Village Father ESB

Reviewed by on June 7, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 7, 2017

  • Best Before: June 19, 2017 (the day after Father's Day)

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Village Father Extra Special Bitter is this year’s ode to Father’s Day, and further dedicated to something called the ‘Airdrie Dads’.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a spatter of sudsy islet lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of indistinct pome and citrus fruitiness, mild yeasty notes, and some very plain leafy, weedy, and musty floral noble hoppiness.  The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser bready caramel sweetness, some mildly edgy and peppery yeastiness, underripe red apples, and more tame earthy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hops.  The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, just a wee yeasty incursion maybe marring the fresh paint job a tad here.  It finishes trending dry, the crackery malt and muddled old-school hops joined at the lingering hip.

Overall, this is an agreeable and approachable version of the style, with a reserved take on the hoppy side of things, which I suppose is more proper than overdoing it in aping an IPA.  At any rate, straightforward, and easy to put back, all the while sending thanks to the good Dads of the world (pats self on back).

Brady White

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