TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55.  This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.

Commercial Description:   A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.

Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD

 

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Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a deep amber with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity almost banana, lemon, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, fruity, citrus rind, resin, pith, hops bitterness and a grassy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100.  The 100 IBU and the alcohol does not really come out in the flavour as bitterness but this is an interesting flavour anyways.   I would say this almost seems like and English IPA.

Commercial Description:  Ahoy matey!  While the Jolly Roger is flown to identify that pirates are about to attack, our Jolly Hopper signifies an imminent attack on your tastebuds.  Featuring a moutherload of experimental hops, this beauty is not for the faint of palate.  Surrender or walk the plank!

 

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.

Goose Four Star Pils – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.

Commercial Description:  Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.

 

Tropical Milkshake ISA – The Parkside Brewery


From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Tropical Milkshake ISA” their Anniversary beer.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, juicy hops, lactose and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, juicy, lactose, resin, earth, dank hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 40.  More dank and bitter than your average Milkshake IPA but I quite enjoyed it.