Siding 14 Ten-Wheeler IPA

Reviewed by on July 12, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Siding 14 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Ponoka, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 12, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Siding 14’s IPA is my first contact with the latest new Alberta craft brewery to release their product as such.  Ponoka? Trains? Hmmmm, time for some old-school Ozzy, eh?

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden copper colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of moderately dank pine resin, gritty and grainy pale malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, and further leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, dried lemon and orange peel, a wee hard water flintiness, and more acrid leafy, piney, and testy floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-buoying frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as the bitter notes seem to know to keep their arms and hands inside the windows at all times here.  It finishes trending dry, with the hops winning the ongoing tug of war.

Overall, this is indeed a nicely-rendered IPA, good and bitter, as oft-noted, and yet somehow balanced – I always want to go back for more. Which I shall, come next backyard BBQ, or what have you, six-pack requirement.  And yes, this pairs well with ‘Crazy Train’ – I tried it.

Brady White



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