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 Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”. The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55. This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.
Commercial Description: A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.
Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD
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 Vancouver Island’s Tofino Brewing out of Tofino comes their “Spruce Tree Ale”. This beer is conditioned with sitka spruce tips. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malt, floral hops and some sweet citrus. The flavour is of sweet citrus, caramel malts, hops bitterness and a light spruce finish. The flavour is fairly light. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. The spruce was not as present as I had expected but the finished product is very pleasing and a pleasant sip.
From Le Trou Du Diable out of Shawinigan Quebec comes their “Shawinigan Handshake” a Weizen Bock. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma is of malts, fruits such as orange, banana and lemon, wheat and spruce. The flavour consisted of malts, yeast, rind, orange, banana, lemon, pepper, spruce, wheat and bitter hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This is a very tasty Weizen Bock that matches up with the great label.
Commercial Description: “A proof is a proof” The Shawinigan Handshake is a hazy, peach-coloured beer with notes of bread, banana and spruce, reflecting the flavours of German yeast and Chinook hops. With explosive effervescence, the palate first evokes flavours of banana followed by a dry, spruce finish. Bottled with the approval of the Little Guy from Shawinigan, the Right Honourable Jean Chretien, this beer reflects the sharp sense of humour of this legendary political figure.