From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged Brett Saison”. The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of oak, brettanomyces, red wine and tropical fruit. The flavour was of red wine, cherry, tropical fruit, tannin’s, brettanomyces funk, oak and some earth in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 18. I love a good sasion brett and this one ranks up there.
Commercial Description: A blend of seven barrels, this Brett Saison is fermented with French Saison, Farmhouse and Belgian yeasts. Aging in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year adds pineapple and cherry aromatics, along with a touch of earthy brett quality. The wine barrels contribute raspberry and cherry notes along with a dry oaky finish, making for a flavourful and complex brett beer.
From Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody in collaboration with AleSmith Brewing out of San Diego California comes their “Seeking Asylum Belgian Double IPA”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus rind, low malt presence, dankness and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 90. Its no surprise to me that these two breweries would come together and make an awesome Double IPA! Its probably almost gone off the market now but it was really tasty.
Commercial Description: Seeking Asylum is a 8% abv and 90 IBU Belgian-style Double IPA co-created with San Diego’s Alesmith Brewing, described as “smooth and full-bodied with a west-coast twist. Imagine a west-coast DIPA mixed with a Belgian style triple!”
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “N.E. IPA”. The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops, tropical fruit like mangos and mild citrus. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, earth, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, caramel malts, bitterness and a dank finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 55. While someone hoping for a total juice bomb may not be totally sold this is a great crossover between the North East IPA and a North West IPA.
From Superflux Beer Company brewing out of Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Double Infinity (Galaxy)” a Double IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, stone fruit and citrus with a herbal and floral finish. The flavour is of herbal hops with citrus rind, tropical fruits, melons, stone fruit, resin and bitterness with a hint of alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. Superflux Beer Company is a big player in the local North East IPA style and this one is killing it just like their other brews. Pick this up if you can find it.
Commercial Description: We’re thankful for Galaxy Hops. They make better beer than turkey bones do. Hope you fellow Canadians enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday today! Our first Double IPA “Double Infinity” will be available in cans at Strathcona Beer Company while supplies last.
From the new Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd brewed out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Canoe Chase IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange with a light tan head. The aroma consists of big floral notes, citrusy, tropical with some caramel notes. The flavour is of some resin and citrus rind, with citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a hint of melon with some caramel and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 53. I can get behind this first release form Smugglers’ Trail for sure. Lots of flavour to be found all around.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the true story of audacious 19th Century bandits who outran local authorities by racing upstream on the Fraser River. Bright. Juicy. Smooth. Refreshing. Try some before we smuggle it past you.