Big Rock (Last Best) Collaboration Brew #2

Reviewed by on July 29, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Big Rock Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 29, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Farmhouse Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The second collaboration that Big Rock has done with fellow Calgary brewers Last Best, and again sporting just a plain white label, obviously meant for after market commentary, since there is no indication as to the intended style.

This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale and wheat malt, somewhat edgy yeast, white pepper and coriander seed spice, and tame leafy, earthy, and weedy hop bitters. The taste is crackery and bready pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, yeasty rising dough, some faint underripe pome fruitiness, muddled table-top spice, and more gentle leafy, earthy, and sort of floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly easygoing in terms of its placid frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, just a wee yeasty interloper playing the proverbial pea to the tired and grumpy princess.  It finishes trending dry, the crackery malt starting to realize that it’s going to have to turn out the lights all by itself.

Overall, this is a rather tasty version of some kind of farmhouse ale, and I would usually just have passed it off as yet another Saison variant.  But given the current brewing trends out there, combined with the low yeast quotient and encroaching dryness, I’m gonna say Grisette, maybe?

Brady White

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