Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter – Jdub’s Brewing Company


From Jdub’s Brewing Company in Sarasota Florida comes their “Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, malt and some sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, molasses, lactose, some earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6%.  This is definitely a desert beer but you can never go wrong with a good desert beer!

Commercial Description:   Think of a sweet milk chocolate candy bar, dessert.

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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.

C.R.E.A.M. Key Lime Milkshake IPA – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “C.R.E.A.M. Key Lime Milkshake IPA” named after the hops used including Columbus, Rakau, Ekuanot, Azacca and Meridian.  The beer pours an orange copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lime, tropical fruit, lactose sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of lime, tropical fruits, lactose, mild resin and pine and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45.  This Milkshake IPA has one hand in the West Coast IPA and one in the East Coast and it was quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:   A HAZY GOLDEN IPA WITH FLAVOURS OF TROPICAL CITRUS HOPS, FRESH PEELED LIME ZEST, AND A CREAMY HINT OF SWEETNESS.

Food pairing as per brewery: BBQ CHICKEN, STEAK, SUMMER SALAD

Tom Green Summer Stout – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Tom Green Summer Stout”.  This golden stout pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, semi sweet with a floral finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate, nuts, lactose creaminess and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27.  This is a great golden stout and I recommend picking up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  The Tom Green Beer milk stout is going blonde for the summer! Tom Green Summer Stout is made with organic fairtrade coffee and cacao nibs for roasty and rich accents in a sun-kissed blonde edition of our award-winning milk stout.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Strawberry, arugula and fennel salad with white balsamic & poppy seed dressing; grilled venison sausage on crusty bun with red pepper marmalade; Mascarpone cheese tiramisu.

Tropical Milkshake ISA – The Parkside Brewery


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.