Olds College Rale Yard Red Ale

Reviewed by on July 23, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 23, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rale Yard Red Ale (a so-so pun, IMHO) was produced by the Olds College program for the Alberta Beer Festivals that were held in Calgary and Edmonton earlier in the year (May and June, respectively), and is now one of their current seasonal offerings.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some bonsai tree-like hedge lace around the glass as it quickly secedes from the bonds of reality.

It smells of grainy and slightly metallic caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, ethereal oily nuts, and leafy, herbal, and faintly floral hop bitters.  The taste is bready and moderately biscuity caramel malt, a muted dark orchard fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast notes, and some laid-back weedy, herbal, and hay-like hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly generic in their low-key and merely supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really causing any unwanted fervour here, y’know?  It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel and lingering fruitiness keeping those metaphorical home fires duly a-burnin’!

At first (and second, really) contact, all I could think was that the cool kids at Olds College had compromised themselves on the altar of keeping the most people happy, as per my imaged contract that they have with a (or any) beer festival.  Turns out that they were just ramping up, and came through quite enjoyably in the end – i.e. a nicely rounded, and appreciably edgy red ale.

Brady White

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