From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.
Commercial Description: This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast. The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%. The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “52nd Street Peach Ale”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peach, bready and grainy malts and floral hops. The flavour is of lots of peaches, candied fruit, bready malts and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15. This beer really delivers on the Peach flavour and if you like a good peach beer this one will definitely appeal to you.
Commercial Description: So popular it’s become a full time brew! This crisp refreshing wheat beer has just a touch of sweet peachy goodness.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Apex Double Pils”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, peach, tropical fruit, biscuit and floral hops. The flavour is of and a pretty good bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 48. This beer really surprised me being a pilsner I did not expect this much hops! I really enjoyed this beer and I usually don’t enjoy this style. This is not your Parents pilsner (well unless they were really cool).
Commercial Description: A panoramic vista of hop aromas await you from the peak of this piney hop mountain. This is the ultimate epitome of a crisp and aromatic pilsner. Enjoy from a cozy confine of your choice.
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “The Fuzz Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a very cloudy murky deep orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of peach, citrus, malts and floral hops. The flavour is of peach, mango, citrus, lactose sweetness, caramel and bitterness. This has a really creamy mouthfeel to it. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. This is probably the most try to style we have seen locally in BC so far with it being just so murky and cloudy! The first few sips it was a bit sweet for me by I really warmed up to it an enjoyed it even more when I cracked my bottle.