Ale Architect Balsam
Reviewed by Brady White on November 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Ale Architect
- Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA
- Rated On: November 23, 2018
- Best Before: packaged November 6, 2018
- ABV: 3.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Dark Mild Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 473ml can pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and slightly fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of streaky island cay pattern lace around the glass as it quickly settles out of sight.
It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle cafe-au-lait, some oily nuttiness, and very tame earthy, herbal, and floral noble hops. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, toasty biscuits, bar-top nuts, medium chocolate, faded day-old coffee grounds, a hint of brown sugar, and more well-understated leafy, musty, and floral green hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly timid in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing getting in the way of a decent time at this particular moment. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, and milky coffee essences showing the most lingering swagger.
Overall – wow, for a beer that clocks in at a measly 3.8% ABV, they’ve packed a whole lot of flavour into it. Great for having a couple when the next thing you have to do is navigate Edmonchuk’s treacherous winter streets (and other drivers, for that matter). Good, good stuff!