Following a successful (re)launch Vancouver Island Brewing (VI Brewing) showcased its new lineup to the public. The unveiling saw a twist on three of their classic beers as well as a preview of four exclusive new ones.
Much of what you may remember from Vancouver Island Brewing beers has been updated. Overall the focus was on sessionable brews without sacrificing taste though (all 7 beers that were sampled that night were under 5% ABV). Some of the beers you will recall from days past but with a new twist or upgrade in ingredients used.
The previous Sea Dog Amber Ale has now transformed into the Carmanah Ale. However, you won’t be thinking of the old Sea Dog with the addition of piney resin hops in the new rendition. The taste is clean with a hint of a woodsy finish. One of the new brews, the Sombrio Citrus Session Ale, enjoys the addition of citrus zests which makes it bright and juicy on the palate with a clean hoppy finish. This one is definitely going to see a lot of patio action this summer. Overall, the new portfolio showcases a very drinkable line of brews.
19 IPA, full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and a bright hop profile of tropical fruit, and citrus – it packs all the taste of an IPA with much more friendly alcohol content.
Juan De Fuca Cerveza has complexity coming from premium grain, malt and hop varieties.
The Victoria Lager, a pale golden lager exhibits a classic clean character with notes of biscuity malts. Bitterness is akin to a German Pilsner with an aromatic aroma. Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone.