Village Gardener Community Involved Ale

Reviewed by on October 23, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 23, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Gardener Community Involved Ale is just as it sounds – Calgary’s Village Brewery procured hops, fruit, and honey from local community association growing plots, as well as from friends’ back yards to make this brew.  It does indeed take a village, it would seem.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some creaky land-bridge profile lace around the glass as things slowly dissipate.

It smells of musty floral and grassy hop bitters, white pepper and lemongrass spice, somewhat edgy yeast, and some grainy, crackery pale malt. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, aged lemon and white grapefruit rind, still meddling earthy yeast, clover honey, a wee vegetal astringency, ethereal pepper and coriander spice, and more heady grassy, leafy, and floral hoppiness. The bubbles are fairly low-key and unobtrusive in their gentle frothiness, the body just on the light side of a typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a pleasing airy creaminess arising just after the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the now more assertive malt backbone setting down roots, and letting the green garden hops and niggly spice prance about.

Overall – hey, what can I say, this is a pleasant and approachable paean to Village Brewery’s (broader) ‘hood, and good on ’em for appreciating and encouraging it as such. Having been to the actual brewery, however, I’m guessing that the locations of the supporting community gardens are far more than a stone’s throw away – rusty hubcaps being not yet trendy or hipster-approved.

Brady White

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