From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in partnership with Cultch for Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves comes the “Snow White IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consist of floral hops, wheat, yeast, coriander, grapefruit and some other citrusy notes. The flavour is of coriander, citrus rind, grapefruit, pith, orange, lemon, yeast, wheat, with some dankness and pretty big hit of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 50. This is a really well crafted White IPA and a nice change up for what I have been finding on the market!
Commercial Description: This year’s brew features an international cast: Canadian barley and wheat, Belgian yeast, and hops from both Germany and the United States. Late additions of grains of paradise and hand-toasted coriander balance perfectly with the citrus aromas of Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria hops making this White IPA the fairest of them all. *A portion of all Snow White IPA sales will go to support more outstanding East Van productions. A promotional code on every bottle allows theatre goers to receive a discount on panto tickets.
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler”. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lemons, mandarin oranges, juice sweetness and some grainy notes. The flavour is of lemon, mandarin oranges, some tartness and some grain from the beer. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 15. This is a pretty awesome radler with a ton of flavour and would be great in summer. This will be hard to find until next summer sadly.
Commercial Description: A precise blend of lemon peel, fresh mandarin juice and beer. A light, effervescent beer that is thirst quenching and easy to drink with a tart, clean finish.
From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Jackdaw” a Rye Kettle Sour. The beer pours a golden to amber colour with a white head. The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, hint of rye and a tartness. The flavour is of lemon, orange peel, mild pineapple, tartness, rye and a hint of some more malts. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 10. This is a very refreshing kettle sour and not over the top sour. This will not only appeal to the person new to sours but also the sour heads too.
Commercial Description: The Jackdaw Rye sour is created with the classic Whisky Sour in mind. Rye brings a dryness which combines with light citrus notes from lemon and orange peel. For those unfamiliar with sour beers, the Jackdaw is an excellent place to start. It’s a well-balanced sour beer without too much pucker and a delightful citrus aroma.
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish. The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.
Commercial Description: Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “So-Cal Style IPA” the latest in their Small batch brews. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, fruity, syrupy and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, fruit candies, sweetness, lemon, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.8% with an IBU of 80. While I don’t think I would consider this a So-Cal style IPA it was enjoyable. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
Commercial Description: Like the state of California, our So-Cal Style IPA is big, bold and beautiful. Bright citrus and grapefruit notes dominate this audacious brew thanks to an epic dose of West Coast hops. Pairs well with fish tacos with a citrus salsa.