IPA | Cannery Brewing Company

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Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 ChrisCage
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This has an almost orange color that has a very hazy so it is hard to really get a look at the carbonation involved. The head is minute, but did start out nice looking....the lacing...well that is easy going as well...not a lot happening....slightly above average looking overall.

S- Smells Earthy overall....a nice blend of grains, both dry and malted with a combination of various hop variety used both in the boil and on the finish as well. Smells like a better balanced IPA than I would have expected initially!

T- Well this isn't quite as intense as I thought it would be....I actually am able to make better sense of the flavors that I'm tasting.....starting off with an intense citrus peel flavor....orange zest to be exact, with perhaps hints of grapefruit and lemon blended in. The malts used bring out a reasonably robust sweetness that is slightly nutty, and this is quickly balanced out with a fresh, piney hop bitterness on the finish, but it is more oily and doesn't really linger on the palate after the swallow.

M/O- Medium body and wee tight bubbles make this an ideal flavorful brew. The refreshing nature of this one comes through really well, and the alcohol content is hidden amazingly! Probably a good beer on a hot day and better than the average in my opinion for this style!

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Photo of BigBry
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355 ml can. Bright orange label, of Cannery Brewing I.P.A. Not mention of "Indian Rock" as on the big bottle in picture. I assume this is the same beer, just with a slightly different name.

Pours orange amber color, big foamy orange tinged head. Foam settles but never disappears, leaves lots of lace lines.
Floral hop smell, along with some pine resin. Some malt aroma as well.
Taste has a good blend of caramel malt and citrus hops. More herbal leaf hop at the end. A little pine needle in the lingering finish.
Mouth feel and carbonation are medium, gives a slightly heavy body. Hop bitters last nicely on the tongue.
Nothing spectacular, just a solid example. Not sure why, but I had low expectations, but this was quickly un-done.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from a mixed 6-pack poured into an English pint glass. A burnt orange-amber hue, somewhat cloudy and with around four fingers of beige foam on top. Aroma is malt-forward, rich caramel/toffee malts with some tropical semi-sour passion fruit, pineapple candy, and orange breakfast drink riding shotgun. Palate is similarly malty, a pleasing toasted caramel toffee flavor that combines with spicy elements to make me think pumpkin pie. A gentle orange marmalade citrus flavor is present but is certainly not of the bold and brash ilk seen in many of today's American IPAs. This one is more English if you ask me, earthy, spicy, and herbal hops with the fruity notes appearing mostly on the nose. Moderate body, maybe just a tad chewier than other IPAs, soapy slick feel in the mouth and with a semi-prickly carbonation that takes down the mouthfeel rating a notch or two. Finishes spicy with some gooseberry to remind you that the hops in here are indeed American varietals. I might not have otherwise guessed. Still, a solid, workmanlike, rather bucolic IPA that avoids any serious technical flaws, puts a nice malt backbone forward as opposed to a hoppy attack, and manages to refresh on a dry windy night.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Converge
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Big foamy tan head off the pour with a rusty-amber colored beer with some slight haze to it. The head settles down to a foamy cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Not at all what I remember from past encounters. Weird and skunky, not much hop presence. A little floral and piney, but not much. It improves a bit as it warms, giving me some citrus notes as well as a bready malt character.

T - Starts out mild with some light hops and bready caramel malt, but opens up in the finish with big herbal hops that just fill the back of the palate with harsh piney bitterness and floral notes as well. Citrus is there, but not very prominent. Overall, a surprisingly tasty flavor profile courtesy of Cannery Brewing.

M - Carbonation is a bit light for a 6.0% ABV IPA, which helps thicken up the body, but also makes it a touch oily. Herbal bitterness lingers for a long time after.

D - Much better than I remember this being. Nothing spectacular here, but everything is done well and makes for a solid IPA. Definitely something worth seeking out again down the road.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Coppery amber, with very zealous white head that has decent retention and leaves heavy lacing. Clear. Suggests plenty of malt.

Aroma: Grapefruit hop, malty, an unorthodox and difficult to put my finger on aromatic spice mix. Hint of grass. Interesting.

Taste: The maltiness comes through strongly to start with, along with some hop. The malt flavours suggest a vague hint of chocolate, and a gentle fruitiness. The hops build as the aftertaste develops, with some grapefruit and restrained pepper, and a very gentle grassiness (which is a pleasant and unexpected surprise in a pacific northwest IPA). It develops into a woody flavour - not pine or spruce, but a wood flavour that I have not come across in beer before. Just a hint of vanilla in here and caramel in here as well, but it's very subtle and adds complexity rather than imbalance.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly high carbonation, dry finish, moreish.

Drinkability: Not the most bitter, hoppiest PNW IPA around by any means; instead, it is an intriguing and accomplished beer of malt and hop complexity that teases the palate and is likely to offer different nuances every time it is enjoyed. Very tasty.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of stagger
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
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 ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Voonder
3.56/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply gold coloured body with an effusive white head, which settled into rocky bubbles. Crisp citrus and caramel malt aromas are well-defined and enticing. Nice grapefruit hopping balanced perfectly by caramel malts, providing a fairly textbook example of the northwest IPA flavour. The bitterness is not as heavy-handed as some IPAs. Light to medium body and carbonation. Excellent drinkability for an IPA due to its body and relatively subdued bitterness. I'd hit this one again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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