IPA - Cannery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2003

IPA’s are always about the hops, and this fine traditional ale is no exception. It is brewed with an interesting and continuous blending of four Pacific Northwest hop varieties. These exciting hops are backed up by rich malt flavours that produce a complex character and lingering hop finish. Although this beer has fierce hop, it will surprise with its gentle bite.
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Photo of stagger
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Now just "Cannery Brewing IPA" (the indian rock has gone by the wayside). I seem to remember liking this quite a bit at the calgary Beerfest, though not as much as some other IPAs on offer there.... it was a blurry afternoon, though.

Now available in cans, you say? Just like the much-loved Red Racer? Count me in!

Poured into a goblet anyway. Golden orange-amber, fairly clear with a mild haze. Average head, little lacing. Smells enticing, grapefruit and a little pine in the nose. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there -- the hops are all aroma and bitterness, little in the flavour department. Where are my esters, dammit? Mouthfeel is thin and prickly, and the aftertaste is dry and bitter, slightly unpleasant.

A disappointment.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. I recall this as one of the first IPAs that I ever had, whilst vacationing in the Okanagan a few years back. Now it appears that they've changed their label - lots of disjoint images from around the world - and what's with the camels? A bit of a celebratory tipple for hitting the first big milestone on my current deployment project.

This beer pours a pretty clear, medium apricot amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, loosely bubbly off white head, which takes a wee spell to eventually fall away, leaving some sparse, broken cloud vapor lace around the glass.

It smells of mildly bitter, muted citrus and astringent pine, musty caramel malt, a touch of dry breadiness, a bit of hard water minerality, and some further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is grainy, bready, underwhelmingly caramelized malt, a bit of edgy forest floor flora, and understated citrus and pine hops, which are more straight-up bitter than actually flavourful.

The carbonation is moderate, and a tad fizzy at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and even a little creamy. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt holding tough, with a lingering, and still isolated bitterness.

Overall, despite an apparent ongoing theme to the contrary, this beer is definitely not too bitter, but there's something a little off in the balance of this IPA. Decent enough, overall, though, especially if you want your dry hop fix.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A huge fluffy head retains well atop a clear light-blonde colored beer. Head turns rocky and great gobs of lace are left as the glass empties. I'll rarely give plus or minus pts. for lacing, but in this case, along with the lasting head, I have to. The lace is abundant, more than expected from this style.

Smells greatly of corn, like some lagers, a little malt sweetness rears its head, as does a good jab of citrus.

The bitterness in the flavor is like burnt pine or dirty citrus, not all that clean, not really that enjoyable. The malty element is a bit dull, but breaks out a little better as it warms. Overall this isn't that enjoyable, but hardly a sink-dumper either.

Mouthfeel is zesty enough, if leaning toward the watery side. An unpleasant rubbery aftertaste was not welcomed in this mouth.

This is like a weak pilsner masquerading as an IPA. It ain't great, but there is at least a little enjoyment to be had.

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy aroma. Big head, unattractive pale yellow. Acidic. Radekfest 05 sample 27, thanks to Oakes. Carmel but not balanced, not too smooth, grass and some grapefruit but quaffable. Carbonation on the aggressive side. Fair for an IPA, I am told its better than it used to be.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - just a tad hazy burnt orange colour, solid thumb of off white head retained respectably, plenty of random lacing
S - earthy, dry grass, mild sweet and mineral aroma, and i get a touch of mint at the end
T - plenty of earthy and grassy hops with a very big mineral flavour, some toffee sweetness, and a touch of pine finish
M - medium body with solid carbonation, a prominent but pleasant hop bitter mixes with a heathy malt for a full finish
O - a solid offering from a small respected brewer, its not my fave of theirs (LOVE the Wildfire IPA) but it definitely holds its own in the style

Photo of vanrassel
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Give Cannery an "A" for effort: this is a complex beer with a lot going on, taste-wise. However, I think it needs a little fine-tuning if it wants to be considered a great IPA.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber a deep gold colour with orange highlights and a nice, thick two-finger head. I was impressed by the retention and creaminess of it, too.

The smell was a comingling of citric, grapefruity hops and pine that was in danger of being overshadowed by a grainy malt profile and yeast. It could have become unpleasant, but the hops shone through just enough to save it from being off-putting.

The malt takes a backseat when you start drinking and lets the hops drive this one. It starts citrusy and finishes with long, pine-y hop bite, yet manages to be pretty drinkable and not too bitter or drying. The carbonation is light, but not watery. I'd try this beer again.

Photo of elricorico
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear amber with a big rocky off white head. The head had some staying power and never really went away entirely.

The smell is a mix of flowery and citrus hop aromas on top of a light bready malt base. Pretty good overall.

Phew, it has been a while since I had a hoppy beer, and the first mouthfull kinda shocked my palate. After that things settled down. This beer starts a bit sweet with a toasty bread malt flavour. From there the hops take over and the finish is a mix of citrus and dry cracker flavour.

The mouthfeel is also good for the style, it has some body to it, and the carbonation is just right. The carbonation is so bang on that at times I wasn't even aware of it, even though it was relatively lively.

This is a pretty good beer, and hopheads may find it sessionable, but for me its charm wore out by the end of the 650mL bottle. Would be nice to split with a friend.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Toasty malt and a little citrus. Maybe a hint of pine.

Taste. Caramel, toasty malt followed by bitter hops. Some yellow grapefruit rind and a little orange too. A little pine in the lasting bitter finish. Nice ipa.

Mouthfeel. Just shy of a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Great IPA. Great tasting malt backs up the nice bitter hops.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable. Taste is a nice enough mix between citrus hops with some caramel malt. Body is a bit light and there is some metallic hops presence, which I couldn’t care about.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 650 ml brown bottle, a pleasant peachy/salmon orange label bordered by purple.

Pours out a clear light coppery hue, capped by a large chunky spongy white head with good retention. Mellow aroma of citrus and floral hops, later I am able to pick out the faintest of caramel malt buried in the far background. Major hops up front in the flavour, more bitter and astringent than citric, like dandelion and arugula, with a dash of unripened white grapefruit rind. And very little else, it's all about the astringent herbally hops, the malt has no opportunity to make any sort of appearance. Pretty one-dimensional and lop-sided in my opinion, the hop bill was overdone and not refined. The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but with enough of a backbone to provide a smoother texture and smother most of the carbonation. Yet I am contemplating now whether I'm actually going to finish this whole glass, and if so how long it's going to take me to nurse my way down it. My mouth is coated with the aftertaste of a spring mix salad, and I'm seriously considering a chaser of my organic garlic and herb salad dressing...

Photo of ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No longer Indian Rock IPA, just simply Cannery Brewing IPA. Label of images from around the world on a basketball-style background - "Fierce Hop, Gentle Bite".

22oz pours a lighter-than-usual golden color with lots of head, fed by bubbles that maintain lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell is floral hops, roasted and caramel malts, slight bittering.

Not a strong hops presence in the taste. Light bittering, light pine and floral notes, an earthy feel, backed by a caramel/roasted malts base. Really fairly drinkable but not a powerful IPA. Good carbonation, lacking a dry mouthfeel - more smooth and silky.

Overall, not bad but not amazing. I would gladly drink this for a summer event but wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 650-ml bottle into a tall beer glass.

Appearance - slightly cloudy, copper-coloured brew with sustaining fluffy head - about a 1/2-inch. Various sizes of bubbles in the foam. Not a lot of lace as the drink progresses.

Smell - piney, citrusy hop aroma overall with a soft malt underneath.

Taste - steady, consistent hoppiness that starts fresh and ends fairly dry. Not a lot of malt flavours to savour but not the intense hoppiness of other IPAs. Fairly gentle, as the label indicates.

Mouthfeel - pretty easy overall while supplying some bitters to keep me interested. Decent.

Drinkability - I can't see myself having more than one in a setting. Price, availability and the fact this been is hard to keep handy are barriers to becoming a regular event with me.

Photo of Voonder
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper color with gorgeous huge white head. Lots of lacing. Smell - not agressive but still hoppy, slight grapefruit aroma, earthy hops, quite nice. Taste - hoppy bitterness upfront then some citrusy aromas, finishes semi-dry. Very smooth and creamy, good IPA. It's a nice brew I'd enjoy regularly. Good beer.

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange apperance with thick bubbly head that slowly settles down, leaves good retention. Smell consists of citrus hops and roasted malt with a hint of caramel.

Taste is mostly dominated by bitter hops along with a taste caramel and roasted malt. Has a hint of bread, orange, citrus and toffee as well. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering hop taste.

Overall, this is a stronger tasting beer, different from most IPA's. Has a good blend of tastes, but if your a fan of hops, you should try this out.

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked the wildfire, so I thought I'd give a 6-pack of this a go.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, pine, toffee and cotton-candy fruity esters.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, toffee, tangerine, peach, vanilla, a little biscuit, solid bitterness. Some deep hop flavour, it's not just loaded with 'aroma' hops. Really well-crafted, with tremendous flavour from this 'little' IPA.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D: A very good drinker.

It doesn't blow me away, but it's bang on for the style and a good all-around brew.

Photo of Noxious26
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml can poured in a pint glass.

Cream coloured head is a foamy 3/4 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin cap. Gobs of lacing down the sides. Clear orangey amber in colour.

Citrus and sweet on the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, manadrin oranges, cotton candy, toffee. Fantastic aroma seduces you in.

Big bash of hops in the mouth, but not overly bitter. Citrus flavours enhanced with pine. Sweet toasty malts in the background. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and long lasting.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth for an IPA.

A really nice IPA. Not outstanding but solid. Give it a go!

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/20/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with an unmarked dating code on the label. Poured into my 24oz glass mug.

Appearance- Amber-orange-cloudy-golden colored pour. Slight 1/4 inch head and good lacing.

Smell- Fairly hoppy. Lots of fruit scents such as lemon and grapefruit. A bit of a mid range dark malt smell as well.

Taste- Definite grapefruit hop taste. Maybe a touch of pine as well. Fair malt hit as well. Has a slight medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated, but not enough to knock it down to a 3.

Drinkability- Fairly decent and well balanced IPA. Not a fabulous flavor as in the top notch IPA's though.

Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ml can, grabbed at the liquor store.

Pours a clear light amber, some orange highlights, pretty thick white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring, really lasts, good lacing.

Smell is interesting, sweet and malty, heavy caramel and sugar, a bit nutty, some biscuit, toasty malt, light floral, touch of pineapple, not a whole lots of hoppiness.

Taste is similar, very sweet, caramel, sugar, biscuit, some breadiness and grains, light fruitiness and some floral, really not much going on, solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkable but pretty weak.

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden copper colour, finger of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Nice sugar cane hops, citrus notes with subtle earthy pine and cedar.

T - Surprisingly delicious on the tongue, and much hoppier that I was expecting. The citrus and pine notes come through nicely, the caramel and toffee malts linger on the tongue. Nice bitterness present and some peppery spice also comes through.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty IPA and I'm surprised it took me this long to realize it. Certainly one of the tastier IPA's coming out of the west coast. Highly recommended to any hop head.

Photo of LaSalle
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased on a recent trip to Nelson. Pours a hazy bright orange with a slight, very pale pearlish-yellow head. Deep roasted hops in the nose, not the dominated typical citrus northwest feel (possibly extensive Golding use) with a pleasant and subtle ‘woodsy’ (think early morning dew in the forests Northern Ontario or Southwestern Manitoba) feel. Extensive toasty notes (excite the palette for what is to come). Hop bitterness is immediate, biting at the sides of the tongue but is quickly balanced by well timed arrival of some substantial malt character. Notes of grapefruit rhine and slightly buttered rye toast. The malt appears only to be dropping in to say hello, a situation reminiscent of pausing to wave hello to a good friend outside the window of a coffee shop, as you are inside deeply engaged in conversation with a date. This malt sidebar is quickly followed by the return of a substantial hop bitterness with much more Northwest characteristic; slightly tangy citrus and belligerent and tenacious lingering bitterness. Overall, one of the better balanced American Style IPA’s from the region: rather large hop presence but a very wonderful malt sidebar to balance. Huge drinkability for any fringe hophead, although probably not so much for your average non-IPA drinker. Quite surprising as I didn’t enjoy this one as much on tap, although in all fairness the night was wearing quite thin at that point. Still no Tree Hophead, but I do quite like the (although I very well could be wrong in terms of specific strain) “Golding-esq” hop characteristic as an interesting and nearly equally satisfying counterpoint. Very satisfying for a style very much underrepresented in Alberta.

Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2009

A very slight haze in a golden copper color with two fingers of off white head that hung around for a while and left some nice lace

S lots of malt and caramel with pretty mild hops

T again plenty of malt and not enough hops, more of an English IPA then west coast to me anyways

M not to bad here a little creamy due to the carbonation

D this didn't shine where I needed it to but not a bad beer overall

looked good and felt good but needed a balance

Photo of Cwrw
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle like the rest of the Cannery beers, with a red/orange label and the words "Fierce Hop, Gentle Bite" on the side. Only recently available in Alberta from Penticton. Pours with a billowy cream-white with fine bubbles and intricate lacing. Slightly hazy peach iced-tea colour. The head was long-lived and sufficiently thick throughout the whole session. An excellent looking IPA. The first sniff above the glass reveals butterscotch and vanilla malting, fairly sweetish. Smelling inside the glass showcases the hopping, adding spicy tree-sap aromas and plenty of sour wet-metal smells. Some grapefruit citrus, but mostly earthy dark wood from the hops. Nice. Good balance here too, because as the beer warms the hops really do start to outweigh the malt, without killing them altogether. Nice biscuity mouthfeel with a lovely bite of dry hopping...very nice balance here in the taste. Soft citrus notes at first, and the taste is best right in the middle, where the hops edge out the malts just barely but then leave a respectable bitterness in the finish. Very grainy in the finish as well though. The hopping is really noticeable in the aftertaste as solvents and metal or even rubber. Oily and drying. The citrus becomes more pronounced the farther I go with this beer, as does the resins of the hops. The aroma actually does not let on how hop-filled the beer really is. Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-full body. Drinking this is no problem. I really can't find any fault in this beer for the style. Very respectable, all the elements work.

Photo of Shadman
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only Canunck in the 'beer club' offerings for July from Trackside Liquor store.

Very fine looking IPA, slightly hazy 'ice-tea' orange with a very thick head that looked a lot liked the topping on a merangue pie. Superior rentention and lacing.

Subduded aroma's for an A-IPA, sweet caramel malt almost wins the battle with the nose with the citrus/pine hop.

Not bad indeed. Hop isn't the overpowering blast I was expecting. Malt and hop show decent balance with hop winning as he/she should. Good citrus/pine finish.

As one reviewer stated, carbonation is so bang on you don't notice it. Only demerit would be it felt and tasted slightly watery.

Decent and would make a good introductory beer to the style.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can this IPA pours a bright orange with a good 1 finger creamy white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice ring lacing all the way down my glass.

The smell is of rich bready caramel malts with some light citrusy, piney hop notes.

On the palate is where the hops come out strong in this beer. This one displays some really decent citrus and pine notes with a well-balanced caramel malt backbone. The finish has some nice nutty notes that match the bitterness from the hops, giving this beer a very well-balanced flavour overall. I gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised.

The mouthfeel is light in body with a classic oily IPA texture but has enough carbonation to make the brew finish off clean.

At only 6%, this is a very drinkable IPA - it's no hop bomb, relying more on a big malt backbone but this is what makes it so easy to drink. I would certainly buy this beer again. Another great beer from an underrated and relatively unknown brewery IMO.

It's no Red Racer, but it IS another great BC IPA in a can.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the arms race in BC to have the most bad ass IPA ( not a bad thing) it is nice to nice to taste an IPA that works with balance and an English style hop taste that still delivers the goods. There is a malty goodness to the beer though it still is an IPA. The mouthfeel is full and the finish is long. Good beer that shows a different side to the IPA style.

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IPA from Cannery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.