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Anarchist Amber Ale - Cannery Brewing Company

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Anarchist Amber AleAnarchist Amber Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a beer lover’s beer. Anarchist Amber Ale is a full bodied hand-crafted ale that is a generous combination of carefully roasted malted barley balanced with three Northwest hop varieties. Patient and watchful conditioning results in a harmony of hop and malt.

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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Ah, the amber ale. Every self-respecting craft brewer has to offer one of these stalwarts, to lure in those less than intrepid drinkers who eschew potent hops or palate-blasting coffee stouts but who nevertheless wish to dip their toes in the craft beer pool. The name Anarchist is therefore a tad ironic. In any event, I snagged this can from a mixed 6-pack and decided to see how this one stacks up against the many other ambers and reds I've tried. A darkish orange honey amber brew, just a shade darker than this brewery's IPA consumed the same evening, with a copious quantity of light tan head that broke down quickly. Aroma was frustratingly subtle and nondescript until the beer warmed up, with some nutty sweet malts, light caramel, and weedy, faintly piney hops revealing themselves. Nice hop nose for an amber ale. Palate had some of this hop character as well but the malts stole the show. Things started dry and nutty, walnut and pretzel flavors, followed by honeyed breakfast cereal, pears, brown sugar, and watermelon hard candy, with the sweetness building over time along with an earthy, faintly woody hop bitterness. Thin to moderate body, with ample carbonation but smooth and gentle on the mouth. Finishes semi-sweet rather than overly nutty or bitter, with the aforementioned hops making their presence known. Not likely to become a staple but all in all not too shabby and a worthy session beer, with enough complexity to avoid becoming truly boring.

03-10-2014 03:35:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-15-2013 03:52:15 | More by ZachT
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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

07-06-2013 04:44:25 | More by Zbeetleman
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

03-27-2013 20:15:49 | More by harpus
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-18-2013 18:51:14 | More by cfalovo97
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-29-2012 08:07:41 | More by schnarr84
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

11-29-2012 01:59:57 | More by KalanM
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Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -14.6%

Hazy dark amber ale with a thick collapsing light moka head. Caramel malt in aroma with very light floral hops. Sweet malt taste, a bit too sweet and cloying, like unfermented wort, with strong diacetyl, and a lingering unpleasant faint hop juice. Medium bodied. Rather unbalanced and lacking something.

11-08-2012 08:02:08 | More by Serge
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

10-11-2012 02:01:07 | More by schopenhauerale
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-18-2012 22:58:05 | More by 4ster
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-30-2012 04:50:09 | More by Birdlegs
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

07-15-2012 15:47:56 | More by Coastal_Brew
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

07-03-2012 23:57:43 | More by hockeyfighter19
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

05-10-2012 20:07:08 | More by bumchilly25
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-17-2012 04:01:51 | More by seeswo
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2.88/5  rDev -8.3%

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues, thanks to my steady trader, BigBry! Forget Lil Wayne and his "Steady Mobbin" stuff, I'm steady CANnin', yo! This represents some of The CANQuest's (TM) favorite things - CANadian CANned beer from CANnery Brewing Co.! CAN you tell that I'm stoked at the outset of New Beer Sunday (Week 365)?

From the CAN: "This full bodied hand-crafted ale is balanced with a generous combination of carefully roasted malts and three Northwest hop varieties. It is a harmony of hop and malt that results in a lingering finish ... ... disturbingly delicious."; "Keep Cool!"; "Naturally Brewed in Small Batches"; "Small Brewery Big Flavour".

First off, whoever submitted the accompanying pic missed the mark! The interlocking "CB" atop several stalks of barley is but one side of the CAN, whilst on the other side is a bright red Anarchy "A", which should have been displayed, instead. Viva la revolucion, brothers & sisters! Man, I'm gonna down this brew and go pay a visit to some government officials, post haste! Thanks for sending me THIS beer, BB. ;=)

The Crack & Glug (curiously) did NOT blow up on me so I kept calm and carried on. I had better than a finger of tawny head with moderate retention when I was done. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose evinced a piney hoppiness and my mouth began to water, given my recent re-immersion in my hops addiction. Mouthfeel was a little thin for my taste and the flavor was an underwhelming blend of pine hops and caramel malt. It just tasted like someone had hit the "Mute" button on it. Not bad, but not great either and disappointing, given its name. Finish left me scouring the reefer for something with some hops. The monkey on my back is beginning to screech and he wants fed. It's going to be a memorable Sunday, O my droogs. I am now inspired to pull out my copy of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Agent" for a quick perusal.

02-12-2012 14:03:31 | More by woodychandler
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-19-2012 18:16:43 | More by mdevonshire
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-21-2011 03:03:28 | More by EskimoDave
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Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%

A - hazy dark coppper, tall head left plentiful stings of lacing all around
S - strong hints of simple syrup, nutty, and slightly metallic
T - dominated by sugary syrup sweetness, some nutty malt and light leafiness
M - medium to full body, somewhat creamy, finishes with a teeth coating sugary feel
O - its just one of those beer that feels a little contrived, the sweetness is present where the malt should be, its still tasty, but its a very average amber, uncharacteristic of the typically worthy brews from Cannery

10-07-2011 04:23:59 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under a finger of fizzy, light-tan head. Hazy copper-orange color, with a bit of lacing.

S - Fresh, grapefruit hops and some delicious smelling caramel malt with toffee.

T - Well hopped, not too much and not too little. Caramel malt adds a nice contrast to the slight hop bitterness. Slight taste of grains and piney hops in the aftertaste. Well balanced and very drinkable.

M - Lower carbonation, with a medium bodied mouthfeel.

D - Well balanced ale. All around pretty enjoyable, and no complaints here.

08-11-2011 23:45:53 | More by Converge
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +14%

Cloudy amber brow apperance with thick bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell is sweet with a strong hint of caramel along with a hint of malt and bread.

Taste is like the smell, mainly caramel and bread Picked up malt,hops and brown sugar. Taste seems a little watered down, but refreshing nonetheless. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a taste of brown sugar.

This is a refreshing and balanced beer, but lacks a kick to it. Worth a try though even if it's for the novelty of drinking anarchy beer.

07-10-2011 00:28:54 | More by CrazyMike
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a can into my Stella glass.

A - Golden brown, almost hazy in nature. Poured a 1/4 inch head, however it quickly dissipated leaving only a little lacing.

S - Sweet caramel with a citrus hop finish.

T - Very metallic citrus hop taste. The hops are definitely more prevalent on this one, leaving you with a bit of a fruity aftertaste.

M - Suprisingly thick feeling on the palette. The carbonation is definitely on the weak side for such an ale, and it is almost reminiscent of a porter mouthfeel.

D - Much too metallic. The blend of hops and malts produce a nice balance, but the metallic taste ruins it for me. By no means a terrible beer, but definitely not my favourite amber ale.

03-13-2010 23:15:44 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

650ml bottle poured into pint glass jan12 2010

A clear golden copper with no visible carbonation that somehow produces a big fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S a little biscuit and caramel almost smells like an English IPA

T not far from the smell only with some mild hops and it almost tastes like iced tea

M carbonation comes from nowhere giving it a slightly creamy feel

D no major problems with this one easy enough to drink

I wont lie the label on this one sold me, it's not much better then average but nothing to be ashamed of

01-13-2010 09:12:20 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

A- The logo is pretty cool, showing some aggressive marketing. When I opened the can, the foam just exploded out....I had to let it settle before pouring....and no the can wasn't shaken or dropped....maybe over carbonated? When I poured it, the beer cascaded! When it settled again, there was a several inch thick foamy head that took several minutes to fade into a fluffy off white cloud over the beer. It is a somewhat hazy amber/gold color with very sticky thick lacing. Can't tell how heavy the carbonation is due to the haze....

S- The aroma is quite sweet, very much toffee like. Along with the sweet malts, there is some light & fresh citrus fruit notes. Not much else...no real hop bitterness.

T- Tastes very much the same as it smells....full of toffee and I think I even taste a bit of maple sap! There is some bitterness on the end, from the hops that I guess are in fact used. There is a bit of a earthy/grassy flavor mixed in as well.

M- Surprisingly light for an amber ale! The carbonation is relatively low and the bubbles are fine, providing quite a smooth drinking beer.

D- It's sweet, slightly bitter on the palate and easy drinking....it is flavorful. I don't have a problem drinking this and will probably have it again in the future. I just don't feel that this beer is spectacular but it is better than a lot the beers out there!

11-03-2009 04:12:01 | More by ChrisCage
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Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.5%

650ml bottle. I remember drinking this in the Okanagan a number of years ago, where you could get bombers for $3.25. Sigh. Oh, and you kids, get off of my lawn! The Satan-worshipping-esque stylized 'A' on the label still looks pretty good, as it beats the hell out of the generic Okanagan travelogue label pictured above, which I've never seen before for this particular Cannery offering.

This beer pours a fairly clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely puffy, somewhat bubbly off-white head, which recedes fairly steadily, leaving some macabre stretches of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, with a touch of toffee, a mild blended orchard fruitiness, and grassy, citrusy, and sort of piney hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy caramel malt, a hollow pithy nuttiness, a bit of acrid, fruity alcohol, and some tame earthy, weedy grassy hops.

The carbonation is a little on the high side, but settles soon enough, the body a wavering medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a very tame earthy hoppiness lingering. There persists a mild, tacitly pleasant warming overall, betraying the ever so slightly elevated ABV.

This is a decently agreeable amber ale, and almost balanced, but those hops had to go and shove off somewhere before getting the job done. Would kind of get dull after a couple, I would imagine. Wait, what am I saying? It does get tedious, the lack of hop presence becoming more and more like the famous pea in the mattress.

06-06-2009 00:32:27 | More by biboergosum
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Anarchist Amber Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.