Red Bison Bent Path IPA

Reviewed by on June 26, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Red Bison Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 26, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Red Bison is yet another new operation hailing from Calgary – the label here sports a nice little (increasingly common) story about switching careers to become a craft beer brewer.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a few bands of awkwardly chunky and frilly lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, plain Ritz crackers, some muddled domestic citrus rind, an ethereal yeastiness, and some earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of hard water flintiness, still hard to parse generic citrus peel, fading estery yeast, and more leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of clamminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and plain citrus essences predominating.

Overall – this definitely comes across as more of an old-school, West Coast IPA (kind of a mix between the American, and the British influence from Vancouver Island).  Anyways, simple, easy to drink, and no sign at all of the elevated ABV.  Good stuff!

Brady White

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