100 Mile Ale from Ontario Beer Company in Toronto is a clear, deep amber tone and pours with a large, spongy white head that doesn’t leave any lace behind as it settles into a small cap. The smell of this American amber ale has lots of big, fruity esters that bring grape and berry juices to mind on top of a hearty caramel malt base. Pepper and resinous pine aromas provide accents.
The taste of 100 Mile Ale strikes a great balance, though some may find its hop characteristics to be somewhat muted. The sweetness of warm, toasty malts and plum or raisin-like fruit flavours are met with a solid bitterness, a mild lemon peel note and a slight saltiness that’s most noticeable in the aftertaste. There is a certain slickness to this mildly carbonated and medium-bodied ale that contributes to a mellow experience.
The can that houses 100 Mile Ale has a bold wordmark in front of thick green and white stripes with accents of yellow. On the back of the can you will find the logos of the two breweries and three hop farms that came together for this project. Freshness dating is stamped on the shoulder.
100 Mile Ale is a well founded collaboration built around the admirable concept of using only locally sourced ingredients to create a product that would be right at home in your neighborhood pub. This ale does well with light coloured breads, earthy cheeses, stews and fresh vegetables. You can find 100 Mile Ale at select LCBO stores, particularly in southern Ontario.
Type: American Amber / Red Ale
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Ontario Beer Company
Format Purchased: 473 ml
Alcohol Content: 5.4%