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Wildfire IPA | Cannery Brewing Company

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Wildfire IPAWildfire IPA

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of IPAnicked
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ghrymm
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can. This can is from a 2018 run they do change up the brew from what i hear. This batch is much better than a few years ago. 88 IBU's
Overall a pretty good Black IPA this run.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up while traveling, so I had to sample it from a hotel room plastic glass. However, there is enough character in this beer to set it apart from most run-of-the-mill offerings. The dark roasted malt and hopping mesh together nicely. I'm not sure what I love most about this style of beer - the hearty mouthfeel or the dry finish. Either way, this was a lovely find and a beer I would seek out again.

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Photo of Slongie
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mack
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tonyf55
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Converge
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a small head of light tan bubbles. The beer is black at a glance, but some small ruby highlights show up here and there. The head settles to a thin cap and leaves some short-lived lacing.

S - Piney hops with a roasty backbone of dark malt and molasses. Chocolatey notes come through as well, with some wood and caramel. Certainly an aroma that combines qualities from both dark roasty beers and well as hoppy ales; very nice.

T - The interesting interplay from the nose continues beautifully. Opens up simple with some chocolate, caramel malt and a touch of molasses, and finishes with an excellent combination of piney and grassy hops with roasted malt and hint of coffee bitterness. Despite having both hoppy astringency and roasty bitterness, the back of the palate doesn't get too chaotic, and stays very drinkable and very balanced. As it warms I get a touch of fruitiness, peat, wood, and anise. Surprisingly complex and tasty.

M - Surprisingly thick and full feeling body with some nice low carbonation that lets the viscosity take center stage; and it holds up well above a 6.0% ABV ale. Lingering bitterness.

D - Absolutely fantastic mixture of hop-forward IPA flavors with roasty stout-esque flavors as well. I didn't really know what to expect coming into this, but this was a surprisingly tasty brew from Cannery. I don't have much context with this style, as it's my first Black Ale, but as far as my introduction to the style goes, I thought this was a delicious and highly drinkable beer, and certainly worth trying again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Derek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 chickenm
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Wildfire IPA from Cannery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 32 ratings