Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.

 

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Hazy Daze North East IPA – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Hazy Daze North East IPA”.  The beer pours a mildly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, pineapple, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is packed with fruit including tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, citrus, stone fruit, resin, herbal hops and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  Howe Sound Brewing has once again created anouther tasty seasonal.

Commercial Description:  “Hazy Daze North East IPA is packed full of as many hops as we could get in it. Brewing techniques, the use of malted oats, and a massive dry hop give this IPA big tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, melon, guava, mango peel, sweet white grape must, and berry notes. This beer is completely focused on hop flavour and aroma and best enjoyed as fresh as possible!” – Simon Jongsma, head brewer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  The beer has a lot of flavour and aroma so should not be paired with anything too strong. Good complement to fruit dishes, light salads, and more delicate meats marinated with citrus and mild herb seasonings. It’s a perfect beer for summer sipping and al fresco dining.

Kazu Maru IPA – Wheelhouse Brewing


From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their  “Kazu Maru IPA”.  The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75.  Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!

Commercial Description:  The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery.  This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.

Double IPA (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”.  I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8.  The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55.  Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.

Commercial Description:  A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.

Super 8-Bit IPA 2017 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA” 2017 edition the latest in their Experimental IPA Series.  This IPA uses 8 different hops including Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, herbal and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, grape, herbal, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 68.  Like every year this beer is a massive flavour bomb.  It is a great IPA with tons of flavour and a good hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  It’s back!  Version 2017.  This year we are using all new hops for our Super 8-Bit!  This year’s 8 Legendary hops features Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight Hops!