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GIB Two Tides India Session Ale

GIB Two Tides India Pale AleGranville Island Brewing Two Tides India Pale Ale

One of GIB’s more recent additions is the Two Tides India Pale Ale is a excellent beer for those who are new to the IPA category. Typical Pacific Northwest IPAs are hops heavy and tend to turn off newbies from this wonderful style of beer. GIB has done an excellent job with the labels of there beers, the backside of the bottle has info on colour, IBUs, and even a suggested food pairing. When poured, the liquid is a delectable rich golden colour with a nice tight, white head which receded quickly. A gentle hop aroma draws one in to your first taste. Sweet malts are chased with subtle hoppy bitternes.

Rating: 4/5 A nicely balanced IPA that went down way too easy on this hot summer afternoon.

Muskoka Brewing Mad Tom IPA

Mad Tom IPA

Opened in 1996 in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka Brewing has grown to employ over 70 employees. They have a strong belief in purity, freshness, independence and creativity. I was introduced to their brews several years ago while on a trip to Toronto, and given my love of IPAs – Mad Tom was the first one I tried.

Mad Tom comes in a 341ml long neck brown bottle, but what caught my attention was the Adirondack chair with a bottle on the arm rest on the neck.

In the glass, this beer poured a beautiful honey colour with good carbonation and a decent off white head. The nose has hints of citrus as is common in most IPAs. The mouthfeel is has some weight to it with average carbonation on the tongue. The flavor has strong Chinook and Centennial Hops which definitely sticks around in a pleasant fashion.

Rating 4/5 – Overall a great IPA that i could definitely see myself have a few of in a sitting.

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Pyramid Brewing Thunderhead IPA

Pyramid Brewing Thunderhead IPA

Originally based in Seattle, Pyramid Brewing’s Thunderhead IPA comes in at a lofty 6.7% abv. An aggressive pour yielded a great off white head with the beer a mouthwatering clear golden honey colour. I found the nose to be rather complex with hints of pine and citrus yet definitely sweet. The mouthfeel had some weight to it, with a hint of lemon bitterness. The finish was crisp with a mild hoppy bitterness on the palate.

Rating: 4/5 – a nicely balanced IPA that would be a great introduction to this particular style, before moving up the scale to the typical hoppy bitter Pacific Northwest IPA. A great beer to pair with a light, yellow Thai curry.

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Planked Tandoori Salmon – Chef Karen Barnaby

During our many years at the BC Home & Garden Show we have had the honour of working with some of the best Chef’s in Vancouver as they created some sumptuous meals on a bbq grill. This recipe is from Chef Karen Barnaby.

Suggested Beer Pairing: Pale Ale, India Pale Ale

Comments: The spices of the Tandoori Salmon will match well hoppy (or spicy) stronger bitter beers. The beer will cut through the fat of the fish and the creamy sauce to renew the palate.

Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped ginger
  • 4 6-oz. salmon filets
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. hot, smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime wedges

Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic and ginger. Place the salmon in a shallow baking dish and cover with the marinade. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

Mix together remaining ingredients. Place salmon back in the baking dish and cover with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.

Soak cedar plank in water overnight. Heat the BBQ to high and place the plank on the barbecue until it smokes. Transfer the filets to the plank skin side down. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the salmon is done. Serve with the lime wedges.

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Howe Sound Brewing Devil’s Elbow IPA

Howe Sound Devil’s Elbow IPA

Retailing for $7.75 for a 1L bottle at the BCLDB

I poured the Howe Sound Brewing Devil’s Elbow IPA rather aggressively resulting in a rich tan creamy head that seemed to hang around for a while. The nose had a subdued sweetness to it with hints of caramel and a touch of malts. In the glass, the beer was a tempting caramel colour and a higher level of carbonation resulted in a crisp start with distinct hop character. What I found lingering on my tongue had definitive grapefruit bitterness with undertones of caramel sweetness. The great thing about Howe Sound brews is that the re-sealable 1L bottle means you don’t have to drink the entire bottle in one sitting. I tried this beer again about 4 days after writing the original review and the flavours did not suffer one bit.

Rating: 4/5  – a distinct IPA with hints of caramel and a re-sealable bottle definitely give this beer a high rating.