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Leapbeer Reviews #341-344 Catching up with Spinnakers

In my effort to catch up I find myself with a back log of Spinnakers beers to review. A couple of them were released earlier in the year and a couple more recently. The line up for today is Happy New Beer, Über Blonde Strong Belgian Style Ale, India Session Pale Ale and Hoptoria IPA.

First up is the Happy New Beer. This is a Wit bier, or Belgian style wheat beer. It is a low test (4.5% ABV) sessionable beer that I’m guessing is intended for popping midnight December 31st (I’m sorry Spinnakers I couldn’t wait). It is a clear golden beer with a white head on top. It smells of toffee, apples and malt. All arranged in a very delicate bouquet. I find that it is a light and whimsical wit. There’s minor sweetness with a hint of salted caramel to it. My only sticky point with this beer is that it has a very lingering bitter note to the taste, somewhat uncharacteristic for wheat beer styles.

Leapbeer #341 is Happy New Beer

Happy New Beer by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Happy New Beer by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bomber/4.5%
Availability: Some Private Liquor Stores and @ Spinnakers
Purchased @:
Cascadia Liquor Quadra st Victoria
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beeradvocate

Next up is Über Blonde Strong Belgian Style Ale. Über Blonde is a clear golden/amber beer with a bright white head. It smells a bit bready and yeasty. There’s a very distinct Belgian scent to it along with a bit of tartness. This is a sweeter beer, with hints of orange along with the spicy Belgian yeast. It has  a real bitterness at the back of the tasting. Not a mouth drying bitterness though. It really reminds me of Unibroue’s Fin Du Monde, a beer that I trashed earlier this year but then grew to really like over the course of the year.

Leapbeer #342 is Uber Blonde Strong Belgian Style Ale

Über Blonde Strong Belgian Style Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Über Blonde Strong Belgian Style Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV: 650ml Bomber/8.2%
Availability: Some Private Liquor Stores and @ Spinnakers
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beeradvocate

After that boozey behemoth, I felt it necessary to tone it down a bit. Spinnakers brewed their India Session Pale Ale as a commemorative brew for Esquimalt’s 100th anniversary (1912-2012). Don’t be fooled by the low test of this beer (4.5% ABV) this is a bitter hop monster in its own right. It pours to clear orange with a thing white head on it. The aroma of this beer is hops and oranges. It tastes very strong of bitterness. It is a very hop forward beer. All the 65 IBUs are up front and centre in this beer. As you would guess, by the name, this is a very sessionable beer.

Leapbeer #343 is India Session Pale Ale

India Session Pale Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

India Session Pale Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV/IBU: 650ml Bomber/4.5%/65 IBUs
Availability: Some Private Liquor Stores and @ Spinnakers
Purchased @:
Spinnakers
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beeradvocate

Lastly I have their Hoptoria IPA. As you may have guessed this amber IPA with a white head is a very hop forward IPA. It tasty hoppy IPA was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Victoria as a townsite. I’ve had this beer a couple of times now, both from a bottle and keg, and it always satisfies. I’m really hoping that this is the next beer they decide to add to their canning line.

Leapbeer #344 is Hoptoria India Pale Ale

Hoptoria IPA by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Hoptoria IPA by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Size/ABV/IBU:
650ml Bomber/6.8%/80 IBUs
Availability:
Some Private Liquor Stores and @ Spinnakers
Purchased @:
Spinnakers
Other Reviews:
Rate Beer, Beeradvocate

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