Theoretically Brewing Ionic Irish Style Ale

Reviewed by on September 29, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Theoretically Brewing Company

  • Origin: Lethbridge, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 29, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Style Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Theoretically Brewing is one of two recent craft brewing upstarts in L.A. (Lethbridge, Alberta) – I am of the opinion that there should be more well-made Irish ales out there, so good on this fledgling operation for taking up the cause, more or less locally!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of approaching landfall lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of toasted caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, muddled and bruised pome fruit, ephemeral cafe-au-lait notes, and very gentle leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some free-agent ashiness, a sort of watery dark orchard fruity character, slightly tannic black tea, an ethereal coffee/cocoa essence, and more laid-back weedy, grassy, and floral green hoppiness.  The bubbles are adequate in their basically palate supporting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of char flitting about, causing a wee fuss, is all, girl dear.  It finishes trending dry, the bottom kind of falling out of the malt, while the various fruity and hoppy players loiter aimlessly, looking for a place to happen.

Overall, Ionic is a decent attempt at the style, with lots of bang-on typical flavours kicking around.  Maybe shore up the sagging mouthfeel, and we’d have a winner on our hands here, or as winning as we poor Irish can expect to be, yeah?

Brady White

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