King of Springs Golden Ray Cream Ale

Reviewed by on July 29, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: King of Springs Brewery Ltd.

  • Origin: Didsbury, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 29, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled July 8, 2016

  • ABV: 4.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Cream Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another pre-filled ‘howler’ from the Cork & Crate liquor store in Didsbury that allows the brewer here to maintain his day job in Cowtown, apparently.  Why am I reminded of Ray Gillette from the Archer TV series?

This 946ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky ecru head, which leaves some broad-ranging broken web lace around the glass as it slowly but surely bleeds away.

It smells of grainy and bready pale malt, a softer caramel sweetness, yeasty banana fruity notes, more buttery white toast, and only the slightest touch of earthy and floral hop bitterness.  The taste is fairly sweet bready and doughy pale malt, a still middling caramel essence, faint clover honey, ethereal overripe banana and indistinct pome fruit, fading estery yeast, and more gentle leafy, floral, and grassy hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their coddling and yet barely assertive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and quite smooth, with a nice airy creaminess not waiting for permission to debut, no-sirree!  It finishes well off-dry, the loitering base malt kind of looking for something to keep it company.

Overall, this is one of the better offerings from this nascent Alberta brewery – simple, but well-made, even if what I’m beginning to suspect is a somewhat ill-conceived house yeast yet again makes an appearance, but thankfully fades quickly enough.  For the purported style, though, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this Golden Ray.

Brady White



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