From Six Corners Brew Works in Okotoks Alberta comes their “Triple Summit IPA” a Triple IPA. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, fruit with a mild sweetness. The flavour is of sweet tropical fruits, melon, citrus, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.3%. This is a great style although undeserved and this is a great example of it.
Commercial Description: Not for the faint of heart, this powerful, bright burst of hoppy goodness is like an uppercut to the taste buds.
From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2015″ a beer that is no longer a barleywine. The beer pours a deep orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of orange, other citrus fruits, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of orange and other citrus, candied sugar, toffee, resin, bitterness and alcohol. This beer comes in at 11.4% alcohol. For a barleywine this beer is completely off style but as a Triple IPA it is quite good. I think it is time to change the style in the name.
Commercial Description: Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast. Consisting of 98% Pale Malt (with a bag of CaraMunch thrown in for color) and just one hop variety, Columbus, this beer showcases these two basic ingredients in their most concentrated state. Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters. Enjoy not too cold, say about 13C! Barleywine will age indefinitely, like wine; thus the name.
Food paring as per brewery: Rouquefort, Gorgonzola, and washed-rind cheeses like Oka or Port de Salut. Dried fruits, and sweet nuts such as Brazils.
From Regina Saskachewan’s Rebellion Brewing comes their “Triple IPA” a beer I was able to acquire in trade in a 1L growler. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, sweetness and alcohol. The flavour is of earth, pine, resin, bitterness, citrus, mild caramel and alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at a huge 11% alcohol with a theoretical IBU of 171.7 (calculated IBU from hops additions but actual IBU may be lower)! There is no getting around this is a huge beer! This will not appeal to the fair weather beer drinker but to the seasoned IPA drinker that likes to take a chance with high alcohol beer. Luckily for me I just happen to be one of those people and really enjoy what this beer brings to the table!