Mixed Greens IPA – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Mixed Greens IPA” part of their 1830 House Series.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of dank hops, citrus, fruity hops and a floral finish.  The flavour is of super dank hops, citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, resinous as heck, medium bitterness and pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 60.  Evan Doan explained this as a NE IPA that is filtered.  While it is juicy it is more of a NW IPA with some juice but this is a damn good IPA and I can’t wait for it to hit the market.

India Pale Ale – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “India Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grapefruit and other fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of bready malts, sweetness, melons, tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness and a resinous finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 95.  This is a great IPA and I am happy to see that they have finally started canning their beer!

Commercial Description:  Hello my friend!  If you do not like hops, you might as well put this can down – it is not for you.  If you DO like hops, then strap on your moon boots comrade, because you are in for a ride!  Amarillo and El Dorado hops steal the show, result in in stone fruit, grapefruit and all around tropical hoppy goodness.  Drink Fresh with Good People.


That’ll Do India Pale Ale – Huss Brewing

From Huss Brewing out of Tempe Arizona comes their “That’ll Do India Pale Ale”.  The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus with a sweet and floral finish.  The flavour of the beer is of big bitterness and earthiness with caramel, citrus, lemon peel and a resinous finish.  Like I found with most Arizona beers it was sweeter than West Coast IPA’s but very tasty.  The alcohol content came in at 7.1% with an IBU of 91.

Hops used for brewing: Simcoe, Columbus and Zythos Hops.

Sabotage India Session Ale – Vancouver Island Brewery

O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes their new limited release “Sabotage India Session Ale”.  This light version of an IPA pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of malts and grassy, floral hops.  The flavour is of grassy, floral hops bitterness and a citrusy, resinous and malty finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 37.  For a beer with a smaller IBU this really has a stand out bitterness.  I really enjoyed every sip of this beer!

Commercial Description:  Your mission – should you choose to accept it, is to escape from the mundane and indulge your taste buds in a hop explosion! This is a plot twisting beer that embraces adventure. Light bodied with bold Northwest hop aromas and citrusy flavours, this beer won’t leave you with a bitter ending. Like every great blockbuster this beer screams for a sequel.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Texas Style Chili

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