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Maiden - Village Brewery

Not Rated.

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very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Village Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: schnarr84 on 04-23-2014

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Calgary Beer Fest 2014, Village's current shiny new toy. ANOTHER session IPA from a Western Canadian craft brewer, predictably from one of the masters of well-constructed but extremely safe craft brews. Seriously, if you know Village, you knew they were going to do this style. All that aside, how is it? A light golden yellow brew, a little cloudy, with tons of effervescent white foam and a to-be-expected floral and herbal aroma, with a kiss of lemon-lime citrus and just a touch of nutty malt. Indeed, this one is a bit more malt-forward that other recent takes on the style (Red Racer, Phillips Bottle Rocket) and although the lemon-lime citrus is there for the tasting, as was the case on the nose the herbal notes predominate, some floral tobacco, white pepper, and pine flavors all combining to yield an effect that reminds me of matcha green tea. Flavor lingers for a while even as the clean bitterness cleanses the palate, smooth despite the fizz and even manages to grade into earthy for a moment. Do I think Village seriously needs to stop playing it so safe? Yes. Would I crush a growler of this on a hot summer afternoon? Affirmative. I guess these guys must be doing something right.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.89L growler from the Co-op Liquor Store in Okotoks last weekend, after visiting family.

This beer pours a rather cloudy golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silky, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves some decent sudsy paint splatter lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of floral, almost perfumed and soapy notes right off the bat, followed by some middling fleshy citrus (maybe orange and pineapple?), wet forest floor, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, and a mild savoury spiciness. The taste is grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, subtle hard toffee, more orange, lemon, and pine needle acridity, a soft green herbal mustiness, a suggestion of wet ash, the warmth, if not the flavour of mixed peppercorns, and further earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The bubbles are fairly light and innocuous, barely emitting a tic here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops taking a short swing at interference here, but to no real effect. It finishes off-dry, the pleasantly biscuity, bready malt doing well to keep me interested, as the heretofore impressive hops start their long, winding circle around the drain.

A rather enjoyable, complex, and ultimately drinkable session IPA, or ISA, now, I suppose. The antipodean hops draw you in with their exotic floral allure, the solid West Coast bittering hops make you comfortable, and the malt does a grand job of keeping everything honest. Glad I got to grab a healthy (wait, what?) serving of the current Village seasonal for once, and I shall be enjoying the rest of it on my (supposedly) sunny deck for tomorrow's TGIF merry-making.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Schank's (nice that they all of Village's tap handles - a good addition to Coors Light and Canadian)
Arrived slightly cloudy, orangish color with a firm white head.
First smell is the citrusy hops, also some tropical fruit.
Good amount of bitterness in the taste, well balanced with some bready malt and caramel. Nice bitterness to finish.
Medium body and carbonation level, decent mouthfeel'
A very nice, sessional IPA. Not too sharp or overly bitter.
I think I will have another.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of leaddog
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber nectar with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, tropical fruit (passion fruit and guava), bready malts.

Taste - Moderately bitter citrus hops along with tangy tropical fruit, bready malts and a hint of caramel. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Village delivers a nice India Session Ale with a great citrus hop profile and tropical fruit flavour. This seasonal brew steps up their game even more. I appreciate the "#Growlers for Good" cause that gives back to the arts community.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Maiden from Village Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.