Dandy Bright Young Things

Reviewed by on July 6, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Dandy Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 6, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Bright Young Things is another new offering from this nascent Calgary brewing concern – and is a style apparently borne of a ‘grueling’ English heatwave (so, above 25C, and no rain for 3 days, then?), with a name inspired by the 1920s London socialite scene.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a rising tower of puffy, broadly foamy, and faintly creamy off-white head, which leaves a wide array of sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a touch of toasted breakfast biscuit, mild, indistinct citrus notes, and further grassy, leafy, and floral hops. The taste is toasted wheat malt, a pale graininess, some soft apple, pear, and neutral citrus fruitiness, subtle white pepper spice, and more earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitterness. The bubbles are rather prevalent in their thoroughly laid-back frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops only rapping on the door, being the gentlemen that they are. It finishes off-dry, just, as the bitterness of the lingering hops starts to upset the elan and zeitgeist of the party that never stops.

An agreeable and easy to drink summer ale, one well-hopped with an American-bred varietal, one that somehow bestows an even heftier English pall over it all (I mean that as a compliment, I think). Were that we could all spend the summer days kicking back with more than a few of these, as the titular gadabouts may very well have done.

Brady White



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