Dandy Not Looking For A New England

Reviewed by on March 31, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Dandy Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 31, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Dandy Brewing has concocted an ode to the original IPAs, i.e. those that came from England, and supported the Empire’s far-flung servants due to to the style’s more travel-worthy merits, at the time.  I think that it also means that this is not following the current American New England IPA trend.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden apricot colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, creamy, and melted marshmallow-esque bone-white head, which leaves some eroded limestone wall lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of bready and doughy pale and caramel malt, muddled orchard citrus fruit, a certain tongue in cheek chalkiness, and subtle leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is very citrusy up front (orange, lemon, and fresh red grapefruit), with some plain grainy and crackery pale malt, a more laid-back hard water flintiness, and some steady earthy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly understated in its low-key frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and kind of pithy and chewy in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, mostly from the lingering citrus juiciness.

Overall, a veritable combination of an Atlantic Northeast and English IPA – big cloudy citrus and wet chalk, with a more reserved East Kent Golding bitterness instead of that expected pine tea sidekick. An interesting venture from this Anglo-leaning Cowtown brewery – and a bit cheeky at that. Worth checking out for IPA fans of any stripe.

Brady White

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