Bench Creek Ash

Reviewed by on June 8, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 8, 2018

  • Best Before: canned May 2, 2018

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ash – the latest (last?) in their Villainous Series, is an ode to the android in the first Aliens movie, I do believe. The brew is an Extra Special Bitter.

This 473ml can pours a somewhat hazy, dark apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly chunky ecru head, which leaves a decent array of splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of damp char, some indistinct black stone fruitiness, a hint of earthy yeast, and some leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, some free-range wet ashiness (sorry), still rather muddled dark orchard fruity notes, and more earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a wee bit of smart-ass bitterness perhaps being a tad too rowdy at this particular juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the almost biscuity malt holding the majority of the lingering sway.

Overall – this comes across as an earnest enough rendition of the style, nice and malty, with an appropriate hop off-set. One wonders if androids would enjoy beer (Bender from Futurama sure does), and I might have asked that of the brewery as I blew past Edson last night, and saw the sign, but it was nigh on midnight, unfortunately.  Oh well.

Brady White



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