We are lovers of beer at Cooper & O’Hara. Now is a great time to be an adventurous beer drinker. The market is bursting with tons of craft beers from both old and new microbreweries. Whether or not you’re a fan of the trend, there’s definitely some great brews out there. We hope you’re introduced to something new with this craft beer photography project of ours.
MUCH LIKE BOOKS, MOVIES, BREAKFAST CEREAL, AND THE LIKE, BEER BRANDS HAVE TO CONVINCE YOU THAT YOU CAN JUDGE A BEER BY ITS
This roundup is going to highlight a few of our favourite Imperial/Double IPAs that we’ve tried this last month. Big flavour, and big bottles!
“My idea of a strong ale was brewed with loads of malt, hops, jaggery and a touch of manuka smoke. It was fermented with a clean ale yeast to let the ingredients speak for themselves without getting interrupted by too many esters. After all that it was aged for 5 months on American oak, then refermented in the bottle.”
This ale has got BIG FLAVOUR. This is a cut above any other double IPA/Imperial Ale we’ve had in terms of powerful flavour. Not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth it if you’ve got the tastebud tenacity. 8 Wired Brewing Company is an excellent brewery creating some really incredible flavours that will knock you on your ass. There is complexity to the taste as well. This one has a nice oaky flavour reminiscent of a good scotch. Look for their other brews to show up soon in another roundup, because we’re hooked!
“Flavor so hoppy it threatens to remove the enamel from one’s teeth! Originally made in 1996 to be a bigger, badder version of our favourite style.”
Lagunitas Brewing Company is an intriguing brewery with a great sense of humour and a focus on quality beer that pushes the boundaries of the beverage. This beer is strong, no doubt about that – the hops smack you in the face right away – but it’s something you can savour too. A personal favourite of double IPA’s for sure.
“Uh, we forget. Oh yeah, this is a big beer. Mind blowing amount of hops give this beer tons of flavour and aroma. Not for the faint of heart. The bigger, meaner cousin to the Hop Circle IPA.
Canadians love beer. It’s a stereotype for a reason. Strong beer for lumberjacks and Zamboni drivers and all that. Phillips Brewery, based out of Victoria, does our country proud with this impressive contender in the Imperial IPA category. A very nice complex flavour with notes of apricots, grapefruit, and caramel.
Enjoy your weekend and go grab one (or all) of these strong beers.
-C & O