Brewsters Lanigan’s Irish Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 1, 2016 in Spring Guide
- 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 !
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?