Howe Sound Father John’s Winter Ale

Reviewed by on January 21, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

  • Origin: Squamish, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 8, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

We in select North American markets receive a 1L resealable, homebrew-friendly bottle, with a nicely hearty, pipe-toting 19th century Santa figure adorning the label, along with plenty of descriptive text concerning the brewery’s history and methodologies.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of creamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some decent curtained lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells sharply of old-school gingerbread – cloves, somewhat metallic cinnamon, ginger, and bready, cookie-like malt. The taste is more given to the malty side of the Force – lightly roasted caramel, some oily nuttiness, earthy, fruity brown sugar, a bit of lingering clove and cinnamon spice, and a decently restrained dose of boozy vanilla warming.  The carbonation is rather mildly innocuous, the body medium-full in weight, and adequately smooth – nothing really cloying here (other than that of my undeserved expectations). It finishes more than a bit off-dry, as the malt and spices seem to acquire sentience in their next step to a higher existence.

An enjoyable enough holiday tipple – the booze staying well within bounds, as do the spices, and we’re simply left with something more than worthy to wile away the rest of these shortened hours of our collective end of year experience.

Brady White

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