Okanagan Spring Mild Winter Ale

Reviewed by on January 30, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Okanagan Spring Brewery

  • Origin: Vernon, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 17, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: English Brown Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

A microbrewery that was bought out by the Sleeman/Sapporo in 1996, and continues to produce German-styled favourites in the northern stem of the wine-soaked Okanagan Valley.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some decent tree branch lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some mild nuttiness, and dusty, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, lightly toasty caramel malt, ethereal oily bar nuts, a faint drupe fruitiness, a bit of dry black licorice, and earthy, weedy hops.  The bubbles are quite tame, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt’s heft lessening a fair bit, getting more bready, and the hops holding steady in their relaxed state.

Mild?!!! There is indeed something mild about this, with apologies to Abe Simpson. Well flavoured, and more or less simple in its application – multi-toned malt, just enough hops, and a lower than Canadian Standard ABV. Worthy for an unthinking session, maybe, but far from an ‘instant favourite’, as proclaimed on the label’s marketing-speak, even though I do appreciate the Canadian spelling in that last bit.

Brady White

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