Annex Ale Equilux Whirlpool Pale Ale

Reviewed by on October 13, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Annex Ale Project

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 13, 2017

  • Best Before: bottled September 20, 2017

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Annex Ale Project is a new-ish craft brewery in south-central Cowtown, who have recently taken to bottling their offerings.  As for the example in front of me, there is no indication on the label as to what a ‘whirlpool’ pale ale is supposed to be, at least for we laymen out there.

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy ecru head, which leaves some stringy and streaky sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of rather sugary caramel malt, cotton candy, juicy domestic citrus flesh, a hint of generic tropical fruitiness, lemon Pledge, and some plain leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, Pez candies, muddled sweet citrus notes, more hard to parse exotic fruit, and some zingy leafy, piney, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of hop acridity maybe sticking its hands outside the car windows here.  It finishes off-dry, the sugary notes contending with a lingering floral bitterness.

Overall – this is an interesting enough version of the style, complex in its flavour structure, and more or less a pleasure to put back.  Perhaps a tad sweet, but it’s moderated to a agreeable point, in the end. Worth checking out.  Oh, and the name – it’s a reference to the day in Spring or Autumn when it’s light and dark for about the same amount of time, as opposed to the equinox, which…awww, look it up!

Brady White

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