Saturday, 23 March 2013

Molto Bella Espresso IPA

BREWERY:
Tree Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Kelowna, British Columbia

STYLE:
Flavoured IPA

COLOR:
Reddish Copper

ALCOHOL:
4.8%




This beer is no longer in production.  But I thought I'd give it a try anyway.  Tree Brewing Company brews really good quality IPA's.  In fact, they even have an IPA Mingler Pack.  I've never had an IPA like this one.  Smell it.  It smells just like an espresso drink.  And so it should, hence the name.  The taste is very unique.  It tastes just like your regular morning coffee with a shot of espresso.  The name does speak truth about this beer.  Where are the hops?  The reason why I ask is because there's no hop flavour in this beer what so ever.  I think the reason may lie in the heavy malt taste.  It does a fantastic job hiding the hop flavour.  It's a full bodied beer with a smooth finish.  The after taste is heavy on the bitterness side and has that roasted coffee taste that you'd get when drinking a Tall Pike from your local Starbucks.  In my personal opinion, Tree Brewing did a pretty good take on an alcoholic espresso drink.  No somebody pass me my breakfast sandwich!!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Indigo Dragon Double IPA

BREWERY:
Alley Kat Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Edmonton, Alberta

STYLE:
Double (imperial) IPA

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.5%




I've never heard of this brewery before.  I don't think they sell it in the Greater Vancouver Area.  I got my hands on this one through a friend of mine who went to Edmonton and brought it back for me.  I'm so glad that she did because I believe that this is my first out of province (not country) review.

I love the smell of this beer.  It has a sharp citrus aroma that really gets you excited to taste it.  The body of it is cloudy like you would find in a Wheat beer.  In my opinion, the hop flavor was on the lighter side and so was the malt taste.  This beer has 70 IBU's but when you taste it, it tastes even more bitter and the aftertaste stays in your mouth for a long time.  It's a beer that makes you want to gargle with mouthwash after every taste.  However, the beer is clean and crisp.  It's a little high on the carbonation that's why it has that crispness to it.  With all that said, a really good Cuban Cigar will go well with this beer.  Sit back, sip and have a cigar. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Twenty Pounder double IPA

BREWERY:
Driftwood Brewery

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Double IPA

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
9%




This beer has been on my list for as long as I first heard about it.  I actually had this beer in my fridge for almost 2 weeks.  I have no idea why it took me this long to open it.  But, I have to tell you that it was well worth the wait.  This one is up there on my list of double, imperial, strong (whatever you want to call it) IPAs.  The smell doesn't pop out at you, but when you dive your nose into it, you can smell the gentle citrus aroma wafting about.  It has a really good malt taste and the body itself has a unique thickness to it.  I guess you can say that the the flavor creates a thickness that hits you like a cannonball fired from the cannon depicted on the bottle.  The finish is smooth with a slight crisp and the aftertaste it medium to heavy but it does dissipate rather quickly.  I think that Driftwood Brewery did an excellent job creating a double IPA that gives you that punch and great taste that is missing in a lot of double IPA's that I've had.  This is a definite must try.