Wild IPA – Category 12 Brewing

From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Wild IPA” a beer in their Elemental Series. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, floral hops and malts. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, lemon, malts, mild bitterness, resin, some mild funk, and a nice full body. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 68. The use of wild yeast to build up a big tropical fruit punch works really well in this beer!

Commercial Description: Our Wild IPA is fermented with an untamed wild yeast call Sacc. trois. This yeast imparts an enticing tropical fruit aroma with a slightly tart finish that complements our hop profile. The result is an assertive IPA with layers of luscious fruit, citrus and spicy character. Our Elemental Series is the culmination of our commitment to experimentation and innovation. Available for a short time and in limited quantities, this is an invitation into the lab that you don’t want to miss!


Belgian Tripel – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Tripel” part of the Brewmaster’s Selection series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a light tan head.  The aroma consists of candied sugar, oranges and spices.  The flavour is of candied sugar, orange, citrus, malts, spices, bitterness, earth, alcohol and an overall sweetness present in this style.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30.  While I find the style a bit to sweet for my liking this beer does exactly what a Belgian Tripel should do.

Commercial Description:  Delicious and approachable, this Belgian style Tripel features a rich malt character enhanced by notes of citrus and spice. The color is clear to deep gold and displays a creamy white head. The Belgian Ale yeast produces pronounced fruity ester and spice characteristics, including notes of orange and coriander. The alcohol may show itself more readily amid the flavors in this style, while pilsner malt sweetness and balancing hop bitterness round out what is customarily a beer offering complex aromas and flavors.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Triple Créme, Goat and light Feta, Cajun, Game, Pork and Roast, Curries and much more


Sága IPA – Summit Brewing

From Summit Brewing in St Paul Minnesota comes their “Sága IPA”.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and some malts.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, grapefruit, orange peel, mild malts and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 80.  With an IBU of 80 I expected this to be more bitter.  It felt a little more like a flavourful English IPA.

Commercial Description:  Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness. Now available in 12oz cans!

Food pairing as per brewery:  Spicy cuisine, peppery, sharp, or pungent chesses, marinated meat, hearty seafood.


Parley Session Ale – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Parley Session Ale”. The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, pineapple and floral hops. The flavour is of resin, tropical fruits, pineapple and a hint of malts. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 36. This beer is very refreshing and full of flavour. Probably has one of the bigger bodies for a session ale to boot. I look forward to drinking more of this hopefully this summer.

Commercial Description:  Beer has been bringing people together for… a very long time.   Be they strangers, enemies or old lovers, there is something special about a drink shared. Unsparingly hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Chinook resulting in a tropical fruit bouquet, and a low ABV to keep discussions civil. Par-ley (pahr-lee) a discussion between enemies under a truce. A black flag was often used to initiate a parley. drink fresh with friend or foe.

Howe Sound Brewing – Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale

Squamish, BC’s Howe Sound Brewing has put out their Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale, an amber ale conditioned with cold pressed coffee from the Chiapas region of Mexico.

The beer is an orange-brown, dark enough to be opaque  and a bit cloudy from the coffee.  The head is fairly thin and quickly dissipates with large bubbles.  The head is a light caramel colour.

There are several bold aromas right off the bat, coffee and caramel come out right up front.

The flavours start out with both coffee bitterness and hop bitterness.  There is a small amount of sweetness to balance the bitter and full coffee flavours start coming out almost immediately.  There are some sweet malt flavours of caramel and nuts subtly running under the coffee.  The mouthfeel is a bit thin, meaning this would be easy to drink several pints of.