Town & Country Blonde Ale from Dominion City Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario pours a clear golden colour and has a small white head that dissipates in a hurry, leaving a stringy collar behind. The American-style ale smells of fresh barley, with a light floral or perfume note, one of dry apricot and a honey-like sweetness that has a bit of a maple edge. I also got a faint vegetal whiff that reminded me of green peas.
The taste of Town & Country Blonde Ale is fairly sweet and carries the same apricot/stone fruit character as the smell. The grainy body is fantastic and fresh tasting, while restrained hopping lends a grassy bitterness and soft lemon pith tone to the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean, with some residual grain flavours. A medium body and mild carbonation level make this ale feel hearty, yet easygoing.
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company (Ottawa, Ontario)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (4.8%)
Look: Hazy Lemon yellow, large white head leaves a yarn thick collar and soapy film.
Smell: Earthy, grany pilsner malts, light plum-like fruit note. Light floral and honey tones.
Taste: Again, definitely grainy. Lots of citrus, more bitter than most saisons, Mix of citrus peel, peppery dryness and cereal sweetness in the finish/aftertaste.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Earthy with a light syrupy feeling.
Opinion: Tame for a BTP beer flavour-wise, but absolutely nails the core style. Refreshing, summery addition to their regular lineup. I’d like to see them play with this one a bit.
Food: Creamy, earthy and blue cheeses. Light sausage (summer, hunter salami), spinach salad, cherry tomatoes.
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.
This flavoured malt liquor from Molson Coors Canada is a bright, caramel-tinged golden colour and yields a small, loose white cap when poured that only lasts for a few seconds. Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager smells almost entirely of sweet apple juice from concentrate and bears little resemblance to anything even approaching any type of lager I've ever had.
The taste of Mad Jack Premium Apple Cider does have a subtle malt character, but it’s quickly buried under an overly sweet, drinking box-like apple flavour. Malic acid enhances the medium-bodied and lightly carbonated beverage’s moderately sour finish and the aftertaste brings forth a chemical tone that seems to dry out your tongue, despite it being coated by a syrupy film.