Ribstone Creek Lone Bison IPA

Reviewed by on September 5, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery

  • Origin: Edgerton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 4, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lone Bison IPA comes to us from Ribstone Creek Brewery in rural Edgerton, near the Saskatchewan border, and is of the unfiltered sort, which brings to mind their Buckin’ Bronco IPA from last year. A six-pack of Alberta-made IPA?  Sign me up, please!

This 355ml can pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid layered bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of sharp citrus rind and astringent pine needles, biscuity caramel malt, bready yeast, and a further bit of floral, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a touch of crystalline toffee, varied orchard fruit – everything from apple core through to grapefruit pith – a slight hard water minerality, sticky pine resin, and more leafy, earthy, and well-perfumed hops – that 13-proof booze sneakily sliding itself in there. The carbonation is fairly low-key, exhibiting just a wan frothiness for the most part, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, a small hint of creaminess not out of the question. It finishes dry, the caramel malt seemingly spent, while the still perky hops prance and frolic as ever was.

A pretty agreeable, true to form and style alike, Yankee IPA, this one is – big and brash, spreading around its 70 IBUs liberally, and bordering on DIPA territory once again. As for it being unfiltered, that’s all fine and good, but I still would like an explanation as to its delta from their previous unfiltered IPA, which I now suspect as being a trial balloon of sorts for Alberta beer drinkers.

Brady White

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