Lighthouse Winter Ale

Reviewed by on February 21, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 21, 2013

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lighthouse is an eco-conscious brewery from Victoria, British Columbia, who have a stable of year-round offerings, as well as numerous seasonals, including this winter ale, initially made available only in the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar, at least in Alberta.

This portly 355ml bottle pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with pervasive red cola highlights, and two pudgy fingers of weakly puffy, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some sparsely streaky lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, vanilla, a bit of rum cake, cinnamon and allspice, a mild oily nuttiness, and soft earthy hops. The taste is more vanilla-tinted caramel malt, salty hard toffee, a crackery breadiness, somewhat metallic clove and cinnamon, unripened drupe fruit, a sort of sugar-encrusted holiday cellophane-wrapped nuttiness, and mild earthy, leafy hops.  The bubbles are pretty sedate, neither frothy nor astringent, the body a decently sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain, yet understated clammy nature cutting into an otherwise burgeoning creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, nuts, and muddled lingering spices doing well in their impression of leftover Christmas cake.

A nicely malty winter warmer, rather laid-back, yet still well stocked with the expected spices for the style. Simple, and just a wee bit warming, this is something that I could see having a few of, given the right indoor gathering (and availability outside of this specific packaging vector).

Brady White



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