Village Gardener Double IPA

Reviewed by on November 15, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 15, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

What we have here is the 2018 edition of Gardener, a brew made with ingredients sourced from the surrounding area, i.e. backyards and community gardens.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some shale cliff pattern lace around the glass as it slowly yet surely evaporates.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a hint of cat pee, and edgy leafy, weedy, and dank piney green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a strange herbaceousness, some damp minerality, and more testy leafy, musky floral, and resinous piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, but for that weird herbal character picking away at my better senses. It finishes off-dry, the malt and varied hop notes in a lingering pas-de-deux.

Overall – well, we’re getting what appears to be some Alberta hop terroir in this offering, since they all came from a part of southeast Calgary.  They create an interesting balancing effect, so much so that I’m having trouble describing it accurately.  Oh, well, how about I talk about the thoroughly integrated, near 9 points of ABV?  There, back on track!

Brady White

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