Bench Creek White Raven IPA

Reviewed by on June 7, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 6, 2016

  • Best Before: canned May 30, 2016

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: India Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Bench Creek is a rural brewery situated northwest of Edson, Alberta, and they have recently taken to canning their splendiferous India Pale Ale – thanks again, Andrew!

This 473ml can pours a hazy, dark apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, mildly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of old snow rime lace around the glass as things gradually sink away.

It smells of moderately dank pine resin, pleasantly mixed domestic and tropical fruity notes, biscuity caramel malt, a gritty stoney flintiness, and further spicy, leafy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a complementary low-key biscuity toffee sweetness, some muted citrus and pome fruitiness, an agreeable chalky gritty thing, and more attractive earthy, herbal, leafy, and spicy hoppiness.  The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and tingling, fizzy and frothy emanations, the body a stolid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as both the chuffed hops and stone path flintiness prove kind of meddlesome in their cheeky immaturity – but s’all good, I’m used to that. It finishes off-dry, just, as said hops continue to clamp down on the workings of a duly lingering, grainy caramel maltiness.

Well, it’s starting to seem like old hat around this grand ol’ province of ours, but nascent brewers are indeed capable of hitting, at the very least, standing triples on their first at bat (the lazy days of baseball and beer are indeed nigh), as is evident here – a very enjoyable hopped-up IPA, lots of robust, engaging flavour, etc, etc. Yep, I shall surely endeavour to seek out subsequent offerings from Yellowhead County’s premier (read: only :-)) destination brewery.

Brady White

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