Niagara’s Best Blonde from the Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery in Niagara Falls, Ontario pours a clear, if not slightly translucent golden colour, with little in the way of head beyond the initial pour and some moderate lacing. This ale has an aroma that is quite sweet, with hints of corn or corn syrup and toasted rice. It also smells a bit “boozy”, but not in a gross way and has the faintest of citrus notes.
The mouthfeel of Niagara’s Best Blonde is on the creamy side of thin. It doesn’t feel very carbonated but carries some weight to it. The taste, like the aroma, is very sweet with a toasted malt body and corn syrup-like sweetness. The beer has a pronounced dryness to the finish, giving it some balance and making it relatively refreshing and easy to drink.
Niagara’s Best Blonde has a nice, full colour label that features the image of a 1940s type pinup girl and baseball-inspired font. There is no information about the beer or brewery on the label, but a website address is provided.
This beer is a quality brew for fans of cream ales, but may be a bit pungent and sweet for sessions or regular consumption. Niagara’s Best Blonde pairs well with Indian and Thai foods and can be found at many LCBO locations. The Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery also welcomes guests seven days a week from noon to 11:00 PM.
Type: English pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Niagara Falls
Brewery: Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%