This American Pale Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company in Toronto, Ontario is a clear and bright golden colour, pouring with a loose white head that’s retained as a small collar and thin film. Cruiser All Day Pale Ale has a pungent and earthy smell, with sharp aromas of black pepper and lemongrass, a relatively neutral umami note, sweet mango and just a hint of ammonia—think cat pee, but in a good way.
When fresh, the taste of Cruiser All Day Pale Ale can be pretty intense. Citrus flavours include lemongrass, yuzu peel and tangerine and are all backed up by a punchy pepper note. A toasty toffee and caramel malt base is light enough to showcase the blend of Citra and Sorachi Ace hops, but not so delicate as to get lost.
Notes of mango and yellow honeydew come forward in the finish, while a mild lemon peel tone lingers in the aftertaste. Cruiser All Day Pale Ale has a light-medium body and is moderately carbonated with fine champagne-like bubbles.
Amsterdam Brewery really nailed the branding of Cruiser All Day Pale Ale. Continuing the bicycle theme that they established with Boneshaker, this beer’s matte artichoke and light grey-coloured sleeve features the image of a helmeted skeleton on a lowrider bicycle. Information about the beer and brewery is printed on the sleeve, as well as a recommendation to drink the beer fresh. You will find a coded production date stamped on each bottle’s neck.
I’m not particularly a fan of the “Session IPA” trend. I generally find them unbalanced and one-noted to the point of being harsh. Though 4.9% ABV is stepping out of true session territory, the added weight in the malt base of Cruiser All Day Pale Ale is welcome to my palate. If only they’d can this stuff!
Try Cruiser All Day Pale Ale with Buffalo wings, fried foods or mildly spicy dishes. I thought it was a perfect fit for some fresh veggies and garlic hummus. This ale is listed at over 200 LCBO stores and available at the brewery and select licensees.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.9%