Blindman Kettle Sour #4

Reviewed by on July 15, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 15, 2016

  • Best Before: canned June 7, 2016 (and it was Dave's fault)

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Kettle Sour

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

In the fourth iteration of their kettle-soured series, Blindman has now hopped it with the Amarillo (by morning), and Chinook (the southern Albertan late winter breather) varietals.  No experimenting this time boyos!

This 355ml can pours a hazy, very pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse and random islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of slightly sour lactic acid, a kind of well past its BBD milky character, wan lemon rind notes, subtle mixed malts, a tame earthy flintiness, and some weak leafy, citrusy, and piney West Coast hop acerbities. The taste is still rather forward on the milky and sour creamy front, alongside a gritty pale and (maybe) wheaty maltiness, some muddled citrus (ok, lemon, and underripe white grapefruit and blood orange), and more leafy, weedy, and acerbic Cascadian green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly stolid in its don’t tread on me frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, if you are of the type to blindly discount yer favourite bittering and/or souring agent, that is. It finishes trending dry, the same milky and green-ass hoppiness still tantalizing my willing tastebuds, as ever was.

Overall, it seems that Blindman’s use of either experimental or established hops doesn’t mean a whole lot, in terms of differentiation, that is.  In the end, this is another easy to drink, very well-made kettle sour, one worthy of yer summertime sipping requirements, anywhere and anyhow.

Brady White

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