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.
Brewed in collaboration with Züm Schlussel in Düsseldorf, Germany, this altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited in Creemore, Ontario pours a deep, clear amber colour with a large white head that gets retained as a thick collar and cap, leaving a thick coat of lace behind. Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale carries smells of honey-sweetened, toasted malts, yeast, a berry-like fruit tone, tree nuts and a hint of chocolate, along with the brewery’s signature mineral water aroma.
The taste of Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale is led by a deep toasted malt flavour, with nutty, floral and earthy accents. There is a slight sourness in the finish before a wallop of bitterness. The ale is full-bodied with light, but fine carbonation with a thick yeast tone on the tongue that lingers throughout the otherwise dry aftertaste.