Brewsters Bow Valley Brown Ale

Reviewed by on January 14, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB

  • Rated On: January 13, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: English Brown Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Here we have another offering from Brewsters Brewing Company, who have been quietly making this English-style brown ale for their Alberta brewpub locations for as long as I can remember darkening their doorsteps (2001, at least).  It it also bottled for takeaway, as part of their regular beer line up.

This 500ml bottle pours a clear dark coppery brown cola colour, with one hefty finger of puffy, creamy, and somewhat frothy beige head, which leaves some fairly solid landmass lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, some mildly milky mocha, toasted nuts, and tame earthy, floral hops. The taste is nicely in line with the nose, but heightened all the same – lightly roasted, slightly biscuity caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, soft cocoa powder notes, this morning’s watery coffee grounds, and dusty, earthy, and kind of herbal hops. The carbonation is quite soft, and generally innocuous, the body a decently involved medium weight, and well smooth and creamy. It finishes off-dry, roasted, biscuity, and pleasantly floral.

A very enjoyable and patently drinkable Old World brown ale, definitely well above par for this jurisdiction. I could see having a few more of these at a time, if only my choices for other style offerings here weren’t so extensive.

Brady White

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