Core Sample Northwest IPA – Ridge Brewing Company


From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Core Sample Northwest IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, dankness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, some resin, dankness and medium bitterness that lingers.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 62.  I have to say this is a really refreshing NW IPA and I look forward to finishing my growler.

 

Full Time IPA – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Full Time IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and floaties.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, pine, mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pith, pine, caramel and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 60.  Beau’s All Natural Brewing knows how to make a tasty beer and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Full Time I.P.A. pours hazy deep gold with a dense white foam. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and pine abound. The flavour mirrors the aroma impressions with pronounced juicy fruit. A balanced bitterness underpins the flavour. This medium bodied ale finishes dry with lingering hop and fruit notes.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Chipotle & mango salsa with spiced tortilla chips, BBQ beef burgers with caramelized onions and sharp cheddar, ginger-cookie-&-cream-cheese ice cream sandwich.

The Eldorado Single Hop IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “The Eldorado Single Hop IPA” a beer part of their IPA series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, lemongrass, floral hops and caramel.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemongrass, herbal notes, caramel, leafy, grassy and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 75 – 80.  I like a good single hop IPA and this one has enough flavour to not be one dimensional and be quite refreshing!

Commercial Description:  Eldorado Hop is the focus of this single hop IPA. In addition to the stone fruit flavours of the Eldorado Hop, we have added distinctive Lemongrass, to provide a little extra citrus zing.

Honest Paul IPA – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Honest Paul IPA”.  The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, floral hops, orange and citrus.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal and medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 70.  Event with an IBU of 70 I would call this more of an English IPA.  You would not go wrong having a six pack of this in your fridge for a rainy day.

Commercial Description: Pour a tall drink and tell some tall tales with Honest Paul IPA, a refreshing ale with a hoppy bite that will bring out your inner storyteller.

British IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “British IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of biscuity with an overly malty with a fruity, sweet and floral finish.  The flavour was of lots of fruit up front with caramel, grain, biscuit, earth, mild resin and a medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 60.  While I personally prefer a good hop bomb this one is on point and a British or English IPA and will definitely appeal to the non hop head.

Commercial Description:  This is first and foremost a classic, English IPA. This style is recognized for a flavouring more balanced between hops and malt as opposed to the more hop-forward IPAs of the Pacific Northwest. This is also reflected by the low hop aroma. The light hop flavouring comes from the traditional English hops Fuggles and UK Goldings. This light gold colored beer has a moderate citrus flavor, low fruitiness and a dry finish.

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