Dandy Brewing Station to Station

Reviewed by on September 1, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dandy Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 1, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Brut IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

What we have here is another ‘Brut IPA’, as we move down this ever-changing path of style re-imagining.  Oh, and a collaboration with Toronto’s Blood Brothers (a brewing concern, I’m told).

This 650ml bottle pours a murky, medium banana yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random scattered lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of dank pine resin, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some underripe orange and red grapefruit citrus flesh, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, a damp minerality, and some tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, some mandarin orange and generic grapefruit esters, wet stone paths after a hard rain, and more leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of hop acridity perhaps taking things down a notch or so at this point in the game.  It finishes, well, dry, as one might have been expecting.

Overall – yup, what we got here is a true-to-form version of the emerging sub-style, nice and crisp and mouth-puckering in its bearing.  Worth checking out, and since it was made at the Calgary side of the equation, it’s a heck of a lot more affordable, to boot.

Brady White

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