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
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.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Wet Hopped SMASH” a wet hopped single hop single malt beer. This beer is a pale ale but I mistakenly poured it into an IPA glass. The beer pours a golden colour with a while head. The aroma consists of grain, tropical fruits and some earth. The flavour is of lemon, tropical fruits, sweetness, grain, earth and some hop oils. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%. Although not a complex beer due to only one hop and one malt used it is a pretty nice way to train your pallet on flavour and aroma.