Midway ISA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Midway India Session Ale”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and some sweetness.  The flavour is of mild tropical fruits, melon, herbal and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 30.  Much like many ISA’s I wish this beer had some malt presence but it was pretty tasty.

Commercial Description:  Paying tribute to the city we call home, Midway IPA is sessionable and refreshing, or as we like to refer to it – easy drinking. With a lower ABV, balanced IBU’s, and a tropical fruit aroma, make Midway your new go-to, have more than one, easy drinking IPA.

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Golden Enigma Smash ISA – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Golden Enigma Smash ISA”.  This Single Malt Single Hop beer was made with Enigma hops and Golden Promise malts.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, maybe a hint of tropical fruits and some floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, mild tropical fruit, citrus rind, resin, biscuit and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45.  Single malt single hop beers can sometimes fall into the bland territory but this one was a nice refreshing one and I will be having more in the future.

Commercial Description:  This Single Malt and Single Hop SMaSH Pale Ale was brewed with the big Aussi hop Enigma and the Scottish malt variety Golden Promise. Balanced between a sweet malt backbone and assertive resinous, fruity hop character this Session Pale Ale reveals in an uncomplicated way the nature of these unique ingredient varieties.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Fish and Chips, Strong Cheese, Burgers

Sartori Harvest IPA (2017 Edition)- Driftwood Brewing


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.

 

First Descent Northwest IPA – Backroads Brewing Co


From Backroads Brewing Co the newest brewery in Nelson BC comes their “First Descent Northwest IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit including citrus, semi sweet notes and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, mild tropical fruit, caramel, resin, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 53.  This is definitely a tasty IPA coming out of Nelson BC.  If you find yourself in the Kootenays make sure to check this brewery out.

 

19 IPA – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “19 IPA” actually an India Session Ale.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, bready malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of mild resin, citrus, mild tropical fruit, bread and caramel malts, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 47.  While calling it an IPA is a miss representation it is a pretty darn tasty India Session Ale.

Commercial Description:  Tropical in taste with floral notes, this everyday IPA was made to accompany you on any adventure.