onions and sharp cheddar, ginger-cookie-&-cream-cheese ice cream sandwich.

Yakima IPA – Microbrasserie Le Castor


From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Yakima IPA”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The flavour is of orange, citrus, tropical fruits, juicy and floral hops. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, orange, tropical fruits, mild caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 75.  This was a really enjoyable IPA and I am glad I got the chance to try it!

Commercial Description:  This beer is a celebration of the mighty West Coast hop, grown east of the Cascade mountains. Multiple varieties are used in this ale, at several different points in the brewing process. With emphasis on late hop & dry hop additions, we serve up juicy citrus flavours & aromas on a bed of pale malt.

Entropy Series No 2 – Dageraad Brewing


From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Entropy Series No 2” the second of their barrel released beers.  The beer pours a very deep amber colour with a very active off white head.  The aroma consists of candy sugar, pear, oak and some mild brett.  The flavour is of resin, tannins, oak, pear, tropical fruit, candy sugar, pepper, herbal hops and some mild alcohol.  The brett character of this beer will build over time but it is pretty darn subdued right now.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%.  This is tasty fresh but if you got two bottles then you should really hold onto the second bottle and let the brett build!

Commercial Description:  Amber Ale aged in a pear brandy barrel and bottle conditioned with brettanomyces.

 

Reef Break Hemp Blonde – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Reef Break Hemp Blonde”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisist of caramel and floral hops aromas but not much else.  The flavour is of caramel, sugary, fruit, herbal hops but very little hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.  I find this blonde a bit on the sweet side but that is just a personal preference.

Commercial Description:  Light, refreshing and full of flavor. This hemp infused blonde ale is medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, light floral aromas and caramel notes with a subtle hemp finish.