Japanese Biere De Garde – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Japanese Biere De Garde” a new release in their 2017 Cellar Series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, pith, clove, pepper, mild pickles, earth, Belgian yeast and a hint of bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 54.  Kevin Emms has come up with a really interesting beer here and I look forward to seeing what my second bottle does over time.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.

Commercial Description:  East meets West in this rare farmhouse ale. Rice, Japanese Sorachi Ace, hops and Belgian saison yeasts create a heady mix of dill pickle, pepper and clove notes atop a strong, light ale body . Pair with chicken fettuccine pasta.

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Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit – Breakside Brewery


From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat.  The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25.  While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest.  Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.

Commercial Description:  One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.

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!

 

Double IPA (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”.  I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8.  The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55.  Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.

Commercial Description:  A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.

Blue Monk Barley Wine 2016 – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, candied sugar, earth, bitterness, resin and alcohol with a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 65.  I am a massive fan of Barley Wine beers and this one hits all the notes.  I would recommend this one to anyone.

Commercial Description:  The monk represents discipline, respect and morality but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a holy brew now and then. Blue Monk Barley Wine is an English style strong ale characterized by an intense, fruity flavour with notes of bread and toffee. Malt varietals include 2-Row, Carastan, Special B and Munich. Hop Varietals include Chinook, Magnum and Cascade.

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