Beer Review: Ode to Wallflower by Powell Brewery

This brand new beer from Powell Brewery was just released on Monday. I first tried it last month at the Victoria Beer Week 2017 Craft Beer Liftoff event and was so impressed that I had to pick up a couple of bottles to take home.

Description:

This is a hyper local collaboration between Powell Brewery and Odd Society Spirits. We’ve taken the Ode to Citra Pale Ale and aged it in Odd Society’s Wallflower Gin barrels to produce a botanically charged, slightly oaked, and incredibly
delicious version of the Citra hopped ale.

20170330_235450Stats:

  • 650 ml bomber bottle
  • 6.2% ABV
  • 35 IBUs

Tasting notes:

This beer poured out a slightly hazy honey colour, with a finger of foamy white head that was retained quite a while and left a little clouds of puffy lacing in its wake.

The nose was rich with juniper, coriander, lemon rind, orange peel, mango, passionfruit, soft floral notes, and a touch of caramel malt.

The palate had an almost identical combination of flavours, but with the malt having a bit more presence to give a great balance with the citrus hop notes and the gin botanicals. There was also a touch of oak coming through.

The mouthfeel was medium-to-full bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. The finish was dry with a touch of lingering bitterness from the hops.

Full disclosure: I love gin! I’ve tried a few gin-infused and gin barrel-aged beers and all have left me feeling wanting, until now. This is exactly what I imagine when I think of a gin-inspired beer.

There is a beautiful balance between the gin botanicals, the citrus from the hops, the toffee/caramel sweetness from the malt, and the woodiness of the oak. It’s almost like a drinking a G&T made with oaked gin.

This is a spectacular beer for the spring and summer. Due to the barrel-aging process quantities will be limited, so be sure to snap some  up before it is gone!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Serving temp: 8-12C

Food pairing: Paté, smoked salmon, berry cheesecake

Glassware: Tulip, snifter, Spiegelau barrel-aged beer glass

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