From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Cherry IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, cherry and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, earth, cherries, sweetness and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.3%. I was surprised this was a Black IPA as it didn’t say it on the can but I enjoyed this one for sure.
From the new Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd brewed out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Canoe Chase IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange with a light tan head. The aroma consists of big floral notes, citrusy, tropical with some caramel notes. The flavour is of some resin and citrus rind, with citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a hint of melon with some caramel and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 53. I can get behind this first release form Smugglers’ Trail for sure. Lots of flavour to be found all around.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the true story of audacious 19th Century bandits who outran local authorities by racing upstream on the Fraser River. Bright. Juicy. Smooth. Refreshing. Try some before we smuggle it past you.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA”. This weird and wonderful brew pours a weird brownish copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with some sweetness and a definite sour note. The flavour is of sourness, toffee, sweetness with grassy, herbal hops with earth and a medium bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This beer is more sour ale than IPA for sure but it is a fun brew and I am glad that I got the chance to try it this year. I hope you do too!
Commercial Description: Our hands harvested these columbia hop cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in the beautiful Columbia Valley. These fresh hops met our sour red IPA, infusing this once-a-year brew with fresh green earthy flavours. Herbal notes meet fruity melon and tangy citrus, all nestled in a tart IPA.
Steve and I have finally finished our second successful all grain home brew. Once again we used his Brooklyn Brew Shop brewing system that he was given as a gift. We used the Chestnut Brown Ale mix that comes with everything you need but the optional chestnuts. We were unable to find chestnuts so brewed the beer as per the package.
The brew went down without a hitch and his little one was even able to help in her first ever brew.
The beer sat for two weeks to ferment and then we transferred our Growler Werks Ukeg‘s to force carbonate. We set the Ukeg’s to 15PSI for three days agitating multiple times a day. Today was the day to try the carbonated beer.
The beer poured a deep brown colour with a brown head (different lighting on both photos). The aroma consisted of caramel, nuts, sweetness and a hint of fruit. The flavour was of toffee, caramel, nuts, earth and some medium bitterness. While this beer does not stand up to commercially made craft beer I could taste no off flavours and it was quite enjoyable. If Steve and I could do our first two batches without off flavours and a pretty darn good flavour I would have to say that I would highly recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop system. It is also nice to be able to force carbonate your beer if you have the ability as bottle conditioning can be a crap shoot. Our first batch 50% of the bottles were way over carbonated. With the Ukeg it was perfectly carbonated.
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.