Spinnakers Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale

Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Black IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale, first brewed for the re-opening of Robson’s Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub, as the first craft beer centered pub in the Kootenays and first served June 21, 2009. This CDA is brewed with English pale and roasted malts, hoped with cascades and northern brewer’s with a touch of guarraa to help get you throuh the night.

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sulawang (1168) - - JAN 1, 2017
Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark cola brown without much of a head, almost no retention, barely visible spread out micro streams.

Nose: whiskey, brown sugar barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: immediate big sour acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, light coffee, sour caramel roasted barley, burnt brown sugar, guarana berriness

Finish: chocolate, roasty burnt soft bitter hopped finish.

Summary: I’ve never had a sour CDA before and I suspect I might never come across another one, but once you do get past the sourness this is actually decently drinkable. It has a nice likeable balance of sour-barley guarana sweet-burnt coffee elements in it - Not what you’d imagine from CDA. Surprisingly agreeable despite my negative bias toward Spinnakers.

Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Draft - Light roast and some pine hops. Jet brown with a small white head.light roast and some bitterness. No significant hop presence.

tmalaher (305) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2016
Tasted on tap at Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria. Nice balance of hops and malt. Dark color.

Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2016
hahah on draft at brewery. I forgot about black IPAs. This is one of them. Roasty and piney. Bitter, off balance and difficult to drink but it gets points for nostalgia.

Wim (4057) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2016
On holiday in Canada at the brewpub dark brown black colored body with a off white head and a roasted malt hops aroma a roasted malt hops coffee herby dry bitter taste with a bitter finish

mcberko (18081) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
On tap at Spinnakers, pours a cloudy dark reddish brown with a small beige head - doesn’t look like a CDA. Aroma brings out light diacetyl, along with toasted malt and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Flavour is along the same lines, with toasted malt, piney hops and some diacetyl. Looks bad, smells pretty off and tastes similar. Not a total disaster, but certainly needs some work.

cobaink2 (719) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from bottle store in Vancouver bc. This has what I can detect as maybe some rye and coriander and a weird medicinal smell. I wouldn't get this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
From notes - Appearance: Dark, dark, brown, nearly black. No flavor or aroma notes.

slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Amazing dark pour with a big white head. The bitterness in the aftertaste overshadows everything that may be in this beer. Not awesome.

Gerbeer (3795) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
On tap. Pours a dark reddish brown with light white head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt with a mint of dark fruit. Flavors of dry roasted malts and flat bitter hops. Not much depth.

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