Hell’s Basement Heritage Select

Reviewed by on October 25, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hell's Basement

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 25, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Hell’s Basement have re-released their base Boxcar Comforts blonde ale, now made with the Alberta Select Heritage malt variety ‘Olli’, which has a rich history in our province, and I will leave it to you to investigate further.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some dissipating cloud form lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, a further robust cereal graininess, some apple and pear skin fruitiness, hints of earthy yeast, and some plain leafy, weedy, and musty floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, mixed breakfast cereal goodness, a fruit bowl of muddled citrus and pome flesh, and more understated leafy, earthy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite low-key in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess sneaking in once the fridge temperature abates, just a tad.  It finishes off-dry, the fruity malt really running the lingering table.

Overall – yeah, I’m not about to go and parse my original assessment of Boxcar Comforts (other than to say that I do recall enjoying it), in the aim of keeping the focus squarely on this one.  I’m getting rather accustomed to this new (old?) style, brand, ilk, whatever of Alberta malt, and I gotta say, I’m loving it.

Brady White



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