Olds College Aggie Ale

Reviewed by on May 2, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 2, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Anything dubbed ‘Aggie Ale’ possesses such an appropriate moniker for an offering from any sort of rural Alberta brewing concern, eh?

This beer appears a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and a tad chunky ecru head, which leaves some solid snow rime lace around the glass as it more or less quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and nutty caramel malt, a further bit of nougaty sweetness, some mild hard water flintiness, watery dark orchard fruit, pithy nuts, a suggestion of wet ashiness, and tame earthy, citrusy, and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy and biscuity caramel malt, weak orange, lemon, and white grapefruit rind, oily bar-top nuts, wet stones after the latest rainstorm, understated black fruity notes, and more plain leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly understated in its softly nurturing frothiness, the body a sturdy enough middleweight, and generally smooth, only a very slight clamminess evolving as things warm up. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt lingering, but essentially losing its crisp edge in the process.

Overall, a pleasantly elevated example of a typically underwhelming style in these particular environs – lots of flavour abounding here, of the sort that encourages one to immediately come back for more. And not just for the local college binge-drinking yahoos (lots of love, I used to be one)!

Brady White

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