Bridge Brewing The Grinch

Reviewed by on December 2, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bridge Brewing Company

  • Origin: North Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 2, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

North Van’s Bridge Brewing provides a new Yuletide arrival for us, a ‘winter seasonal ale’, named after that redemptive fellow who tried to steal Christmas, of all things.

This 650ml bottle pours a very dark, and almost black ‘colour’, with prominent red cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky tan head, which leaves some churning sea froth lace around the glass as it genially subsides.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, mixed metallic spicy notes, bittersweet chocolate, subtle cafe-au-lait, and a minor leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed floral green hoppiness.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, chalky cocoa powder, a still flinty cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove spiciness, hints of day-old coffee, mild stale milk notes, subtle dime-store black licorice, and some leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and generally perky frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, the seasonal spice kind of making an exception for us here, it would seem.  It finishes off-dry, with the gingerbread character doing well to linger in my still reticent consciousness.

Overall, this is a generally pleasant and unassuming version of the general style, the unspecified Yuletide spices doing well to represent a more or less watery gingerbread experience.  So, yes, something worth kicking back with when you inevitably encounter the titular story in the coming month.

Brady White

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