From East Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Brewing comes their “Market Saturation IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tangarine, tropical fruit and some sweetness. The flavour is of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, melon, oat, wheat, some resin and citrus rind and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%. This is definitely a North East IPA with a little bit of West Coast flair. They used similar water profile, hops and malts to try and mimic the NE Style and they definitely made a tasty beer with this one.
Commercial Description: New beer alert! This one has been a long time in the making but oh so worth it. Market Saturation IPA brings a tropical bouquet of tangerine, pineapple and melon to a full bodied base of barley, wheat & oats. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!
From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Core Sample Northwest IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, dankness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, some resin, dankness and medium bitterness that lingers. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 62. I have to say this is a really refreshing NW IPA and I look forward to finishing my growler.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Red 5″ an American Red Ale. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruitiness and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, some resin, mild fruit, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 78. This is a refreshing Red Ale seasonal.
Commercial Description: A full bodied red ale where the malt and hops battle it out creating a beautifully balanced brew. The force is strong with this one.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Toasted Coconut Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, coffee and sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, earth and some resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Field House Brewing makes some interesting beers and this one is no different. Keep up the good work in Abbotsford.
Commercial Description: Brewed as a traditional schwarzbier, this easy-drinking, crisp, DARK LAGER has hints of chocolate and coffee as well as our own addition of toasted coconut, bringing complexity and character to this German style black beer.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH (Simco)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer pours a light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, passion fruit, sweetness, mild malts, floral and grassy hops. The flavour is of and a very mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 30ish according to the brewery. This might be one of the better vehicles for fresh hops in the beer world. The beer is not expected to be a huge hop bomb when it is an India Session Ale and works quite well. Its my third fresh hop beer of the year and my favorite so far.
Commercial Description: Pine and resin aromas might make you think we harvested these Simcoe hops from a forest. But they were cut down in Toppenish, Wa, and then hurried across the Cascade Mountains to get their fresh flavours into our kettle. Take a sip and note the sophistication that British Golden Promise malt provides as a counterpart in our refreshing single malt and single hops session ale.