From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Extrovert Red Ale”. The beer pours a dark reddish amber with an off white head. The aroma is grainy bready malts, with caramel notes also and leafy hops and fruits. The flavour is of some earth, bready and grainy and toasted malts, caramel, fruit with a herbal and mildly bitter finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22. Its not a perfect red ale but it is tasty and I would not hesitate to have it again.
Commercial Description: A new school revival of an old school favorite. Outgoing and approachable, this brew finishes with bready, caramel malts and subtle fruit. 2-row barley and Munich malt meld with Cascade and Chinook hops to bring you an oddly well-balanced Extrovert.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Session Pale Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malty butterscotch and floral hops. The flavour is of toasted malts, butterscotch, lemon, sweetness and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 39. If you are looking for a nice drinkable sessionable pale ale this might just be your beer for this summer.
Commercial Description: A session ale perfect for fun in the sun during warm summer days. Golden in colour, mildly hopped and balanced with malt for a light bodied beer.
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Vienna Style Lager” the newest beer in their brand new Mount Pleasant Series of beers. The beer pours a deep copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, sweetness and a nice malt finish. The flavour is malt forward, some toasted notes, sweetness and grassy hops but not a ton of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24. Looking at the BJCP style guidelines I would have to say that this beer is hitting on the right notes and on top of that its pretty darn tasty.
Commercial Description: Reddish brown in colour with complex yet delicate malt aromas and flavours. This amber coloured lager is well balanced, clean, crisp and refreshing while pairing well with food. A perfect beer for summer barbecue season.
From Black kettle Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their “Scottish Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, sweetness and earth. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, sweetness, some toasted malts but overall a mild flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 20. This is a pretty good representation of a style I find a bit to sweet most of the time.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Hopper Texas Brown” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a brown head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy notes and even some toasted malt finish. The flavour is of bready and toasted malts, molasses, mild sweetness, earth, pine, resin and a good hit of hops in the end. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. The hops presence in this beer almost bring it into the Black IPA category but not quite. If you are looking for a Brown Ale with a nice big kick of hops check this one out.
Commercial Description: What do you get when you supercharge an American Brown Ale with citric West Coast hops? Meet “Texas Brown Ale”, a rare style that unlike it’s name originated from the homebrewing circles of Northern California in the early ’80s. We’ve updated this style with some of our favorite hops: Galaxy, Columbus, Dr Rudi, Topaz, Amarillo, and Cascade for an aroma blast!