R&B Brewing Co.- Beer Island Session IPA


R&B Brewing Co.- Beer Island Session IPA Review

Did you know that Vancouver has a place so renowned for being a place to drink a beer it’s locally known as Beer Island? Habitat Island is a fake island in False Creek. It is only accessible via an isthmus but only at low tide. If you’re visiting the “island” you might consider bringing along the R&B beer that is named after it.

Beer Island IPA is a cloudy dark golden yellow with billowing white head that lingers well. The initial pronounced aroma soon calms with notes of peach, lemon, apple, and tangerine. This beer is medium-bodied and has medium carbonation.

The sip begins with a bit of orange sweetness before slamming on the breaks and doing a 180 into bracing bitterness and kviek fruitiness. The back of the palate is all tropical hop acidity and kviek yeastiness. There are notes of lemon and orange citrus with hints of grass and raw bread dough. The finish is very long with a strong interplay between the almost mouth-puckering kviek yeastiness and the hop bitterness.




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    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Orangey
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Cloudy
  • Balance: More Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Goes Down Slower
  • Enjoyment: I thought it was fine
  • Malt Characteristics: Biscuity/Bready
  • Hop Characteristics: Citrusy
  • Palate: Astringent or Puckering (Tannins)


A session IPA that uses the unique kviek yeast flavour profile with all the hoppiness and bitterness of a bigger IPA.


Great for a lover of both hops and kviek.

Bold flavors in a lower alcohol beer.


May be too bold to be that sessionable.

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