Bench Creek Apex Predator Pilsner

Reviewed by on July 20, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 20, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged July 9, 2018

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Czech Pilsner

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Apparently Bench Creek’s Apex Predator has now evolved into a series, one subtitled ‘Survival of the Fittest (it’s the only law out here)’.

This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of minor streaky lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and crackery Alberta cereal malt, a bit of lager yeastiness, muddled pome fruity notes, faint gasohol, and some earthy, wet hay-like, and grassy hop bitters.  The taste is bready and grainy toasted pale malt, more mildly estery lager yeast, a touch of underripe apple fruitiness, ethereal petrol, and more spicy, herbal, and sharp grassy green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of charred biscuit edginess maybe taking things down a notch or so at this particular point in the game.  It finishes trending dry, the crackery essence of the malt predominating.

Overall – this is a pretty bang-on version of the style, with a fresh, local twist on it.  Easy to drink, nice and crisp, and a perfect complement to a 30-degree (that’s Celsius, for my south of the border readers) day in the ol’ Chuk.  Which is hot.  And this brew is cold.  ‘Nuff said.

Brady White



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