Squire Scotch Ale from The Cannery Brewing Company in Penticton, British Columbia pours a deep, golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves moderate lacing and settles as a thin film and collar. Aromas of peat moss, light but sharp caramel malts, musty wood and smoke come through, along with a warm floral hop character.
Squire Scotch Ale has a thick, butterscotch-like malt flavour with a strong wood character and a grassy hop accent that brings crispness with it. This beer is nicely balanced and not bitingly sweet like many Scotch ales. A full body and mild carbonation contribute to a creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. The finish has a mild bitterness while peat and smoke linger in the heavy aftertaste.
The label of Squire Scotch Ale has a green and blue tartan backdrop with a depiction of its namesake, a Naramata, BC restaurant called the Country Squire in which the roots of The Cannery Brewing Company were firmly planted. You will also find contact information and clearly stamped freshness dating on the label.
Squire Scotch Ale is a smooth and quaffable take on the style, though wee heavy fans may find it a bit light for their taste. I really like the crisp, hoppy characteristics. This ale paired well with stews, spicy foods and even pastry in my experience. It would make an excellent companion to shepherd’s pie.
You can find Squire Scotch Ale in limited supply at select LCBO stores as part of the fall 2012 beer promotion and given the brewery’s past success in Ontario, we may see more offerings in the future. The Cannery Brewing Company also regularly distributes product throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
Please Note: The Cannery Brewing Company provided me with a bottle of Squire Scotch Ale for evaluation, though I also purchased another for myself to complete my review.
Type: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Region: British Columbia, Penticton
Brewery: The Cannery Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 650 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.0%