Blindman River Session Ale

Reviewed by on December 31, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 31, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Blindman is part of a handful of new Alberta breweries to hang out their shingles in 2015, operating out of the town of Lacombe, just north of Red Deer in the central part of the province.  Their River Session Ale is the first offering that they have packaged beyond keg format.

This 473ml can appears a hazy, murky medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some pervasive mitochondrial speckled lace around the glass as things oh so slowly sink away.

It smells of faintly piney and citrusy hops, grainy pale malt, a subtle hard water flintiness, and further understated leafy, weedy, and floral bitters. The taste is bready, slightly doughy pale malt, an ethereal caramel sweetness, still unresolved yeasty esters, and a laid back, but hardly out of it piney, dried orange and
white grapefruit rind hoppiness. The bubbles come across as down low but capable enough in their quotidian frothy duties, the body just on the lee side of an unassailable middleweight, and generally smooth, the hops doing us all a solid here by blending right into the background ether. It finishes off-dry, the malt finding its place for just long enough to keep the stuttering hops from claiming an unjust victory.

Overall, not a bad first contact for a new Alberta brewery – easy to drink, good and hoppy, and a true session ale, for a couple of reasons: the sub-5% ABV, and its general capacity to have one not think particularly hard about it, which is not a bad thing, and it works for me.

Brady White

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