From Regina Saskachewan’s Rebellion Brewing comes their “Triple IPA” a beer I was able to acquire in trade in a 1L growler. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, sweetness and alcohol. The flavour is of earth, pine, resin, bitterness, citrus, mild caramel and alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at a huge 11% alcohol with a theoretical IBU of 171.7 (calculated IBU from hops additions but actual IBU may be lower)! There is no getting around this is a huge beer! This will not appeal to the fair weather beer drinker but to the seasoned IPA drinker that likes to take a chance with high alcohol beer. Luckily for me I just happen to be one of those people and really enjoy what this beer brings to the table!
From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their new “Friendly Fire ISA” an India Session Ale. The beer pours a golden orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of pine, resin, hops bitterness with mild citrus and caramel malts. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 48. I was amazed at just how much bitterness came out in this beer with such a low ABV. I really enjoyed this ISA as it had a ton of flavour as a session beer!
Commercial Description: This sessionable beer is caught in the crossfire between European malts and North American hops. Ample malt flavour followed by multiple ‘C’ hop offensives create a satisfying and refreshing assault by the friendliest of flavours.
From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Backdraft Blonde Ale”. This beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of biscuity malts, mild fruit esters with a mild floral hops. The flavour is of malts, mild caramel, fruits and some mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. This beer is very crisp, fresh and refreshing and I am sad that I do not have more bottles to drink during the summer. Might just have to go on a road trip just to get more!
From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their new Limited Release the “Cuvee Bru 2013 Druivenbier” a fruit beer using grapes. Every bottle is numbered and mine was 3258 out of 5300 made. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head and a champagne like carbonation. The aroma consists of yeast, grapes, citrus, grainy malts some caramel and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of grapes, citrus, yeast, malts, mild caramel and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This beer is a great marriage between an ale, wine and champagne. This is quite tasty!
Commercial Description: Balanced like a luminous bubble upon the delicate wire betwixt the grape and grain, Big Rock’s effervescent new experiment will book your taste buds on a glamorous cruise into exciting new waters. Legend tells of a Belgian brewer who, in one of those magical moments when luck fuses gleefully with genius, blended the gentle sweet snap of grape with the robust sensuousness of a young ale. Big Rock has captured that golden moment of eureka with its exciting new Druivenbier – Flemish for ‘grape beer’. Glistening Pinot Gris grapes have been plucked from the warm bosom of Therapy Vineyards on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, BC. These grapes were then introduced to a sophisticated blend of three of Big Rock’s finest malts. This is a true Druivenbier – rarely seen in North America, and uncompromisingly elegant to the last puckish bubble.