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.
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.
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.
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.
From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Extrovert Red Ale”. The beer pours a dark reddish amber with an off white head. The aroma is grainy bready malts, with caramel notes also and leafy hops and fruits. The flavour is of some earth, bready and grainy and toasted malts, caramel, fruit with a herbal and mildly bitter finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22. Its not a perfect red ale but it is tasty and I would not hesitate to have it again.
Commercial Description: A new school revival of an old school favorite. Outgoing and approachable, this brew finishes with bready, caramel malts and subtle fruit. 2-row barley and Munich malt meld with Cascade and Chinook hops to bring you an oddly well-balanced Extrovert.