This English-based pale ale from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is light amber in colour with caramel-toned highlights. It pours with a large and creamy off-white head that settles as a rocky cap. Pompous Ass English Pale Ale has a bright, lemony smell with hints of black pepper and light fruit juices that compliment a toasty, toffee-sweetened base.
There is a pleasant sweetness to the taste of Pompous Ass English Pale Ale, which carries notes of caramel, milk chocolate and raisins. A sturdy bitterness precedes a rather dry finish that has notes of black tea and wildflowers. Lemon comes forward in the aftertaste of this medium-bodied, slightly grainy and effervescent ale.
This English pale ale from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a beautiful, chill hazed ruby colour with a small tan head that evaporates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and very little lace. The smell of Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer is so thick with nectar that it takes on a caramel hard candy tone reminiscent of liqueur. Notes of dark plum and chocolate malt contribute to an overall warmth.
Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer has rich flavours of roasted grains, bread, plum, chocolate and of course, fresh honey. There is a soft bitter bite that is just enough to strike a balance with the sweet malt base of this full-bodied and grainy ale. Despite the amount of honey used in this mildly carbonated brew, it manages not to feel too syrupy and a subtle pop of yeast comes forth on the tongue. The finish has a certain booziness to it that leads to an earthy and grainy 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.
Fuller’s London Pride from Fuller Smith and Turner PLC in Chiswick, London, England pours a gem-like golden amber colour with a rich and creamy white head that settles as a sturdy film and leaves a moderate amount of lace. The aroma of this English Pale Ale is of roasted malts, with a cherry or plum-like fruitiness and it carries undertones of freshwater and floral hops.
The taste of Fuller’s London Pride has a bready character, with a toasted accent and a faint honey or caramel-like sweetness. This ale has an extraordinarily smooth and creamy mouthfeel, despite little to no perceivable carbonation aside from the head. A dark wood note comes through on the back of the tongue as it finishes and the aftertaste is nicely embittered.
Goliath from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pours a clear golden-amber colour with a large frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves a fair amount of lace behind. This mild English pale ale has a mild, yet malty aroma with a ripened fruit tone that reminds me of white grapes and a definite toasted character.
Goliath has a malt forward taste with a strong grape or cherry-like fruit tone. A somewhat surprising alcohol taste comes through in the bitter finish, along with a subtle metallic or mineral quality. The ale has a rather thin body with a moderate carbonation level. A nice creamy sensation with a slightly yeasty character can be felt on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry with a fresh, grainy quality to it.