Troubled Monk Pesky Pig

Reviewed by on February 19, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 19, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Pesky Pig is Troubled Monk’s ode to one Francis the pig, who apparently escaped his typical fate at the slaughterhouse back in ’90, and gave the good folks of Red Deer something to talk about, I would imagine.  Oh, and the beer – it’s an American-style pale ale, so bring on the hops, Frank!

This 355ml can pours a clear, shiny pale golden amber colour, with two slim fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly caked off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy spawning salmon (really!) lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, strong orange and grapefruit pith bitters, an equally notable chalky flintiness, and further leafy, herbal, and piney hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, weirdly attractive gritty stone paths after a recent torrential summer rain, more white grapefruit and underripe orange rind, and those same well-blended green bitter hop notes (still leafy, herbal, and piney, all) from el snozzo. The bubbles are gentle and kind of pandering (in a good way) in their workaday frothiness, the body a mostly steady middleweight, and smooth enough, ’cause that’s not really what we’re here for, amirite? It finishes off-dry, the beleaguered malt not yet giving up the game, even in the face of a hardly softened hop onslaught.

Jebus H. Schweinsteiger, where on earth did this one come from?!! (That’s a rhetorical question, people!) I’m getting some of the same bad touch willies that I sense when I encounter one of those trader-friendly Vermont IPAs. Yeah, this is the real Yankee pale ale deal – somebody down the QE2 there knows exactly what they’re doing, and I would suggest that they keep it up!

Brady White

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