Tart IPA – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Tart IPA”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juicy citrus and mild tropical fruits with floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, some herbal hops, mild tartness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is an enjoyable twist on a New England IPA and I look forward to having more.

Commercial Description:  Worlds are colliding! Loads of juicy hops combine with a puckering tartness, resulting in a beautifully balanced Tart IPA bursting with flavour.

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Citrana Southwestern Style Gose – Borderlands Brewing Compnay


From Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona comes their “Citrana Southwestern Style Gose”.  The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, lime, salt, coriander and cardamom.  The flavour is of lemon, salt, very mild tarness with some malts, coriander and cardamom.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%.  This is a nice mild gose that is extremely drinkable and well worth trying if you can find it.

Brrr! Winter Radler – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Brrr! Winter Radler”.  The beer pours a red colour with a white head that has a red tinge.  The aroma is more of less one of cranberry cocktail.  The flavour is of cranberries with a hint of mandarin orange, mild tartness and a hint of biscuit malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 4%.  I am a fan of a good raddler and I like when other flavours are used to mix with beer than just grapefruit.  This is really enjoyable and a great one to sip on this winter.

 

Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale – Red Truck Beer


From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red colour with a light redish white head.  The aroma consists of blackberry with some slight woodiness.  The flavour is of blackberry, wood, semi sweet with a very mild almost tart note and a really dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is not a huge bourbon barrel aged beer but a nice fruit ale with a hint of wood.  This is a tasty brew that will appeal to more than just the beer geek.

Commercial Description:   A fun experiment gone horribly right. It started with a mild ale and a plan to load it full of bourbon and peaches. When we realized we had missed the harvest, we shifted gears and used fresh Fraser Valley blackberries. After adding in the second case of bourbon and the last of the blackberries, we knew we had brewed up something special.  This limited release ale brings together the sweet-tart flavour of Blackberry and the mellow woody finish of Kentucky bourbon. An extremely refreshing and well balanced seasonal beer. Brewed with locally sourced Fraser Valley blackberries, Kentucky bourbon and Pekko hops.

Tempus Corvi 2017 – Moon Under Water Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Tempus Corvi 2017″ a mixed fermentation saison.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and tons of sediment.  The aroma consists of tartness, citrusy fruit and sweetness.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, mild citrus rind, sweetness, mild tartness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.9%.  This was a really good approachable sour and perfect for both the new beer fan or a seasoned beer nerd.

Commercial Description:  A collaboration with local award winning homebrewer, Dave Janssen. Taking inspiration from traditional saison brewers of Belgium and revivalist brewers of North America, Tempus Corvi is a mixed-fermentation saison. We let this saison rest for 5 months in French oak wine barrels where the activity of a diverse collection of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts and lactic acid bacteria transformed the beer, adding sourness and additional complexity. With its bright acidity and light body, Tempus Corvi is a refreshing beer ready to drink now or be cellared for continued development along its own course.