Olds College Little Sure Shot

Reviewed by on May 16, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Little Sure Shot is the first bomber that we have seen come out of the commercial arm of this teaching brewery, and appears to be a collaboration with the college’s Office of Sustainability (which sounds just a tad Orwellian, doesn’t it?).

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.

Brady White



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