King Of Springs Fusion Honey Ale

Reviewed by on July 28, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: King of Springs Brewery Ltd.

  • Origin: Didsbury, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 28, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled July 8, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Flavoured Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

A pre-packaged howler from the liquor store in Didsbury that acts as this part-time brewery’s off-sales agent.  I gotta ask beforehand – what’s the deal with the ‘fusion’ here?  Do they just mean adding something (as in providing an adjunct) such as honey to a base ale?

This 946ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and certainly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of after the fact cannonball splash lace in places around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of grainy and doughy caramel malt, musty honey, slightly phenolic yeast, and very plain leafy, weedy, and weirdly perfumed floral hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lessening caramel sweetness, still earthy and maybe a tad estery yeast, wan floral honey notes, and more well understated leafy, herbal, and weedy green hoppiness.  The bubbles are solid in both their structurally sound and sometimes jovial frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithiness kind of worming its way into the evolving consciousness of my various palates.  It finishes off-dry, but not as much as one might have been expecting.

Overall, this isn’t a bad brew, it’s just that the ‘fusioned’ honey gets short shrift, after apparently having been fermented into general oblivion.  Otherwise, what we have here is a very simple Canadian pale ale, one that could maybe take fewer hints from the Rickard’s brand, and more from Troubled Monks’ methodology.

Brady White

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