Steel & Oak Brewing – Shiny Things IPA


Steel & Oak Brewing – Shiny Things IPA Review

Steel & Oak Brewing was the first brewery to open up in the oldest city of Western Canada – New Westminster in 2014. They quickly became known as the brewery that created traditional German-inspired classic styles with a North American twist.

The recently released and now new addition to their flagship beers,  Shiny Things IPA has a bit of history behind it…

In 2014, it started out as a concept and was a part of the “Projekt” series. Like all their beers, there was a German twist to it, but due to the popularity of some of their main beers, the series was cancelled. In 2017, and with an increased tank capacity, Shiny Things was brought back, and this time it was canned and brewed with the German hop twist; Huell Melon, Mandarina Bavaria, and Hallertau Blanc. It was a limited run with the possibility of being the new “Projekt” with always changing hops. Not sure what happened but the 2017 version was retired later that year.

Here’s what the 2017 label looked like :

Fast forward to the Fall of 2019 and a revamped version of Shiny Things, with a new label, new grain bills, and tropical forward hops was launched.  And while it is listed as an IPA, it really should be listed as a “hazy” IPA. It pours a very thick,  and opaque copper colour and with that pour is an aromatic release of pineapple and a hint of pine. The addition of wheat and oats provides the opaqueness but also a very creamy mouthfeel. What is also different with this IPA is the use of popular American hops; Eldorado, Equanot and Simcoe, all providing bright tropical fruit flavours and pine notes- a great combination in IPA’s. The combination also makes for a very juicy, but with a nice hop bitterness that keeps it from being too sweet. And, as it has also been added to their Flagship/Core listing, this time around it will be sticking around. :-)


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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Gold
  • Head Size & Retention: Some head, minimal retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Opaque
  • Balance: Very Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Tropical, Piney or Woody
  • Palate: Full Bodied, Creamy, Soft or Silky, Juicy


With refreshing pineapple and resinous evergreen notes, Shiny Things IPA is crisp, juicy, with a gentle bitterness. A generous addition of oats in the grain bill gives a luxurious mouthfeel and a sturdy vessel for the El Dorado, Equanot and Simcoe hops to shine through. Shiny!

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