Beer of the Week #29 – Twin Sails Hot Take IPA

While at Darby’s Gastown’s weekly trivia night recently, I planned ahead and selected this beverage off the menu. From Twin Sails Brewing, a particular claim moved this ale to the top of my list, leapfrogging other options.

What drew me to the Hot Take IPA was that it’s IPU count was zero… and that wasn’t a misprint. By adding hops after the beer’s boil, the brew still had many earmarks of an IPA, such as a 7% ABV and mix of fruit and hop flavour.

Twin Sails Hot Take IPA

I’d be curious to see friends of mine, who loathe IPAs and anything with a bitter taste, try this release. Would they love it, still hate it, or find it acceptable. For those curious, the beer is only available on tap at select locations.

You could always visit the brewery. I’m due for another trip to Port Moody’s Brewer’s Row, which Cousin Sip and I explored last summer. To have four solid operations with a five-minute walk of each other is a beer lovers dream!

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BC Beer Baron #328 – Yellow Dog Chase My Tail Pale Ale

Recently, while hanging out and having drinks at the TAPshack in Coal Harbour for a friend’s birthday, the Sip Advisor enjoyed a serving of this Yellow Dog Brewing product. This was in a glass directly from the brewery, a small detail which I love seeing while out and about.

The Chase My Tail Pale Ale continues the company’s celebrated history of great-named and better tasting brews (the Play Dead IPA and Shake a Paw Porter quickly come to mind, as examples). With mixed flavours of fruit and pine, the 5.2% ABV, 50 IBUs beverage is tasty and refreshing.

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The pale ale is available in 473ml tall can four-packs on-site at the brewery and at private liquor stores. It paired well with my Maui Wowie Hawaiian pizza and I would love to see other ideas for the drink, but the brewery’s website has been “Coming Soon” since 2014.

Yellow Dog used to be a dog friendly place with water dishes and treat bowls for puppies that were brought to the tasting room. I recently heard a rumour this is no longer the case, thanks to one complaint. If that’s true, it’s disappointing – but not surprising – that one person can ruin a good thing… and this is coming from someone who’s prefers the company of cats.

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BC Beer Baron #260 – Yellow Dog Stick Toss Saison

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. Saisons have quickly become a favourite style of the Sip Advisor. I’ve even gone so far as to call the summer of 2016 my ‘Summer of Saison’. Let’s see what BC has to offer.

At the end of our recent Port Moody Brewers Row tour, Cousin Sip filled a growler of this Yellow Dog Brewing release, having enjoyed it so much. This was lucky for the Sip Advisor, who was provided another opportunity to savour the beer again a few days later.

The Stick Toss Saison is flavourful and refreshing, with pleasant notes of fruit and spice. The 5.2% ABV, 25 IBUs drink is made for summer drinking and really shines on those hottest and most humid days.

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The Stick Toss is a staple of the brewery’s lineup, so much so that they often experiment with it as a base. They have produced Apricot, Orange Peel and Cranberry adaptations of the beer, taking an established beverage to a whole ‘nutha level!

Yellow Dog also has the Go Fetch Hoppy Saison, Super Secret Sour Saison and Bootweather Brett Saison, as part of their collection. The company is very open to experimenting, so who knows what they will dream up next.

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BC Beer Baron #217 – Moody Ales Affable IPA

Cousin Sip and I wrapped up our recent trek through Brewers Row in Port Moody with a visit to Moody Ales, which provided ample seating – inside and out – for customers.

There, I most enjoyed my serving of the company’s Affable IPA. At 6.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, this is not for the beer newbie. Using four different hops, there’s a slightly bitter finish to the beverage. Suggested food pairings include strong cheeses, garlic-heavy foods and fried meat.

Moody Ales Affable IPA

The brewery is most proud of the beer’s nose, which they describe as a “piney, fruity, floral bouquet”. Speaking of scents, I like how Moody Ales aroma scale goes from fruit salad to egg salad, with this product obviously on the fruit salad end of the spectrum.

The beer is available in a number of formats, including canned six packs, bomber-sized bottles and even the rare (but becoming more common) crowlers. For those who don’t know, a crowler is a canned serving, equivalent of a growler.

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BC Beer Baron #216 – Parkside Dusk Pale Ale

On our recent foray through Port Moody’s Brewers Row, Cousin Sip and I really enjoyed our stop at the area’s newest addition: Parkside Brewing.

There, I tried a flight of their wares, with my favourite being the Dusk Pale Ale. This beer has stats of 5.3% ABV and 30 IBUs, which is about as balanced as you can get. The American-style Pale Ale is designed to embrace hop flavours rather than bitterness.

Parkside Dusk Pale Ale

The Dusk Pale Ale is the counterbalance to the brewery’s Dawn Pilsner, which was unfortunately tapped out when we visited. The pale ale is available in 355ml cans and is described as a relaxed, west coast beverage.

For those also wanting to explore the Brewers Row, Parkside even has a monthly calendar, letting customers know when food trucks will be at their location.

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BC Beer Baron #215 – Yellow Dog Pineapple Brett IPA

Recently, Cousin Sip and I toured Port Moody’s Brewers Row. While we enjoyed each stop along the condensed route, our relaxing beverages at Yellow Dog Brewing, may have been the highlight of the day out, sans spouses.

In fact, I enjoyed my serving of their Pineapple Brett IPA so much, that we returned to the brewery before leaving the area, to fill a couple growlers of the drink. Of course, pineapple is a prominent flavour here, but I enjoyed it, even though I prefer the fruit on pizza.

Yellow Dog Brewing

I assume the base of this 7% ABV brew is Yellow Dog’s Play Dead IPA, but I could be wrong. The beer is available at some of the Lower Mainland’s finest beer establishments, such as Darby’s Public House in Kitsilano and Alibi Room in Vancouver’s Gastown district.

This was my second trip to Yellow Dog’s tasting room, but our previous venture was during the winter and on a rainy day. Therefore, I had no clue that the brewery had a gorgeous seating area at the back of their facility, complete with picnic tables for beer enjoyment. I can’t wait to bring Mrs. Sip along next time.

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BC Beer Baron #214 – Twin Sails Dry Hopped Kolsch

The first stop of my and Cousin Sip’s tour of the Port Moody beer scene was Twin Sails Brewing, which has been open since late 2015.

Given the brewery specializes in German beers, it was no surprise that their Dry Hopped Kolsch was really good and a centerpiece of their lineup. The 5.1% ABV, 22 IBUs beverage is constructed using 100% German barley and wheat, then dry hopped to add light fruit flavours.

Twin Sails Dry Hopped Kolsch

The Kolsch is one of the few beers that Twin Sails has put into either bottles or cans. The Kolsch can be had in bomber-sized bottles with limited availability. Twin Sails has also released a lemon variation of the Kolsch, which likely adds a tarter finish to the product.

This was the Sip Advisor’s first foray to Twin Sails tasting room, as Cousin Sip and I tackled Port Moody’s Brewers Row. Given how much fun we had, a return trip is in short order!

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