Three Ranges Swamp Donkey Brown Ale

Reviewed by on May 28, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Three Ranges Brewing Company

  • Origin: Valemount, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 28, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Brown Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Swamp Donkey Brown Ale comes to us from Three Ranges Brewing, in Valemount, British Columbia, as the summer seasonal in their mixed-pack, and über alles, is a tribute to the Great Canadian Moose!

This 355ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some sparsely strewn amoebic lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of bready and lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, some muddled earthy nuttiness, a hint of day-old coffee, and gentle leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, a touch of free-agent char, thin chocolate syrup, lightly creamed coffee, more plain bar-top nuts, and a consistently understated leafy, earthy, and sort of musty hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly low-key in its ‘wait, where did it go’ frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee clamminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt starting to shed the majority of its roasted co-stars.

Overall, not a bad brown ale, with enough going on to keep one’s attention for at least a round or two, but they surely could have hopped it up a bit more in pursuit of such. Anyways, I’ve never heard of the titular name for a moose – it must be a provincialism, even though they’re just on the other side our shared border.

Brady White

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