Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing (Dec 7, 2014)

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From Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, earthy and some malt notes.  The flavour is of pineapple, citrus, gooseberries, malts, earthy, pine and some mild bitterness.  I did not notice any real wheat notes or real yeasty notes that you would expect from a white ale.  The beer comes in at 9.2% with an IBU of 76.  Like most of the big beer released by Parallel 49 Brewing this is a very good beer.

Commercial Description:  An Imperial IPA made with wheat to keep the beer light bodied and a hazy white. Big hop flavours and aromas of tropical fruit and gooseberries from the Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Unibroue – Éphémère Pomme

Unibroue of Chambly, Quebec has brought us Éphémère Pomme, a green apple flavoured beer on lees and one of my early forays into beer.

A beautiful orange-gold colour with a cloudy body and fine white head start you in on this beer.  It has the look of a classic wheat beer or wit and really makes you think of summer days on a patio.

The nose is very much granny smith apples with a slight caramel undertone.  The aromas that are there are nice and round and full but the nose is a bit limited.  It delivers what it promises: pomme.

The flavours mirror the nose but with more depth.  The main note is still green apple with a malty caramel.  What really sells those two flavours is the deep, creamy body.  The finish is still all apple.

Honestly, this beer a rather one-note but it delivers what it says it will and it does bring a nice, crisp flavour  and a rich, creamy texture to you, making a pleasant summer beer.  If you go in with your eyes open, knowing what you will get this is pretty good.  Try it with a creamy cheese, maybe a nice goat cheese.

Osprey Pear White IPA – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes the “Osprey Pear White IPA” an IPA with not only wheat but pear as well.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy yellow with a white head and some lacing left on the glass.  The aroma consists of pear, wheat, floral hops and a fruity finish.  The flavour is of fruity pear, wheat, yeast and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an  IBU of 50.  I don’t even like pear so I was a little worried about this beer.  I am happy to report though that this was not only a refreshing wheat ale but it had a nice hops bite!

Commercial Description:  An Okanagan and Belgian inspired IPA. Belgian wit base and malted wheat form the base with a generous heaping of fruity El Dorado and Calypso hops. Finished with freshly pressed Okanagan pear juice. This unfiltered IPA is ripe with fruit sweetness and balanced with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness.

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Flying Tanker White IPA – Vancouver Island Brewery

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From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes their new limited release “Flying Tanker White IPA”.  This White IPA pours an unfiltered golden yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of wheat, citrus, yeast and a good hops bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%.  This is a very well balanced beer managing both the white ale and the IPA quite nicely.  I would recommend picking up a few bottles of this for a hot summer day!

Commercial Description:  Much like Vancouver Island’s aerial firefighters, this twist on a traditional IPA will extinguish your thirst. This Bomber packs a full payload of hop power delivered on target with the smoothness of wheat malt. With a complex hop flavour balanced in flight with notes of fruit and spice, this beer isn’t just for emergencies.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  BBQ Ribs

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Kili Wit – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

From Hood River Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales comes their “Kili Wit” a traditionally brewed white beer.  The Wit pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of malts, wheat, spices, orange peel and yeast.  The flavour was of wheat, malts, spices, citrus, orange peel, coriander and yeast.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5.5%.  

Commercial Description:  Our Kili Wit is a traditionally brewed white beer with refreshing flavors and creamy smoothness. This is a 100% certified organic beer brewed with local organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice. This beer is made with a portion of the proceeds going to the K2 Adventures Foundation that provides community service, medical and educational enrichment for African children.