Parallel 49 Cowboy Crusher Stampede Session Ale

Reviewed by on June 9, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 9, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Cowboy Crusher is a collaboration with Calgary’s new Trolley No. 5 Brewery (clang clang clang went the…oh forget it), and obviously an (un?)official brew of next month’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, yeah?

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat-cat fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and sort of chunky ecru head, which leaves some layered gear chain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of underripe orange, lemon, and white grapefruit rind, grainy and faintly biscuity pale malt, a twinge of dry yeast, and some plain leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a further bit of breakfast cereal graininess, muddled domestic citrus flesh, a suggestion of aerosol pepper spice, and more gentle leafy, earthy, and somewhat floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its supportive and sometimes playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee hoppy edginess perhaps tripping things up a bit here. It finishes off-dry, the varied malt goodness not seeing much in the way of a lingering hop charge.

Overall, a pleasant enough so-called session ale, with the hop bitterness kept at multiple round levels, fer sure, pardner. And not that I’m complaining about the standard ABV, but shouldn’t it be south of 5%, to ensure that all those sun-drenched patios and all that scorching asphalt don’t creep up too quickly on the serious Stampede imbiber?

Brady White

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