From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Four Stew IPA” a beer made in memory of Stew Helmer the father of Moody Ales founder Dan Helmer for the 4th Anniversary of the brewery. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral hops, some pine, biscuit, grapefruit and fruit. The flavour is of grapefruit, citrus, brown sugar, herbal hops, pine, biscuit, mild resin and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% with an IBU of 47. This was sweeter than I go for usually and a little less bitter than I would like for a more West Coast IPA but it was a well executed brew none the less. I would like to point out also that while it does not photograph well there is a picture of a tugboat on the front of the label but it is black on black.
Commercial Description: FOUR STEW was brewed in honour of the late Stew Helmer, the father of Moody Ales co-founder Dan. Stew was a tug boat captain, a cyclist, a skier, a traveler, a proud father, and a lover of IPAs. We brewed this beer to have the characteristics that Stew liked best: a big, malty body and heavy grapefruit bitterness. Pairs well with father-son chars. Here’s to Stew.