Bowen Island Freestone Summer Ale

Reviewed by on May 13, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 13, 2016

  • Best Before: canned March 22, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Freestone Summer ale has been released in its own sixers, as well as part of the current Bowen Island mixed pack, as one might be expecting.  Made with peaches?  They don’t really say.

This 355ml can pours a murky, medium orange-amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of combining DNA strand lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of pungent apricot and peach fleshy fruit, a subtle gritty and grainy wheatiness, and maybe a touch of indistinct earthy spice. The taste is more rather sweet peach, apricot, nectarine, and plum stone fruitiness, a twinge of musty yeast, some plain and grainy wheat malt, and a still hard to pin down sense of overburdened spice. The carbonation is adequate in its mostly supportive and only rarely playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, in the manner of juice made from the aforementioned fruit. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the lingering stone orchard fruitiness seeing this one out, as if there was ever any doubt about it!

Overall, a refreshing and enjoyable enough fruity ale (purportedly, it’s made in the style of a ‘Belgian wheat’, but you’d be hard pressed to tell). It’s almost like peach or apricot radler, as the fruit flavour dominates almost every aspect, which is OK for the one, as I happen to like it. However, putting back a half-dozen of these, even in the summer sunshine, would be a challenging, and potentially tongue-scraping experience.

Brady White



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