Blondes In Stereo – Torchlight Brewing


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.

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Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


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!

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.

 

TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55.  This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.

Commercial Description:   A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.

Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD

 

Yakima IPA – Microbrasserie Le Castor


From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Yakima IPA”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The flavour is of orange, citrus, tropical fruits, juicy and floral hops. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, orange, tropical fruits, mild caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 75.  This was a really enjoyable IPA and I am glad I got the chance to try it!

Commercial Description:  This beer is a celebration of the mighty West Coast hop, grown east of the Cascade mountains. Multiple varieties are used in this ale, at several different points in the brewing process. With emphasis on late hop & dry hop additions, we serve up juicy citrus flavours & aromas on a bed of pale malt.