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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
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

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Leapbeer Review #177 Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing

Leapbeer has really been a journey of discovery for me. While I previously considered myself a ‘cautiously adventurous beer consumer’ this time I’ve tipped even further towards that precipice. I now peer towards the chasm that is the rabbit hole of craft beers. This year has also been one of firsts for me too. The Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing marks my first black IPA. I’d be amiss to not note that India Pale Ale’s have been a regular beer style for me for the past decade. BUT good IPA’s, truly good ones, I’ve only experienced in the past 2 years. As a person who enjoys all styles off beer I’m curious to see how this dark version of my beloved beer comes off.

I poured the beer and wow, they weren’t kidding about it being a black beer. It’s jet black. So black that it won’t even let maximillion escape. A deep black pour with a beige head on it. I smell the beer and get a real hit of roasted malt. The bottle advertises fierce hop, gentle bite. I’m guessing they aggressively hopped it, but in a way that wouldn’t overwhelm the roasted malts. When drank cold It tastes more like a porter to me. I get some latent bitterness from the hops, but I don’t smell them. I’m going to let it acclimate a bit to the room temp before I finish the glass.

When warmed up a bit this beer does something I have never experienced before. The malts get attenuated and the hops get amplified. I get all of the bold hoppy ipa flavour, but with a muted rich roasted malt undercurrent. Normally with beers when they are served at a closer to room temp (10c) the malts get amplified. In the case of this beer it is the opposite. This is a feat I’m sure the brew staff at Cannery would hesitate to share. It’s be easy to call them crazy for not sharing, but in truth, they’re the Naramata Nuts.

Both cool or tepid this beer is smooth. For my first black IPA I’m glad to say I like it.

Leapbeer #177 is Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing

Cannery made this beer as a tribute to those who fight forest fires every year in the interior. Kudos to them for that, those men and women are very brave and deserve such honor.

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