Citizen North West Pale Ale

Reviewed by on September 28, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Citizen Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 28, 2017

  • Best Before: canned September 19, 2017

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

North West Pale ale is one of two packaged offerings from Citizen Brewing, the (at the time of this writing) newest Calgary craft operation.

This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and sort of chunky beige head, which leaves some tiered streaky and frilly lace around the glass as it very lazily subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a minor hard water flintiness, and some plain leafy, weedy, and dank pine resin hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, an ephemeral caramel sweetness, some mixed orange, white grapefruit, and generic tropical fruitiness, a sort of wet minerality, and more understated earthy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of sticky dankness maybe not rolling so cleanly at this juncture.  It finishes trending dry, the forest floor detritus and fading musty citrus hops holding court.

Overall, this is an approachable and rather robust version of the (sub-)style, with that oft-mentioned dank green essence sort of pervading the whole.  Not a bad thing, per se, but I would have preferred a bit more fresh citrus offset, and I know that’s nitpicking.  At any rate, worthy of a try, now that you’ve heard of them!

Brady White

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