Blindman American Brown Ale

Reviewed by on July 12, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Brown Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing make this brown ale in the American style, which typically means more Yankee hop bitterness, and perhaps some sort of genial adjunct (nuts, chocolate, etc).  They’ve also specified that this is a blend of a dark ale, IPA, and session ale – interesting.

This 473ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some splendid layered and sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of lightly roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt, some oily bar-top nuttiness, a twinge of coffee-afflicted chocolate, and plain leafy, earthy, and estery floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale and caramel malt, muddled pome and citrus fruit flesh, a still generic and slightly buttery nutty thing, bittersweet cocoa powder, and some testy leafy, minty, and somewhat perfumed floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly understated in its gentle and unassuming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, some unheralded fruity acridity maybe taking things down a notch or two.  It finishes off-dry, the malt not yet willing to pack ‘er in, while the fruity and nutty esters continue to reflect both their real and symbolic meanings.

Overall, a decent enough brown ale, with the ‘American’ leanings of nutty and robust hops well observed.  What might be missing, IMHO, is more of that West Coast zing, a fresher citrus and pine thing, but I’m more than satisfied with how everything has turned out here, I gotta say, once again.

Brady White

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