This flavoured light ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy, mango juice-like orange colour with a frothy white head that falls to a collared film while leaving a fair amount of lace behind. Green Tea Ale has a very mild, yet earthy aroma. It smells like wet grains primarily with a honey-like sweetness and a light citrus tone. The smell of brewed green tea really comes through after warming a bit.
Green Tea Ale tastes like toasted malt, green tea and rice; again with a honey-like sweetness. It's quite crisp and refreshing, not at all too sweet and the ale develops subtle berry and floral notes as it warms. The mouthfeel thin-bodied with just enough carbonation to give it some life on the tongue and the finish is quite dry.
The packaging of Green Tea Ale uses a Kung Fu movie style font and Chinese symbolism printed in white and light green, accented by green foil topper. A brief description of the beer and brewery are printed on the back of the bottle and organic green tea, as well as citrus zest and black tea are listed as ingredients.
Green Tea Ale took a couple of years to grow on me, but has since become a staple in my summer beer rotation. It pairs best with Chinese and Thai dishes and would be a great choice for an all-day barbecue or camping trip, though it may be a bit pricey for that sort of purpose.
You can find Green Tea Ale throughout the summer months at many LCBO locations and you can visit Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke seven days a week.
Type: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Region: Ontario, Etobicoke
Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Format Purchased: 650 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.2%