Category 12 releases Insubordinate Session IPA

Not really sure if an IPA is a summer release. Maybe something a little more patio friendly like a Kolsch or a wheat beer. Then c12sipaagain, this is the West Coast and we hop everything. Good to see the people in Saanichton got the session beer ABV status correct. Nothing more to say other than to look for it at better CBAW stores this Friday. Press release and pretty picture to follow.
You’ll find our Insubordinate Session IPA is the perfect compliment to whatever your plans entail. The balance between the hop bitterness of an IPA with the lighter body of a session-style ale, combine to create a distinctly sessionable 4.5% ABV IPA.  The kind of beer that will make you want to break away from routine TPS reports and spend the day in a hammock, or on a beach, or in front of a campfire…

Officially available this Friday, Insubordinate will be available at the brewery only in 650 mL bombers, growlers, and flights until it makes it’s way to your favourite liquor stores next week.

We’ll also have the food truck “A Streetcar Named New Orleans” at the brewery Saturday to make the visit extra enticing!


Phillips Releases Nelson Sauvin Hop IPA

Another IPA release from Phillips, this time it uses the southern hemisphere Nelson Sauvin hop. I wonder if this was the same Nelson Sauvin IPA that was on the growler bar a few months back? Not much more to add as the press release is very thorough:

April 20th 2015: Inspired by the land of the Kiwi, Apteryx is a brand new fruity IPA that features New-Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin hops. The hop is a relative newcomer, first appearing in 2000 after careful cultivation, and imparts such a distinctive white wine “fruitiness” that Sauvin portion of the name was actually borrowed from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

Apteryx pours a clear apricot colour with a marshmallow white head.  A medium-bodied malt base highlights notes of tropical fruits, gooseberries, nettles, and freshly crushed grapes.  Finishes dry.

You can find this refreshing seasonal sipper at craft-focused private stores for a limited time only, or you can pop by the brewery this Thursday from 4-6 for a special draft tasting.

Phillips Release Two Beers Triple IPA and White IPA

It has been rather quiet on the new release front. Luckily there is something old and something new from Phillips. The kids on Government street have a triple IPA called 3rd Blind Mouse. From the description it sounds like another massive citrus unnamed(2)hop bomb, nothing wrong with that. One the west coast we like our ‘C’ hops. Next up is the return of The Electric Unicorn White IPA. Remember last year when the white IPA was popular, now it is retro. Tasting party to be held Thursday April 9th from 4-6pm at the brewery. I don’t think anyone needs directions. Press releases to follow

Third Blind Mouse Triple IPA
10.2% – 650mL

We’re not mousin’ around with this brand new triple-sized IPA.  With a massive malt body and full, citrus hop nose, this 10.2% brew is surprisingly balanced and can really sneak up on you.  No blind luck here, just blind faith in great taste.

Third Blind Mouse pours a beautiful sunset orange colour with a a marshmallow white head.  Full bodied and surprisingly bright, warm citrus flavours mingle with fresh hops that park themselves firmly on the palate, and seem to expand their presence after every sip.

Electric Unicorn White IPA
6.5% – 650mL

Every spring we await the return of that special mono-horned laser beast: The Electric Unicorn.  This craft brewed seasonal stallion will never be tamed, so be sure to grab yours before it races back into the realm of fantasy.

Electric Unicorn pours a slightly hazy straw colour, perfect for long summer days that tend to blend together. Aromas of mango and banana are underpinned with a hint of coriander. Sweet banana fruit flavours are balanced against a citrus hop background that finishes dry.

Electric Unicorn is available for the season from private liquor stores now with government liquor stores stocking it in May.