O.T. Brewing Ardi Coffee Beer

Reviewed by on November 5, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: O.T. Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 5, 2018

  • Best Before: canned September 4, 2018

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

A so-called ‘neutral blonde ale’, made with coffee from Calgary’s Monogram Coffee, who appear to be a craft purveyor of the stuff.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some waves crashing on a rocky shoreline profile lace around the glass as it rather slowly abates.

It smells of rich artisanal coffee beans, bready and doughy cereal malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a bit of earthy nuttiness, and very faint leafy, floral, and herbal green hops.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, cafe-au-lait, dark chocolate, oily bar-top nuts, and more well-understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite tame in its innocuous-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as the java character is not really all that bitter, which helps out a lot at this point in the game.  It finishes off-dry, the liquid Coffee Crisp essence pervading.

Overall – well, they done brought the cuppa Joe with this offering, and in a nicely balanced manner.  As noted about a bajillion times before, I can’t stand the stuff, but in a capably-crafted beer, it just kinda works for me.  Definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a big fan of both types of ‘brew’.

Brady White



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