Grapefruit Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Grapefruit Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Company, 7.0% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


printed on the side of the can:

“Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.”


  • Style: (flavoured – grapefruit) IPA
  • Taste: Supremely smooth bitter grapefruit toffee biscuit malt lengthy bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Trader Joe’s / Seattle
  • How much: $14.79 USD / $19.10 CAD – 6×12 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). 12 oz. can. Pours translucent bright orange with a slowly dissipating foamy head, sticky lacing, 5mm fine foamy retention, very tight clustered micro streams.

Nose: sweet toffee’d biscuity malts, citrus undertones (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-smooth, sharp crisp bite, tangy bitter malt impression

Mid-palate: background tangy, very smooth transition, (lvl-3-sweetness), grapefruity toasted biscuity malt

Finish: grainy bitter grapefruit hops, lingering long soft bitterness

Summary: Incredible smoothness from start to finish. Lots of flavour, body, balance, and drinkability for a 7% bitter bomb.

Cold Brew IPA – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA)

Cold Brew IPA – Rogue Ales, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)


on the front right:

“Dedicated to two of our favorite things

Rogue Cold Brew IPA is a hoppy IPA blended with 200 gallons of Stumptown Coffee Roasters‘ famous Cold Brew Coffee in every batch. Brewed to awaken your senses, Cold Brew IPA opens with a huge hit of coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch.

Brewed using 14 ingredients:

2-Row, Rogue Farms Dare & Risk, C-40, White Wheat, Rolled Oats and Kiln Coffee Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty, Rebel, and Freedom Hops, and Simcoe Hops; Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – cold brew coffee) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bursting hazelnutty cocoa nib cold brew coffee barley malt lingering roast coffee integrated bitter hops
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.10 (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 100%

Visual: Pours clear dark copper brown with a spotty layer of 1mm fine retention, loose clusters of active fast streams.

Nose: nutty cocoa nib, hazelnut soft roasted coffee bean (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft smooth-creamy, bursting sweet nutty malt flavour

Mid-palate: intermixed background bitter hops, (lvl-4-sweetness), cocoa nib, hazelnutty short bitter roasted cold brew coffee, sweet barley malt

Finish: lingering roasted coffee, residual hopped sharp bitter

Summary: Wow, wicked flawless integration of bitterness of IPA with the nutty notes of cold brew coffee. Bursting with flavour from the get go, I’m impressed by the fluidy of flavours and the balance of all the components. Awesome attack of that grabs your attention right away.

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)


printed on the front-right label:

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.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Enoy a SoCal summer year round with Tangerine Soul Style IPA. This delectable brew is a one-way ticket to taste bud paradise. Relax and take in the brilliant golden orange color and fresh aroma of effervescent tangerine and orange. Tangerine zest carries throughout, accented by bright, flowery tropical flavors and a sweet finish. Brewed with American caramel malts and a blend of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops, this is a beautiful brew to behold. ” Best by 04 NOV 16

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  • Style: (flavoured – tangerine zest) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bright aromatic tangerine zest citrusy barley malt soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $2.50 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: awesome

Visual: Pours a deep tangerine orange with suspended sediment, a lasting super creamy 1mm head, half sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose:  faint citrus hops, tangerine juice. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth entry

Mid-palate: fine CO2, (lvl-4-sweetness), bright tangerine zest, clean citrusy barley malt

Finish: tangerine peel oil exhale, soft bitter hops

Summary: Wow, such a balanced and fragrant IPA. The tangerine zest adds a very clean and flavourful boost to the existing citrus notes from the hops. A grade higher than the original Soul Style and something I would definitely drink again.

Raj Mahal India Ale – Off the Rail Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Raj Mahal India Ale – Off The Rail Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV – 38 IBUs, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


Canadian brewing awards 2016 Gold Medal

Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass


  • Style: (flavoured – kaffir lime, lemongrass) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Uneventful tangy citrus grainy barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6.50 CAD – 650 ml., mid 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, no gold medal from me

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange with no real head, just a bit of a spotty island, a few singular slow streams.

Nose: light fart, subtle rosey barley malt. (lvl-2)-intensity

Attack: crisp, incoming malt

Mid-palate: bright medium citrusy tangy, toffee barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), thinnish mouthfeel, slightly tangy kaffir lime leaf

Finish: tingly mouthfeel, subtle lemongrass, grassy grainy metallic barley malt, background soft bitter hops

Summary: If this one won the CBA 2016 Gold Medal, then all the others must have been really lackluster. This is just a bit above average; the lemongrass is barely there and the kaffir lime leaf only seems to keep it at the same level as opposed to kicking it up a notch.

Disco Soleil – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Disco Soleil (India Pale Ale brewed with Kumquats) – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 6.5% ABV, 330 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)


Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, kumquats, hops, yeast


  • Style: (flavoured – kumquat) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Smooth sweet citrusy kumquat low toffee barley malt short body resiny bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 330ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, an IPA with delicious twist

Visual: Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, scattered small clusters of micro streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: slight orange citrus, sweet malted barley, soapy edge. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth creamy CO2

Mid-palate: sustained bright kumquat citrusy, background soft tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet toffee barley malt

Finish: hints of banana wheat malt, dry resiny hopped bitter

Summary: The kumquat brings a nice sustained citrus element that is apparent from the mids to the finish. Overall delicious but I wished for more length and depth in the mids – it could use a meatier malt base. Overall well constructed and another quality DDC brew.

Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA – Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC, Canada)

Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA – Howe Sound Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 45 IBU, 1L., (Squamish, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

This American style rye IPA brewed with Juniper berries has a bright citrus and mango aroma and a refreshing piney avor. Combining the juniper avor with a dry hop of Simcoe and Chinook hops results in a beautiful balance of juicy fruit and resinous pine notes.

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  • Style: (flavoured – juniper berries, rye) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Mild juniper resiny pine grainy barley malt soft bitter hops overall thin
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.45 CAD (after 10% off) – 1L., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: 1L bailer top bottle. Pours clear pale orange with a dissipating small head, a thin spotty layer of micro retention, bubbles surfacing here and there.

Nose: juniper, citrusy hopped malt (lvl-4)-intensity

Attack: crisp, almost slick

Mid-palate: juniper, (lvl-5-sweetness), resiny piney grainy barley malt

Finish: off-dry grapefruit soft bitter hops, rye malt spicy

Summary: Flavours are okay and work well in unison but the body is a bit thin at the backend and the mouthfeel isn’t creamy enough. Not quite as bright or juicy as I’d hoped.