Olds College Little Sure Shot
Reviewed by Brady White on May 16, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Olds College Brewery
- Origin: Olds, AB, CA
- Rated On: May 16, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Saison
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some random island chain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of grainy and doughy pale and wheat malt, a hint of spicy rye, suggestions of chewed bubblegum, slightly phenolic and funky yeast, subtle earthy spice, and generic grassy, citrusy, and leafy hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, mixed and matched Prairie malt (barley, wheat, and rye – grainy, all), some steady, and gently spicy yeastiness, muddled citrus and pome fruity esters, and more plain leafy, weedy, and dried hay-like hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly tame and innocuous for the style, what with its well understated frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, only the yeast making a minor chip in the surface here. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering cereal malt watching the other essences ride on off into that Western sunset.
Overall, a generally agreeable and easy to drink version of a Saison, nothing particularly complicated (and by side-step extension, complex) going on here, but of course that’s a-OK. I don’t really know what this offering has to do with any sustainability program’s aims, other than using all local ingredients (at least the malt), but that’s hardly a new thing for this brewery, I presume.