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Leapbeer Review #292 Lions Head Cascadia Dark Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

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I looked after a coworkers cat while he was away and he brought me a treat from his time away in Victoria, a growler full of Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale. I don’t intend to make this a re-opening of the whole ‘cascadia-gate’ thing, just a nice discussion of a great beer. This beer is a Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA. It pours to a very dark brown, almost black colour with a thin cream coloured head on top. It does have a fair amount of malt and sweets on the nose along with a great floral hop note. It is a very smooth beer to drink initially, then you’re hit with a latent hop bomb. The great bitter back has a nice pucker to it. Initially the sweet notes remind me of an almost caramel like sweetness. This is a deceptively easy to drink beer, but due to its higher test (6.8% ABV) drink responsibly. This wouldn’t be for non-bitter beer fans, but those who avoid dark beers because they’re too sweet would like this.

Leapbeer #292 is Lions Head Cascadia Dark Ale

Lions Head Cascadia Dark Ale

Lions Head Cascadia Dark Ale

Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Released: June 21, 2009
Size/ABV: 1900ml Growler (also available in 650ml bottles and 355ml cans)/6.8%
Availability: Some Private Liquor Stores and @ Spinnakers
Purchased @:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

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Leapbeer Reviews #290-291 Salt Spring Flight – Part 2

This is my second half of coverage for all the Salt Spring Island Ales (aka Gulf Island Brewery) beers. I’m covering two of their latest additions, the Whale Tale Amber Ale (altbier) and the Snug IPA – Pub Style India Pale Ale.

First to bat is the Whale Tale Amber Ale. The first thing that stands out for a beer geek like myself is the ‘estate hopped’ banner below this beers name. For those of you who follow them on facebook, Salt Spring Island Ales teased their fresh hop beer quite a while ago (3 months ago in fact). This beer smels great. Deep amber beer with a tight head shows off nice malt notes with a hint of fruit like orange peel or melon. It is a super smooth beer. It has a very crisp finish to it, making the next sip all that more enticing. In case you didn’t guess, I really loved this beer.

Leapbeer #290 is Whale Tale Amber Ale

Whale Tale Amber Ale - Estate Hopped

Whale Tale Amber Ale – Estate Hopped

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