Cannery Skaha Summer Ale

Reviewed by on August 7, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Cannery Brewing Company

  • Origin: Penticton, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 7, 2014

  • Best Before: October 22, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Cannery Brewing is a small operation almost equidistant from both Okanagan and Skaha Lakes in the city of Penticton, in the British Columbia interior.  The label, beyond illustrating the summer pastime of cliff jumping in the area, contains a blurb which implies that this sort of offering will be an annual affair from here on out.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of frothy, rocky, and spongy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy hoar frost lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, somewhat crackery pale malt, mildly spicy wheat, yeasty white wine lees, a further grape juice fruitiness, and soft leafy, floral hops. The taste is mixed wheat and grain-based breakfast cereals, peppery yeast, muddled white grape and apple/pear fruit notes, and rather understated earthy, and sort of perfumed hops.  The carbonation is tame, and mostly just pleasantly fresh and tingly, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, a small hard water flintiness arising along the merry way. It finishes well off-dry, the white bready malt and grapey fruitiness lingering on into that strangely early nightfall.

An more or less refreshing blonde ale, the fruitiness agreeable enough, however, the malt seems to be phoning it in – it’s merely adequate, not stepping up with some edgy biscuity character or the like, as do some of the better style examples of recent recall. Definitely easy-drinking, though, which is apparently what they were aiming for, so kudos and much lakeside beer chugging all around!

Brady White

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