Common Crown Ploughman Hopped Wheat Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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!