From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new New Westminster exclusive “Tin Soldier Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, resin, earth, bready malts and a great hops bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 33 IBU. This has to be one of the most complex Pale Ale’s I have had in a while. Head out to New Westminster and pick some of this up soon.
From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Huge Citrus Hazy Pale”. The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, melon and some sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of melon, citrus, tropical, grapefruit, orange peel, some mild biscuit, hops bitterness and resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 35. This is a pretty cool release from Moody Ales and I hope they keep up the Hazy releases.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the hazy beers that all you kids are going crazy for these days, our brewer Sho started working on this recipe over a year ago. He had never tasted a North East Pale but decided to brew something similar. After some experimentation he landed on using typical North West hops and leaving out the oats and lactose sugar commonly used in that style. Those decisions leave us with a very juicy, well balanced beer with a lighter body than it’s North East cousins. Huge Citrus gets a massive addition of Cascade and Mosaic late in the brew, and is then dry-hopped with copious amounts of Cascade and Mosaic hops while the yeast is still active, leaving a Huge Citrus aroma and flavour – notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit & pomelo. We used Sacc Trois yeast to ferment this beer to really increase the juicyness, hazyness and to add a bit of funk. This medium to light bodied beer is very well balanced, juicy, not sweet and VERY crushable.
From Boombox Brewing in Vancouver brewing out of Dogwood Brewing comes their “Arcade Glow Pale Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, biscuit malts and yeast. The flavour is of generic citrus, orange, citrus rind, yeast, resin, biscuit malts and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% and has a North East haze. Boombox Brewing never disappoints. This stuff is really good!
Ingredients as per brewery: Pale Ale featuring Simcoe, Mosaic and HBC522 hops.
From KPU Brew Lab (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) the University brewing school out of langley BC comes their “Pale Ale”. The beer pours a light copper or golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of some grainy malts, citrus with some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, mild citrus with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a basic Pale Ale but it is not flawed and is a enjoyable. To buy beer from the University head there Fridays between 1pm and 5pm.
From Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster in collaboration with Delta’s Four Winds Brewing across the river comes “The Fraser” a pale ale fermented with Saccharomyces Trois. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of light tropical fruit, yeasty, mild funk and some floral hops. The flavour is of mango, stone fruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, yeast, mild funk with a dry not sweet finish. There is very little bitterness in this brew. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 24. This beer is not going to punch you in the face with flavour but it is an excellently executed collaboration brew from two great breweries.
Commercial Description: Fermented with Saccharomyces Trois yeast this Pale Ale was brewed with Amchoor (Green Mango spice) and hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca, as well as some fresh Cashmere for good measure. The Fraser is fruity, tropical, and funk. Not as funky as the people who brewed it but still pretty funky.