mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Toronto Beer Festival 2004. Golden translucent in appearance. Has a faint hop aroma. crisp, refreshing...pretty much just a regular lager but loads better than regular macros.
GregClow (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light yellow-gold colour with a small white head. Stale grassy aroma. Simple flavour with mild maltiness and a hint of hops in the finish. This is a pleasant and inoffensive brew that seems to be tailored for the tastes of mainsteam beer drinkers, and in that respect, I guess it could be a considered a success. Thanks to tupalev.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Corn and grass aroma, light golden, small white head. Minimal malt taste, light bodied, slight bitterness. Uninspired.
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 I was pleasantly surprised to find some of this in bottles direct from the brewery on this past long weekend. I also understand that is was made available to restaurants and pubs in Peterborough over the weekend for the local Lift Lock celebrations as well. This is Church Key’s first lager (under the church key name that I am aware of anyway). It was pretty mainstream stuff – slightly lighter in colour than the Northumberland ale, small head that went away quickly. There really wasn’t too much to report on the aroma, although I picked up some faint bready notes. The beer itself had a great mouthfeel and had a very active carbonation that really worked in this beer. The flavour was standard micro lager – certainly better than a macro, no artificially flavours present at all, but nothing that jumped out at you either. Slight hoppy bite at the end. Decent and drinkable on a warm sunny day and tailor made for the expected Peterborough and Trent Severn Waterway crowd I’m sure. This is the first beer I have ever added, and the only thing that I was not sure on was whether it was a pale lager or premium lager. But hopefully you’ve got an idea as to what it is like. I prefer the Northumberland Ale.