Canoe Chase IPA – Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd


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.

Vancouver Special IPA – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)


From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes the “Vancouver Special IPA”.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts some caramel, fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, apple, citrus, pine, resin and medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  Not a true West Coast IPA but not quite an English IPA either so if you are looking for a good IPA without it being as bitter as the West Coast style but more than English Style this would be your beer.

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 (Aged 2 Year) – Pike Brewing Company


Seasonal Release

From Pike Brewing Company located inside the Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington comes their “Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale 2011″ a bottle that has been aged for a full two years.  The barley wine pours a deep cloudy red/orange with an off white head.  Dark fruits start big in the aroma of this vintage with malts, candied suggar, caramel, toffee and floral hops finishing it off.  The flavour is again huge on the dark fruits with caramel, candied sugar (sweet), a medium hops bitterness and some warming from the alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 90.  This beer at two years old is already getting far to smooth and tasty!

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Dales Pale Ale – Oskar Blues Brewery


O’hare’s Beer Club April 2013 Box

From Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery comes their “Dales Pale Ale”.  The brew pours a slightly hazy orange/copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of lots of malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of malts, pine, orange and a mild to medium hops bitterness.  This beer has a creamy mouthfeel.  The alcohol content of the brew is 6.5% and it has an IBU of 65.  This is a very nice well balanced pale ale and I am glad that I was able to get my hands on one can of it!

Commercial Description:  America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and ho

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Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA – Double Trouble Brewing (BC Batch 3 Vs. Ontario Original)


Back in January I did a comparison of the first and second batch of the British Columbia Versions of Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA that is contract brewed by Dead Frog Brewing in Aldergrove.  Click here to read. Now I have been able to get ahold of not only a 473ml can of the Ontario version of the beer but also a 650ml bomber of the newest batch of the BC version.  Following will be my review on both versions and which one is my personal favourite.

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Double Trouble Brewing (Ontario Batch)

The IPA pours a slightly cloudy orange/copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweet malts, citrus, clove and an overall fruitiness.  The flavour is of sweet malts, citrus, fruit and a mild hops bitterness.

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Dead Frog Brewing (British Columbia Batch)

This version of the IPA poured a clear orange/copper colour with a white head.  The aroma was of sweet malts, fruit and citrus.  The flavour consisted of sweet malts, fruit, citrus, pine and a mild to medium hops bitterness.  There is a lingering hops bitterness to this version of the beer.

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After trying both of these brews side by side I would have to say that they are both pretty darn good beer.  To my palate the version from Ontario is a nice Pale Ale not an India Pale Ale to the standards out West.  Dead Frogs version may not be a Northwestern IPA but it does have more IPA characteristics for sure.  I would have to say that my personal preference is the BC batch.  This decision is only true for batch three though.  Compared to batch 1 and 2 from BC the Ontario version is Superior for sure.  Don’t hold it against me Claude and Nathan both are great beer.

Commercial Description: Five ingredients instead of four: Water, Yeast, Malt, Hops and Robbers. Don’t ask us how, but there are robbers in there who have absconded with the flavour of hops for the benefit of Hops and Robbers. The amazing flavour of  hops is back in beer! Double Trouble Brewing is proud to present Hops and Robbers, Extra Delicious IPA.

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