Cameron’s Lager: The Lawn Mower’s Choice

Cameron’s Lager pours a very nice golden, almost amber colour with a lean and foamy head that gets retained as a collar while leaving little to no lacing. This American-style pale lager from Cameron’s Brewing Company in Oakville, Ontario smells of honey-sweetened malts with a fresh, grainy character and a pleasant, somewhat earthy undertone.

Cameron's Lager
This is About as Accessible as Craft Beer Gets

Cameron’s Lager has a very clean taste that’s dry and bitter, but has a decent bread-like malty tone on the tongue. The beer is well-balanced; oily and floral hop qualities come through in the finish. This beer gives off a creamy, somewhat yeasty impression in the mouthfeel. It has medium-high carbonation and a dry aftertaste that leaves a slight resin-metal taste on the back of the tongue.

Trafalgar Maple Bock: Tapping the Ontario Spring

This flavoured strong beer from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a cola brown and ruby colour with very little head or lacing, but leaves a long-lasting, hair thin ring. Trafalgar Maple Bock smells of sweet chocolate malt, table syrup and has a subtly spicy hop note after warming.

Trafalgar Maple Bock
This Beer is Brewed with Real Maple Syrup

Trafalgar Maple Bock does indeed taste like maple syrup, with a hearty wood smokiness and a deep , chocolaty malt backing. The mouthfeel is thin for a bock, but very smooth-drinking. The beer masks its strength well and has a dark fruit character in the finish.

Paddy’s Irish Red: Needs More Dog

Paddy’s Irish Red isn’t red by any stretch of the imagination. This ale from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours more of a murky golden colour, with a long-lasting head that leaves ample lace on your glass. The aroma is of wet malt, butter and caramel with a hoppy graininess and an earthy note.

Paddy's Irish Red
A Creamy Head Helps this Beer Go Down

The taste of Paddy’s Irish Red is of toasted sour malt and a bit dirty. It does take on a nice fruit tone as it warms along with a buttery accent. The mouthfeel is thin-bodied, but thanks to the long-lasting head it’s also smooth and creamy. A pleasant floral tone and sweet taste come through in the finish.

Patrick’s Pick Extra Special Bitter: Maybe Not the Best Choice

This effort from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a light rusty orange colour similar to iced tea with a small soapy head that falls to a film within minutes. Patrick’s Pick Extra Special Bitter has a bright, buttery, hoppy and citrus aroma that smells a bit musty and slightly metallic like mineral water.

Patrick's Pick Extra Special Bitter
A Nice Aroma Gives Way to a Dirty Taste

Patrick’s Pick Extra Special Bitter tastes like wet grass and honey, with a dirty hop tone and slight citrus tang. The mouthfeel is very watery for the style of beer. The back end is noticeably dirty, tasting quite literally of the Earth and leaves with a kick I’d describe more as sour or tart than bitter; like concentrated lemon juice.

Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout: Not What I Expected

Smoked Oatmeal Stout from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a deep crimson-brown colour with almost no head aside from a faint collar. The beer carries a strong malt aroma with some deep fruit tones, but surprisingly little in the way of smoke or even wood.

Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout
Don't Worry About the Smoke, You Really Can't Taste It

Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout has a smooth, if not watery mouthfeel. The taste is bitter at first, with strong chocolate and espresso tones. It remarkably tastes sour near the finish and I get a certain “saltiness” that I’ve seen before in other beers from this brewery.