Ale Architect Django
Reviewed by Brady White on August 29, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Ale Architect
- Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA
- Rated On: August 29, 2018
- Best Before: packaged August 13, 2018
- ABV: 4.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Witbier
- Rating: GOOD !
This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a trail of island chain profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of earthy ginger root, bready and grainy cereal malt, some gentle yeastiness, an indistinct peppercorn essence, and ethereal leafy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a subtle breakfast table wheatiness, faded ginger notes, an equally tamed earthy spiciness, yer standard yeasty character, and more well-understated musty, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with only a minor hint of spice maybe taking a bit off of the top at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the malt stepping back as the spices carry on in a mild lingering fervour.
Overall – this is a rather pleasant rendition of the base style, with the adjuncts enhancing, but never overtaking the experience. Full of flavour, crisp, and enjoyable to throw back as summer comes to a screeching halt (I don’t care what the temperature is, my kid is starting school, and that’s it for me).