Bowen Island Deckside Summer Ale

Reviewed by on May 18, 2018 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bowen Island Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 18, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Summer Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Vancouver’s Bowen Island Brewing have released this ‘Apricot Summer Ale’, which must be replacing the Freestone Summer Ale from years past.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, medium orange-ish amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of fresh apricot and peach puree, bready and doughy caramel malt, a further indistinct citrus fruitiness, and some tame musty, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, dried apricots, a damp minerality, more hard to pin down citrus notes, and some plain leafy, earthy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly staid in its complacent-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of (hop?) bitterness maybe exacting a minor toll here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and sort of fading fruity character exhibiting the most lingering oomph.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough, and certainly full-flavoured offering, with the hops doing well to rein in the big stone fruit essences.  Crisp, and easy to put back while I contemplate what to do about all those bloody dandelions in my yard – aaah, my kid (and bees, apparently) loves them, so they live yet another day.

Brady White



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