Fernie Rockpile Red IPA

Fernie_rockpileBrewer: Fernie Brewing, Fernie BC
Style: Red India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.2%
IBU: 80

Description: This beer is the first in Fernie’s 2014 IPA Bucket List – a repeat of last year’s tribute to IPA’s – with seasonal availability from Nov to Dec. This brew is fashioned using Caramel and Crystal Malts, and then bittered with a large dose of Admiral, Ahtanum and Chinook Hops.

Tasting Notes: This IPA is an interesting combination, being rather malt-forward in character despite its high IBU rating. The rich red malts are immediately apparent in the lacy head it creates, and the flavor is reminiscent of baked bread, caramel and toffee, and with a slight, mineral tang. The hop flavor comes through with notes of grass, pine and herbs, but which are decidedly dry. All of this strikes a nice balance, and which provides a good intro to the 2014 Bucket List.

Appearance: Deep ruby, clear, good, lacy foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Deep roasted amber, caramel, minerals, dry hops
Taste: Sharp malt, sweet bread, caramel and toffee, grassy, piney, dry hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, hint of citrus, grass and herbs
Overall: 8.5/10

Fernie Brewing Last Cast Summer IPA

Fernie_summeripaBrewer: Fernie Brewing, Fernie, BC
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 70

Description: The final beer on Fernie Brewing’s Bucket List IPA Series, the Last Call is a summer-seasonal IPA is lighter bodied than their previous offerings. Much like the others, it is bittered using a combination of new hops, including the Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo, Ahtanum and Galaxy varieties.

Tasting Notes: An unusual IPA, to be sure, the Last Call was reminiscent of both a Pilsner and an IPA. This comes through in the crisp malts (which I can only assume are Munich, Pilsner and/or Vienna), but is reinforced in the hop combination that brings out a certain herbal and slightly skunky flavor, in addition to a good citrus bite. A nice combination and a good way to finish off a lineup!

Appearance: Golden, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Grainy malt, dry, herbal hops, mild skunk
Taste: Crisp, grainy malt, good tang, strong bite of bitter, herbal, citrus hops
Aftertaste: Lingering citrus bitterness and herbal notes
Overall: 8/10