Outcast Chateau d’Outcast

Reviewed by on August 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Outcast Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 23, 2018

  • Best Before: canned August 2, 2018

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Brut IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Chateau d’Outcast is a ‘Brut IPA’.  I like the label imagery of a stylized (I think) Patrick sabering a Champagne bottle, and hop cones spewing out.

This 473ml can pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed and splattered lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, some hard water flintiness, and fairly tame earthy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, white grape juice, faded generic citrus peel, more damp minerality, and some still understated leafy, musty, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its innocuous-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad at this particular juncture.  It finishes well, dry, the malt bottoming out, and the citrusy hops filling the lingering void.

Overall – while I am still somewhat unschooled in this latest IPA trend, I can at least say that this offering is indeed dry, and definitely deserving of the ‘Champagne of Beers’ moniker – sorry, Miller High Life!  Worth checking out, especially for those on the cutting edge, as it were.

Brady White

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