From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing in collaboration with Vancouver’s Superflux Beer Company comes their “Boomerang Double IPA”. The beer pours a seriously murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruit, pienapple, sweetness, floral hops and dankness. The flavor is of big citrus rind, citrus, tropical fruit, resin, dankness and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. This is a tasty brew but a little more bitterness than the average juice bomb.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Pacific Northwest Porter”. The beer pours a very deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, caramel and earth. The flavour is of smoke, ash, roasted malts, caramel and a big hit of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Once a gain Kevin Emms has made a very tasty brew and should be picked up if you see it. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their fourth of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Mélange à Trois” a barrel aged Brett Bruin. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of brett funk, mild fruit, berries, malt, oak, chocolate and caramel. The flavour is of brett funk, sour, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, oak, leather, earth, bitterness and citrus rind. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. Not the standard Bruin but it is a really good brew and I look forward to the 2018 Fellowship.
From Main Street Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged American Style Barley Wine” a Winter 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a very murky brown colour with a white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, resin, sweetness and a floral finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, resin, earth, oak and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 80. This Barely Wine seemed to be a bit of a hybrid style as the bitterness was to low to be an American Barley Wine. It was not really what I was expecting but I did quite enjoy it none the less.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer “Soothsayer Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head and good lacing. The aroma consists of citrus, juicy hops, lactose, floral and just an overall sweetness. The flavour is of lactose, orange, orange rind with a hint of both resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. I have to say that this is a nice Milkshake IPA as it is sweet but not overly so like some of them. One of the most true to style NE IPA’s that Parallel 49 Brewing has made to date to boot.