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Wildfire IPA - Cannery Brewing Company

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Wildfire IPAWildfire IPA

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 26
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 10-29-2009

This unique black India Pale Ale is a tribute to the firefighters and emergency service workers who help fight our Canadian wildfires each year.

Wildfire IPA is intensely dark and smooth. This black IPA has complex hops that rage through to the finish.
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Reviews by CookstLiquor:
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour, typical of the style. Nose has hints of mint, citrus and chocolate. It's quite a combination. The flavour profile is pretty similar, although the best comparison is that this is like a well-hopped porter. It has a lot of chocolatey porter notes with some hop notes as well. There is a big bitter finish, that is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance (4.5): Very dark and opaque with a cream coloured head that is dense and foam-like, 2-fingers and lasting.

Aroma (4.5): BIG hop aroma up-front - flowery with a bit of citrus, followed by light chocolate and coffee - all tied up in a slightly burnt finish.

Taste (4): Initial caramel sweetness is brief with a bitter hop and roasty coffee finish - balanced. Burnt toast lingers on the pallet.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium carbonation lends a nice courseness on the pallet that is lively at the start and finishes dry. Nice job preping for the next sip.

Overall (4): A near perfect balance of bitterness with contributions from both the hops and coffee. Hop aromas mingle nicely with the bitterness in the flavour, which are enhanced by the bitterness in the dark malts - especially roasted coffee. A personal favorite that I look for every year.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of chickenm
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a big tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is earthy with some malt and floral hops. The flavor is well balanced with roasted malts, nuts, and some hops bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, albeit a little thin. Carbonation is fairly light. Refreshing and definitely drinkable.. overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A morbid tribute, (via its blackened nature, I suppose) to the firefighters who battled some bad shit in the Okanagan this past summer.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown colour, with subtle basal cola highlights, but really verging on opaque, and three chubby fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some nicely skewed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of meaty roasted bready and caramel malt, a soft oily nuttiness, dark gritty sugar, and rather active citrus and piney hops. The taste is lightly toasted, grainy caramel malt, singed bar-top nutty notes, and peppy grapefruit and orange citrus, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, with a pleasantly edgy frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, more or less smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the roasted and hoppy notes still going tete-a-tete, and fairly clean.

A brew that seems to be very much like a big brown ale blended with a veritably hoppy IPA, with the result being a decent IPA analogue, an interesting (and tasty) footnote to this summer's headline story in the Valley. Get some before it's gone, like, well, ok, I'm not gonna go there.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal fave since trying at the 2010 Calgary beerfest
A - deep dark amber with a tall tan head that dissipated down to one finger and retained there
S - pine, herbs, citrus, lightly burnt malt with molasses
T - the hop kick is strong with citrus and pine, with some herbal hop finish, roasty molasses malt with a cedar note, very tasty
M - smooth and medium carbonation, finishing somewhat tart and bitter
D - strong hop characteristics with a sturdy roasty & sweet malt backbone, extremely tasty, a fantastic beer and a fitting tribute to those who fought the forest fires in interior B.C.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep, nearly opaque cola-like hue, deep garnet highlights when held to direct light. Tall frothy light beige head with good retention that settles to a thick cap. Sticky lacing ensues.

Detergent, dry earthy char, astringent spicy herbal hops on the nose.

Light roasty charred malt up front in the flavour with a good dose of dandelion greens and arugula bitterness. Bitterness and astringency lingers on well into the aftertaste, pretty much becomes the most predominant character in the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, low carbonation, fairly weak finish.

Due to the lack of cohesion much of this dark IPA seems like more of an afterthought, in the end the dark malt doesn't offer any real backbone to speak of, while the hops seem more of the traditional English variety, yet cranked up to a more intense American volume. My lingering impression is that of earthy thistles.

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Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gravelle. Deep murky brown pour unleashes a foamy and rocky beige cap. Lots of sticky lace here. Nose of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Lots of roasty malts, charred wood, some spice. Tastes of fresh citric hops, roasty malts again, dark bread, woody and smokey. Nice hop bite in the finish is balancing with sweet and toasty malts. An interesting IPA. Thanks Jon!

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from wordemupg in a trade

A: Dark red-brown body with two fingers of lightly tanned head. Decent retention and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, floral and citrus notes and some pine.

T: Pine hops up front, but not to strong. A lot of caramel follows which is different.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a faint bitter/hoppy finish. There is also some caramel maltiness lingering.

D: Nice beer. It's quite an interesting hybrid style that doesn't seem to common. I don't have local access to this beer, but if anyone does it's really work checking out.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't read the bottle, so I was surprised by the colour!

A: Deep-amber/roasted-chestnut, great off-white head, nice retention & lace.

S: American hops with hints of roast.

T: Good american hop flavour, with a light (almost smoky) roast, some caramel sweetness is held in check with a solid bitterness. Very unique... and I like it.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cannery Brewing produces a surprisingly delicious IPA.

A - Dark brown with a ruby red tinge to it. Poured a thin layer of head, which dissipated to a nice thin film of bubbles. Very appealing!

S - Almost woody on the nose, like fresh cut lumber. The hops are the prominent scent, but are not overpowering.

T - I wasn't sure what to expect given the rather mild scent, however, I was surprised at how much punch this one had. The hops are strong off the top and it finishes with a sweet honey flavour. Hops are a little more bitter than I'm used to, but it is nicely balanced.

M - Very light on the palette, foaming up nicely and bubbles lightly in the mouth. The finish is a bit dry for my liking though.

D - What a delicious surprise this one was. I didn't have any high expectations, but this one well exceeded those that I did have. At 6% it's got a nice kick to it, is easily drinkable, and what a delicious flavour!

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Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark cola with a finger width of mocha head.

Smell- roasted malts, leafy hops, nuttiness.

Taste- Starts off with the roasted malts and nutty character then jumps into pleasant bitter leafy hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a touch of the roasted malts and has a lingering bitterness.

Overall- Cannery Brewing does the style justice by giving us the roasted malts, and bitter leafy hop goodness. I enjoyed the nutty character to this brew as this added a uniqueness to the brew. A great tribute to those firefighters that battle wildfires in throughout Canada.

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Photo of Mack
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cannery Brewing's Wild Fire IPA pours deep brown with a tan head. The aroma is slightly citrusy, with a hint of dark fruit. Hoppy bitterness and roasted astringency in the flavor are some what balanced by sweet malt. There is some nice citrusy, piney hop flavor. More slightly astringent black malt compounds the moderate bitterness for an almost tart finish. Overall a pretty decent beer, and I like the theme.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Creemore glass nov9 2009

A It's a dark reddish brown but not dark enough too block out light I can still see through it but just barely. pours a pretty big head with decent retention and a few rings of lace

S more hops then anything else but I do pick up on some citrus along with the dark malt. quite unusually for a dark ale to have the grapefruit smell from the hops

T as it smells but with some mild cocoa very unique unlike any other beer I can think of.

M a little thin but it gets higher marks for having a nice bite without being over the top

D no real problems with this beer and I will admit I was intrigued by it from the first time I saw it listed as a dark IPA

this beer is well worth trying and being brewed just once odds are if you do like it you won't get to drink it again so pick it up so you can say you tried it

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Photo of EskimoDave
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked it open expecting to see a copper coloured beer splash in to my glass. Instead I was greeted with a deep garnet to brown beer that frothed up with a large sandy coloured head. A head that left the chunkiest of lacing. A surprise of the most beautiful kind.

The smoothness was immediately apparent. It has an almost creamy mouthfeel. Nice and malty on the front with chocolate, toffee and mild nuttiness coming through. The hops providing whispers of citrus. All this leading to a clean dry piney finish. A nice unique beer. A shame it was a limited release and not a new addition to Cannery's regular line up.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see these guys putting out limited releases. This is a nice attempt at an IPA with a dark difference. Much like Phillips IDA this is a big IPA with the backing of burnt dark malt. The colour is more akin to a brown ale but the hops arise and give it the IPA profile. The beer becomes more drinkable as it warms up and the hops get past the malt. Hope to see more special releases from Cannery

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Photo of alew_os
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Wildfire IPA from Cannery Brewing Company
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