Blindman Kettle Sour #6

Reviewed by on September 30, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 30, 2016

  • Best Before: canned August 24, 2016

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Kettle Sour

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Lacombe, Alberta’s Blindman Brewery keeps churning out the kettle sours (even though it looks like we missed the #5 up here, oh well), as this one is made with Amarillo & Vic Secret hops.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, rather pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some layered splotchy and streaky lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy wheat malt, a touch of sour milkiness, muddled tropical fruit esters, a hint of earthy yeast, and more leafy, herbal, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy, pale and wheaty malt, some fairly tart lemon, lime, apple, and underripe pineapple fruitiness, subtle sour cream astringencies, and more leafy, piney, and herbal hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite robust in its swirling and palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and equally smooth, the fruity tartness taking its metaphorical foot off the gas for just long enough here.  It finishes off-dry, by a smidgen, as the various sour essences kind of coalesce into a benevolent singularity.

Overall, this is yet another very pleasant and engaging kettle-soured ale from this central Alberta brewing concern.  The use of trendy Vic Secret hops adds to the complex fruity and forest flora character, which works very well with the general tartness.  Another welcome salve at the end of the second annual Alberta Beer Week!

Brady White

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