This American pale ale from Moosehead Breweries Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick is clear and light amber in colour, pouring with a small but frothy light tan head that leaves weblike lacing as it settles into a thin cap. Boundary Ale has a very fruity smell, with dark notes of plum and raisin countered by bright grape, lemon and apple juice aromas. Sweet fresh grains and light malts carry hints of chocolate and minerals.
The taste of Boundary Ale is thick with flavours of biscuit, raisin, cocoa and honey balanced by a moderate bitterness that is most prevalent in the aftertaste and carries notes of lemon rind and fresh grasses. This ale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and has a fair amount of carbonation that pops on the front of the tongue. A smooth oiliness leads to a grainy and somewhat chocolatey finish.
Eternally Hoptimistic from Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville, Ontario is a hazy, rusty orange colour and pours with a small, off-white head that hangs around as a thin film and stringy collar, leaving very small spots of lace on your glass. This American pale ale has a variety of fruit ester aromas that include citrus, strawberry and green grape on top of a butterscotch flavoured malt base. Phenolic accents of bubblegum and rubber tree are present as well.
The taste of Eternally Hoptimistic is quite woody, grainy and for lack of a better word, green with a subtle hint of cocoa. A moderate to strong bitterness comes through midway bring a mild lemon or grapefruit note with it. Grain flavour returns the finish along with an earthy, musty note that evokes coffee mushrooms. This ale has a fully body, little carbonation and is rich with toasted grain character on the tongue and palate. The aftertaste is starkly dry and carries a lemon pith tone.
Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale from Collective Arts Brewing Limited in Burlington, Ontario pours a hazy golden orange colour with a small, but creamy white head that leaves large streaks of lace and gets retained as a frothy collar and film. This American pale ale has a pungent smell with aromas of caramel, pine, mango, lemon and a floral note that reminds me of lavender.
The taste of Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale has lemon rind and juice flavours that provide a nice bite against a moderately sweet caramel malt base, with a light berry note tying it all together. This ale has a solid bitterness that clocks in at 55 IBU and transitions to lemon and pepper notes in the finish. A medium body and carbonation are joined by a light oiliness to impart a smooth drinking experience while a subtle grainy aftertaste whets the palate between sips.
This wet hopped American pale ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is a hazy golden colour with orange tinges and has a medium-sized, loose white head that gets retained as a thin cap and leaves small streaks of lace on your glass. Autumn Hop Harvest Ale has a peppery smell, with strong notes of citrus zest and pine set against a toasted grain backing.
The taste of Autumn Hop Harvest Ale also has a peppery overtone. Roasted, chocolaty grains anchor lemon, mango and pine flavours. This ale has a fairly thin mouthfeel, is grainy on the tongue and quite viscose throughout. The finish is crisp and moderately bitter, with lemon oil and orange pekoe tea flavours in the aftertaste.
Conductor’s Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is a light amber colour with golden streaks. Its moderate off-white head leaves cascading lace that is met by a small collar that appears to climb your glass. This English and American-influenced pale ale with a German twist has thick toffee, berry and raisin aromas with warm floral and lemon juice accents.
The taste of Conductor’s Craft Ale is anchored by a distinct chocolate flavour, a strong, prune-like fruit tone and a very grainy base. A hint of light red berries and a nectarous floral note lead to an earthy finish with moderate bitterness and a light, lemony citrus flavour that lingers in the aftertaste. This ale has a full body and low carbonation that lead to a mouthfeel that is equal parts creamy, grainy and oily.