Blindman Kettle Sour #3

Reviewed by on June 21, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 21, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Kettle Sour

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

It’s gotta be said, we at the Beer Diaries have taken a liking to Blindman Brewing’s kettle sour series, and now, they’ve gone full experimental with this one (I’ll miss you, Mosaic!), employing the hop varieties #06277 and #07270 – oh, how sexy – robot style.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, pale yellow straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some random splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty and gritty wheat malt, gently soured milk, a further biscuity graininess, muddled light orchard stone fruit, a touch of acrid yeast, and some weirdly indistinct green hop bitters. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma – grainy pale and wheat malt, a satisfying milky and creamy tartness (yeah, I don’t know either), still hard to pinpoint pome and citrus fruity notes, a waning sense of wayward yeastiness, and more plain earthy, leafy, and herbal hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly understated in their plain and subservient frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and surprisingly smooth for any sort of sour offering – it just is, no further questions will be entertained. It finishes off-dry, in a simple tart, fruity, sort of milky, and grainy manner.

Once again, this Kettle Sour thing pulls a fast one on me, and comes across as deceptively easy to drink, and refreshing, even. The unnamed guest hops here appear to be of the robustly fruity sort, which works well with the inherent (or adjunct, depends on your point of view, eh?) dairy tartness. Good, good stuff.

Brady White



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