Bent Stick The Crusher
Reviewed by Brady White on September 30, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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.