O.T. Brewing Ardi Coffee Beer
Reviewed by Brady White on November 5, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !!
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’.