Vulcan Ale | Cannery Brewing Company

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Vulcan AleVulcan Ale

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 05-17-2012

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Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale, golden amber with a finger width of frothy head. Bubbles galore!

Smell - Grains, bready malts, sweet apples, grass.

Taste - Lots of bready, biscuity malts and toasted grains. Low bitterness on the hops side. A hint of grassiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall - A different and refreshing take on the amber/red ale by Cannery Brewing. I'm used to this style having some more caramalt/fruity characteristics, but this one strays away from the standard recipe. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. I've heard that this is just Cannery's pale ale, re-branded, but it says 6% ABV, so I don't really know. Anyways, this is the new beer face of little Vulcan, Alberta's Star Trek tourist exposition, after having fallen out of favour with Paddock Wood's preceding version (this I do have on good account).

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy and foamy dirty white head, which leaves a nicely appropriate representation of those 'alien' world landscapes from the original series - random caves and hills - as lace around the glass upon its retreat. So sue me - I'm trying to find something to make up for the lack of blue Kool-Aid tint, as in the previous Star Trek themed offerings.

It smells of mild grainy and bready malt, some tame apple and muddled citrus fruitiness, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more biscuity and bready malt, fairly sweet in its bearing, with some sugary nuttiness, middling neutered citrus, and edgy leafy and earthy hops.

The bubbles are on the low side, working not for the fleeting fame, the body an amenable middleweight, and flirting with creaminess as it glides along a very smooth plane. It finishes softly grainy, a bit more biscuity, and generally sweet - the hops make an effort, but it falls just short of stun.

An enjoyable enough Canadian amber ale, dressed up in packaging that will drive most to find this lacking - where's the kitsch, the selling point? Ok, the beer is actually pretty good, a step ahead and galactically beyond, respectfully, the previous incarnations, but that doesn't pass muster to those who worship this particular made-up universe. Or so I would imagine. Whatever - buy it for the beer, or the curio factor - both work well enough in this case.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 650 ml brown bottle. From what I know this stuff used to be exclusive to Vulcan, Alberta, and was previously brewed by Paddock Wood in Saskatoon. Pours out a clear coppery hue, with a tall, tight rocky off-white head. While it can be considered a light amber in colour, it's still on the border of the light side of the spectrum, appears more like a Pale Ale than anything. Still looks good though.

Dry grainy malt on the nose, a hint of citrus, and some leafy hops.

Flavour is also grainy, more toasty than anything else, with some nut shell notes. Mild dry spicy hops on the finish, while the aftertaste picks up some sweet bready malt, and a more herbal character to the hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, both dry and creamy smooth textures, with some moderate carbonation.

Not much going on here, grainy, then dry, then a spike of sweetness on the palate before it all disappears, yet not much actual flavour happening. I'm reading this as some neutral, inoffensive ale that won't scare away macro drinking tourists, who are buying it for the novelty factor first, and anything else secondary. So be it.

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Vulcan Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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