From Dunham Quebec’s Brasserie Dunham comes their “Saison Rustique”. The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head and some sediment. The aroma consists of wheat, spices, citrus, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of wheat, spices, resin, mild citrus, lots of citrus rind and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 38. Not my favourite Saison but it is good example of the style.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Dutch Pale Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, biscuit, fruity and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, mild toasted malts, earth, some citrus and a mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.75% with an IBU of 15. While this beer is mild in flavour it is seriously refreshing. You would not go wrong picking this beer up.
Commercial Description: Unassuming West Coast hops combine with traditional Dutch sensibilities to create a brew that is unruffled and refreshingly easy going. Subtle, smooth and always pleasant, this is an ale to while away the evening with.
Bomber Brewing in Vancouver has re-released their collaboration with Stone Brewing this year in tall cans called the “Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA”. The beer pours a deep reddish copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of rye and caramel, with mango fruits and floral hops. The flavour is of rye and rye spice, caramel, earth, mild citrus, maybe mango, mild resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% and an IBU of 50. Much like last time this was released in 2014 in Bombers this stuff is quite tasty.
Commercial Description: By using American yeast and hops, along with Canadian rye and malted barley, we have created a smooth and spicy IPA with creamy body and clean, dry finish. Calypso and Ella hops add tropical notes to the rye and malt aromas in this rich Red Rye IPA.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes “The Last Strawberry Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma is of strawberries, lactose, sweetness, wheat and some yeast. The flavour is of strawberries, wheat, yeast, lactose and some mild citrus but is not overly sweet. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. Fuggles & Warlock know what they are doing when they create a weird beer and this is no different. It tastes great and smells just as good.
From Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver comes their latest creation the “Citradelic Single Hop IPA” a beer that only uses Citra hops but has been hopped many times with it! The beer pours a copper orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of earth, caramel, citrus, floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of earth, pine, resin, citrus rind, mild citrus and bready malts. The alcohol content comes in at 6.55 with and IBU of 60. I would have to say this is the best beer I have had from Big Rock BC or AB. It is a big but balanced IPA and quite enjoyable I just wish the citrus would come through a little more. Sadly this beer is only sold in BC currently.
Commercial Description: The band takes the main stage. The amps turned up nice and loud so you can feel the fuzzy guitar tones wash over you. A kaleidoscope of colours paints the backdrop, shifting and morphing with the crowd. You can taste the smooth citrus and tropical tones from the Citra hops. The moment is perfect.