Double IPA 128 – Farnham Ale & Lager


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!

 

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Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale – Stanley Park Brewing


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!

Happyness IPA – Superflux Beer Company


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.

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Green Eyes White IPA – Ridge Brewing Company


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.

 

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Craftmaster 12 – Red Truck Beer


Red Truck Beer Company has launched a mixed 12 case since the opening of their new brewery in Vancouver.  The mixed case is called the Craftmaster 12 and includes 3x IPA, 3x ISA, 3x Ale and 3x lager.

Going with the truck theme of the brewery the box has a pretty workman like look and really resembles a toolbox.  The mix of beer is pretty darn good with two beers that feature more hops an ale that would probably come in as an amber ale and a easy drinking lager.

Red Truck India Session Ale (Currently Mixer exclusive for bottles)

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The India Session Ale or ISA pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, floral and grassy hops and a mild malt note or two.  The flavour is of some earthiness, citrus, grassy, mild malts and a decent bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  If you are looking for an IPA with lower alcohol content then this might just be your answer.

Commercial Description:  A lovely light Session ale with a ton of Australian Galaxy hops. Perfect for the Outback…or even better, any local patio.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Thai, Vietnamese, Indian Cuisine (cream or coconut based curries go really well…and Vietnamese food is just awesome!)
Mexican Cuisine (grilled meats, and herbal, citrus flavours do really well)
Grilled or roasted meats such as beef, pork, or lamb (fattier, the better; IPA bitterness cuts the fat really well) Burgers (but that’s a bit too easy tho…isn’t it) Sandwiches, especially with cold cuts Pizza (but what beer doesn’t go well with pizza?) Stronger flavoured cheeses
Note: Vinegar (acidic) hot sauces will exponentially bring out an astringent bitterness in this beer; avoid!

Red Truck India Pale Ale

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The Red Truck India Pale Ale pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemony citrus, tropical, grassy hops and a malty finish.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical, sweetness, mild pine, earth, caramel and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69.  If you are looking for a good day to day IPA then this could be a good option for you.  It won’t stand up to the special release IPA’s but that is not what the aim is with this beer.  This is a great IPA if you just want to sit down to a few in a sitting.

Commercial Description:  A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.

Red Truck Ale

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The Red Truck Ale pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The fact that it pours amber is fitting as I would assume this is actually an amber ale.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity notes and a mild bite from hops in the end.  The flavour comes in with fruit, caramel malts, earth and a small but noticeable hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I would not kick this beer out of my pint glass.  Again this is an easy drinking beer that may not knock your socks off but it will do exactly what it sets out to do.  It will be refreshing and taste good!

Commercial Description:  A blend of premium Belgian malts, plus German and Pacific Northwest hop varieties gives this luscious, copper-hued ale a wonderful complex aroma, a rich depth of flavour, and smooth drinkability.

Red Truck Lager

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The Red Truck Lager pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy hops finish and an ever so slight hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.0%.  If you know me well then you know this is not a style I gravitate to at all.  I will say though that this lager does have much more flavour than any macro brewery and does go down very easily.

Commercial Description:  Made with Canadian Prairie two-row malted barley and hops imported from Germany and the Czech Republic. Red Truck Lager is a beer with world-class credential.