Siding 14 Railgrinder Pale Ale

Reviewed by on September 12, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Siding 14 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Ponoka, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 12, 2017

  • Best Before: canned August 1, 2017

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another new offering from this nascent central Alberta brewery – again, they have all these fields on their label, but don’t put in any data.

This 355ml (I think) can pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some streaky islet group pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, some chalky flintiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, and very tame earthy, leafy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is orange and white grapefruit pith, grainy and crackery pale malt, plain Pez candies, and more leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its mostly capable frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, maybe a touch of citrus acridity taking things down a notch or so here.  It finishes trending dry, the malt all crackery, and the citric edginess just barreling right along.

Overall – this comes across kind of like those hoppy ISAs that were recently all the rage, i.e. big hop bitterness, but not quite enough balance from the malt side, which one might be expecting in a pale ale of any stripe.  Still, it’s easy enough to drink, and more or less refreshing, on a warm September summer day.

Brady White

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