Siding 14 Chasing The Red

Reviewed by on August 12, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Siding 14 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Ponoka, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 12, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Chasing the Red is the latest release from this Central Alberta newcomer, with no indication as to the style, other than the name.  I’m curious to find out.

This 355ml (I’m guessing, as it doesn’t say on the otherwise busy label) can pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball dive splash lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, some generic oily nuttiness, muddled black stonefruit, and some plain earthy, leafy, and musty floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, dried toffee, ethereal bar-top nuts, some red apple and bruised pear fruitiness, and more understated weedy, leafy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its tongue-baiting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, but not by as much as one might have been expecting.

Overall, this is a rather enjoyable rendition of an Irish Red Ale, as I’ve now come to learn – nice and malty, yes, but with a certain crispness that helps avoid palate fatigue.  Tasty, and easy to put back, so much so that I’m starting to wonder about alternate meanings of this one’s name (the brewery explains it simply as a train signal thing, of course).

Brady White



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