Village Senator Alberta Birthday Ale

Reviewed by on August 16, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 16, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: White IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The latest release from Calgary’s Village Brewery, where the name pretty much says it all, except for mention of the dude on the label, one Senator Patrick Burns, ‘Alberta’s Greatest Citizen’, apparently.  The most cursory of research seems to bear this out.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some scattered island group lace around the glass as it slowly but surely bleeds away.

It smells of clove and mixed peppercorn spice, bready and doughy pale malt, an earthy yeastiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, and some understated leafy, weedy, and zesty floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a much lesser caramel sweetness, gently phenolic Belgian yeast, a still heady clove and rainbow peppercorn spiciness, still hard to discern generic citrus peel, and more laid-back earthy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its swirling and mousse-building frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that yeasty character has a small issue of not knowing exactly when to take 5, and smoke ’em if ya got ’em.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and muted fruitiness continuing to take it on the chin from the yeast and spice esters.

Overall, this is a perfectly fine brew, with lots of robust flavour abounding.  The trouble with hybrid styles, is that you don’t know going in which side will be favoured, or if it will be an equal meeting of worlds.  Here, they’ve obviously emphasized the ‘White (Belgian)’ over the ‘IPA’, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But now I (and you) know.

Brady White

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