Theoretically Brewing Ionic Irish Style Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on September 29, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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?