From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles. The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22. The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.
From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish. The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40. If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.
Commercial Description: Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.
INGREDIENTS – 10 GAL.
10lbs Crisp Best Pale
2.5lbs Munich Malt
2.5lbs Vienna Malt
1oz Magnum – Boil 60 minutes
1oz Citra – Boil 15 minutes
2oz Citra – Boil 1 minute
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Cerveza De Lost Muertos part of Cerveceria Mexicana in Tecate Mexico comes their “Death Rides A Pale Horse Amber Ale”. The beer pours a deep blonde colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of grain, some citrus and sweetness. The flavour is of bready grains, citrus, grassy hops, mild bitterness and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 18. This was a pretty good Amber Ale and I thank my friend that picked it up for me in Mexico. There seems to be some confusion on the ownership of this brewery.
From Halcyon Barrel House in Vankleek Hill, Ontario part of the Beau’s All Natural Brewing family comes their “Infinity Mirror Brett IPA” the very first release from the brewery. This is a brett fermented barrel aged beer that was then bottle conditioned. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, barnyard funk and some floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits such as pineapple, citrus, citrus rind, brettanomyces funk, red wine, oak, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 10. To say this beer was good is a massive understatement. This is an amazing Brett IPA and I hope to have the chance to try more from the Halcyon Barrel House in the future!