From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50. If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.
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.
From Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company in Parksville on Vancouver Island comes their “Comfortably Chum” a Hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel, banana and some perfumey floral notes. The flavour is of orange, orange peel, banana, clove, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This was an interesting Hefeweizen with the mix of banana and citrus flavours but I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A traditional German style Hefeweizen with Canadian pilsner & brewed with malted wheat. A special German wheat beer strain adds a fantastic bouquet aroma & flavours of banana & clove. Lightly hopped with German Hallertau & finished with sweet orange peel. A complex recipe for simple pleasure. Best enjoyed in a glass.
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”. The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.
Commercial Description: Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf? Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst. Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head with lots of lacing. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some sweetness. The flavour is of orange, citrus, toffee, candied sugar, resin, medium bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 36. I have not had this one in a while and I don’t know why I waited. Well worth picking up some the next time your at the liquor store.
Commercial Description: An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware!