Canoe Paddler

Image courtesy of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Medium gold, lots of nice big-bubble carbonation and a spotty head that doesn’t have time to hang around, Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls, WI, is an unexpected pleasure.  This Kolsch-style beer with rye is reminiscent of Spotted Cow because of its sweetness and drinkability.  High praise indeed, as Andy Samberg impersonating Nicholas Cage would say.  Canoe Paddler has a smooth, round mouthfeel and is substantial without being heavy.  The bouquet is sweetish with a touch of earthy stink and maybe some metallic notes.  Sounds rather suspect, but it isn’t.  There’s just the lightest touch of of bitter in the distant finish, but not a hop bitterness, more likely the rye showing it’s peppery head, and it last a while.  Mainly, you’re left with a saliva-thickening sweetness.  Canoe Paddler is somewhat hard to describe, but I could see it becoming my non-hoppy summer go-to beer.

A final note, about comparison to Spotted Cow:  Spotted Cow may very well be the best all-purpose beer of all time, bar none.  You still can’t buy it in Illinois, and every time I or a friend goes to Wisconsin, Spotted Cow must be retrieved for all to enjoy.  Canoe Paddler shares some characteristics with Spotted Cow, and I take solace in knowing if there’s no Cow to be had, I can probably find Canoe Paddler in my neighborhood, at least for the summer drinking season.  The world has gotten 1 increment better today.

84/100 Kolsch


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