Monday, 28 November 2016
Category 12 Brewing
Victoria, British Columbia
Black India Pale Ale
Deep Copper (almost black)
6.7% @ 77 IBU's
I used to be more involved in the beer scene when I lived in the Lower Mainland. Now that I live in West Kelowna, it's hard to find unique or one-off beers that the breweries in Vancouver and Victoria brew. So I happened to walk into the BC Liquor store and found this little gem.
Category 12's Disruption Black IPA won gold in the category of Best American Black Ale at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2015. Because I'm a pretty big fan of Black IPA's, I had to give it a try. And believe me I wasn't disappointed.
This beer has a slightly sweet, slightly citrus aroma. It's a little hard to detect but it's there. The flavor of roasted malts give it a full body smokey taste that stays on your tongue and dictates the general flavor of this beer. It has a medium to heavy bitterness and a lingering but decent aftertaste.
Even though I like this beer, it and most black IPA's are an acquired taste. So if you're new to this type of beer, my suggestion to you is that maybe share it with others to enjoy. Having the whole bottle to yourself might be a little too much at first. Lastly.... It goes so unbelievably well with steak!
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Bad Tattoo Brewing
Pentiction, British Columbia
India Pale Ale (Seasonal)
7.72% @ 90 IBU's
So this is my first ever seasonal beer review. The reason why I'm posting this beer is because I'm hoping that it will be a recurring seasonal. It was first available starting the first week of September of this year and they think that it will last well into December. After that, it's gone. Depending on the in-brewery sale of this IPA, they may bring it back next year.
It's an interesting drink because of the dill. They use Sorachi Ace hops sourced from Washington that give it a unique bitterness that has a dill flavour to it. The body of this IPA looks a little hazy reminding me of a Belgium IPA. It has a light citrus aroma with just a hint of dill. This beer is very smooth with a light dill taste.( I know I've used the word "dill" a lot) It has more of a deep grapefruit taste but that's just my opinion, other people's taste can vary as it did with my wife. This IPA has a pretty heavy aftertaste that lingers well after you're ready for your second sip. Don't get me wrong, it has a very flavorful aftertaste that begs for another sip. I really like this beer and I know that you will too. Let's make it a seasonal that they will brew every year and one day make it a regular brew.
When you're in Penticton, don't just try the beer, you need to try their pizzas too. After all, they call themselves a brewery and a Pizzeria. They have the most epic pizza's that I've every had. They have all different kinds. Not only is their beer unique their pizzas are also not the norm. Check out their website and look at the pizza options. You will not be disappointed.
Friday, 4 November 2016
Red Collar Brewing Company
Kamloops, British Columbia
India Pale Ale
6.25% @ 78 IBU's
Hey I'm back. It's been over 2 years and I'm happy to be back. What a good way to restart my blog by reviewing a brewery that's not only local but in a city where the citizens love their Buds and Old Milwaukee.
To tell you the truth I've never really heard much about this brewery. I just knew that it existed. When I walked into my local beer store, I saw it and figured I'd give it a try. I honestly have to tell you that it was really worth picking up. I'm a huge IPA fan and when breweries change it up, it is always worth it. Red Collar's IPA is no exception. But seriously, that's insane that they can mesure the aclohol content to the second decimal. 6.2 6.3 but 6.25? Wow, it's been a long time for me.
When I first poured it, I can right away see the slight cloudyness in the beer. No real carbonation bubbling up to the top. As soon as I saw it in my glass, I knew that this beer is not going to be your regular, in your face IPA. This beer is very subtle at first but leaves a great taste at the end. The taste of this IPA is smooth and has a slight thickness to it. In my world, unfiltered means thickness. It has a deep citrus aroma which, to me, smells like a grapefruit. That aroma balances really well with the sublte sweet caramel flavour. It has a medium finish and a medium to heavy aftertaste.
Sorry I couldn't be more detailed but it's been over 2 years. In my opinion, this IPA is definetly worth a try. It's not for people that want to try an IPA for the first time. It's an excellent beer if you want just a little bit of a different taste from your regular IPA's.