Ascension Triple IPA – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Ascension Triple IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with an off white head.  The aroma consists of melon, tropical fruits, candy sugar, floral hops and alcohol.  The flavour is of melon, tropical fruits, mango, candy sugar, honey, pine, resin, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 70.  For the ABV this stuff is ridiculously drinkable. I recommend picking up at least a bottle of this.

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Phantom Bride IPA – Belching Beaver Brewery


From Oceanside California’s Belching Beaver Brewery in Collaboration with the rock group Deftones comes there “Phantom Bride IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, sweetness, pine, resin and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus, melon, basically juicy hops, pine, resin, mild malts and a bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 70.  I was a big fan of the Deftones in my past and I have heard great things of Belching Beaver Brewery and this beer delivered.

Commercial Description:  Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters. Sit back, put on your headphones and drink away.

Huge Citrus Hazy Pale – Moody Ales


From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Huge Citrus Hazy Pale”.  The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, melon and some sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of melon, citrus, tropical, grapefruit, orange peel, some mild biscuit, hops bitterness and resin.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 35.  This is a pretty cool release from Moody Ales and I hope they keep up the Hazy releases.

Commercial Description: Inspired by the hazy beers that all you kids are going crazy for these days, our brewer Sho started working on this recipe over a year ago. He had never tasted a North East Pale but decided to brew something similar. After some experimentation he landed on using typical North West hops and leaving out the oats and lactose sugar commonly used in that style. Those decisions leave us with a very juicy, well balanced beer with a lighter body than it’s North East cousins. Huge Citrus gets a massive addition of Cascade and Mosaic late in the brew, and is then dry-hopped with copious amounts of Cascade and Mosaic hops while the yeast is still active, leaving a Huge Citrus aroma and flavour – notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit & pomelo. We used Sacc Trois yeast to ferment this beer to really increase the juicyness, hazyness and to add a bit of funk. This medium to light bodied beer is very well balanced, juicy, not sweet and VERY crushable.

5th Anniversary Ale (Barrel Aged Hazy IPA) – Powell Brewery


From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “5th Anniversary Ale” a Hazy IPA aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces  for 6 Months.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of brett funk, floral hops, pinot noir and oak from the barrel aging.   The flavour is of brett funk, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, pinot noir, oak, resin, yeast and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%.  This is a definite winner of a beer and very worthy of being the 5th Anniversary beer!

Commercial Description:  Our 5th Anniversary beer features new and old world techniques.  Starting with a Hazy IPA, agin it for 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, and finally dry-hopping it with Ekuanot Cyro hops just before bottle conditioning.  Barnyard brett meets hazy IPA.

Riptide Rye IPA – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Riptide Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, tropical fruit, orange and rye spice.  The flavour is of mild resin, herbal hops, tropical fruit, good citrus hit with some melon and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 58.  While I would not go as far as to call this a North East IPA it is a good Rye IPA.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in the North East style with British yeast, Amarillo hops and flaked rye.  Apricots and nectarine meet citrus/mandarin orange with undertones of melon, creating juicy flavours with soft spicy tones of Rye.  Follow the tide and enjoy the flavour and aromas of this fresh IPA.