BC Beer Baron #245 – Four Mile Cactus Grapefruit IPA

While out for a walk recently, Mrs. Sip and I came upon a BC Liquor Stores location. Wanting to check out what was available, but not really looking to buy anything (I had some stock to go through already in the fridge), I told Mrs. Sip I was 90% sure this would only be an informational visit. That was, until I found this new release from Four Mile Brewing.

To be fair, Mrs. Sip insisted I purchase the Cactus Grapefruit IPA – she’s such an amazing wife! The 6% ABV, 70 IBUs beverage is light on alcohol (for an IPA), but strong on hops. Four Mile describes the beer as “a swig of California sunshine”!

Four Mile Cactus Grapefruit IPA

The limited edition brew is available in bomber-sized bottles exclusively at BC Liquor Stores. The IPA is, of course, highlighted by flavours of grapefruit, giving the drink a sweet and sour mix.

Suggested food pairings include seafood dishes, such as grilled squid and fish and chips. I’m not sure what the ‘Cactus’ refers to in the beer’s name, but Four Mile also has a Prickly Pear Cactus Wheat Ale that I’ve been hoping to try.

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BC Beer Baron #176 – Four Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

After first sampling their wares last November at the Hopscotch 2015 Grand Tasting Hall, I was curious to try more products from Victoria’s Four Mile Brewing. When I learned that this beer was among their arsenal, I looked forward to the day when we would meet.

I finally found the Tangerine Dream Ale at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster, en route to meeting Mrs. Sip and her colleagues for a Friday afternoon happy hour. While the beverage went light on its alcohol content (only 4.25% ABV), it certainly travelled to the other end of the spectrum with its citrus flavour. I’m not sure if I’ll be dreaming about the beer anytime soon, but it was a good drink.

Four Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

The art on Four Mile’s labels are really neat, featuring forest wildlife and other creatures. The Tangerine Dream Ale, available in bomber-sized bottles at private liquor stores around BC, is highlighted by a noble looking fox and that’s good enough for the Sip Advisor.

I would love to check out Four Mile’s brewery when Mrs. Sip and I finally get around to doing our epic Victoria beer journey. A couple of their other seasonal releases have piqued my interest, namely the Prickly Pear Cactus Wheat Ale and Double Chocolate Porter.

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