Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA – Field House Brewing


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA”.  This weird and wonderful brew pours a weird brownish copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with some sweetness and a definite sour note.  The flavour is of sourness, toffee, sweetness with grassy, herbal hops with earth and a medium bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30.  This beer is more sour ale than IPA for sure but it is a fun brew and I am glad that I got the chance to try it this year.  I hope you do too!

Commercial Description:  Our hands harvested these columbia hop cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in the beautiful Columbia Valley. These fresh hops met our sour red IPA, infusing this once-a-year brew with fresh green earthy flavours. Herbal notes meet fruity melon and tangy citrus, all nestled in a tart IPA.

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Free Dive IPA – Coppertail Brewing


From Coppertail Brewing in Tampa Florida comes their “Free Dive IPA”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, floral hops and maybe a dank note or two.  The flavour is of grain, citrus, citrus rind, resin, pine, bitterness, earth, herbal hops and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at a good 5.9%.  This was a really nice India Pale Ale and a great introduction to this brewery.

Commercial Description:  Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered. Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone. Perfect for a day on the water.

Food pairing as per brewery: Spicy grilled shrimp

So-Cal Style IPA – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “So-Cal Style IPA” the latest in their Small batch brews.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, fruity, syrupy and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, fruit candies, sweetness, lemon, pine, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.8% with an IBU of 80.  While I don’t think I would consider this a So-Cal style IPA it was enjoyable.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson. 

Commercial Description:  Like the state of California, our So-Cal Style IPA is big, bold and beautiful. Bright citrus and grapefruit notes dominate this audacious brew thanks to an epic dose of West Coast hops. Pairs well with fish tacos with a citrus salsa.

Speedway Stout – AleSmith Brewing


From San Diego California’s AleSmith Brewing comes their “Speedway Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and ash.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, ash, roasted coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12% with an IBU of 70.  Well my first experience with AleSmith Brewing went really well.  This beer is really tasty and I look forward to trying more beer from them.  Its a good thing they are available in British Columbia now!

Commercial Description:  Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  This beer’s great balance makes it a very food-friendly Imperial Stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound cheddars.

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.