Blindman New England-Style Pale Ale

Reviewed by on April 28, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 28, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

This recent offering is Blindman Brewing’s apparent take-away from their Troubled Waters collaboration with Bench Creek and Ribstone Creek, i.e. making a NE-style pale ale instead of an IPA.

This 473ml can pours a turbid, almost milky, medium bruised apricot colour, with three fingers of puffy, near-rocky, and filmy ecru head, which leaves a bit of sudsy splotched lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of robust domestic citrus (white grapefruit, orange, and lemon/lime zest), bready and crackery pale malt, a hard water flintiness, and some musty, leafy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a much lesser caramel sweetness, muddled tropical fruit and Florida citrus pith notes, a weak earthy stoniness, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and pinecone-esque verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that mixed hop acerbity kind of does a down-scaling number of sorts here.  It finishes fairly off-dry, the malt re-asserting itself, while the citrusy, stoney, and forest floor detritus essences scurry about, looking for another place to happen.

Overall, this is a pretty decent ode to the modern pale ales of New England (not that I’ve had any – they’ve all been IPAs or DIPAs), with its easy drinkability, and moderated bitterness.  Good, good stuff, and as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Brady White



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