The Dandy I’ve Been to a Marvellous Party

Reviewed by on December 31, 2018 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Dandy Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 31, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Brut IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Well isn’t this an appropriately-themed offering for New Year’s Eve 2018?  The name is inspired by a quote from Noel Coward.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy remote islet pattern lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some muddled domestic citrus rind, faint dark exotic fruity notes, a stoney flintiness, and some leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, orange and red grapefruit peel, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more earthy, herbal, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really ready to play the role of party-pooper at this particular juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the general frooty essences sort of defeating the purpose of this thing’s existence here.

Overall – I thought that the whole deal with Brut IPAs is that they were supposed to be super-attenuated, so, as already noted, why add sweet fruit into the mix? Ok, pedantry aside, this is a fairly flavourful affair, like making the beer version of a Kir Royale.  Remember auld lang syne, and I’ll catch y’all on the flipside.

Brady White

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