Central City Gary’s Gourd Squash Ale

Reviewed by on December 22, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 22, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled August 18, 2015

  • ABV: 9.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Squash Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Apparently this is the result of the head brewer at Central City ‘experimenting’, which turned out both Imperial, and barrel-aged. Still seems like more of an autumn offering to me, but then I do suppose these kinds of vegetables are part of Christmas too, as a recent big day grocery shopping trip revealed to me.

This 330ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves some unknown continental drift lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove spice, vanilla pods, and a faint woody booziness. The taste is grainy, doughy caramel malt, crackery toffee, muddled gingerbread spice, dry vanilla, ethereal, um, vegetal gourd notes, still subtle and generic barrel wood, and some hovering, but not quite alighting, alcohol astringency. The carbonation is fairly weak in its hard to come by frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a small creaminess evolving with the ambient temperature. It finishes bordering on sweet, the malt and late-arriving steamed squash dealing with the remains of the seasonal spice day.

Not a bad brew, especially coming from the boss (not that I’m implying that he’s out of touch, or anything of the sort), although the purported squash and barrel essences are understated at best – I’m hardly complaining, as I’m set for this year in that respect. Overall, pleasantly drinkable, very warming, and more than adequately spiced. So, holiday-friendly? You bet yer ass, it is.

Brady White

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