Fortunello Farmhouse Ale – Four Winds Brewing


From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Fortunello Farmhouse Ale” a beer aged in a Foeder for 6 months.  The beer pours a orange brown colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of orange peel, anise, herbal, sweetness wood and a floral finish.  the flavour is of orange peel, kumquats, herbal, anise, candi sugar, generic fruit, wood, spices, mild bitterness, mild brett and some malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 15.  This beer is one of the more unusual releases from Four Winds Brewing and may be challenging to some but is quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  This herbaceous farmhouse ale was brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and bay laurel, then aged over kumquats and bitter orange peel in an oak foeder for six months. Delicate aromas of citrus and annise precede notes of dark pit fruit, settling into a mild Brett funk.

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418 Citra Pale Ale – Faculty Brewing


From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish.  The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40.  If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.

Commercial Description:  Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.

Recipe
INGREDIENTS – 10 GAL.
10lbs Crisp Best Pale
2.5lbs Munich Malt
2.5lbs Vienna Malt
2.5lbs Carahell
2.5lbs Carafoam
1oz Magnum – Boil 60 minutes
1oz Citra – Boil 15 minutes
2oz Citra – Boil 1 minute
1pkg US-05

MASH STEPS.
Mash: 66°C, 60 minutes

 

High Five hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing Company


From the brand new Yellow Dog Brewing Company in Port Moody BC comes their “High Five hazy IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, citrus rind and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, malts, resin with a good bitterness.  This one is not as juicy as most of the North East IPA style but it has the body.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 50.  I love the explosion of the East Coast IPA on the West Coast as it has breathed new life into the IPA in British Columbia.  This beer while not as juicy as I am used to it is a great beer and full of flavour.

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Colour & Shape India Pale Ale – Superflux Beer Company


From Superflux Beer Company formerly Machine Ales a contract brewer in Vancouver comes their first beer under the new label “Colour & Shape India Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of dank hops, tropical and citrus fruit with some malts.  The flavour is of grapefruit, pineapple, dank hops, bitterness, yeast, resin with a good malt backbone.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%.  This East Coast IPA hits it on all points and is an amazing continuation of the Machine Ales legacy.

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Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale – Bad Tattoo Brewing


From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep Ruby red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, peat, sweetness and earth. The flavour is of caramel, peak, chocolate, earth and an overall malty finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  The peat flavour was not overpowering and the beer was pleasing to the taste.

Commercial Description:  Smooth, caramel richness balanced with a peaty backbone and malty warmth.

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