From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort. The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass. The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13. I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before. I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.
Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label. Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.
From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Core Sample Northwest IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, dankness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, some resin, dankness and medium bitterness that lingers. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 62. I have to say this is a really refreshing NW IPA and I look forward to finishing my growler.
From Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company in Parksville on Vancouver Island comes their “Jagged Face IPA”. The beer pours a orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, melon, citrus and floral. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, melon, stonefruit, caramel, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%. Well my first taste of Mount Arrowsmith Brewing was a good one. This is a very enjoyable IPA with lots of fruit flavours playing on the tongue.
Commercial Description: Canadian pale & Munich malt complement select tropical hops including Centennial, Citra & Amarillo to create our flavourful version of a well balanced, but powerful IPA. Best enjoyed in a glass.
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 Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Summertime Coconut Hopfenweisse”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of coconut, wheat, tropical fruit, citrus, banana and some sweetness. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, coconut, banana, wheat, bitterness, rind and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 20. This summer release reminds me of a cocktail almost and I feel that it will be really good for the hot summer months in the Okanagan or anywhere in BC.
Commercial Description: This delight has a foundation of the classic Weizen in all its wheat glory but is partnered with tropical, bright, hoppy flavours – courtesy of Citra and Mozaic hops. Coconut and banana flavours are the finishing touch.