I like a good Canadian craft beer here and there but I’m no expert. I spend most of my time drinking coffee,  so I’ve collaborated with my friend Sean for his beer expertise. He’s the Provincial Sales Manager and Owner of Set the Bar  Sales & Distribution Ltd., a boutique sales agency that represents beer, wine & spirits in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  He has waaaay more expertise than I do, so he’s recommended 5 Canadian Craft Brewed IPAs that  he thinks you should try, and I totally trust him.

About IPAs

IPAs are typically very hoppy, citrusy, bitter, and full flavoured. This means they pair really well with salty, spicy, fried food (shout out to pub food right here). India Pale Ales date back to the mid- 18th century, and they were formulated to survive long voyages by sea better than other beer styles of the time. Hence the name India Pale Ale – they were meant  to survive the trip from England to India.

5 Canadian Craft Brewed IPAs you need to try, stat

1. Fernie Brewing Lone Wolf IPA

This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties and traditional brewing methods. The use of  dry hopping results in a golden ale with exceptional flavour and complexity. This bad boy is well balanced and perfect for any beer drinking occasion (sooo basically anytime). Meat dishes, (wings, blackened chicken) go well with this one.

Photo: Instagram @ferniebrewingco
2. Bench Creek Brewing White Raven IPA

The White Raven IPA has a distinctive, very hop-forward blend with huge aromatics of orange, grapefruit, passion fruit and mango with a touch of pine. Signature flavours of Munich and crystal malts contribute a complex toffee caramel backbone that nicely balance the bitterness from the hops. It finishes slightly dry with lingering citrus and a tropical impression that tells you this robust beer would pair well with blackened fish, roasted duck, and even spiced coffee cake.

Photo: Instagram @benchcreekbrewing
3. Farmery Estate Brewing Localishious IPA

Quenching your IPA desires, crisp bittering estate-grown Cascade hops and delicious 6-row barley make up this fresh-tasting IPA. It is strong brewed in the heart of the Continent, and has a clean & balanced finish. This IPA has floral notes, citrus and the expected IPA bitterness. If you’re from Manitoba, you’ve probably heard of this Canadian craft beer.

Photo: Instagram @farmerybrewery
4. Collective Arts Brewing Ransack The Universe IPA

This IPA with the best name (uhhh Ransack the Universe?) is made from Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, USA. It delivers aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. This can be described as a hemispheric hop mashup.

Photo: Instagram @collectivebrew
5. Corsaire IPA Levisienne

Noble to its origin, the Levisienne is an India Pale Ale that possesses an amber colour. It’s a more hoppy & stronger version of a Pale Ale. Pure to British traditions, its floral aromas are also complimented with hints of caramel. Rich in flavour and in body, this famous English IPA pays tribute to all the heroes of the Great Crossings.

Well there ya have it – now you have many choices for a new Canadian craft beer to try. I really knew nothing about IPAs before Sean helped me out so at least I feel like I have a better idea of what I can look for. Personally, I’d like to try the Bench Creek White Raven IPA for those toffee notes. Are you an IPA drinker? Comment your favourites below!

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