Cannery Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
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3.24 | pDev: 13.89%
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Notes: 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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Reviews by JanM:
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought abottle at BC Liqour Store in Tofino, BC. The label did not look like the one on the BA picture. No landscape, just a red anarchy A on black bottom. Don't know why they call it Anarchist though. The name seems to imply a brewer that does not play by rules but the taste is mainstream in its style. It poured in a reddish yellow colour but not with much foam. The smell was rich with flowery hops, sourness, roasted malts and some sweetness. The taste was of roasted malts and bread. Some sweetness. Long aftertaste. After about 10-15 minutes and a dose of oxygen the taste developed and became fuller. Not bad at all.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this awhile ago but I noticed it has a new edgy label; all black with a red anachist A on the front so I bought it. The beer is a pretty standard amber that leans on the malty side though hops do come through in the finish. The colour is a pretty dark gold with a reasonable head. The nose is all malt which is also what the first sip indicates. Like most Cannery beers the balance is good with not too big flavours. All in all a decent amber that is worth a try.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting to see some Cannery beers from Penticton available here in Alberta now. This was poured from a 650ml brown bottle, new logo with a red anarchy symbol on a black background. A chill-hazed copper in colour, large creamy off-white head that settles down to a thin cap. Thick sticky patches of lacing. Sweet extract malt on the nose, with the lingering of herbally hops that cuts through the malt from time to time. The first thing I notice in the flavour is the lack of balance, there seems to be a tug of war between the malt and the hops, but with no discernable progression or unity within the overall taste. One sip will start with malt, another with hops, while they both see-saw throughout the quaff for dominance. Aha, I get it now, this is anarchy in action within the beer itself. If nothing else it's a very aptly named beer, but it still detracts from the overall enjoyment of it. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, which is fine if the beer tends to have a creamier texture, however this finishes more on the abrasive side, greatly due to the hop profile, which is bitter and astringent. I'm quite happy to see Cannery beers available in these parts now, but I don't think I'll be picking up any more of the amber. Still, I give them credit for properly naming their beer to suit its flavour profile.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannery's Anarchist pours a very strange looking dark pink colour or light brown. I was expecting some richer colouration, which makes it look rather unique in the glass; but the beer does look light in body. The head was acceptable, off-white and leaving healthy thick lacing on the sides. Creamy red Irish-style malt on the nose, roasted, spicy, actually quite appetising. For me though, this does not match up to something like Yukon's Arctic Red. In fact, I think it would be interesting to taste the two side by side. The red malts are sugary and milky, giving aromas of carmelised bread or cinnamon and sugar with butter. As the beer warms, raisins, and more of that wonderful resinous and sweet malt that I like in these red-style ales. There are also some earthy aromas, like fresh black soil. Very little hop presence, which is fine by me--the malt is enough. The taste has a little sour edge to it at first, but by the finish the roasted malt combined with the hops brings a balanced dryness to the mouth. Flowery notes, fresh sourdough bread, puckering dryness, seemingly more from the toasted malt than the hops, and cooked pasta. Towards the end of the mouthfeel the hops actually play quite a dominant role in the bittering of this beer, and it added some decent complexity to the finish. The syrupy malt, for me a sweet-beer lover, was delicious. This is a tasty beer, and I do not see why it deserves such a low score from the previous reviews, because this is by far a better beer than Cannery's Naramata. Medium body, lingering bitterness, with a higher than normal carbonation. Sweet and quite drinkable for me personally. On one occasion it paired very well with 3-year aged cheddar; it also seemed to complement the earthiness of a cheese like Brie.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking ale, nothing special to report otherwise. A bit creamy, well malted. Some hops and herbal flavour in there, perhaps a drop mid-sip of fruit.. Well carbonated. Slight amber colour. Boring. Fresh from a recent trip to Calgary. Medium-thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with some reddish hues, decent white head forms, large bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, sticks around. Smell is sweet and malty, citrus, little bit of floral, mostly bland, smells like a lager. Taste is weird, citric acidity, grainy, bit of sourness? Possibly a bad bottle? Taste is out of control though, tart, somewhat refreshing, lacking in flavour but not a write-off. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of BigBry
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New packaging, in cans. Grabbed a 6 pack of all blacks cans, featuring a blazing red A. Pours a reddish coppery color with a thick, white head. Pretty decent foam stability, left chunks of lace on the side of the glass. Malty and caramel smell, not strong but its there. Straight forward amber ale flavor. Again, nothing really strong, medium bodied, with malty tastes and a bit of bitterness to finish. Has an earthy, bitterness, almost reminds me of an ESB. Smooth and pretty creamy. Touch of metallic aftertaste, not sure if it is from the can, or just in my head. Good, but not great.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a horrid experience opening a can that had sat still for five or so minutes...ultimately, I squeezed about a quarter of the can out before I could actually open the can. Even then, this poured out with a way-too explosive head. I won't hold this against the beer, as my fridge often adversely affects any carbonated beverage put into it.

Copper colour with a thick, off-white head. The head seems a bit too clingy, and the colour leans more towards copper than amber.

Unappealing metallic smell with a background of caramel. Malts are there. No hops that I can pick up. Odd taste. Malty...sugary...almost an overcooked taste. Bread hints. Hops, where are you?

Came off as somewhat flat, but maybe that had more to do with the way this had to be poured.

Acceptable beer...maybe drinkable if it was colder? I will re-review this when I get a can that doesn't explode on me.

Just an update (Aug 14 2006): 4 cans in a row...and none of them have poured properly. They all foam up explosively when opened and flood out of the can. Upon pouring, the head is way too explosive and this doesn't seem to pour out of the can runs down the side and spills all over the place. The last can I let sit for a full five minutes before opening and the same thing still happened. I don't think I will be buying this again.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Derek
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-bronze/amber, off-white head, good retention, good lace.

S: Mineral-earthyness, slightly herbal with a citrus zest; dark caramel.

T: Caramel sweetness is balanced with a good hop bitterness. Personally I think there's a little too much residual sugar, but that's typical for an amber. Some decent spicy, earthy-orange zest from the 3 northwest hop varieties.

M: A little syrupy from the residual sugar; hop acidity; greater than moderate carbonation.

D; Bittersweet & acidic. Doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
1.67/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer started out ok--thin whte head on top of a light golden to copper base. Looked a little thin, but it seemed to be just on the light side of an amber ale. The aroma was strong, very medicinal, almost rubbing alcohol. Very bitter taste on the front of the tongue, and lingering dryness on the back of the swallow. Fruity green apple taste, sour, and a buttery flavor--diacytal, I think. I kept trying to wash it off my palate. I didn't finish the beer, though I hope that part of it is age or poor storage because this is a very poor beer to put on the market. Though, when I bought it, it was stored in a walk in cooler, and I took it home from Canada on ice. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, their IPA wasn't all that...let's see how Anarchist Amber fares...

First, my can is designed much differently than the bottle shown, and is more appropriate than the hilariously idiosyncratic bottle label vs. name of beer. (Or perhaps anarchy will indeed lead to peaceful countrysides and blue skies for everyone? Where do I sign up?) This can bears a simple red anarchy "A" on black.

A huge fluffy beige head and a well-filtered sunset color give this the look of an IPA or something. It surely looks promising, especially with all that sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Very faint fruit and toffee in the nose, with an earth/mineral edge.

Flavors are hardly existent and then disappear. What's there isn't even that impressive. Faint caramel, weak brown sugar, stale wheat bred, lackluster hops, and a wimpy, watery mouthfeel that just barely pulls through. Light fruit tartness in the finish.

Like crummy corporate beer, I used to think anarchy was cool when I was 16. Neither are all that appealing to me now, and this beer isn't either. It's ironic that Anarchist Amber Ale looks good on the surface, which I could still say about anarchy, but when you dig in and get right into the nuts and bolts it's rather full of holes. But it's a cool can for the collectors out there!

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Photo of ozmodium
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well thats not what the label on the bottle I bought looks like. Black background with a big "written-in-blood" style giant anarchist "A" Kinda cool...silly cliche though...Anyway

I figured calling this anarchistic beer would infer that this beer is unconventional and edgy and even interesting...I guess the marketting ploys worked and I bought it...only to never buy it again.

A) amber lager, light fizz, white head. Slight haziness

S) European malts and sour hops. Smells like a normal beer. nothing edgy about this

T) A bit watery and weak. A nice attempt at mediocrity....Trying to be a generic european amber...Way to throw the rules out the window you crazy brewmasters...

M) Drinkable. refreshing, nicely carbonated.

D) Besides the extreme dissapointment I experienced with this beer, its not too bad. I mean, Cannery makes good beer and this is good beer. Just nothing special. I can drink this beer and enjoy it. They just lose points for shameful marketting.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Shadman
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

boght a 66oml bottle with the funky 'blair witch project' letter A on the label

brew poured with a smallish head that fades faster than a prairie sunset in december. Color was orance pekoe tea

some maltiness for smell.

taste: bottle states, "Generous combination of carefully roasted malts and 3 nw hop varieties." I can certainly taste the roasted malt and they're nice, but I have trouble finding any hops..never-the-less 3.

it's kinda thin in the mouthfeel dept. Not sure if this is typical for the style.

drinkable..but not sure I'd run around Medicine Hat looking for another bottle...heck I was lucky to find this in medicine hat

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 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 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!

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Photo of enki
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but nothing special either.

Perhaps this is a side effect of buying a beer in a can (actually, a six pack), but the beer had a definite metallic taste (poured it into a bottle, fyi). A think white head formed when I poured it out, which quickly retracted to the edges of the glass.

Carbonation was bang on, but the mouthfeel was a little thin. The combination of the metallic taste and the slight tang of alcohol reminded me of some corn fortified strong beers, even though this beer is a normal ABV. There was a sharp bite that added to the tinniness, which I think was the hops, but which tasted more like a green beer bite. Hard to explain what was off with the flavor, but some mass produced beers have the same tinge to them.

The maltiness was there, but was overwhelmed by the other flavors. This is not a BAD beer, but there is nothing that really stood out about it either. I would rank it with or slightly better than most mass produced canned beer.

I might give this beer another chance, but I'll get it in a bottle next time.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Proteus93
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this as part of the week long "Canadian Beer Tasting" I've been doing while up for a visit.

A: Certainly amber... a deep and rich amber, with a slightly orangish-amber head topping it. Some decent lace stickiness and a reasonable retention.

S + T: Rather light... sweet malts, and not a great deal more. Taste is similar... rather nondescript. A strange bitterness. The balance seems off in a somewhat unpleasant way. A band-aid, tangy bitterness finish.

M + D: Medium body, a little foaminess as a result of the carbonation. The cover over the palate is a little unfortunate with the finish. Not a brew I could see myself getting again, unfortunately. Not so horrible as to be a drain pour, but not exactly nice.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rather vicious pour nets a finger of loose, foamy, off-white head. Doesn't seem to be retaining very well, though it is dragging some web-like lace behind it. Body is a clear, pale, orange-amber with extremely light carbonation. After a minute or so, head looks like a soapy crown - not bad.

Smell: Caramel malt, some citrus, bready yeast, and pine. Nothing special.

Taste: Whoa... not a good whoa... lots and lots of bitter malted barley. There's a bit of caramel in there, some piney hops, and a good deal of salt. This tastes... bad.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full for an amber. Big malty backbone provides a bit of creaminess and something to chew on. Carbonation can sting a bit early on, but calms down soon after. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkability: This is a pretty bad amber, but I have had worse. Not a great flavor, though it does mellow out after a while. In fact, more of the flavors (notably biscuit) come out as it flattens. Maybe that's just the alcohol talking...

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Converge
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 53 ratings