Troubled Monk Open Road American Brown Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on February 8, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery
- Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA
- Rated On: February 8, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American Brown Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml can pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which leaves a wall of melting frozen windshield lace around the glass as things quickly progress.
It smells of gritty caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, a bit of free-range char, and soft leafy, earthy, and floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet biscuity and grainy caramel malt, more edgy nutty notes, some tropical and domestic dark fruitiness, a bit of buttery nougat, and some tame earthy, weedy, and musty hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its genial and supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, just a touch of that loitering char pushing the cause back a bit here. It finishes off-dry, that nutty caramel character retaining its slot atop the heap.
Overall, a genuinely enjoyable, fruity and nutty American brown ale – these guys are really starting to impress, and are now the de facto go-to craft brew destination in Red Deer, IMHO, should you ever find yourself spending more time there than simply gassing up and grabbing some Timmy’s for the, ahem, road.