Blindman New England-Style Pale Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on April 28, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !!
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.