The 12 Beer Reviews of Christmas #10: Spinnakers Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale

20170104_010017.jpgOn the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

From the label:

Named in honour of the Lion’s Head Pub in Robson, BC (the Kootenay’s first craft-beer focused pub), this beer has a dark roast body paired with crisp Northwest hops.

Stats: ABV: 6.5%; IBU: 55

Tasting notes:

This beer pours out a near-black dark brown colour with half a finger of white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The nose is dark toasted malt, brown sugar, and a touch of piney hops. The palate is a again toasted malt, brown sugar,  coffee, and a hint of grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little thin, with low carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish.

As Cascadian dark ales go, this is one of the poorer examples of the style. It’s not a bad beer, but any means, but with so much competition out there, you would think that Spinnakers would up thier game a little bit to stay relevant. Then again, I guess most of their trade comes from the droves of tourists pouring into the brew pub…

Rating: 2.75/5