From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “C.R.E.A.M. Key Lime Milkshake IPA” named after the hops used including Columbus, Rakau, Ekuanot, Azacca and Meridian. The beer pours an orange copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lime, tropical fruit, lactose sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of lime, tropical fruits, lactose, mild resin and pine and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. This Milkshake IPA has one hand in the West Coast IPA and one in the East Coast and it was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: A HAZY GOLDEN IPA WITH FLAVOURS OF TROPICAL CITRUS HOPS, FRESH PEELED LIME ZEST, AND A CREAMY HINT OF SWEETNESS.
Food pairing as per brewery: BBQ CHICKEN, STEAK, SUMMER SALAD
From Farnham Ale & Lager in Farnham Quebec comes their “Double IPA 128”. Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer! The beer pours a copper orange colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of citrus, grass, pine and some bready and caramel malt notes. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, mild pine, resin, bitterness, earth, caramel and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 128. I really enjoyed this beer and I am just happy I managed to get my hands on a can of it!
From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale”. This is their new re-branded look. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of bready and caramel malts, pine, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavour is of bread and caramel malts, tropical fruit, citrus, mild pine and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 35. This beer is not going to blow the beer geek away but it is a tasty beer and would not hurt to have in your fridge to share with friends!
From Superflux Beer Company formerly Machine Ales a contract brewer in Vancouver comes their second beer under the new label “Happyness IPA”. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, tropical and citrus fruits with some caramel. The flavour is of hops bitterness, caramel, tropical fruits, citrus, pineapple and some pine. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. While this is a very tasty beer I prefer their East Coast inspired IPA’s better.
From the newest brewery in Maple Ridge called Ridge Brewing Company comes their “Green Eyes White IPA”. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consist of sweet malts with some roast and floral and earthy hops. The flavour is of earth, caramel and some roasted malts with sweet citrus, resin, mild pine, grassy and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 70. Even with the IBU this high I would categorize this as an English IPA as the hops are not dominant compared to most North American IPA’s. This should be a breath of fresh air for those that think IPA’s have gone to far but still quite enjoyable to the hop head like me.