The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth, pine a hint of citrus and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50.  I was hoping for a little more fruit characteristic but I did quite enjoy this brew.

Commercial Description:  SPARKS FLY WHEN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOPS MEET A DARING AND ROASTED MALT BASE.  THE HOP FLAVOURS AND AROMAS OF A POWERHOUSE IPA ARE BALANCED PERFECTLY WITH THE DEPTH AND INTRICACY OF A COMPLEX DARK ALE.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE

 

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New Wave Milkshake IPA – Bieres Jukebox


From Bieres Jukebox subcontracted at Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie in Montreal comes their “New Wave Milkshake IPA”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple and some mild lactose.  The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, mango, vanilla with some grain, resin, pine, lactose and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 50.  This Milkshake IPA is not as sweet as some but it is quite on point with tones of fruit flavours and a lower than average bitterness.  I really enjoyed this beer and am stoked I had the opportunity to try it out!

Commercial Description:  No time for the flat iron! Take out your hairspray, adorn your prettiest magenta glitter vest and vibrate in tune with the hippest synthesizer in town!  Jukebox New Wave Milkshake IPA is in the house!  With its opaque orange juice-ish hue, its decadent tropical hoppiness and its luscious lactose and vanilla sweetness, it will knock the white socks off of even the most seasoned IPA enthusiast.

Main Sail ISA – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Main Sail ISA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of herbal and grassy hops with some malt backbone.  The flavour is of toffee, citrusy lemon, herbal as well as mild bitterness, pine and resin.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 40.  This is a mild flavour ale as is expected in an India Session Ale but it is pretty tasty none the less.

Commercial Description:  This light bodied session ale is easy drinking and lower in alcohol. With refreshing citrus and floral notes, this well balanced session ale has a light malt body and a medium level of bitterness.

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.

Lone Wolf IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Lone Wolf IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity notes of citrus, sweetness and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, resin, fruity citrus, sweetness, bitterness and lots of pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is definitely an enjoyable IPA and I would recommend picking up a bottle for yourself.

Commercial Description: This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense.  A well balanced N.W. IPA with Cascade/Centennial Final and Dry Hopping for that citral finish.