Olds College Zesty Blonde

Reviewed by on August 24, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 24, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Olds College Teaching Brewery has made this offering with a slew of citrus fruits, and it is another collaboration with the SAAZ Club on campus.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three flabby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some random cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, wet stones after a hard rain, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, orange, lemon, and red grapefruit peel, some damp minerality, and more understated leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as all that citrus does well to not interfere with my experience at this particular juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and frooty esters performing a dandy lingering two-step.

Overall – this comes across as a rather well implemented version of the style, with the varied citrus zest coalescing into a pleasant fruit salad blend.  Crisp, and easy enough to put back on yet another oppressively smokey day here in the ol’ Chuk.

Brady White



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