‘Pussy Cat Blonde’ Pilsner by Ridge Brewing Co

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Maple Ridge always conjures up images of rednecks, methamphetamine and pickup trucks. Not sure why exactly. Probably has something to do with all the rednecks, methamphetamine and pickup trucks. If Maple Ridge had a face, it’d be a strung-out Larry the cable guy riding a courtesy scooter through the junk food aisle of Walmart.

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Excuse me miss. Where do you keep the sugar and lard? Right beside the pseudoephedrine? Gotcha.

Of course, this is coming from a super-gangster, Southside PoCo greaser, so if you don’t like my stereotypical summary, fire away! I lived less than 5 minutes away from one of Canada’s most infamous serial killers, so there’s plenty of material to work with. I was attacked by a fat junkie with a baseball bat years ago… gangster, buddy.

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True PoCo thuggish ruggish.

Ridge Brewing is a fairly new brewery, and I’ve gotten a few growler fills from them over the past few weeks. I don’t review growler fills (though I may in the future), but I’ll will say, they make an excellent milk stout. You should try it if you like stouts. Even though it’s totally not a milk stout (where’s the chocolate?), it is really tasty.

I don’t love these labels. A truly ugly pink color. That’s all I have to say about that.

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But you ain't got no legs Lieutenant Dan!

The pour is a crystal clear (I can’t recall a clearer beer), bright gold color with no head, tiny collar and some nice, fine, cascading lacing.

The smells are oats, baking bread, and light spicy hops. Tinge of alcohol is detected but not unpleasant.

The tastes are fresh wheat, rolled oats, and a spicy floral finish. Simple and clean taste. I’m noticing a slight metallic tinge that seems to be picking up steam, not sure if it’s the water they used or some metals leeched in to the wort… but it’s not particularly pleasant.

The mouthfeel is really light and airy. Carbonation is high and seems to add a bite to the aftertaste. It makes the spicy floral stand up a bit more and hang on the outskirts of the tongue.

3.5/5 A good Pilsner that suffers a bit from the off-flavor of metal. I like to listen to metal, not taste it. Not sure why this beer has it and their other beers don’t. I still recommend checking them out. Support your local breweries!

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My face when.

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