Twin Sails is a brewery based in Port Moody, in Canada’s British Colombia province, run by twin brothers Cody and Clay Allmin. They have established a really strong reputation for their beers. I got hold of a can of this, their Slam Dank Double IPA, in a shop in Penticton, BC, and I really liked it. They describe it as their first trip to the dank side of hops, and they double dry hopped it with large amounts of Mosaic, Columbus and Apollo.
Twin Sails Brewing Slam Dank Double IPA
Made with Mosaic, Columbus & Apollo hops, this is smooth, complex and very refined with subtle tropical fruit, some grapefruit, fine herby hoppy notes, a broad textural mouthfeel and some spicy bite. Brilliant stuff. It’s supposed to be super-dank and very hoppy, but I find it just delicious. 9/10
Based in Wellington, New Zealand, the Garage Project is one of the very best brewers in the country, with a broad, imaginative range, based on sound brewing and good flavours. This Pernicious Weed is a celebration of hops, but despite the alcohol level it’s amazingly drinkable, and not overblown.
Garage Project Pernicious Weed Double IPA, New Zealand
Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops. Golden/orange colour. Powerful but beautifully balanced with lively, sweet passionfruit and nectarine flavours with some grapefruit freshness. Aromatic and enticing with a lovely rich mouthfeel with some sweet fruity notes and a nice bitter hoppiness, although this never sticks out. The high alcohol adds warmth and brings together all the complex flavours. This is a really exciting, well balanced beer with plenty of impact but also real harmony. 9/10
This is really smart: a double IPA with blood orange that really works. It’s a collaborative effort from two BC (Canada) breweries: Twin Sails and Boombox. They added 500 lbs of blood orange puree and 2 lbs of orange zest onto a really hoppy DIPA, and the results are amazing.
Twin Sails Brewing and Boombox Brewing Tone Def Double IPA With Blood Orange
Brewed by Boombox in Vancouver, Canada, in collaboration with Twin Sails, this is a remarkable beer. A cloudy yellow/orange colour, it has concentrated flavours that combine bright tangerine and orange with some creaminess and a generous fruity personality. So vivid and bright with some sweetness from the alcohol. Richly textured and multidimensional, this is quite thrilling. 9/10
Stone Brewing Co. founded in 1996, is the largest brewer in Southern California, a leader in the field of epic American beer, and proof that small is not essential to being great.
Ruination, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA, USA
Another lesson from a master brewery about how to dump a trailer load of hops into a beer that has such depth of flavour it might as well have come from Atlantis. This IPA is not remotely ruinous unless you decide to drink three bottles of it, through a straw, on an empty stomach. Bags of grapefruit citrussy hops accompany a depth of malty goodness, balanced pine resin bitterness and a long finish. Not the most 3 dimensional complex beer out there, yet impressive. 8.75/10