Northumberland Ale from the Church-Key Brewing Company in Campbellford, Ontario pours a nice deep golden-amber colour. A moderate frothy head settles as a thick film and there is a fair amount of visible carbonation. It has a sweet, toasted malt aroma with a honey-like tone, a sort of earthy character and a freshwater note to it. Slightly faint overall, but it smells quite fresh.
Northumberland Ale is rather light in the taste department. This stock-style ale modeled after those popular in Eastern Ontario and Southwestern Quebec in the 1940-50s is quite dry at first before sweetened toasted malt comes through on the tongue. It could definitely use a bit more character, but there’s nothing offensive in there. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but very crisp and extremely easy-drinking. There’s a slightly malty, resin-like taste and feeling on the finish.
This spiced beer from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep golden colour with the slightest of amber hues to it and has a very frothy, but small head that stays around as a sudsy collar. Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer smells of ginger, honey and freshwater with ripened wheat and a slight pine tone. This beer really opens up after warming, creating a bready malt backing in the aroma.
The taste of Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer has a peppery bitterness that is dominated by a natural ginger overtone. The taste is strong without being overwhelming and a mild wheat-toned malty sweetness helps take the edge of the spiciness. The beer is light-bodied with a medium carbonation, crisp and clean and noticeably dry on the finish.
This American Pale Ale from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep, rusty garnet colour with a sizable soapy white head that leaves a generous lacing and sticks around as a collar. Tankhouse Ale produces a relatively mild toasted malt aroma, with hints of pepper and lime-like citrus.
The taste is mild at first, but quickly bursts through with a malty, biscuit-like flavour before an understated bitterness sets in along with a slightly spicy aftertaste. Tankhouse Ale has a very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to create a tangy bite on my tongue.
Elora Special Bitter from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a rusty amber colour with a cloudy appearance similar to iced tea and little in the way of head. This English-style beer has a deep and rich malt aroma with buttery, caramel-like accents.
I find the taste of Elora Special Bitter fairly complicated. A deep malt taste, creamy mouthfeel and buttery tones are accented by hints of tea and citrus. A dry, hoppy bitterness takes over from there to the finish while leaving some residual caramel tones.