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Leapbeer Reviews #304-306 A Few Lighthouse Signature Beers

I realized a little while ago that, while I’ve been more than content covering the limited releases and new beers from my beloved Vancouver Island Breweries, I have unintentionally ignored the staple brands from these said breweries. I intend to do some rectifying of this situation, starting today.

Today I have a trio of, as fresh as I could get them (read: straight from the brewery) beers from the Lighthouse Brewing Company. These beers are available all year round, as well as in their mixer packs. They do a summer and winter mixer available in most government liquor stores in BC, as well as six packs of most of their beers, either cans or bottles. My friend Aaron shared a summer mixer with me earlier this year on a fishing trip, but I was too preoccupied to take notes on the beers.

Starting off I went with the Beacon India Pale Ale. This isn’t a super hop forward IPA like their delectable Switchback IPA, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty in its own right. It pours to a deep golden colour with an off-white head. I get a nice aroma from this beer of hops and grains, only mildly but still present. The real surprise was tasting the beer. It took my taste buds for a bit of a ride. Starts off a bit strong with a bitter punch, then it smooths out with malty goodness, followed by a bitter back. The rich maltiness is really accented well by the bitter notes.

Leapbeer #304 is Beacon India Pale Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Lighthouse Brewing Company Beacon India Pale Ale

Lighthouse Brewing Company Beacon India Pale Ale

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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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#24-26 The Cannery Collection Part 1 – #24 Anarchist Amber Ale

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#24 is the Anarchist Amber Ale
It’s been a while since I’d had this beer so I’m glad to report that it tastes very good. There is a mild bitterness in its finish. Not enough to slow drinking it, but a taste note that is pleasant. It has a very tan amber colour.

Without further adieu, here is the Anarchist Amber Ale

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As a side note, I have a few calls & emails in to a couple of breweries and brew pubs, so expect some in depth posts with that info. The focus of this portion of the blog is on van isle and bc beers, but I foresee many an import coming my way too.

Bottoms up, til your bottoms are dry.

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