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Cannery Brewing Limited Release Wildfire IPA

This dark IPA from Cannery Brewing is brewed in honor of the wildfire and emergency service workers of the Okanagan.  Cannery Brewing has partnered with the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and provides a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Wildfire IPA to the CFFF (www.cfff.ca).

Cannery Brewing’s owner Patt Dyck describes the 2013 Wildfire IPA: “It is intensely dark, but with malts that are subtle and smooth. Like raging forest fires, this dark IPA has complex hops that rage through to the finish. We modified the formulation of the Wildfire IPA, and this year’s Limited Release version is dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. We hope to bring people a great tasting beer while also paying support to those firefighters we so desperately rely on each year.”

It pours rich & dark, with a dark tan head, a VERY dark brew indeed!  I am on my third Wildfire IPA in the past week, and I am loving it more each time I have one.  I can’t get over how dark it looks and tastes, with a great hoppy bite, combined with some really malty flavors as well.

If you can find one of these, BUY IT!  It helps a great cause, it tastes amazing, and it won’t be around for much longer!

From what I understand, the original Wildfire IPA was brewed in 2009 to honor the firefighters that helped contain the Glenrosa & Rose Valley fires.  The 2013 brew was made in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Fire of 2003.  This is just my opinion, has not been confirmed by Cannery yet.


Comparable to Absolute Darkness


Ninkasi Brewing – Total Domination IPA

From Ninkasi Brewing comes the Total Domination, brewed in Eugene, Oregon.  My first taste of the Total Domination was at St. Augustine’s Pub, on Commercial in Vancouver.  I remember it well, I knew I would be picking up a bottle in the future!

Well, the future is now!


After opening, I instantly smell a familiar strong floral hops, but with strong earthiness alongside.  It pours a beautiful light orange, one of the lighter coloured IPA’s I’ve seen.  A nice little frothy head appears which sticks around for 3-5 minutes. 

The first sip hits hard, a serious IPA hop-slap, with the malt taste smoothing it over within seconds.  Really a beautiful first wave of hops, second wave malts, and then a lingering tingle of hops thereafter. 

The Total Domination is 6.7%ABV.

Commercial Description:

“Multiple hops collide in balanced perfection, dominating the senses, achieving total satisfaction. From the Pacific Northwest, birthplace of the modern IPA, comes a beer whose name says it all.”

I would personally rank this up in the top circle of IPA’s that I’ve tried, and would love to keep a bottle on hand for the future.  I’m looking forward to trying more Ninkasi offerings!

Have you had a Total Domination?  What did you think?  Let me know by leaving a comment!

Phillips Slipstream Cream Ale

Nearing the end of my Variety Pack from Phillips, I realized there hasn’t been a single review of these… I don’t need a 650ml bottle to post about a beer!  Halfway through my glass I decided to post this…

Cream Ales are definitely something you need to like to enjoy, some people just don’t like cream ales.. My wife included!  The Slipstream from Phillips Brewing is one of my favorite Cream Ales available, one that is malty and smooth, with a very subtle hint of hop tartness.

There is very little to no head at any point in the pour, there is light carbonation that keeps it dancing, however it drinks amazingly smooth.  This may be my favorite part of Cream Ales in general, the smooth delivery of their flavors!  Very unoffensive.

The beer is 5% Alc, and comes in a 341ml bottle, in a 6-pack or part of the Phillips Variety Pack.

Bottle Description:

“Slipstream is a precision crafted cream ale, smooth as a pedal stroke and balanced like a sweet curve in the road. Cooperative fluid dynamic techniques create a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. The path of the least resistance is actually through a bottleneck.  Tuck into the slipstream & enjoy the ride!”


Due to a POS photo editing program saving my photo as a 1×1 pixel for some reason, I had to use my accidental flash-enabled photo… Apologies for the quality, this won’t happen again!

So, do you like Cream Ales?  What are some great ones you’ve tried?  I’d love to hear from you!