Red Truck Brewing has moved from North Vancouver and set up Shop in the Brewery Creek District of Vancouver. With this move has brought Red Truck beer in bottles. The first beer that I have tried from new location is their “Red Truck IPA” and this is the review. The beer pours a copper colour with a creamy white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some tropical notes. The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69. This is actually the first time trying Red Truck IPA and I would have to say this is probably the best beer that I have tried from their lineup.
Commercial Description: A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.
From Rough Draft Brewing Company out of San Diego California comes their “Hop Therapy Double IPA”. The double India Pale Ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine, sweet malts and citrus. The flavour is of pine, resin, caramel malts, citrus and a big hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with a big bitterness of 94 IBU. This may not be the most balanced double IPA but it is very tasty and well worth a pickup if you can find a bomber of it!
From Bomber Brewing the newest Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “IPA”. Their India Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of a mixture of earthy and floral hops with a malty backbone. The flavour is of big earthy hops with lots of pine, resin, big bitterness, some malts and a very mild citrus finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and the IBU is roughly 65. If you enjoy a good hops forward IPA then I would recommend this IPA to you! It is a style that I really enjoy to be sure.
Commercial Description: Like the Northwest convergence of the ocean and the mountains; only the best hops enter the brew kettle, combining with balanced malts for this complex configuration of quaffability. It’s a beautiful thing…
From Hood River Oregon’s Double Mountain Brewery comes their “IRA (India Red Ale)”. The beer pours a ruby red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, caramel and grassy hops. The flavour is of pine and earthy hops up front with lots of malts and caramel. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. Being a huge fan of IPA’s I was destined to love this beer as it is very similar. This is a beer well worth your time if you are a fan of India Pale ale’s.
Commercial Description: The “IRA”, as it’s known around here, marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an enduring favorite.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Spicy beer, seafood
So limited its sold out before you can arrive at the store!
From Driftwood brewing in Victoria BC comes the “Sartori Harvest IPA” a wet hopped IPA. All hops used in this brew were picked at the Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack and brought back to Victoria and put into the brew kettle without drying them (most hops is dried and turned into pellets). Being a wet hopped beer the flavour of this beer can and will change year to year and should be consumed as soon as possible as the flavours will die off faster than regular. This years batch pours a very light golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine with some earthiness and sweetness and maybe a hint of citrus. The flavour starts out with a sweet citrus up front then comes in with pine, resin, caramel, malts, earthiness that builds to a nice bitter hops. This years edition seems very thin but that does not hurt the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 7% and the IBU is probably similar to last year but a bit lower than the 75. This bottle was super fresh as it was bottled on September 23th and consumed September 26th! It may taste quite a bit different than last years batch but that does not change the fact it is an amazing beer! I just wish it did not sell out so bloody fast even year!
Commercial Description: This wet hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year, immediately following the hop harvest, when fresh wet Centennial hops are spirited from the Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our brew kettle in Victoria. Centennial wet hops have a very unique and rich profile that is allowed to shine through the 100% Canadian malt base we brewed with in 2013. A true celebration of the BC hop harvest!
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Curried Chicken, Gorgonzola cheese