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December Beer of the Month

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Lighthouse Brewing has been slowly upping their game, at least in the form of the “Small Brewery, Big Taste” series, which come in skillfully screened 650ml bombers. The latest of these is “Siren Imperial Red Ale” and man is it ever good.

Make no mistake, this ale screams Dean McLeod, the chap that has reinvented one of Victoria’s biggest brewery. The body is a massive warm hug of amber maltiness, backed by a healthy punch of hoppy citrus-ness. The hazy body indicates that a healthy amount of yeast was left it, explaining the almost Belgian funk on the body. I wish I could adequately describe this one, but I just can’t. You need to buy it.

Is it just me, or does each LH beer’s label have less clothes on than the previous?

We all know Lighthouse has been getting better recently, but honestly I did not expect of beer of this quality to come from them any time soon. Imperial Red Ales are finicky beers that are very hard to do right; that Lighthouse has served up a nigh-perfect example of the style makes me seriously excited to see where they go next. This beer is effectively serving notice that Lighthouse is to be taken seriously, and not just for their top flight IPA. Driftwood & Central City? Move over, you have company at the top.

Coles notes:

Brewery Lighthouse
From Victoria, BC
Name Siren
Style Imperial Red Ale
SOA Now Silver
SOA Potential n/a. Not a cellaring beer.
Drink Immediately. Do not dally.
Label Weirdness Why are the blue and red rays coming from her ass? Also, what’s she sitting on?
Availability Select LRS; limited release.
Cost Unknown; likely ~$7-8 per 650ml bomber
Similar Beers Howe Sound Thirsty Beaver, Hopworks Rise Up Red
Chuck says This is a statement beer with a small release. If you see it, buy as much as you might possible want, because you won’t see it again.

Even though it won’t cellar, it’s still fantastic.

Written by chuck

December 2nd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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  1. […] stylistic description I can think of other than: delicious. Other bloggers have already named it December’s beer of the month, or given it superlative ratings (11/10!). In other words: go get some now before it sells out, and […]

  2. […] Lighthouse Siren… if you can find it […]

  3. […] one of the most outstanding beers produced in BC in the past twelve months (name another? Okay, Lighthouse Siren; not what you expected, […]

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