From Regina Saskachewan’s Rebellion Brewing comes their “Triple IPA” a beer I was able to acquire in trade in a 1L growler. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, sweetness and alcohol. The flavour is of earth, pine, resin, bitterness, citrus, mild caramel and alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at a huge 11% alcohol with a theoretical IBU of 171.7 (calculated IBU from hops additions but actual IBU may be lower)! There is no getting around this is a huge beer! This will not appeal to the fair weather beer drinker but to the seasoned IPA drinker that likes to take a chance with high alcohol beer. Luckily for me I just happen to be one of those people and really enjoy what this beer brings to the table!
I do not know much about the Minhas Creek Craft Brewing Company of … either Regina, Saskatchewan or Winnipeg, Manitoba but they put out a Bunny Beer Sampler Pack for Easter and I couldn’t resist the gimmick. I am weak. There are four beers and I’m going to to try to review one per day of the Easter long weekend. I know this is going up on Saturday but I started writing on Friday so I’m going to say it counts.
To start off with, it is a nice, dark stout, looking black with no light coming through. The head is a deep brown with large bubbles. If you are looking for a stout this looks like a stout.
The scents are heavily of cocoa and, very nicely, the subtle fruity notes that really good cocoa and chocolate can have. Basically there is chocolate, cherry and blackberries on the notes but there are more complex notes I haven’t been able to tease out yet.
The flavours have a lot going on. There is, of course, chocolate/cocoa but the predominant taste is actually tart fruit, almost like a gooseberry. There are some nice coffee flavours underneath and a little milky sweetness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a stout with this much flavour with a little tickly carbonation.
From Regina Saskachewan’s Rebellion Brewing comes their “Double IPA” a beer I was able to acquire in trade in a 1L growler. The beer pours a deeper copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of earthy, malty floral notes with some minor citrus. The flavour is of malts, resin, pine, earth and a mild citrus finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a good Double IPA but I would have like more of the citrus to shine though. I like some sweetness to my big IPA’s that was lacking a little bit.
Commercial Description: It’s finally here! The Rebellion Double IPA is packed with citrus and pine flavours squeezed from Columbus hops. It packs a delicious kick, be sure to drop by before it’s all gone!
From Regina Saskatchewan’s Bushwakker Brewing Company comes their “Dungarvon Irish Red Ale”. The Red Ale pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of sweet malts, fruits, bread, biscuit and caramel. The flavour is of sweet biscuit malts, earthy hops, fruit and caramel. The alcohol content of this brew comes in at 5% and the IBU is 19. This beer was pretty high on sweetness but also high on flavour. I quite enjoyed every sip of this brew!
Commercial Description: An Irish Red or an American Amber Ale, rich, buttery, with low hop aftertaste. Very red.