Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA – Kettle River Brewing Co


From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale.  The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish.  The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts.  The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%.  This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.

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Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur – Arizona Wilderness Brewing


From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur” a Cloudy Double IPA.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, pineapple and basically just juice.  The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, citrus rind, some herbal notes and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  With a great mothfeel this beer is really tasty and I am so glad I was able to get a can from the Hoppy Craftsmen while in Arizona.  These cans sell out extremely fast!

Commercial Description:  What the hell is “Dirty Hop Water?”  First off, it’s proof that humulus lupulus is God’s gift to beer.  It’s also proof that the all powerful hop is still craft beer’s king.  This series combines the hazy proteins of AZ grown unmalted grains with the most badass, aromaticaly driven hops in the world.  The result is this murky, juicy, tropical smoothie-esque hop bomb.  We Won’t make this D.H.W. rendition ever again.  Like, ever.  You’re special if you were able to grab a sip of this can.  Enjoy!  Cloudy India Pale Ale with Eureka, Callista and Belma Hops.

Adrift Hop Blonde Ale – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it. 

Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”

Antipsipation IPA – Red Bird Brewing


From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”.  Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.

Commercial Description:  Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails?  It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC.  Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared!  Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party.  Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday.  When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.

Spruce Willis IPA – Kettle River Brewing Co


From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category.