Three Ranges Sidehill Gouger

Reviewed by on January 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Three Ranges Brewing Company

  • Origin: Valemount, BC, CA

  • Rated On: January 23, 2018

  • Best Before: canned November 7, 2017

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Valemount, BC is close enough to Alberta that I’m inclined to show this brewery some local love.  There is some amusing explanatory info on the label concerning this one’s name, involving quadrupeds with differing leg lengths.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some exploding anti-aircraft fire lace around the glass as it rather slowly dissipates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus flesh, some hard water flintiness, and further leafy, piney, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, acrid orange, white grapefruit, and lemon rind, some additional tropical fruitiness, and more zingy earthy, leafy, and resinous pine hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling and twirling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a touch of hop astringency exacting a minor tithe here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt struggling to keep up with the rest of the lingering class.

Overall – well, I gotta say that this one takes me back to those heady days when I first discovered the joys of the west coast DIPA, and the big ‘C’ hops.  No surprise here, then, that they used Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook – it shows. Great stuff!

Brady White

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