Town Square 1st Anniversary IPA

Reviewed by on October 24, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Town Square Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 24, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Town Square’s ode to one year in business is apparently only available at the brewpub location; pray that be true!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent splotchy snow rime pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of dank pine resin, gritty and grainy cereal malt, blood orange and red grapefruit rind, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, mixed domestic citrus peel, a still hard to parse exotic fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more weedy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time at this particular juncture.  It finishes trending dry, the malt bleeding out as the muddled hops keep on keepin’ on.

Overall – this comes across as a pleasant enough version of some IPA sub-style, perhaps a blend of West Coast and NE-IPA, if I were to take a lazy-ass stab at it.  Anyways, full of flavour, and worth it, if you can get on over to their deep south-side location!  Oh, and congratulations, people!

Brady White



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