Folding Mountain Elevation Imperial Red

Reviewed by on August 2, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Folding Mountain Brewing

  • Origin: Hinton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 2, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Imperial Red Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

1L howler from this relatively brand-new brewpub, situated just on the eastern outskirts of Jasper National Park. Also, their biggest and baddest offering, apparently.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and fairly bubbly tan head, which leaves some splendid tiered frilly lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some roasted nuttiness, indistinct dark orchard fruity notes, and very tame leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, cold toffee candies, oily bar-top nuts, some free-range char, mixed pome and citrus fruit esters, and more understated weedy, herbal, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, with perhaps a wee ashy astringency acting like the proverbial pea at this juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the toasted character acting in tandem with the lingering hops to keep things squarely between the ditches.

Overall, this comes across as a very well-rendered big-boy red ale – not too sweet, and dangerously drinkable (the brewer’s words, not mine, though I do tend to agree), due to the ably-integrated 17-proof alcohol measure.  If the sights on this establishment’s doorstep don’t elevate you, this stuff just might do it for you.

Brady White

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