Saltspring Island Ales – Fireside Winter Ale

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  • Brewery: Saltspring Island Ales
  • Beer Style: Winter Ale
  • Pros:

    Nice balance of big flavour is a smaller bodied beer

  • Cons:

    Hard to find

  • Conclusion:

    Nice, light(er) winter ale from a gem of a BC brewery

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Saltspring Island Ales may not make their beer extremely easy to find with limited distribution but it is a Where’s Waldo for beer fanatics. When you do manage to track down a bottle you are rewarded with a delicious beer and are the envy of all those around you. The Fireside is a winter ale comes in yet another classy labeled bottle with a sophistication to the look. In pouring the beer it appears a chestnut colour and is topped with two fingers of thick, lacing head. Through this dense top of head comes strong notes of vanilla, caramel, plum and apricot making for a smooth yet intense aroma. The Fireside’s texture is rather thin making for a crisper than expected winter ale. The flavour is deep however with big fruit tones, caramel and a vanilla smoothness to blend it all together. This winter ale is a great example of a fairly dark, flavourful and sweet beer that does not come across as being overly heavy. The result is a flavourful and very enjoyable beer – now all you have to do is find it!

Alcohol – 7%
Size – 650ml bottle
Price – $7.45 (Craft Beer Retailer)

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Categories: Beer Reviews, Top BC Beers

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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 26 March, 2014, 22:05

    That sounds amazing! I am jealous of your luck on finding this bottle!

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