Witness this review of a new beer from Saskatchewan’s Great Western Brewing, published recently in the Calgary Herald. It’s of a beer I have yet to taste, so I’m in no position to comment on whether or not they got that part of it right. But just about the entirety of the remainder is, well, almost laughably off-base.
“These days, a brew doesn’t impress the beer snobs unless it’s aged in 300-year-old bourbon barrels…”
I know what you’re getting at, Jas and Gwen – can I call you Jas and Gwen? – but a bourbon barrel that is 300 years old? You do know those things are only allowed to be used once, right? And that bourbon didn’t appear in the U.S. until a little over two centuries ago?
“…or is bitter enough to shred your palate.”
Okay, point taken.
“On that basis, Original 16 Canadian Pale Ale likely won’t impress the elitists…”
Elitists? Really? As Alan notes, the idea of beer snobs/enthusiasts/aficionados/geeks forming any sort of “elite” is as laughable as, umm, a 300 year old bourbon barrel.
“It’s an easy-drinking beer…”
You know what is “easy-drinking”? Water! You know what’s not? Shards of glass. This tells me nothing.
“…with mild hop bitterness and a crisp finish.”
At least here we have a descriptive that actually describes something. “Crisp,” however, is an adjective I associate more with pilsners than pale ales, which does not bode well for this beer.
“It’s not unlike Molson Export -which isn’t a backhanded compliment:…”
Oh dear. Comparing a new beer to one which has been in steady decline for decades, so unbeloved in the west that brewers in British Columbia actually invented Rickard’s Red – originally just Export with caramel added – so they would have a reason to keep a viable yeast in the province, is not a backhanded compliment? I’m not so sure about that.
“…Molson Ex won a gold medal in the North American Blonde/Golden Ale category at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards.”
Hmm, citing national brewing awards and lauding gold medals, from a competition that took place in Toronto, of all places. Smacks of elitism to me!