Hell’s Basement Fuzz Face

Reviewed by on July 21, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hell's Basement

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 21, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A ‘Hazy Cryo Hopped Pale Ale’ made using powdered hops, which apparently is called ‘cryo’, due to a proprietary cryogenic separation process that isolates the stuff that you might or might not want in yer hop profile. Creepy cryo.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some grotto cave profile lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a bit of hard water flintiness, and more earthy, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, some damp minerality, mixed generic citrus and tropical fruity notes, a hint of earthy yeast, and more leafy, musty, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly low-key in its innocuous frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and wavering hops in a lingering pas-de-deux.

Overall – this is a more or less well-made pale ale, the hop method keeping up appearances, as such, even if the malt comes out on top in the end.  Worth checking out, especially if you’re into the latest newest shiniest thing (who has two thumbs…).

Brady White

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