Tool Shed To the Patio

Reviewed by on July 4, 2018 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 4, 2018

  • Best Before: canned June 19, 2018

  • ABV: 4.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Patio Beer!

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Tool Shed has released this cheeky nod to the real battle that the brewery had with the City of Calgary over the permits they had to get for their finally now open for business summertime patio.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and sort of shiny bone-white head, which leaves some random chunky and webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, a faint indistinct citrus fruitiness, subtle yeasty notes, and some very plain earthy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, muddled tropical fruit, a hint of that black tea powder that accumulates in the holder, and more leafy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is pretty laid-back in its clocked-out frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really making a fuss at this particular juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the malt showing some lingering backbone.

Overall – this is certainly a well-made, very easy-drinking pale ale, ISA, baby IPA, whatever, it’s good.  It may even inspire in me the motivation to go tidy up my own patio later this afternoon, um, evening, maybe tomorrow.  Nah, who am I kidding, there’s more beer to be had!

Brady White

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