From Edmonton, Alberta’s Alley Kat Brewing Company comes one of their Dragon Series the “Blue Dragon (Dragon Series) Double IPA”. The Dragon Series is a series of Double IPA’s being release every two months using different hop varieties. The Blue Dragon pours a cloudy orange with an off white head. The beer smells very floral, earthy with caramel malts. The flavour is of big bitterness up front with resin, pine, earth and a hint citrus. There is no doubt this is a west coast IPA. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75. While I like a little more fruit notes in my Double IPA’s this is quite tasty.
Commercial Description: A fruity aroma with notes of pine leads of this brew followed by a pronounced pine and resin with subtle hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Columbus hops give way to aromas of fresh fruit, pine and resin, making this Dragon one of our favourites.
From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Oldhand Coffee IPA” a beer that uses coffee from Oldhand Coffee in Abbotsford. The beer poured a golden orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild coffee, caramel, tropical fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of juicy tropical fruits, some citrus, caramel, bitterness and a coffee flavour that is not dominant but still quite present. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 70. I really enjoyed this beer as it is truly a juicy IPA with nice undertones from coffee.
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Radler” a mixture of their Royal City Pale Ale and Lemonade. This beer can only be enjoyed in the tasting room and is not available for growler fills as they mix it on site and are worried about the lemonade fermenting. The radler pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of lemonade, malts and a sweet finish. The flavour is of tons of lemonade, some citrus, very mild hops and a mild bready malt finish. Depending how the radler is mixed the alcohol content should come in between 2.5% and 3% alcohol. I am a huge fan of Radlers but many people have to avoid the main ingredient in most as grapefruit can react with many medications. This is a Radler that not only tastes great but it is more accessible to the masses!