Lions Summer Ale – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Lions Summer Ale”.  This latest release was created by Kevin Emms the small batch brewer at Granville Island but brewed by the parent company Molson.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of passion fruit, pineapple, grainy malts and some floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, pineapple, grain, bready malts, very mild tartness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 19.  While I find the Lions Winter Ale a bit to sweet for my taste I can definitely get behind this fruity flavourful ale.

Commercial Description:  Like the twin peaks that shine above Vancouver’s coastline, Lions Summer Ale beams with the bright, refreshing tastes of summer. Lively tropical fruit notes balanced with an easy-going personality are perfect after a paddle on the water, a hike up to your favourite lookout or wherever your next sunshine adventure takes you.

Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour”.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of mild tartness, tropical fruits and lychee.  The flavour is of tartness, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, sweetness and a mild malt backbone.  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 0.  This is definitely a tasty session sour ale.  hope you can find some before its all gone.

Commercial Description:  Kettle soured, then fermented with our hose ale yeast.  Next we dry hop the hell out of this beer with Equanot and Idaho 7 hops, both accentuating the beautiful bouquet of passion fruit and citrus.

Double IPA (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”.  I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8.  The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55.  Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.

Commercial Description:  A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.

Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a big white head.  The aroma consists of mild tartness, citrus, passion fruit and some mild sweetness.  The flavour is of tartness, lychee, citrus, passion fruit but not much in the way of malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 4%.  This is a nice easy drinking sour and probably a great gateway sour for people.

Commercial Description:  Kettle soured, then fermented with our house ale yeast. Next we dry hop the hell out of this beer with Equanot and Idaho 7 hops, both accentuating the beautiful bouquet of passion fruit and citrus.

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Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH (Simco) – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH (Simco)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers.  The beer pours a light straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of stone fruit, passion fruit, sweetness, mild malts, floral and grassy hops.  The flavour is of and a very mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 30ish according to the brewery.  This might be one of the better vehicles for fresh hops in the beer world.  The beer is not expected to be a huge hop bomb when it is an India Session Ale and works quite well.  Its my third fresh hop beer of the year and my favorite so far.

Commercial Description:  Pine and resin aromas might make you think we harvested these Simcoe hops from a forest.  But they were cut down in Toppenish, Wa, and then hurried across the Cascade Mountains to get their fresh flavours into our kettle.  Take a sip and note the sophistication that British Golden Promise malt provides as a counterpart in our refreshing single malt and single hops session ale.

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