Wood Buffalo Babe Blueberry Vanilla Ale

Reviewed by on April 6, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wood Buffalo Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fort McMurray, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 6, 2018

  • Best Before: canned March 15, 2018

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I’m sure that this is similar to the blueberry vanilla ale from Jasper Brewing, but hey, different brewer, different brew, eh?  Especially as it was actually produced at Big Rock in Calgary – presumably for the packaging convenience.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium salmon-tinged copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some imminent iceberg collision lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, sort of tart black berries (which could be blueberries, I suppose), some earthy yeastiness, mildly dry vanilla – like a pod extracted from that homemade flavoured vodka – and faint weedy, leafy, and herbal hop notes.  The taste is big on the grainy vanilla up front, in collusion with the bready caramel for their sweetness cartel, with a sort of understated blueberry ice cream thing, and more weak leafy, weedy, and earthy hop bitters.  The carbonation is quite capable in its mouth-expanding frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee fruity acerbity nosing around, just looking for a place to happen.  It finishes well off-dry, the vanilla, caramel, and still lesser fruitiness keepin’ ‘er tight.

Overall, not a bad flavoured ale, the twin guest ingredients doing well by themselves, with the vanilla certainly the more prominent player. Easy to drink, refreshing, and worth having a go at, in whatever Bear Hills location you happen to find yourself.

Brady White

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