Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver is now open. My favourite of their launch lineup was their “Maraca Passionfruit Black IPA”. The beer poured a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, Passionfruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, Passionfruit, almost some tartness, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% and an IBU of 50. This is quite the mixture of flavours and well executed tasty brew.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “4 Way Fruit Ale” a wheat ale. This beer pours a very cloudy yellow with a decent white head. The beer smells of fruits (Passionfruit, mango, raspberry and pomegranate as per the bottle) and wheat. This beer does not have a super sweet flavor but more a slightly sweet almost tart taste that is dominated by Passionfruit, mango, raspberry and pomegranate with some wheat flavor mixed in. The beer has an IBU of 14 and an alcohol content of 4.4%.
This beer was part of Mikes Craft Beer’s first ever tasting event and was rated as such: Stu 6/10, Tom 6/10, 9/10