Pumpkin IPA – Tree Brewing (The Beer Institute)

Tree Brewing in Kelowna has opened a second location named the Beer Institute.  The beer institute brews all of their own beer on site using the standard recipes while also making a few of their own seasonal beers.  One of these Beer Institute seasonals that was created was the “Pumpkin IPA” and was packaged in bombers with a sharpie label and was only available in the retail space on site.  The beer pours a brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of a great malt beginning with a fairly big hops bitterness, pine, resin with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  Having drank many pumpkin beers this was a welcome change.  Making it an IPA really threw a wrench into what I was expecting with a pumpkin beer.  I hope more breweries will try out this as a possible style as hops always make a beer better!


Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

Limited Edition

From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes the “Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA” a weird and refreshing ale.  This concoction pours a bright and sunny golden with an off white head.  The aroma is of cucuber, mint and floral hops.  The flavour consists of big cucumber up front with lots of mint and a good hops bitterness.  The brew has an alcohol content of 6% with and IBU of 50.  This may sound like a really bizarre combination of flavours and you would not be wrong at all but at the same time it is a really interesting mix and makes for a very refreshing sip.

Commercial Description:  Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA is named after agua fresca (“fresh water”), flavoured water and sugar drinks that are found throughout Mexico and other Central American and Caribbean countries. One popular version contains cucumber and mint, and according to the brewery, “the thought was that the cucumber mint IPA would be just as refreshing, if not more so.”  Based on R&B’s Hoppelganger IPA, Birra Fresca is a 6% abv and 50 IBU IPA made using more than 200 organic cucumbers that were sourced locally along with the mint.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Spring salad, sushi, mild stir fry
Food pairing as per brewery: pickled vegetables, spicy Indian curry.

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