Strong Patrick – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Strong Patrick” an Irish-style Red Ale.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, earth, mild roasted malts, hint of oak and whiskey and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 24.  Not all Irish-style Red Ales are made the same but this one is definitely a really enjoyable sipper.

Commercial Description:  Strong Patrick is a bold rendition of an Irish-style red ale. Brewed stronger than most, it is luscious and malty, with toasty caramel and coffee. A portion of the ale has been aged in Jameson® Irish Whiskey casks, then reintroduced to add a rich accent of wood and warmth to this year’s blend.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Traditional style lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, firm goat cheese, warm corned beef with steamed root vegetables, gingerbread with applesauce, shortbread.

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Renfrew Red Ale – Sooke Oceanside Brewery


From Sooke Oceanside Brewery in Sooke on Vancouver Island comes their “Renfrew Red Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity with a floral finish.  The flavour is of caramel, mild roasted malts, resin, grassy, mild bitterness and some fruity notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%.  While fairly standard this is a good red ale and you will enjoy it.

Commercial Description:  Port Renfrew has many names. Some for love, as only the sea could be loved. Some for the ships she has taken, wrecked over rock and wave, where dangerous waters run red. This Red Ale is the namesake of that love and danger. I prefer to call her Renfrew.

Red 5 – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Red 5″ an American Red Ale.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruitiness and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, some resin, mild fruit, herbal hops and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 78.  This is a refreshing Red Ale seasonal.

Commercial Description:  A full bodied red ale where the malt and hops battle it out creating a beautifully balanced brew. The force is strong with this one.

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Luck of the Irish Red Ale – Russell Brewing 


From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Luck of the Irish Red Ale”.  The beer pours a deep copper red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness and mild fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, mild toasted malts and some bitterness.  The beer comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  This is an enjoyable easy drinking Red Ale.

Commercial Description:  Bitter is not always better when it comes to craft beer. As a beer style, this red ale is intended to be malt-forward, offering toffee and caramel sweetness which is beautifully balanced by a restrained use of hops. The natural rich red colour comes from the generous use of imported roasted barley and specialty malts. Finishes clean and smooth, leaving you wanting more.

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Wolf At The Door Red Ale – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Wolf At The Door Red Ale”.  The beer pours a deep copper red colour with an off white head.  The aroma consist of caramel, citrus fruit and some floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, citrus, some raspberries, mild resin, earth and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15.  Bomber keeps making new and interesting seasonals and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Wolf at the Door Red Ale has been released in conjunction with Theatre Replacement’s production of “East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood“, which runs November 23rd to December 31st at The Cultch’s York Theatre.  Late additions of Enigma and Citra hops add big, bold hop flavour and aroma with none of the expected bitterness that usually follows. Our liberal use of Cara Red malt gives Wolf at the Door a scary red hue, but don’t let the colour intimidate you; this well balanced, malt-forward, easy drinking red ale is really a gentle and friendly Granny in Wolf’s clothing.

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