From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Tropical Milkshake ISA” their Anniversary beer. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, juicy hops, lactose and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, juicy, lactose, resin, earth, dank hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 40. More dank and bitter than your average Milkshake IPA but I quite enjoyed it.
From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their “Kazu Maru IPA”. The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops. The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75. Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!
Commercial Description: The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery. This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Hot Take Zero IBU IPA”. This IPA has zero IBU do to adding all the hops after the boil. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of tons of tropical very juicy fruits, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of mango, pineapple, citrus, juicy, caramel with floral and herbal hops but absolutely no bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 0. This is a really tasty beer but will be very confusing for people that expect a bitter beer when they drink an IPA. Keep up the amazing experimentation Twin Sails! This beer is discussed on the new IPA episode of Pacific Beer Chat.
Commercial Description: Hot Take is our Zero IBU IPA. We threw a ton of hops into this beer but managed to keep the IBU at zero by adding all of the hops after the boil. That meant, two huge dry hoppings as well as lupulin powder added during the whirlpool and recirculated during the last dry hop. Doing this allows the beer to keep all of that big fruity hop flavour and aroma with out any of the bitter flavour.
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with their “Test Batch Kiwi IPA”. Not only are these beers cloudy like the North East IPA’s but they are also infused with Lactose to make them creamy and sweeter. The beer pours a deep cloudy orange with a white head and Mild lacing. The aroma consists of lots of kiwi and citrus fruits with an overall juicyness, lactose sweetness, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of juicy kiwi and citrus fruits, caramel, lactose sweetness, hint of resin and some hops bite without having very much bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 40. I may be lactose intolerance but holy do I like where this new substyle is going. If you find yourself at Bridge Brewing check out this beer!
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody in collaboration with Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest limited release the “How ‘Bout That Triple IPA” with Mosaic Citra & Simcoe. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange with a white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of pineapple, tropical melons, citrus and an overall juicy fruit flavour with citrus rind, caramel, resin, mild earth and bitterness. This does have some alcohol burn but nothing like its 11% ABV and event with 60 IBU it is not overly bitter. This stuff is excellent and I hope that it comes back again and again.
Commercial Description: Triple IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops.