Tool Shed California Knows How to Party
Reviewed by Brady White on August 18, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: August 18, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.2%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: California Common
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, mildly estery yeast, some faint pome fruitiness, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery cereal malt, a spicy yeastiness, muddled apples and pears, and more understated leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness. The carbonation is average in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a sense of wayward yeasty notes maybe not playing well with the local children here. It finishes trending dry, the biscuity character really showing some lingering oomph.
Overall – this is a pleasant enough rendition of the style, with the craft Alberta malt profile really coming through. Crisp, and easy to put back, which is not something that I typically utter about ‘Steam Beer’ (save yer letters, Anchor!), so maybe this one should be checked out by more of y’all.