Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA – Kettle River Brewing Co


From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale.  The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish.  The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts.  The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%.  This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.

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Antipsipation IPA – Red Bird Brewing


From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”.  Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.

Commercial Description:  Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails?  It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC.  Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared!  Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party.  Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday.  When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.

Spruce Willis IPA – Kettle River Brewing Co


From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category. 

5th Anniversary Ale (Barrel Aged Hazy IPA) – Powell Brewery


From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “5th Anniversary Ale” a Hazy IPA aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces  for 6 Months.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of brett funk, floral hops, pinot noir and oak from the barrel aging.   The flavour is of brett funk, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, pinot noir, oak, resin, yeast and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%.  This is a definite winner of a beer and very worthy of being the 5th Anniversary beer!

Commercial Description:  Our 5th Anniversary beer features new and old world techniques.  Starting with a Hazy IPA, agin it for 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, and finally dry-hopping it with Ekuanot Cyro hops just before bottle conditioning.  Barnyard brett meets hazy IPA.

Golden Enigma Smash ISA – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Golden Enigma Smash ISA”.  This Single Malt Single Hop beer was made with Enigma hops and Golden Promise malts.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, maybe a hint of tropical fruits and some floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, mild tropical fruit, citrus rind, resin, biscuit and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45.  Single malt single hop beers can sometimes fall into the bland territory but this one was a nice refreshing one and I will be having more in the future.

Commercial Description:  This Single Malt and Single Hop SMaSH Pale Ale was brewed with the big Aussi hop Enigma and the Scottish malt variety Golden Promise. Balanced between a sweet malt backbone and assertive resinous, fruity hop character this Session Pale Ale reveals in an uncomplicated way the nature of these unique ingredient varieties.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Fish and Chips, Strong Cheese, Burgers