This American brown ale from Cassel Brewery in Casselman, Ontario pours a deep reddish amber colour with a small and loose white head that leaves very little lace on your glass and is retained as a soapy-looking collar. Golden Rail has a sweet and toasty caramel malt smell, with a soft honey tone, light fruit esters, a faint vegetal whiff and a mildly boozy phenolic aroma.
The taste of Golden Rail is quite grainy and earthy. Caramel, toffee and honey flavours are all present, but the ale never comes off as too sweet. The finish is dry, suitably bitter and carries a cherry note while the aftertaste has a lingering, yeasty bread flavour and a touch of mineral character. A mild slickness can be felt on your tongue between sips of this full-bodied and mildly carbonated ale.
The parchment coloured label on Golden Rail bottles prominently features Cassel’s red locomotive logo below a simple black wordmark and the brewery’s “Hop On” slogan. The back label has a brief description of the ale, a basic ingredients list and a stamped packaging date.
Golden Rail doesn’t push any boundaries, but the brewery delivers a well-crafted take on a classic style that is perennially popular among craft enthusiasts and casual beer drinkers alike. This ale is a great compliment to a sandwich on a fresh bun and does well with traditional English pub fare like pot pies or beef wellington.
You can find Golden Rail listed at select LCBO stores and the Cassel Brewery retail store is open weekly from Wednesday to Sunday. You can also have the brewery’s products delivered to your door by Brew Donkey if you live in Ottawa.
Type: American Brown Ale
Region: Ontario, Casselman
Brewery: Cassel Brewery
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%