Wet Hopped SMASH – Dead Frog Brewery

From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Wet Hopped SMASH” a wet hopped single hop single malt beer.  This beer is a pale ale but I mistakenly poured it into an IPA glass.  The beer pours a golden colour with a while head.  The aroma consists of grain, tropical fruits and some earth.  The flavour is of lemon, tropical fruits, sweetness, grain, earth and some hop oils.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  Although not a complex beer due to only one hop and one malt used it is a pretty nice way to train your pallet on flavour and aroma.



Hop Harvest Fresh Hopped IPA – Bridgeport Brewing

From Bridgeport Brewing in Portland Oregon comes their “Hop Harvest Fresh Hopped IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a off white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, orange, earth, resin, oil hops and some floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemon, orange, citrus, earth, malts, hop oils, resin but more dank than bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 60.  From my understanding this was not super fresh but it still tasted quite nice and I was happy to get it in trade from Westcoastbeergeek.com.

Commercial Description:  From field to brew in under an hour, nothing gets in the way of Hop Harvest. For wicked freshness, we race locally sourced Crystal hops to the brewery from Sodbuster Farms as fast as we can. Only available for a limited time, you’ll be chasing after it once it’s gone.




Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale 2015 – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their latest edition of “Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale” a fresh hopped pale ale. The beer pours a orange amber colour with a tan head. The aroma is of honey, caramel malts, hops oils and a grassy finish. The flavour is of honey, caramel, sweetness, some earthiness, grassy and an oily finish from the hops oils. The beer has an alcohol content comes in at 5%. Having the addition of honey really makes this beer stand out. To many of the fresh hopped beers miss the point because they are styles that really need to be bitter. With a pale ale the hops bitterness is not as important and goes well like this.

Commercial Description:  The most wonderful day of the year! It’s hop harvest time, and that means Harvest Honey Pale Ale. Harvest was ahead of schedule because of the hot summer we have had, and so today I brewed with Cascade, Centennial, and Mt Hood hops from Chilliwack! Expect to see this beer in the next couple of weeks cause with hops, fresh is best!


Fresh Hopped ESB – Ravens Brewing Company

From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hopped ESB” a beer using hops grown in Abbotsford.  The beer pours a chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toasted malts, fruit, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of earth, bitterness, hop oils, resin, mild fruits and caramel with come chocolate and coffee notes.  The beer comes in at 5.75% alcohol with an IBU of 50.  Quite dark for an ESB but the fresh hops add an interesting characteristic to this beer.

Commercial Description:  The Skinny.  With a renaissance of hop growers in the Fraser Valley, we are extremely excited to be able to feature fresh Cascade and Centennial hops in our ESB.  The bright green flavours of fresh hops are balanced by the heavier malt backbone with provides a deep auburn colour and rich flavour.  Taking influence from the changing colours of the seasons, it’s an excellent addition to cool autumn nights.  As part of our “Farm to Glass Series” this beer utilizes ingredients grown and harvested right here in Abbotsford.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Stilton, Porchetta, Rainy Days


Sink the Bismarck – Brewdog

Brewdog in Scotland is known for making seriously strong beer.  I have had Tokyo* at 18.2% and Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% but my latest score was the strongest beer in the world in 2010 when it was released.  “Sink the Bismarck” is considered a quadruple IPA as it has 4 times the hops, 4 times the bitterness and 4 times frozen.  The beer pours an amber colour with no head and really no carbonation.  The aroma consists of booze, huge caramel, floral hops and maybe a hint of fruity citrus.  The flavour is of booze and lots of it with caramel, toffee, resin, intense hops bitterness, hops oils.  The alcohol content comes in at a whopping 41%!  At stronger 9% stronger than the next strongest beer I was surprised it was still quite tasty.  This reminds me of a hopped spirit but still tastes like and IPA.

Commercial Description:  Sink the Bismarck! is beer, amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of sceptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.  Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.  This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers  a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.


Check out the video they made for the beers release.

Sink the Bismarck! from BrewDog on Vimeo.