Lighthouse Canada 150 Heritage Ale

Reviewed by on June 16, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 16, 2017

  • Best Before: July 2, 2017

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Flavoured Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Canada 150 Heritage Ale is one of many releases around the country created to celebrate our imminent national sesquicentennial.  Here, we have a nice-looking ode to Canada, and more specifically, its lighthouse keepers.  As for the beer, it is infused with maple, smoke, and rye malt – oh yeah.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some cresting sea-wave lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of maple syrup-slathered pancakes, ephemeral wispy char, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, some oily nuttiness, and very, very, very tame earthy, leafy, and weedy green hop bitters.  The taste is lightly smoked and bready caramel malt, some biscuity toffee, a thankfully reined-in maple sap sweetness, further kind of overburdened rye whisky notes, gritty bar-top nuts, and more rather ethereal leafy, floral, and musty verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-propping frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing really interfering with the whole sugar party happening here.  It finishes off-dry, the maple, subtle smoke, and malt all sort of just standing around, staring at each other.

Overall, this is an agreeable enough flavoured ale, one that is duly representative of our big, bad, and vast (vast!) nation.  Maybe add a bit of piney hops in there, and we’d have a more rounded experience, but that’s just my hophead proclivities talking.  Easy to drink (for its sweetness levels, that is), and with no sign of the extra point or so of alcohol, I can recommend this one for all yer BBQ and fireworks needs come July 1.

Brady White

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