Three Ranges Sacrifice Red Ale

Reviewed by on November 11, 2016 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Three Ranges Brewing Company

  • Origin: Valemount, BC, CA

  • Rated On: November 11, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Valemount, BC’s Three Ranges Brewing produces this ode to the military service people in our collective history, a very suitable offering to commemorate Remembrance/Veterans Day.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with one rather skinny finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some melting springtime ski slope lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of biscuity and grainy caramel malt, some indistinct orchard citrus fruitiness, a touch of phenolic yeast, and subtle earthy, leafy, and dead floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a wispy sense of free-range ash, some muddled bruised stone fruit, a subtle earthy nuttiness, and more understated leafy, weedy, and weirdly acrid floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite low and hard to really measure with the trusty ol’ froth-o-meter, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a minor contingent of unheralded hop bitterness traipsing through the virtual tulips here. It finishes sweet, sure, but with the malt laying off the gas just enough to allow for at least a suggestion of balance.

Overall, another agreeable enough ale from Three Ranges – they’ve got the malt side of the equation squarely figured out, now on to the hops! The bitterness isn’t totally lacking here, but needs to be re-jiggered somehow, to make this a more palatable and sessionable quaff, one that I’d want to raise another, and another, in the manner afforded us by the inherent theme of this brew.

Brady White

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