Blindman Kettle Sour #1

Reviewed by on March 15, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 15, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Kettle Sour

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lacombe’s Blindman has created a kettle sour brew (where the beer is actively soured by adding something like lactobacillus early in the brewing cycle), and hopped it with some trendy varietals.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some attractive snow rime lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of peppy tropical fruit (pineapple and peaches, predominately), grainy pale malt, wet chalk, a tame milky sourness, and some further earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is tart apples and underripe pineapple, a bready and crackery graininess, still lightly soured lactic notes, and a steady leafy, citrusy, and floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly understated in its plain and merely functional frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth – this sort of sourness not being of the palate-destroying type. It finishes trending dry – the malt dipping, and the generally fruity tartness keeping it tight.

Overall, a pleasantly rendered application of this now seemingly hip brewing technique – just tart enough, with a genial fruity character pervading (from the robust dry hopping, I presume). Worth checking out, if you want to see what the (still relatively minor) fuss is all about.

Brady White

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