Bench Creek Ash
Reviewed by Brady White on June 8, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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.