Blindman Kettle Sour #2

Reviewed by on May 10, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 10, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Wild Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This offering is the second (what was my first clue?) kettle soured ale from this central Alberta start-up, which is made with both the Galaxy and the purportedly tropical ‘06277’ experimental hop varietals.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some robust sudsy and streaky lace around the glass as things slowly and evenly subside.

It smells of musty and chalky rock chips, sort of funky orange and white grapefruit pith, a weak piney green astringency, some Pez candy notes, subtle earthy and sour yeasty notes, and further leafy, herbal, and kind of grassy hop bitters. The taste is gently sour milky yogurt, grainy and doughy pale malt, some muddled light orchard fruitiness, more unloved citrus essences, a loitering yeastiness, and an understated leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is damned-near non-existent in its hard to really track down frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and not particularly un-smooth, given the attempt at sourness going on here. It finishes grainy and doughy in its lingering maltiness, with only a wee hint of the milky sourness that was.

Overall, this is a fairly agreeable soured, um, something, as the name says, or doesn’t say, anything and everything. It’s sour, sure, but from the kettle stage (so brief, and not barrel aged), and hopped with some antipodean and otherwise indeterminable hops, which come off as understated at best, and not altogether influential on the whole affair. Really, this is one of those lower ABV quaffers that one just should stop analyzing, and kill the rest of with that leftover pizza languishing on the kitchen counter, eh?

Brady White

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