East Van SMaSH (Amarillo) – Bomber Brewing

From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers.  The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast.  The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%.  The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.

Devilfish IPA (Smash Beer) – Old Yale Brewing

From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Devilfish IPA” a Single Malt & Single Hop beer also known as a Smash Beer.  The beer pours a deep golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consist of tropical fruits, sweetness, some malts and a mild floral hops.  The flavour is of Big tropical fruits, earth, caramel, sweetness, mild resin and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 40.  I am not always a big fan of these single hop or malt beers but this one works really well balanced and full of flavour.  I would recommend this beer to anyone that likes a flavourful beer!

Commercial Description:  This daringly simple IPA was crafted using only the essentials: special amber malt and Ella hops. The Devilfish’s tropical notes and smooth finish are best savoured with a spicy seafood dish.

Food Pairings as per brewery:  Spicy Seafood Pasta, Fruit Salad Chicken & Chorizo, Spanish Enchiladas, Grilled pork chops w/ apple relish, Butter chicken.