Mikes wife gift me a beer advent calendar she put together herself. I thought I should post each day as a review. Now, you’re wondering: where are days 1 and 2? I got this on day two and didn’t think of this series until today so I’ll catch up.
So, on with the show.
From Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in St Jerôme, Quebec I got Moralité American IPA. It pours a beautiful, hazy hay yellow with a creamy head of very fine bubbles. Carbonation is invisible through the haze.
The nose is super herbaceous. Celery and thyme come forward quickly with a little raw, wet cereal grain following. There might be a hint of tangerine.
The flavours are super hop forward. Herb-y bitterness really dominates, so much so that it is almost hot or spicy. A sweet tangerine note offers a nice counter to the hops. The finish goes on forever with bitter hops.
Commercial description: The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec May demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness. Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont USA.
From the brand new Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC that opened on June 1st 2013 comes their “Pale Ale”. The pale ale pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma is of citrus, fruit, pine and floral hops. The flavour is pine and hop forward with fruity citrus and a smooth finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 38. There are a ton of pale ales out there in craft beer and it can be hard to make a brew that stands out. Luckily Four Winds has crafted something that is great tasting with some originality on top of that. I look forward to finding this brew in a local pub!
Bridge Brewing in North Vancouver has a New IPA in town its called the “Hopilano IPA”. The IPA pours a cloudy amber orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrusy fruit and floral hops. The flavour is fairly hops forward with a medium hops bitterness with pine and a citrusy, tropical fruity finish. The alcohol content is 6% and the IBU is 56.
Commercial Description: Bridge’s IPA is a Northwestern Style Ale full of contradictions – Strong and clean flavour, with moderate bitterness and yet a soft floral aroma, displaying distinct tropical, citrus, lemon and grapefruit tones. We’reonthe West Coast folks, and in keeping with our climate, our beer will leave your mouth lush and wanting more. For those in the know, we use Cascade,Columbus and Columbus Hops.
From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC comes the “Hop Circle IPA” availible in 6 packs of bottles. This beer pours a golden colour with a off white head. The beer smells of some malts but mostly consists of a heavy floral hops. The flavor of this beer is hops forward (well forward, middle and back but I digress) with some hints of citrus and pine. This is one hopy beer for sure! The beer sits at a 6.5% alcohol and a high IBU that I can not determin.