Bench Creek Longshanks Spiced English Ale

Reviewed by on April 14, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 14, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged March 26, 2018

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Spiced English Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here we have the latest in the increasingly rapid releases of Bench Creek’s Villainous Series. This time it’s Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks (king of England in the late 13th century), and the beer is made to emulate something called royalty cake, using almonds, vanilla, and cardamom.

This 473ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a few bands of stringy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of edgy cardamom, mace, and cinnamon spice, some earthy nuttiness, subtle gritty and grainy cereal malt, and some mild musty, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some mixed metallic spiciness, ethereal real vanilla, a fleshy nuttiness, weak candied dark orchard fruity notes, and more well understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that spicy character takes more than a minor tithe here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt, nuts, and spice all putting in extra time.

Overall – well, this certainly comes across very much like some sort of spiced cake (can’t say I’ve ever had the ‘royal’ variety), something that one might see a lot of during the Yuletide.  At any rate, it’s interesting, and ultimately drinkable, but it would have been funny (if a tad morbidly so), if this one’s style was a Scottish Ale or Wee Heavy, eh?

Brady White



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