Paddock Wood Maibock
Reviewed by Brady White on May 25, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
- Origin: Saskatoon, SK, CA
- Rated On: May 25, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 7.3%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Maibock
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml bottle pours a beautifully clear, medium ruby amber hue, with one thick finger of tightly foamy, and yet a wee bit bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low ebb of spindly lace around the glass in its short wake.
It smells of crackery caramel malt, nutty toffee, a bit of tobacco leaf, soft dark fruit notes, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, hard toffee, black tea leaves, reduced brown sugar, a generic oily nuttiness, and more earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, just a kind of tightly held spritziness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and displaying a nascent warm creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, sweetly malty and earthy, the leafy nature (tea and cigar) not far from the forefront.
A pleasant version of the style, the elevated booze not at all obtrusive, and the edgy, gritty offset to the heady malt is quite welcome, resulting in a very easy drinker. And just in under the gun, at that, as May soon gives way to typically summery June.