From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer “Soothsayer Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head and good lacing. The aroma consists of citrus, juicy hops, lactose, floral and just an overall sweetness. The flavour is of lactose, orange, orange rind with a hint of both resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. I have to say that this is a nice Milkshake IPA as it is sweet but not overly so like some of them. One of the most true to style NE IPA’s that Parallel 49 Brewing has made to date to boot.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish. The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32. While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!
From Pueblo Vida Brewing out of Tucson Arizona comes their “Circuitous Double IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of very juicy notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and lots of overall fruit notes. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, citrus, honey, mild resin, some bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. This is an extremely good cloudy Double IPA and if you end up in Tucson make sure to grab some soon.
Commercial Description: DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH MALTED OATS…HOPPED WITH MOSAIC 3-WAYS (CO2 HOP EXTRACT, HOP PELLETS & LUPULIN POWDER). TASTING NOTES: MANGO, PEACH, HONEY
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Riptide Rye IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, tropical fruit, orange and rye spice. The flavour is of mild resin, herbal hops, tropical fruit, good citrus hit with some melon and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 58. While I would not go as far as to call this a North East IPA it is a good Rye IPA.
Commercial Description: Brewed in the North East style with British yeast, Amarillo hops and flaked rye. Apricots and nectarine meet citrus/mandarin orange with undertones of melon, creating juicy flavours with soft spicy tones of Rye. Follow the tide and enjoy the flavour and aromas of this fresh IPA.
Well it is that time of year again! Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC has brought us their 2017 version of their wet hopped “Sartori Harvest IPA”. In traditional fashion I could not find this beer in Vancouver but I did find it while in Kelowna. The beer poured a fruity tropical notes with floral and herbal middle and some pine at the end. The flavour is of mild resin and bitterness, herbal notes, mild hint of malts with mild tropical fruits and a pine finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. I was happy to finally really enjoy a bottle of this as the last few years it didn’t do it for me. I hope next years batch is as good or better than this version.
Commercial Description: This wet-hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year when, in the midst of the hop harvest, fresh Centennial hops are spirited from Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our Brew Kettle in Victoria. Sartori’s fresh hops have a delicious profile unique to the patch of land they cultivate in the Columbia Valley making this limited release singular and remarkable.