From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale” 2015 edition. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, citrus, resin and maybe a hint of spruce. The flavour is of tropical fruits in the front with citrus, citrus ring, earth, hops bitterness and spruce. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26. This beer is a bit on the sweeter side but it has a great depth of flavour and does really show off the spruce flavour.
Commercial Description: A uniquely balanced golden ale brewed to celebrate summer on the West Coast. Fresh-picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops provide a tropical pine aroma that’s perfectly balanced with a golden and crisp malt profile. **No stumps were used or harmed in the making of this beer. We used fresh-picked spruce tips grown 10 minutes from our brewery here in the Fraser Valley**
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
Malts: Prairie 2 Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade
From Phillips Brewing in Victoria BC comes the “Evergreen Ale”. As the name states this beer uses spruce tips in the brewing process that were hand picked by the crew at Phillips. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma of this beer is of spruce (woody, piney) with citrus and malty notes. The beers flavor consists of citrus, malts and a good hint of spruce woodiness. This is an interesting flavor for a beer and very refreshing! This is an ale but it drinks more like a lager as it is light in flavor and very refreshing. The beer sits at 5.5% alcohol and 100% awesomeness!