Bent Stick The Crusher

Reviewed by on September 30, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bent Stick Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 30, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Crusher is the latest from this upstart Edmonchuk brewing concern – a ‘lean and mean’ ISA, which is purportedly different from their plain ol’ pale ale, I guess.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random chunky and splattered lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of buttered white toast, some muddled pome and citrus fruitiness, and a very gentle leafy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, more buttered biscuit slickness, mushy red apples, ethereal orange and white grapefruit pith, a hint of dead yeastiness, and more subtle leafy, earthy, and floral hop bitters.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back by this point, via its genial frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, in a dairy product sort of manner, that is.  It finishes off-dry, the buttered bread malt carrying the lingering load.

Overall, it’s clear that some sort of diacetyl/yeasty thing (the bottle conditioning?) pervades this offering, but let me be clear – it’s not really a bad thing.  Maybe I’m just hungry, but the idea of such a concept sort of appeals to me right now.  Anyways, the rest of this brew is pretty solid for an ISA, nothing lacking in the heftiness, that’s for sure.

Brady White

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