Wannabe IPA – Outcast Brewing


From Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing.  The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt.  The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40.  This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.

Commercial Description:  Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops.  Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish.  It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.

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Habitus Double IPA – Mike Hess Brewing


From Mike Hess Brewing in San Diego California comes their “Habitus Double IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, rye spice, herbal hops with a floral finish.  The flavour is of rye spice, pine, resin, citrus, tropical fruit, orange peel, bready malts, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100.  I always enjoy a good Rye IPA and this one does not disappoint at all.

Commercial Description:  Habitus, winner of the 2014 World Beer Cup℠ in the Rye category, is a spicy, crisp, and extremely drinkable double IPA. We use loads of Sterling and Chinook hops in the kettle and hopback (and even more during the dry hop) for intense pine aromatics accentuated by a rye and 2-row malt base for a truly great IPA experience.

Ascension Triple IPA – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Ascension Triple IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with an off white head.  The aroma consists of melon, tropical fruits, candy sugar, floral hops and alcohol.  The flavour is of melon, tropical fruits, mango, candy sugar, honey, pine, resin, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 70.  For the ABV this stuff is ridiculously drinkable. I recommend picking up at least a bottle of this.

Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout (Cellared 1 Year) – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout” from the December 2016 Vintage a beer I have had in my cellar for a year.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, ash, caramel, toffee, pine, resin and alcohol with bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40.  I wish this was not my last bottle in my cellar as it was really tasty and had aged well loosing its almost Imperial Black IPA notes.

Phantom Bride IPA – Belching Beaver Brewery


From Oceanside California’s Belching Beaver Brewery in Collaboration with the rock group Deftones comes there “Phantom Bride IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, sweetness, pine, resin and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus, melon, basically juicy hops, pine, resin, mild malts and a bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 70.  I was a big fan of the Deftones in my past and I have heard great things of Belching Beaver Brewery and this beer delivered.

Commercial Description:  Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters. Sit back, put on your headphones and drink away.