Tankhouse Ale: Anything but Pale

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.

Tankhouse Ale
Tankhouse Ale has a Rich Aroma and Taste

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.

Hoptical Illusion: A Kind of Magic

Hoptical Illusion from the flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario is described as an “Almost Pale Ale” by its makers. This unique spin on a classic recipe pours a rich, rusty amber colour with a thin, but lingering beige head. It has a very appealing roasted malt aroma with hints of citrus and spice.

Hoptical Illusion
This Beer's Great Taste is no Illusion

A very hop-forward taste packs a tangy bite up front. Hoptical Illusion has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel despite a seemingly high carbonation level. It finishes with grapefruit-like citrus tones and carries a nice bitterness throughout.

Tetley’s Smooth Flow: One Tasty Light Beer

This rich amber-coloured pale ale that originated in Leeds at a brewery founded in 1822 tastes anything but light. Tetley’s Smooth Flow is brewed by Carlsberg UK with three simple ingredients and its quality is evident from the moment you pour it.

Tetley's Smooth Flow
Tetley's Smooth Flow is Big on Taste but Light on the Stomach

Tetley’s Smooth Flow uses a pressurized insert to create a thick, creamy beige head that lingers until the end of your glass. The ale produces a savoury aroma of hops and syrup. Its woody, malty, roasted nut flavour has hints of black tea and gives way to a mildly bitter, crisp and slightly dry finish.