From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Farmers Ale” a saison. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of yeast, lemon zest, citrus, wheat and some pepper. The flavour is of lemon peel, citrus, yeast, wheat, spices and black pepper. The alcohol content comes in at 5.75% with an IBU of 27. This beer pairs very well with a patio on a hot day. It’s refreshing and light but still has a lot of flavour.
Commercial Description: Our Farmers Ale embraces its roots. Light and hazy in appearance, spicy aromatics with hints of lemongrass, black pepper and a dry lingering finish. The Farmers Ale provides layers of complexity in a traditional manner and begs you to take another sip.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest “Lemon Gin Saison”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, spices and a hint of gin. The flavour is of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, gin, peppery, spices, earth and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 24. This is a really interesting take on a saison with interesting flavours combining with the lemon and gin flavours to make a new experience. Make sure to pick up a bottle and see what you think.
From Portland Oregon’s Cascade Brewing comes their “Figaro (2013 Project)” a Northwest Style Sour Ale. This beer was aged in Oak Barrels with White Figs and lemon Peel. This beer was my very first Cascade Brewing bottle that I was able to purchase in Canada! The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness, lemon, lemon peel and maybe some figs. The flavour is of big tartness with lots of lactic acid, lemon, lemon peel, fig and really quite fruity and sweetness. This batch of the beer comes in at 10.7% alcohol. This is an amazing sour ale although drinking a full 750ml bottle gives me some crazy heart burn. Next time I will have to just share a bottle (any takers?).
Commercial Description: Strong blond beers were aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels for three months and then additionally aged with dried Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Aromas of sweet malts, figs, raisins and citrus zest greet you in the nose. Hints of Chardonnay grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to crisp lemon sharpness in the finish that will leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
From Huss Brewing out of Tempe Arizona comes their “That’ll Do India Pale Ale”. The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus with a sweet and floral finish. The flavour of the beer is of big bitterness and earthiness with caramel, citrus, lemon peel and a resinous finish. Like I found with most Arizona beers it was sweeter than West Coast IPA’s but very tasty. The alcohol content came in at 7.1% with an IBU of 91.
Hops used for brewing: Simcoe, Columbus and Zythos Hops.