Tool Shed Unite Red

Reviewed by on May 20, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 20, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Unite Red is an offering created as part of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Using a red ale recipe from the Pink Boots Society (feel free to look that up yourself), female brewers around the world simultaneously make the same beer, with the proceeds going to charity.

This 355ml can pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and verily creamy ecru head, which leaves some sparse and scattered, sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it eventually settles.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, sharp black orchard fruit, musty nuts, and earthy, leafy, and rather floral hops. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, a hint of further toffee pudding sweetness, bland generic dark fruit esters, wet bar-top nuts, and more plain earthy, weedy, and fading floral hops. The carbonation is a bit prickly at first, but once you get to know it, everything’s peachy frothy keen, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, only the oiliness of the nutty essence seeming to gently poke and prod my palate. It finishes off-dry, the gritty, grainy caramel sweetness doing well to linger, alongside some equally persistent bitter florals.

An agreeable enough red ale, the floral hoppiness maybe not my particular cup of tea, but it is well-made, and mostly balanced. Not sure how much help Tool Shed supplied the guest brewers here, but the beer does seem to have a certain house character, if one has even developed there yet.  At the very least, sales from this are slated for a women’s brewing scholarship at Olds College Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management program.

Brady White



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