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This article was published 17/8/2018 (1134 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I just got back from Montreal only a few days ago and I’m absolutely exhausted after the trip. It was a great reason to try some of the latest and greatest breweries that were opening up in the region, while also visiting the first Foudres Unis beer festival by Brasserie Dunham, which took place 400 metres from the Vermont border and featured a bunch of the top breweries in the world.
All in all, I sampled a lot of beer — not as much as I was hoping as I missed out on some Belgian sours, but I got to sample beers from places such as Vermont, Quebec (of course), B.C., Minnesota and Poland.
Now that I’m back in Manitoba, I’m extremely sleepy as I slept nowhere near what I should have, as I was demanding myself to go to the best bakeries and restaurants in the city as well, savouring a wide variety of foods, from buttery croissants to Montreal smoked meat.
This week, I’ll be checking out Denali Single Hop IPA by Fernie Brewing out of Fernie, B.C. It has been a while since I’ve seen a beer from Fernie’s Single Hop IPA series, so this should be interesting! I’ve never experienced the Denali hop on its own, as it’s more of an experimental variety of hop.
The hop is also known as Nuggetzilla as it’s a combination of the Nugget hop, Zeus hop and USDA 19058M hop. The profile is described as being rich in pineapple, citrus and pine flavours, though it can come off spicy as well — as a hop head, I hope they shine through the beer!
The appearance of Denali is a clear, mildly carbonated caramel-amber-coloured beer with a moderate amount of beige head on top. The aroma of the beer gives off a weak scent of pine, caramel malt, a hint of woodiness, and a bit of a breadiness. I’m not noticing the rich tropical zestiness that everyone was telling me about in this beer, but it does have a rich caramel malt profile so far.
Off to the tasting, I get a hefty bitter presence that’s reminiscent of pine, a bit of grassy hop presence and a decent gritty graininess. This time, I’m getting a very light presence of pineapple and tropical sweetness, though this beer is mostly bitter and grainy. The aftertaste is a hefty bitter, pine presence, reminiscent of more traditional North American-style IPAs we’ve seen in the past.
Well, I typically like more bitter, hop-forward IPAs, but something about this beer seems just lacking — perhaps the description made me think that this would be a decently tropical IPA when in reality it was a bitter IPA with a light amount of tropical zest, nothing really worth noting. This reminds me a bit of an older West Coast IPA that has been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks, like Red Racer (Green Can). I’m liking the bitterness of the IPA, but I’m finding that the tropical presence from the label doesn’t really seem to be really popping up.
Fernie’s Denali Single Hop IPA (6.7 per cent ABV ) is available at Liquor Marts in Brandon for $6.99 per 650-ml bottle.
Pint rating: 2.5/5 Pints
If you’ve been looking for Brasserie Nonsuch’s Brandon University BU50 Ale, you can find it again at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart for approximately $21 per 750-ml corked and caged bottle. Seeing that Nonsuch has recently moved into a new location for their brewery, I hope to see more of their beer in Brandon pubs on draught, seeing that three of the four owners of the brewery lived in Brandon at one point. Nonsuch is my current favourite Manitoban brewery as they’ve done an amazing job with Belgian-style ales, and with winning two medals at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, they’re only going to get better with time.
Winnipeg’s Barn Hammer Brewing’s Old Friar Mead is now available in Brandon at the Corral Centre and 10th and Victoria Liquor Marts for $12.50 per 650-ml bottle. In June 2016, Barn Hammer was the first new brewery to open up in Manitoba in 10 years. Old Friar Mead also marks the first time a Barn Hammer product is available in the Brandon area permanently. I hope to see their beer available in Brandon soon.
» Cody Lobreau is a Canadian beer blogger who reviews every beer he can get his hands on as he believes that he should try every beer twice to get an understanding if it’s truly good or bad. BeerCrank.ca