Half Hitch Farmer’s Daughter

Reviewed by on May 4, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Half Hitch Brewing Company

  • Origin: Cochrane, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 4, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Half Hitch has expanded distribution to the rest of Alberta – I can’t believe that it’s been three years since I met these folks, and now I finally get to try their brew!

This 355ml can pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, some acerbic orange and white grapefruit rind, tannic black tea, and further leafy, piney, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, muddled domestic citrus peel, dried and crusty honey, Lipton tea bags, and more understated earthy, piney, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly sedate in its perfunctory frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess sneaking in as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes trending off-dry, the big malt hardly losing a step, while the hops fade into the distance.

Overall, this is a very well-made version of the style, full and robust seeming, with just enough hop offset to keep things sane (and sober, even, given the sub-standard ABV).  Easy to drink, enjoyable, and if I have to nitpick (and I do), just a bit more hop bitterness might put this one up against the current Albertan pale ale greats.

Brady White

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