From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Jai Alai IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 70. This beer falls under the I wish I brought back more than one can category. This stuff was really good!
Commercial Description: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.
From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50. If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “So-Cal Style IPA” the latest in their Small batch brews. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, fruity, syrupy and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, fruit candies, sweetness, lemon, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.8% with an IBU of 80. While I don’t think I would consider this a So-Cal style IPA it was enjoyable. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
Commercial Description: Like the state of California, our So-Cal Style IPA is big, bold and beautiful. Bright citrus and grapefruit notes dominate this audacious brew thanks to an epic dose of West Coast hops. Pairs well with fish tacos with a citrus salsa.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal out of Baltimore Maryland comes their “That New Trapp” a Funky Brett IPA labeled as a Hazy New England-Style Trappist Ale. The beer pours a lightly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, stone fruit, tropical fruit and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavour is of brett funk, tropical fruit, stone fruit, lemon, some biscuit and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35. Been a fan of Stillwater for some time and have been a big fan of Hearthstone Brewery since they opened and this beer is an amazing marriage of both breweries. Great flavours really do combine with this brew to make a North East IPA even if it is not as murky as it should be for the style.
Commercial Description: A funky brett IPA with an irresponsible amount of Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo hops fermented with a blend of reckless yeast strains, Brett B and Conan. A collaboration beer from Hearthstone and Stillwater Artisanal.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Wag the Wolf Hopfenweisse”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruit, wheat, yeast and a floral hops. The flavour is of banana, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, yeast, malt, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%. I enjoyed this wheat beer with a good bitterness bite.
Commercial Description: Wag the Wolf is a weissbier (wheat beer) that has been generously “late-addition” hopped with organic New Zealand varieties to provide abundant aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Fermented with a traditional Hefeweizen yeast, expect pleasant fruit and spice flavours with a restrained bitterness on the finish.