From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario. The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish. The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways. This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.
Commercial Description: A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness. “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau
Food pairing as per brewery: Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.
From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish. The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40. If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.
Commercial Description: Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.
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 Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “BC Bitter”. This English Bitter pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, sweet malts, mild grapefruit, mild pine and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, mild earth, citrus, bitterness and herbal hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 32. This new beer using all BC grown ingredients is an enjoyably brew. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.
Commercial Description: Local ingredients add BC flavour to this traditional English bitter. Nugget and Chinook hops from Lillooet balance brilliantly with Pilsner malt from Armstrong for a slightly hoppy, bready summer beer. Pair with fish & chips.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Japanese Biere De Garde” a new release in their 2017 Cellar Series. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, pith, clove, pepper, mild pickles, earth, Belgian yeast and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 54. Kevin Emms has come up with a really interesting beer here and I look forward to seeing what my second bottle does over time. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.
Commercial Description: East meets West in this rare farmhouse ale. Rice, Japanese Sorachi Ace, hops and Belgian saison yeasts create a heady mix of dill pickle, pepper and clove notes atop a strong, light ale body . Pair with chicken fettuccine pasta.