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 Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Agent Orange IPA”. The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of orange, orange zest, floral hops and sweetness. The flavour is of with mild resin and bitterness. This has all the body of the North East IPA’s that you see around. I really enjoy this beer and love that the mandarin orange flavour really builds as it warms up.
Commercial Description: Agent Orange IPA: what happens when you combine a crisp, refreshing IPA with Mandarin Oranges? Magic! Introducing agent orange IPA with fresh mandarin Oranges featuring Galaxy, Citra and Cascade hops!
This Ale was created in Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Trappist-Cistercian Monks at Abbey of New Clairvaux both in California. The brewery is located in Chico while the abbey is located in Vina. The monks may be trappist Monks but this is not an official Trappist beer but an Abby Ale. The “Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns” is what has been born out of this collaboration. This interesting saison pours an amber/orange with a quickly dissipating off white head. The aroma consists of peppercorn, mandarin oranges, lemon, yeast and wheat. The flavour is of lemon, mandarin oranges, peppercorn, yeast, wheat and some hops bitterness at the finish. This body has a very nice mouth feel and body. The alcohol content comes in at a respectable 7.5% alcohol and IBU of 24. This is a highly tasty beer and I really hope that the monks start to look into becoming an official Trappist brewery to shine a light on this very special project they have with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Commercial Description: An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.
Food Pairing as per the Sierra Nevada Brewing: Curried dishes, poultry, fish, shellfish, Camembert, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, orange sorbet, crepes.