Trying out the Alternative Facts “Zero IBU’ IPA from @redcollarbrewing. First my server described it as a zero bitter IPA (close, but I’d have to be a real snob to argue that point) and then the bartender who brought it over described it as a zero hop IPA which I really wanted to correct but he left to quickly. I’ve read a bit about how zero IBU is a misnomer as dry-hop and flame-out only beers still carry an IBU count, albiet much lower than their traditionally brewed counterparts. This beer has a punchy fruit aroma – mix of citrus, tropical and tree fruit. The flavour matches up pretty closely with the aroma. There is a bitter element in the finish of this beer, it is light compared with a traditional IPA, but absolutely present. I actually like this version of zero IBU better than the Twin Sails version I had a few months ago because this beer does have a residual bitterness, which makes it less true to “style” but much more satisfying to drink.
I love cassis and I also love a nice Saison, so this bottle from Powell Beer was already looking like a winner even before I cracked the bottle. An aroma of deep black currant leads, followed by a peppery note from the Saison yeast. I really enjoyed the fact that while the cassis flavour is definitely present, the spicy Saison character is also given room to express itself and the beer remains quite dry despite the fruit addition. I’ve also had their Mango Saison, which was great but doesn’t quite hit the striking balance between fruit and yeast complexity that is present in the Cassis Saison
I get a little jealous of people living in Port Moody because of the crazy talent they have on Brewer’s Row. Yellow Dog Brewing has impressed me already with their hoppy offerings, but High Five Hazy IPA has blown me away. Part of the NE trend that’s taking over local IPAs, this beer is very aromatic with notes of citrus, and tropical fruit – think guava, papaya, passionfruit – with a little hit of dankness. A soft, almost creamy mouthfeel the malts provide an understaded background for juicy hop flavour that leads into lightly lingering bitterness. Definitely glad I picked up a 4-pack as this goes goes down very easy. I’d say this is a great bridge into the new style of IPA while retaining the bitter bite that hop heads love. High fives to High Five 🙌!