Town Square Brain Freeze Milkshake IPA

Reviewed by on November 23, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Town Square Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 23, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Milkshake IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Towns Square is a relatively new brewpub, located in the deep, deep south part of Edmonton.  They have joined the haze craze with this offering – apparently this one was also nitrogenated.

This 1L howler pours a hazy, yet bright medium apricot amber colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent thickly webbed lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, sugary orange and red grapefruit, some hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, orange juice, a plain creamy milkiness, further indistinct citrus flesh, damp stones after a hard rain, a faint earthy yeastiness, and more edgy leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame (it being nitro and all) in its understated frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and quite smooth, with a pleasant as peach creaminess pretty much there from the get-go.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and milky citrus elements workin’ it like they’re being paid overtime.

Overall – my brain isn’t exactly frozen just yet, but I’m sure it soon will be – the 16-proof wowee sauce component having yet to show its hand.  The Creamsicle angle here is justified, though not overbearing, in that the base IPA goodness gets its day in the sun as well.  Totally worthy of checking out, no matter what your capital region location, IMHO.

Brady White

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