Strathcona Beer Company in east Vancouver came out of the gate strongly with a third place for their British IPA at the BC Beer Awards this autumn. The brewery began rolling out bomber bottles of their brews this winter and among them was their award winning beer. The British IPA pours from the bomber bottle a clear copper colour with two fingers of dense off-white head that dissipates leaving no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and bready malts, accompanied by grass, earth and herbal tones from the hops along with a lingering fruitiness. This IPA is more malt-forward with flavours of bread and caramel with a grassy hop note, and hints of herbs and pepper. In the mouth the bitterness builds. The IPA has a medium body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and is much more subtle than the more common west coast styles we’re accustomed to, leaning instead more heavily on the malt than the hops.
Alcohol – 6.0%
IBU – 60
Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade, Fuggles, UK Goldings
Size – 650mL