Common Crown Ploughman Hopped Wheat Ale

Reviewed by on March 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Common Crown Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 9, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hopped Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another vocationally-themed offering from this Calgary brewing concern, with the name saying it all.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat silken off-white head, which leaves some splattered and chunky lace around the glass as it rather slowly seeps out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, some zingy orange and white grapefruit rind, a hint of estery yeastiness, and more leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, wet Wheat Thins, muddled domestic citrus flesh, further indistinct tropical fruit notes, a faded yeasty character, and some plain earthy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite timid in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and exotic fruitiness the lingering order of the moment.

Overall – this comes across almost like a wheat version of a NE-style pale ale, what with the hazy and mixed frooty essences.  Crisp, and easy to put back, now this is what one might call a patio (friendly) beer, but I’m not going to, well, just because, that’s why!

Brady White

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