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Church-Key Northumberland Ale

Brewed by Church-Key Brewing
Style: English Pale Ale
Campbellford, Canada
Serve in English pint


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Our original brew, (some just call it "Church-Key".) This Stock Ale was designed to be a throw back to the tavern ales of the 40’s and 50’s. Crisp, light palette with a dry citrus finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1085) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottled sample at Brothers Beer Bistro in ottawa. Decent tastin pale ale. Very drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hateball16 (105) - - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a deep yellow gold, thin white head. Aromas of cereal and biscuit, some sweetness like cinnamon or vanilla hiding in the background. Moderately high carbonation up front, nicely balanced in the centre with a toffee chewiness to the malt side and some bittering hops (could do with an extra handful or 2!) which bring a crisp but not overly dry finish. Probably wouldn’t buy again but could see this being a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Draught at C’est What, Toronto
Light amber color, clean. Light aroma of paper, corn, malt, cereals. Crispy mouthfeel, but the flavor has accents of cereals and hay, a bit strange; ordinary bitterness.
Simple beer, but not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Eructoblaster (2851) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle - 341ml. Boring golden body with a thin white foamy head. Thin malty/hoppy aroma with bready and flowery hints. Its watery taste carries barely noticeable malty notes. Finish is non-existent. Useless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bunget (436) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
341ml bottle. Clear golden-orange body, small white head, poor retention. Aroma of cereals, skunky, grass. Taste is on the sweet side, cereals, nice breadiness, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin (412) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
bottle. Pours slightly cloudy, yellow, small head. Aroma and taste are mostly cereal and bready malts. Sweet. Straightforward but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2119) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Purchased a 6-pack of this at the LCBO. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a tad of amber. Average size white cap that disappears quickly but leave a creamy top and lacing around the glass. Grainy nose with some bread notes. Slightly crisp, slightly watery mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Cereal malt taste with hints of caramel in the finish. Not much hops found, but this is what makes this "stock ale" refreshing and a great session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ILduce (197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
Beer Fest, Toronto: Not sure if this is a throw-back to anything. Notes of hop and yeast. Faint taste of hops and malt kick in after the citrus fruit. Lite, crisp, and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buielbeer (4) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011 does not count
I am partial to this beer. One of my favourite southern Ontario craft beers. Strong aroma, with an intense sweet or fruity taste. Plenty of character although discourages those looking for a hoppy taste. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Johnsense (701) - - DEC 2, 2011
A revisited beer. This sucked when I first had it. Poured amber with a decent 2 finger head that laced. Still smells bready as all hell - there might be hops in there somewhere, but this is as strong as living next to a bread factory. Yeast and more yeast. Taste is a bit better balanced - Malty but still fairly yeasty. Light to medium bodied, good carbonation for the, erm..... style? dunno what I;d classify it as but the overly bready aroma takes away a lot from this beer. Churck Key can make a good beer, but if they consider this their flagship someone needs their head examined.

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