Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes “Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted and toasted malts, coffee, nuts and caramel.  The flavour is of roasted coffee, toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, earth, nuts, hint of fruits and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 22.  This would be a terrible beer to drink before bed with all of the caffeine but this stuff is seriously tasty!

Commercial Description:   This smooth amber ale is conditioned with cold brewed coffee to give a bold aroma and flavour of fresh coffee with roasted, earthy, caramel and nutty notes.

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India Brown Ale – Kettle River Brewing Co


From the newest brewery in Kelowna, Kettle River Brewing Co comes their “India Brown Ale” a beer bottled on July 21, 2016 in Lot 66.  The beer pours a deep brownish red colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, earth and floral hops.  The flavour is of earth, roasted malts, smoke, bitterness, caramel, resin and a hint of fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7%.  This is an interesting take on this style mashup.  I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Black Rye IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their “Black Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a deep brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild toasted rye and floral hops.  The flavour is of burnt malts, roasted coffee, rye, earth, resin, hint of fruit and a good hit of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 68.  This beer hits all the notes you would expect in a black IPA and would be a great choice for anyone looking for a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Commercial Description:  Bold, intense, roasty, bitter, huge citrus & pine notes.

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The Hobbit: The Smaug Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers


Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Smaug Stout” a Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a n opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some mild chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee, sweetness, hint of fruit and a mild warmth from habanero chillies.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is a big beer and the chillies do add a kick to the beer but I found it to be quite refreshing.  This beer may be a huge surprise to non craft drinkers trying to ride the Hobbit bandwagon but the series is big just like the beer.

Commercial Description:  is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilies to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting Bilbo and to the Company of Dwarves in their journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey. 

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