leapbeer

Mission : Leap Beer, 366 Beers in 366 Days

Leapbeer Reviews #324-328 A Flight of Canoe

Last night I had the opportunity to share some delicious beers with a good friend, so I brought over a sampling of 5 different Canoe Brewpub beers including three of their core beers and two different seasonals. Unfortunately a couple of the bottles were from the summer time and at least one was negatively affected by the age of the beer. The beers we were drinking were Red Canoe Lager, Sirens Song Pale Ale, Summer Honey Wheat Ale, River Rock Bitter and Winter Gale Strong Ale.

Canoe Brewpub FlightRed Canoe Lager, Siren Song Pale Ale, Summer Honey Wheat Ale, River Rock Bitter, Winter Gale Strong Ale

Canoe Brewpub Flight
Red Canoe Lager, Siren Song Pale Ale, Summer Honey Wheat Ale, River Rock Bitter, Winter Gale Strong Ale

First up is the Red Canoe Lager. It was somewhat unfortunate for us to start with this bottle as it was one of the ones that was old. This is advertised on their website as a Czech pilsner, but this bottle didn’t taste like it. I’ve had it at the brewpub and it is a very nice lager beer. This bottle, unfortunately, was not. Drinking a skunky beer wasn’t how I wanted to start off the night. I can attest to the fact that, when fresh, this beer is very pleasant. Its all uphill after this one (I promise).

Leapbeer #324 is Red Canoe Lager

Red Canoe Lager by Canoe Brewpub

Red Canoe Lager by Canoe Brewpub

Brewery: Canoe Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle(Also Available in Growler at the Brewpub)/5.2% ABV
Availability: At the brewpub
Website: http://www.canoebrewpub.com/beer.html
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Next we moved on to the Siren Song Pale Ale. I first got a sample of this when I went to HOPoxia. This is a clear orange and golden beer with not a lot of head on top. There is a lovely aroma of hops and caramel to this beer. It tastes quite dry on the palate.  It is a super easy drinking and refreshing pale ale, giving off tastes of sweet malt and apricots. And then it finishes with a lovely and controlled hop bitterness.

Leapbeer #325 is Siren Song Pale Ale

Siren Song Pale Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Siren Song Pale Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Brewery: Canoe Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle(Also Available in Growler at the Brewpub)/5.0% ABV
Availability: At the brewpub
Website: http://www.canoebrewpub.com/beer.html
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

As you may have guessed this next beer, Summer Honey Wheat Ale, was the other bottle that had some age on it. I picked this up during one of my summer visits to Victoria when their wheat beer was in season. Even though it had some age on it this beer held up well. It looks like your standard wheat beer, a cloudy straw coloured beer with a white head on top. It smelled a bit yeasty and still retained some of the banana-esque wheat beer aroma. Those who are fans of wheat beers would like how it tastes. A bit thin, possibly from the age, yet decidedly refreshing.

Leapbeer #326 is Summer Honey Wheat Ale

Summer Honey Wheat Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Summer Honey Wheat Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Brewery: Canoe Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.0% ABV
Availability: At the brewpub in summertime
Website: http://www.canoebrewpub.com/beer.html
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

This next beer was my first beer crush at Canoe Brewpub. Their River Rock Bitter is fantastic. I would hazard to say that it is the best currently available ESB out of Victoria right now (since the new owners of Moon Under Water put Blue Moon Best Bitter on haitus). It is a deep red beer with a thing white head on top. The aroma is of tart caramel and malt with a hint of papaya. The taste is malty and crisp. A delicious bitter with a lovely tartness to it as well.

Leapbeer #327 is River Rock Bitter

River Rock Bitter by Canoe Brewpub

River Rock Bitter by Canoe Brewpub

Brewery: Canoe Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle(Also Available in Growler at the Brewpub)/5.2% ABV
Availability: At the brewpub
Website: http://www.canoebrewpub.com/beer.html
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

The last beer of the flight is their current seasonal beer, Winter Gale Strong Ale. This is a winter warmer style beer. The colour is very deep red. The aroma of this beer is sweet malts and a hint of spice. I was expecting this beer to have a big spice hit, similar to the Father John’s Winter Ale by Howe Sound Brewing Company, but this beer was much more subdued in its use. It is a very smooth winter warmer only having minor spice notes. The eight percent ABV is hidden very well in this beer. Well Done Canoe, an excellent winter beer.

Leapbeer #328 is Winter Gale Strong Ale

Winter Gale Strong Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Winter Gale Strong Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Brewery: Canoe Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/8.0% ABV
Availability: At the brewpub
Website: http://www.canoebrewpub.com/beer.html
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

It’s been a lot of fun for me to explore and sample from the Victoria breweries. Canoe is a great place to go and eat down there. When we went they had a braised beef dish made with their Beaver Nut Brown ale that was to die for. It is located right on ‘Brewery Mile‘ between Phillips Brewing Company and Swans Brewpub.

Thanks for Reading

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

2 thoughts on “Leapbeer Reviews #324-328 A Flight of Canoe

  1. Hello Canoe. Did you Sean Hoyne of Hoyne brewery established it, right after he apprenticed at Swans?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: