Primo Double IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Primo Double IPA” the one year anniversary beer for the brewery.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and floral hops.  The flavour is of melon, pineapple, mango, sweetness, toffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  This IPA is more malt forward than hop forward but does not fall into the English IPA.  This is worth stopping by the brewery to pick some up for sure!

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Double Infinity (Galaxy) – Superflux Beer Company


From Superflux Beer Company brewing out of Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Double Infinity (Galaxy)” a Double IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, stone fruit and citrus with a herbal and floral finish.  The flavour is of herbal hops with citrus rind, tropical fruits, melons, stone fruit, resin and bitterness with a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Superflux Beer Company is a big player in the local North East IPA style and this one is killing it just like their other brews.  Pick this up if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  We’re thankful for Galaxy Hops. They make better beer than turkey bones do. Hope you fellow Canadians enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday today! Our first Double IPA “Double Infinity” will be available in cans at Strathcona Beer Company while supplies last.

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.

Guayabera Citra Pale Ale – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Guayabera Citra Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, herbal and floral hops and a sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, melon, herbal, resin, hint of dank hops, bitterness and some bready malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 50.  This Pale Ale is absolutely a great example of what I like in a beer of the style.

Commercial Description:  Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in it’s four-pocketed design.  We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale.  The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.

Mosaic Express IPA – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Mosaic Express IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, melon and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, melon, citrus, pineapple, cirrus rind and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 55.  Tin Whistle Brewing continues to up their game these days and this beer is no different!

Commercial Description:  Bursting with tropical, citrus hops and silky malt backbone.  This is one refreshing IPA.