Tree Okanagan Rail Trail Common Ale

Reviewed by on June 2, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 3, 2016

  • Best Before: September 25, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rail Trail Common Ale is part of Tree Brewing’s 2016 ‘Season Pass’ mixed pack – ah, memories of cycling the Kettle Valley Trail are evoked by this one’s marketing ethos. Not quite sure what a ‘common ale’ is supposed to be, so by the label description, I dub thee an APA.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some random mitochondrial lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, some mildly toasted nuttiness, indistinct light orchard fruit, a touch of dark gritty sugar, and gentle leafy, weedy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed pale and dark stone fruit flesh, wet breakfast biscuits, and more plain leafy, herbal, and somewhat grassy green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its generally supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee tackiness worming its way in after a certain amount of exposure. It finishes well off-dry, the dominant biscuity caramel malt not about to pack ‘er in on the account of the ever waning, and so-called ‘distinct’ hops.

Overall, more of a Canadian Amber Ale than anything else, and not a bad one at that, as obviously the malt leads the charge here, and the hops are only a mere illusion. Easy enough to drink, though, under the denoted ‘common ale’ moniker, after all.

Brady White



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