Nelson Faceplant Winter Ale

Reviewed by on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Nelson Brewing Company

  • Origin: Nelson, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 5, 2012

  • Best Before: Feb 18, 2013

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

This is the Nelson Brewing Company’s winter seasonal offering, which comes in six-packs of 355ml cans. The label just screams out for a wintertime dalliance on a local or 6-hour drive ski-hill.

The beer itself pours a crystal clear, dark brassy amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy beige head, which leaves a low slouching wash of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of crisp biscuit and sweet caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is not a big departure – more nutty, caramel malt, some slightly softened biscuit notes, subtle brown shugga, a twinge of bitter chocolate, and more somewhat tangy leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a mild spritzy character here and there, but generally smooth, with the body displaying a hearty medium weight. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, crackery, caramel malt still in charge, with a mild edgy nondescript dryness tugging at the metaphoric pant cuffs.

A decent strong brown ale, with some down home flavours, spread nicely all over the hill, and the 6 points of booze easily integrated, which provides that extra warmth to keep you going until you can get yourself back to the lodge.

Brady White

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