Bent Stick Brick Is Red

Reviewed by on July 8, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bent Stick Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 8, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here, we have the other half of the initial duo of bomber-packaged offerings from this brand-new Edmonchuk brewing concern.  Interesting use of the English language in the name and descriptor on the front label.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick (yup) amber colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent splattering ocean froth lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and biscuity caramel malt, underripe apples and pears, thin toffee notes, a faint earthy ashiness, subtle indistinct citrus flesh, and very tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, gently biscuity toffee, some mixed ripe pome and citrus fruitiness, ethereal wet smoke, a hint of yeast, and more rather laid-back earthy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite docile in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a sneaky unknown bitterness wading in, even in the face of a burgeoning airy creaminess.  It finishes well off-dry, the caramel and toffee continuing to shed their biscuity character, alongside some lingering generic fruit, and well and gone verdant hop esters.

Overall, a decently rendered Canadian red/amber ale, with lots of robust flavour.  However, without the attendant bitterness from the hops employed here, it does fall a bit on the sweet side of things, so it’s good, but not something that this hop-head would really consider making a night of – your commensurate mileage may vary.

Brady White

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