Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager” a beer that the brewery calls a mix between a Cascadian Dark Lager and a Muncih Style Dark Lager.  The beer pours a very dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of hops.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, huge roasted malts, smokey, earthiness, a hint of chocolate, huge bitterness and a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 75.  This beer has lots going on and challenges your taste buds.  This beer may not be for everyone but if you like a big roasty backbone with a generous hops bitterness then this is the beer for you (just like it was for me).

Commercial Description:  Brewed with hops aptly named for the ruler of all gods, it’s no wonder this dark lager hits your palate like a lightning bolt of flavour. Born out of a love for artisanal handcrafted beers, here is a beer that defies style, crosses multiple genres, and demands no guidelines.


Palate Wrecker (Imperial IPA) – Green Flash Brewing Co

Limited Release

From San Diego California’s Green Flash Brewing Co comes their “Palate Wrecker” Imperial India Pale Ale.  If you want a beer with enough hops to trash your palate this is your beer!  The IPA pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malty and fruit with lots and lots of floral hops and pine.  The flavour is of huge hops bitterness and pine with a malty semi fruity finish.  The alcohol content of this brew is 9.5% and the IBU is a tested 149.  This is an amazing double IPA for crazy hop heads like me.  This beer will not be everyone but it is amazing none the less!

Commercial Description:  Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. We use almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts in case you were wondering). By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy (even though this beer isn’t for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! – Chuck Silva – Brewmaster – Green Flash Brewing


Valiant Belgian IPA – Dead Frog Brewing

Late Winter/Early Spring seasonal

Well Tony Dewald of Dead Frog Brewing in Aldergrove just wont relent on the new and improved lineup of seasonal bomber releases!  What better way to follow up a great hop bomb of and IPA than with a bigger IPA.  The newest release is called the “Valiant Belgian IPA”.  Like the last two bomber releases this beer does not resemble any other beer in the Dead Frog Lineup!  This is not a light, smooth lager but a strong, hopy beast of an ale!  The beer pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and a Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of strong pine hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and some citrus (orange) peel.  I think the citrus peel flavour adds to the overall bitterness of this beer.  The alcohol content of this beer is 9% and it has an IBU of 55.  This beer may not have the IBU of the Fearless IPA but by god it has the alcohol content to make up for it!  This is one good hop bomb of a Belgian Style IPA.

Commercial Description:  Our Valiant Belgian IPA is a celebration of the valiant brewing forefathers in Belgium who perfected the art of making great beer and inspire us to do the same. This hybrid unfiltered IPA is our most romantic brew yet; it’s the perfect marriage of a West Coast hop powerhouse and an elegant Belgian ale.

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, wheat, invest sugar
Malts: 2 Row, Cara 8, White Wheat
Hops: Columbus, Centennial

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