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.

Suruga Bay Imperial IPA – Baird Brewing Company

From Baird Brewing out of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan comes their “Suruga Bay Imperial IPA”.  This was an exciting find in Victoria BC recently as it is the very first Japanese craft beer that I have tasted.  The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with an off white head with some lasting lacing.  The aroma consisted of floral hops, orange, citrus, malts, sugar and a sweetness.  The flavour is of oranges, caramel, candied sugar, earthy, herbal and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  I will have to agree with Beer Advocate (88/100) and rate beer (96/100) in saying this is a great double IPA and I hope to try many more from this Japanese brewery!

Commercial Description:  This extraordinarily complex yet balanced Double IPA is dry-hopped twice with whole flower cones and then krausened at packaging. The hop character (bitterness, flavor, aroma) is profound – vast and impactful like our local Suruga Bay is deep and magnificent.