Subaquatic Domicile IPA – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Subaquatic Domicile IPA”.  The latest IPA from Hearthstone pours an orange colour with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.  The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, sweetness and maybe a hint of malts.  The flavour is of and maybe a hint of earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an unspecified IBU.  This beer is a nice blend of North East IPA and North West IPA.  It still has the bitterness of the west coast but still has the juicy side of the hops.  I recommend finding some of this for yourself.

Commercial Description:  This Pineapple infused New England Style IPA is hazy, thick, creamy and magical.  Tropical fruit notes from Equanot, Idaho 7 & El Dorado hops are amplified by a healthy dose of Pineapple.  Join the haze craze and get it in ya!

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Monster Ale Barleywine 2007 Vintage – Brooklyn Brewery (Aged aprox 9 years 4 Months)


From Brooklyn Brewing out of Brooklyn New York comes their “Monster Ale” this bottle being a 2007 vintage Barleywine.  This bottle was opened on May 2nd 2017 making it in the neighborhood of 9 years and 4 months old if I assume the beer was released in December.  Unfortunately this beer was discontinued in 2013 after their cat named Monster passed away.  The beer poured a chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar, sweetness and some mint.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, orange, sherry, mild resin, tannins and sweetness.  This beer coats your tongue with every sip.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.1% with an IBU of 47.  I am really bummed to hear of the demise of this beer as this close to 10 year old bottle tastes bloody amazing!

Commercial Description:  Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops. After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.3%. It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to a variety of cheeses (especially Gruyere, Stilton and aged cheddar), ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.

Here is my review of the same vintage from December 2012.

Vapor Wave IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Vapor Wave IPA”.  This is the breweries third release from their new brewery only release.  The beer pours a murky orange colour like orange juice with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus, huge fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, very juicy, hint of salt some resin, mild acidity and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%.  This newest winner from Twin Sails has a ton of body and is well worth a pickup.  Wow!

Commercial Descrition:  Vapor Wave is an experimental IPA brewed with acidified malt which adds a nice tart acidity and sea salt to give it a complex flavour profile that is both balanced and refreshing. It was then triple dry hopped with Citra, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops giving it a big citrusy hop punch that reminds you that that beer you’re crushing is actually an IPA.

Hop Chowdah (New England IPA) – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Hop Chowdah (New England IPA)”.  The beer pours a hazy orange yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, orange, mild tropical fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, orange, lemon, melon, mild bitterness and mild earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45.  They hit it on the head with this release.  I just wish that I could get more as I accidentally drank all 4 that I had quite quickly.

Commercial Description:  Chowdaire. Chowdaire. IT’S CHOWDAH! This hazy New England IPA is juicy and soft with polished bitterness. It features huge citrus and tropical fruit flavours from the Amarillo and Mosaic hops.  It contains wheat, but no clams or potatoes. Our latest Limited Release beer is available in 4-packs of 355ml cans and on tap at select restaurants, in our taproom and for Growler fills.

Summer Ale – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Summer Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy straw Yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, orange peel, yeast, wheat and just an overall fruity finish. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel and Mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 20.  This will be a tasty patio beer this summer!

Commercial Description:  Crisp and thirst quenching with a distinct citrus aroma, this wheat ale gets a refreshing kick from sweet orange peel, lemon peel and grains of paradise. The balance of bright citrus, fruity hops, and spice make this lively brew perfect for any summer day. Perfect for poolside chilling or more intrepid adventures.