From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “IPA NO5″ a New England style Double IPA. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, pineapple, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, melon, juicy notes, sweetness, candi sugar, mild bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. This was a really good brew even if it is not the full murk of the style.
Commercial Description: The 5th in our IPA Series. New England Double Dry Hopped Double IPA. Brewed with massive amounts of Simcoe and Citra hops, this IPA comes in at 8.2% ABV.
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.
From Six Corners Brew Works in Okotoks Alberta comes their “Triple Summit IPA” a Triple IPA. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, fruit with a mild sweetness. The flavour is of sweet tropical fruits, melon, citrus, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.3%. This is a great style although undeserved and this is a great example of it.
Commercial Description: Not for the faint of heart, this powerful, bright burst of hoppy goodness is like an uppercut to the taste buds.
From Burlington, Ontario’s Nickel Brook brewed by Better Bitters Brewing Co. comes their “Equilibrium ESB”. The beer pours a cloudy brownish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of bready malts, earth and some fruit sweetness. The flavour is of bready malts earth, bitterness and some melon like fruit. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 43. I wouldn’t call this a fully traditional ESB but it is pretty decent beer.
Commercial Description: Balance is finding the point between two opposing forces for a more desirable outcome: Equilibrium. We crafted our Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB with balance as the primary objective. Equilibrium has a great malt character and full body that you expect in an ESB. We balance it with a generous dosage of hops that gives Equilibrium a distinct fruity flavour and appropriate level of bitterness. We advise you to find your Equilibrium today!
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “India Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grapefruit and other fruits and floral hops. The flavour is of bready malts, sweetness, melons, tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness and a resinous finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 95. This is a great IPA and I am happy to see that they have finally started canning their beer!
Commercial Description: Hello my friend! If you do not like hops, you might as well put this can down – it is not for you. If you DO like hops, then strap on your moon boots comrade, because you are in for a ride! Amarillo and El Dorado hops steal the show, result in in stone fruit, grapefruit and all around tropical hoppy goodness. Drink Fresh with Good People.