Postmark Winter Red

Reviewed by on December 11, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Postmark Brewing

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 11, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ok, the temps are dropping (but not as fast as usual for this time of year), and it’s apparently gonna be in the subzero range starting early next week, so, fine, time for our first ‘winter’ brew of the current season!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some burbling cauldron profile lace around the glass as things slowly and evenly bleed away.

It smells of bready, lightly pastry-like caramel malt, a further biscuity toffee sweetness, a weird suggestion of winter holiday spices that simply aren’t really there, indistinct citrus rind bitters, a hint of earthy yeast, and more leafy, weedy, and herbal hops. The taste is toasted caramel malt, more gritty toffee character, wet breakfast biscuits, a hard to pinpoint citrus and browned pome fruitiness, ethereal yeast, and a consistent leafy, herbal, and dead grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its genial and yet still hard-working frothiness, the body a docile middleweight, and mostly smooth, a bit of that crackling biscuity essence strangely having an effect right about here. It finishes off-dry, the toasted nature of the malt really persistent in its ‘check out my demo, man!’ bearing.

Overall, not a bad amber ale, all things considered, but I’m not really sure what makes this a ‘Winter’ red, other than the time of year in which it was released. I’m hardly complaining, though, as many to most examples of this style around here kind of suck, season notwithstanding.

Brady White

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