Prairie Sunny Slope Session

Reviewed by on September 14, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Prairie Brewing Company

  • Origin: Three Hills, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 14, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

One doesn’t normally associate ‘slopes’ with the Alberta prairies, just sayin’.  It’s actually the name, once again, of the farming community where one of the owners lives.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent, if sparse, flock of seagulls pattern lace around the glass as it rather lazily recedes.

It smells of dank pine resin, bready and crackery pale malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, some hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a damp minerality, and more leafy, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average it its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee clamminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the doughy malt presiding.

Overall – this comes across as a pleasant enough version of the style, fairly crisp and generally easy to drink, with very little to suggest the typical ‘session ale’ drop-off.  Another winner from this still relatively new rural brewing concern.

Brady White

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