Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour: Our Little Secret

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour from Better Bitters Brewing Company in Burlington, Ontario is a hazy golden orange colour with very fine white sediment suspended in it and a small but frothy white head that gets retained as a collar that looks like a string of shaving cream and leaves little lacing. This American pale ale has pleasant aromas of lemony citrus and toasted malts with notes of caramel, grass and wildflowers and a sharp pine note.

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour
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The smooth taste of Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour has a mild tropical punch with mango and grapefruit flavours at the fore, an earthy yeast note in the middle and moderate bitterness that takes on a crisp and tart lemon rind tone in the finish. The aftertaste has an earthy grain character and a slight oiliness. The ale is on the full side of medium-bodied and has light carbonation, but still has plenty of life in the mouthfeel courtesy of the sediment.

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale: Sealed with a Kiss

This herb and fruit-infused take on pale ale from Kissmeyer Beer via B-Side Brewing Label in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a light and hazy peach or apricot-hued orange, with a loose but creamy white head that gets retained as a small collar and film while leaving small spots of lace on your glass. Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale has an earthy, slightly funky and mostly floral smell with notes of rye, oats, caramel, a vague sourness and a light grapefruit rind citrus aroma.

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale
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Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale tastes like a typical hop-forward American pale ale at first, but unwinds with a subtle complexity. Instead of simply contrasting between malt and hops, the taste is smoothed out by oat and wheat malts, with herbal accents creating a dry tartness in the finish and all held together by a hint of maple syrup. Rye and yeast flavours create an earthy aftertaste in this full-bodied and mildly carbonated ale.

Crosswind Pale Ale: Take Off, Eh!

This American pale ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company in Baysville, Ontario is hazy and pencil yellow colour, with a fairly small, but creamy off-white head that leaves a stringy collar and some lace when settled. The smell of Crosswind Pale Ale is built on a chocolaty roasted malt base and accented by aromas of toasted oats and rice, butterscotch, grapefruit and limestone.

Crosswind Pale Ale
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Crosswind Pale Ale is led by earthy, roasted grains in its taste and is countered by a punchy grapefruit flavour that brings with it a moderate bitterness. I also get hints of chocolate, light nuts and a tart note in the finish that reminds me of lemon seed. A medium body and carbonation, as well as a fairly resinous and earthy mouthfeel give way to a sharp, mineral-like aftertaste.

Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a relatively small, soapy white head that settles as a thin collar and film, leaving little lace behind. This American pale ale has a floral, soapy aroma with notes of lemon zest, grains, light chocolate and caramel malts.

Big Mouth Tap Room Pale
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The taste of Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale is a bit mild overall, with well-balanced caramel malt, floral and citrus flavours and a subtle bitter bite. This is a very easy going, creamy feeling ale with a fairly thin body and mild carbonation. Hints of red berry and alcohol come through in the finish and the aftertaste has soft bitter and oily characteristics.

Magic Hat #9: Apricot-abra

This flavoured American pale ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont pours a clear golden colour with an amber tinge and a moderate white head that remains as a persistent ring throughout the glass while leaving spotty lacing. Apricot dominates the nose of Magic Hat #9. The ale also has a fresh, floral tone with a syrupy, but light caramel backing and a slight vegetal note.

Magic Hat #9
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The apricot is more balanced in the taste of Magic Hat #9, imparting a mild dryness over a tropical citrus body. An earthy graininess serves as the backbone and a nectar-like quality builds as the ale warms. The ale is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation. There is a nice creaminess with a syrupy quality on the tongue. The finish has a mild, slightly dry grape character and the aftertaste is tart with syrup and apricot notes.