Tool Shed California Knows How to Party

Reviewed by on August 18, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

California Knows How to Party is a collaboration with fellow Calgarians Trolley No. 5.  Cool name, I gotta say!

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.

Brady White

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