Brewsters Lanigan’s Irish Ale

Reviewed by on March 1, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 1, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Brewsters Brewing is now bottling more of their classic products, including this Irish Ale, named after the founders of the company, and released in due time for Mid-March’s ode to all things green and boozy in the name of Eire. It’s been a while since I used to put these back after soccer practice in Edmonton’s West End a number of years ago, so let’s see how this girl dear has been getting on.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, very dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of undulating coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of very mild roasted caramel malt, some biscuity caramel, indistinct dark orchard fruit, a slight earthy nuttiness, and further plain leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is sweet bready and caramelized malt, a waning white crackery biscuity thing, suggestions of nuts better spent elsewhere, subtle dark orchard fruit, and more plain earthy, leafy, and sort of wet grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation, she’s a bit on the high side of things, what with that overwrought but still engaging frothiness, the body a decently heavy middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really taking charge of messing with the base metrics here. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as it appears that more of that crazy old-world maltiness insists on ignoring local loitering bylaws.

Overall, I found this to be a tad cloying, but not in a particularly bad sense – it was surely OK for the one large serving, but I think that my idea of Irish ale attributes (and related subsequent après-whatever tastes) may have moved on – for better or for worse.  Silver lining – now that they’ve bottled the stuff, I can happily add it to my yearly St. Paddy’s Day stew, yeah?

Brady White

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