Jai Alai IPA – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Jai Alai IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, caramel, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 70.  This beer falls under the I wish I brought back more than one can category.  This stuff was really good!

Commercial Description:  Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.

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Widowmaker IPA – Backcountry Brewing


From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50.  If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.

Commercial Description:  Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.

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

Pear Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”.  The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.

Commercial Description:   This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla.  Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose  and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.  Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.

Juice Monkey Tropical IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Juice Monkey Tropical IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tons of tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple, caramel, sweetness, earth and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  This is a pretty good representation of a juice bomb and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Commercial Description:  This juicy, double dry-hopped IPA has a restrained bitterness and a big citrus aroma.  Please juice responsibly.  This beer is brewed in small batches and is best consumed very young due to the volatility of the hop aromas.  Savor not cellar.