The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing, 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


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This milkshake IPA is bursting with tropical and peach flavours along with hints of vanilla. The lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pouring a hazy pale yellow, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and contains no clarifying agents.

Ingredients: North shore water, pale malt, wheat malt, flaked oats, caramel Vienna malt, acidulated malt, lactose, magnum hops, citra hops, amarillo hops, peach juice, London ale III yeast.

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  • Style: (flavoured – lactose, peach juice, oats) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy light milky sour tangy sweet toffee barley malt bitter grapefruit hop light peach
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good if you like variety

Visual: Pours almost clear copper orange with a small 2mm lasting foamy head, tight clusters of fine active micro CO2.

Nose: citrusy hopped malt, Calpis and peach, hint of vanilla (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thicker mouthfeel, bright citrusy hop impression

Mid-palate: slight milkiness, toffee barley malt, dominant biting bitter hoppiness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, peach tangy-mild sourness

Finish: grapefruity sharp lingering bitter hops, peach-orange exhale,

Summary: The flavour and texture is certainly there as advertised, with the oats and lactose creating an interesting combo that I’ve never had in an IPA before. The creaminess plays well with the peach and citrus hops, but I find the sweetness of the malts to be somewhat overbearing. Interesting about 2/3rds through, too heavy after that.

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


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Our North Shore Pale Ale is a local secret – full-bodied with a copper colour and a sweet, mild caramel flavour. The finish is crisp and full of hops. This is a highly drinkable and approachable ale, great for making friends on the trial or buttering up the family.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy smooth heavyish sweet toasted barley malt mild orange citrus hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear dark copper with a very creamy 1cm head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange citrusy hops mixed with yellow florals, toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth creamy crisp

Mid-palate: fluffy CO2, (lvl-6-sweetness), bready toffee barley malt, light tangy-zingy alcohol

Finish: mild orange citrus hops, residual toasted barley malt

Summary: A pretty good full and creamy mouthfeel on this one, as well as a good balance of malt and hop presence. A bit heavy for a 5.5%, 1 glass is enough.

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


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This American wheat ale is a crisp, refreshing summer brew. Pouring a hazy straw colour this beer was brewed with the addition of fresh blood oranges and bourbon. Zesty and floral, with clean citrus flavours and a moderate bitterness this beer is ideal for a warm summer day.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blood orange, bourbon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Soft short bourbon orange grainy barley malt no carry
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours bright copper brown with a medium frothy head, 1cm lasting retention, clustered active streams.

Nose: orange citrusy hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: metallic orange background, light bourbon, 20/80-wheat/barley, (lvl-3-sweetness), honey, light-bodied

Finish: grainy barley exhale

Summary: Not a lot of fullness, thin and lacking carry. Drinkable but not a lot of pop.

Lemon Gin Saison – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Lemon Gin Saison (Seasonal) – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 24 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


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“Brewed with the addition of juniper berries, lemon peel, coriander, and pink peppercorns, and fermented with a French Saison yeast, this beer is unique and super drinkable. Juniper, used in moderation, emphasizes the gin flavours, while coriander adds depth and complexity. The Saison yeast used expresses peppery, spicy and citrusy notes, which play well with the lemon zest and pink peppercorn.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – juniper berry, lemon peel, coriander, pink peppercord) Saison
  • Taste: Lemon citrusy tang soft banana wheat malt dry subtle hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.65 (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: doesn’t taste as advertised

Visual: Pours opaque golden orange with a massive, ultra-foamy lasting head, half sticky lacing, singular steady micro streams.

Nose: yeasty, mild fart, very mild pukey pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fine-fizzy

Mid-palate: juniper berry, tangy lemon citrus acidity, light sour funk, dry rough grainy wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness),

Finish: hint pink peppercorn/coriander exhale, stealth light bitter hops, residual tangy malt.

Summary: Not exactly bursting with bright lemon or juniper flavours, there is some lemony acidic tang, but the main taste is the wheat malt. Acceptable body and mouthfeel, I was just expecting more.

Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 18 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


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“…Tart and refreshing, this beer was inspired by the Brewmaster’s Mother with fresh aromas of a spring garden. Elderflowers give a gentle floral brightness to this crisp kettle-soured ale. Lightly hopped with Galaxy and Centennial hops to provide a background of nectarine and citrus.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Elderflower) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Mostly controlled big sour dry elderflower grapefruit flesh tangy toasty barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.95 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent brown amber with a small dissipating 2mm head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of fast active tiny streams.

Nose: tangy elderflower, toasty toffee barley malt, alcohol (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-tart

Mid-palate: continued rounded fleshy grapefruit sour, tangy-puckery-tart, elderflower, (lvl-4-sweetness), background barley malt

Finish: toasty, nectarine exhale, lingering hop gentle bitter, grainy barley malt.

Summary: Big yet mostly controlled sourness with a dehydrated elderflower taste. Decent complexity but nothing that makes it epic.

Imperial White IPA – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Imperial White IPA – Bridge Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 75 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


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“Clocking in at 75 IBU and 8.0% ABV, this bold yet balanced Imperial White IPA is well hopped with Magnum, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Aged with White Wine Oak, look for hints of fresh crushed gooseberries, passionfruit, and white peach along with light oaky tannins.”


  • Style: (white wine oak aged) Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Tangy creamy thick subtle white peach bright fruity toffee malty biting dry hops
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $8.25 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours cloudy orange-brown with a very small foamy head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of slow steady micro streams.

Nose: faint peachy apricot (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-full, incoming fruity hops

Mid-palate: cascading creaminess, (lvl-5-sweetness), white peach, fruity bright-half toffee barley malt, tangy

Finish: biting dry bitter hops, white oak, residual malts.

Summary: The advertised fruit flavours of gooseberry, passionfruit and white peach are slightly exaggerated with mostly white peach being displayed. Solid nevertheless, enjoyable texture and flavours.

Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale – Bridge Brewing (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale – Bridge Brewing, 6.1% ABV – 28 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

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“This is a smooth, rich, and malty brown ale brewed with the addition of Organic Uganda Sipi Falls Coffee roasted by our good friends at Moja Coffee. Coffee beans were added after fermentation, leading to soft and fruity coffee aromas. The roasty character of this beer and the dark berry and spice notes of the hops used play well together, making this a great beer as the weather slowly turns.”

Ingredients: North Shore Water, Bramling Cross Hops, Galena Hops, Brewer’s Gold Hops, Nugget Hops, Canadian Pale Malt, Oat Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Victory Malt, Yeast, Organic Uganda Sipi Falls Coffee.

  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: Malty deep roasted coffee acidic brown sugar cola
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.25 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not search-worthy

Visual: Pours dark chestnut brown with a small head, 1mm layer of fine retention, clusters upon clusters of fast streams.

Nose: aromatic roasted coffee malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, airy, incoming roast

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) big roast coffee bittersweet, cola, brown sugar malts -> coffee acidic sourness

Finish: chocolate exhale, lingering roast malt finish.

Summary: Lots of roast, burnt almost, but a partially thin body with only fizziness for mouthfeel. Decent flavours, quite drinkable.