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.


Rye ESB – Strathcona Beer Company

From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Rye ESB”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, rye malts, caramel, and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye spice and rye malts, earth, caramel, semi sweet citrus and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50.  Strathcona Beer Company is on to something with this beer as Rye malts seem to add great aroma and flavour to beer.

Commercial Description:  Strathcona Beer Company presents a Rye, English Special Bitter. A beer brewed in the tradition of Lord Strathcona’s British heritage, a man that left behind a legacy of charity and philanthropy that shaped many communities across Canada. The design of the can, with the Strathcona astronaut, is to symbolize our first launch of limited edition, four pack, tall cans. This beer has an abundance of well rounded malts, a crisp bitter finish and a hop character that is moderate and balanced, with a touch of dark caramel flavours.


Kermode West Coast IPA – Steel Toad Brewpub

From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Kermode West Coast IPA”.  The beer pours a pale golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of bitterness, lots of resin, caramel, citrus rind, pineapple, citrus and some tropical fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  I am loving the new explosion of tasty IPA’s in Vancouver.  The IPA scene had been dead for a long time but this one among others proves that there is a a renewed interest in IPA’s and also their quality!

Commercial Description:  Big tropical nose and flavour. Clean and crisp malt profile.


Kiss Yer Cousin (Kentucky Common) – Cannery Brewing

From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Kiss Yer Cousin (Kentucky Common)”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, biscuit malts with some fruit notes and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, grain, fruit including citrus, grassy hops with some residual sweetness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15.  Not a style I run out an buy but on a recommendation I picked up a bottle of this beer and quite enjoyed it.

Commercial Description:  Kiss Yer Cousin is a Kentucky Common and this is the latest beer in our Artisan Creations line. It may not help you with your horse racin’, bourbon drinkin’ or fried chicken eatin’ skills, but with a healthy addition of corn, this dark cream ale might assist with family relations…. or just mowin’ the grass.


Red Dragon (Dragon Series) – Alley Kat Brewing

From Edmonton, Alberta’s Alley Kat Brewing Company comes one of their Dragon Series the “Red Dragon (Dragon Series) Double IPA”. The Dragon Series is a series of Double IPA’s being release every two months using different hop varieties.  The Red Dragon pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of melon, lemon, floral hops and malts. The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, melon, caramel, earth, pine, bitterness and resin. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75 IBU. Like always this was a tasty Double IPA coming out of Edmonton.

Commercial Description:  Aroma’s of pine and citrus give way to a caramel bready back bone with a complex hop profile with a pleasant lingering bitterness.  In the fall of 2011 Red Dragon Double IPA was released. The hoppy brew was wildly successful and the Alley Kat Dragon Double IPA series was created.