Tart IPA – Steamworks Brewing

From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Tart IPA”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juicy citrus and mild tropical fruits with floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, some herbal hops, mild tartness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is an enjoyable twist on a New England IPA and I look forward to having more.

Commercial Description:  Worlds are colliding! Loads of juicy hops combine with a puckering tartness, resulting in a beautifully balanced Tart IPA bursting with flavour.


Wannabe IPA – Outcast Brewing

From Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing.  The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt.  The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40.  This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.

Commercial Description:  Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops.  Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish.  It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.


Legend Extra Old Ale – Bench Creek Brewing

From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “Legend Extra Old Ale”.  The beer stated to Enjoy after Dec 24, 2017.  The beer pours a reddish orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, floral hops and sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, tropical fruits, vanilla, candy sugar, toffee, caramel, sweetness, bitterness with some minor alcohol notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 45.  This is a tasty Old Ale and well made.  If you can find a bottle of this in Alberta make sure to pick it up!

Commercial Description:  It was believed a town like Legend, AB, would be around forever — until its sudden yet inevitable demise early last century. The last grain elevators came down decades later, nearly wiping out any and all remnants of the place. Visitors to the ghost town only rarely ask about the townspeople. Did they die with the town? The truth is lost to time but most choose to believe they packed up and left, attempting to preserve the best traits of the place, to savour the legacy, and moved on to bigger, and dare we say, better things.


Habitus Double IPA – Mike Hess Brewing

From Mike Hess Brewing in San Diego California comes their “Habitus Double IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, rye spice, herbal hops with a floral finish.  The flavour is of rye spice, pine, resin, citrus, tropical fruit, orange peel, bready malts, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100.  I always enjoy a good Rye IPA and this one does not disappoint at all.

Commercial Description:  Habitus, winner of the 2014 World Beer Cup℠ in the Rye category, is a spicy, crisp, and extremely drinkable double IPA. We use loads of Sterling and Chinook hops in the kettle and hopback (and even more during the dry hop) for intense pine aromatics accentuated by a rye and 2-row malt base for a truly great IPA experience.


Suburbs 2 IPA – Dageraad Brewing (Steel & Oak Brewing)

From two breweries that never make IPA’s in Dageraad Brewing and Steel & Oak Brewing out of Burnaby and New Westminster respectively comes their “Suburbs 2 IPA”.  The beer pours a deep murky orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus pith, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pith, resin and a low bitterness with a Belgian yeast spin.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%.  For a breweries that do not make IPA’s this is one tasty Belgian inspired North East IPA.