Blindman Red + White India Red Ale Batch 150*

Reviewed by on June 30, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 30, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Red Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Red + White India Red Ale is another ode to Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a nation. The asterisk is due to the fact that this is actually Blindman’s 145th batch, for which they apologize on the info-heavy label in a very Canadian manner.

This 568ml tall-boy can (a real Imperial pint!) pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some splendid holey cheese pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily subsides, eh?

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, muddled domestic citrus rind, a bit of free-range roastiness, ethereal earthy spice, and some plain, hard-workin’ leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, still mixed and hard to delineate citrusy notes, a touch of damp char, and more understated leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-saluting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee suggestion of hop intransigence lurking about a little to gaudily here.  It finishes off-dry, but with a biscuity and hoppy edginess closing in.

Overall, this is a well-rendered hopped-up red ale, a suitable choice for celebrating one of the big ones for our country – the bitterness is restrained, and the (we’ll just say complex) malt schedule really shines, especially given that it was drawn from across the land.  A fine and tasty tipple for your sunny, and subsequent thunderstorm-enduring, July the Firsts!

Brady White

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