Blindman Super Session

Reviewed by on July 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 9, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 3.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Blindman Brewing has recently released this low-ABV session ale, which is apparently made in the New England style.

This 568ml (‘A True Canadian Pint’) can pours a murky, dark golden apricot colour, with three flabby fingers of puffy, slightly rocky, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of juicy orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus flesh, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some hard water stoniness, a bit of indistinct tropical fruit, and some leafy, weedy, and dank piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, mixed domestic citrus peel, a damp minerality, some still hard to parse exotic fruity notes, and more leafy, herbal, and wet piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-buoying frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of hop acridity maybe taking things down a notch or so here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and frooty essences controlling the lingering state.

Overall – this is a fairly well-made version of the sub-style, with the NEPA boxes all duly checked.  As for the ‘session’ side of the equation, it is on the light side, but for such a low ABV, it doesn’t come off as thin or weak, just normal, which is praise, I suppose.  At any rate, certainly crushable, and without feeling the effect of having one’s brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped ’round a large gold brick, as the saying goes.

Brady White

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