Olds College Prairie Gold IPA

Reviewed by on April 14, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 14, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Olds College Brewery is the only such institution in Alberta (or Western Canada, for that matter), open since the fall 2013 initial class intake.  They have begun canning their products, such as this one, which is an ode to the ‘golden fields of barley and grassy hills surrounding the community of Olds’.  At any rate, it’s nice to see them put out an IPA!

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy and glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of puffy, spongy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some spackled paint lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat dank piney hops, earthy orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, a hint of sour apple, gritty pale and caramel malt, and tame floral, grassy, and kind of weedy hops. The taste is rather acerbic, and bitter generic citrus rind, musty pine resin, grainy, and kind of bready caramel malt, and a further minor leafy, grassy, and slightly perfumed hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly accommodating (both structural and playful) in its tightly rendered frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and as smooth as the hovering hops will allow for at the moment. It finishes barely off-dry, the complex hops still holding sway over the lingering malt sweetness.

Overall, this is a pretty heady and enjoyable Yankee IPA from this cadre of Alberta’s up and coming student brewers – nice and bitter, but somehow balanced, in that good and often strange way. Anyways, the kids (of all ages), they be all right, man!

Brady White

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