From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Tangerine Dream Session Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tangerine, candy fruit, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tangerine, orange, candy fruit, sweetness, bready malts and some low bitterness. the alcohol content comes in at 4.25% with an IBU of 20. This is a pretty tasty session ale and would be really tasty in the summer.
From two breweries that never make IPA’s in Dageraad Brewing and Steel & Oak Brewing out of Burnaby and New Westminster respectively comes their “Suburbs 2 IPA”. The beer pours a deep murky orange with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus pith, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pith, resin and a low bitterness with a Belgian yeast spin. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%. For a breweries that do not make IPA’s this is one tasty Belgian inspired North East IPA.
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Totuma Kolsch”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of gain, lemon, sweetness, grassy and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 22. While I do not usually pick up Kolsch brews this one is very well made and enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Pours a very clear straw yellow. Aromatics of light stone fruit with a complimenting malt biscuitiness and a clean crisp taste with just a hint of noble hops. This style’s fermentation process yields a light, vinous character which is accompanied by a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Totuma is a bright, flavourful, and approachable beer. “Totuma” (Toh-Too-Mah) is a container made from the Calabash plant. The tree, also known as gourd, was cultivated by the Andean natives to use as bowls to serve water or chicha—the corn brew of our ancestors.
Food pairing as per brewery: Plantain Chips, Salty Food, Ceviche, Nachos
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29. You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.
From Brasserie de Brunehaut for Abdij Van St Martin, Brunehaut, Belgium is their Blonde.
Pouring a cloudy, vibrant orange, there are noticeable suspended particles stationary in the beer though no visible carbonation. The head is thin, white with an orange tinge.
The nose is floral and vanilla with orange blossom. A little bit of grain at the end.
The flavours are effervescent and flit by quickly on the tongue while maintaining complexity. There is a base of lager-y, Molson-like “beer” flavour with a vanilla and honey sweetness to add balance and interest. There is a mineral bitterness to counter the sweet and the finish is of bitter orange.
- Look: A golden straw colour, with a strong foam once opened then the bubbles gently rise to the top and a good head remains.
- Nose: Sharp, lively and nervous, fermentation with a touch reminiscent of a flowery cheese.
- In the mouth: A round, balance and full flavour. In the mouth it is floral, elegant and direct, almost feminine. A great beer that perfectly suits cheeses with a hard crust or some fine Bries and Camemberts.
- The aftertaste has a noble bitterness.