BEER REVIEW: BLINDMAN BREWING, Lacombe, Alberta / Not in Kansas Red Ale

Style: Red Ale Format: 355ml cans

ABV: 6.7% IBU: 30 SRM: 17 OG: 1.064 FG: 1.013

On March 8th, International Women’s day, 11 women from the Blindman Brewing Taproom, wives of the brewery and some local business gathered together to create their version of the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew. A meeting was held with the head brewer Curtis Lawrence-Ross and the decision was made to brew a hoppy red ale, emphasizing the YCH Pink Boots hope blend made especially for the Pink Boots Society® And really, how could you go wrong with a blend of Palisade, Simcoe. Mosaic, Citra and Loral?

This unfiltered, slightly cloudy ale pours a lovely mahogany red with a light tan coloured head that dissipates quickly. With the first pour, there is an aromatic immediate release of toffee from the malts, followed by a hint of pine. The taste is hops, with a blend of citrus, floral and pine and makes for a perfect complement to the sweet toffee and caramel malts. It is hop forward red ale, but it is well balanced making for easy drinking, but at 6.7% it does have a bit of a punch at the end. All I need now is those ruby slippers so I get to Blindman Brewery for another this red ale.

LUNDY DALE

Brown in colour with a hazy appearance, this ale offers a smooth drinkability with layers of flavours and aromas to enjoy. The toasty malt aroma is rich, with a hint of toffee. Hop aromas contribute an earthy, piney character with subtle floral notes. On the flavour, the malt has a grainy character with caramel and a toasty impression. The hop flavour is resin-like and piney. Neither malt nor hop flavours dominate and the beer is well attenuated with a clean fermentation. The balance tips slightly toward the hop bitterness and finishes with a light, yet appealing roasted dryness. The moderately high carbonation makes this ale feel lighter than it is accentuating the drinkability. What stands out about this ale is the fine balance between the malt and hop character, making this a rounded and very tasty beer.

AMANDA NELE