Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
This refreshing premium ale is golden-amber with light maltiness, crisp hop aroma, and smooth, dry finish. Launch into Halifax’s own "Tall Ship Amber Ale", and celebrate our rich nautical history.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1860) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft at the brewery. Clear yellow-orange body, big white head. The aroma is malty, with vanilla and tobacco notes. The taste is fresh, a bit tart. Lots of nuts and vanilla again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2016
September 12, 2016 - on tap at Maxwells Plum. Clear golden pour with some head and lacing. Aroma and taste of sweetness and hops, but kind of a funky mix.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2345) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of golden delicious apple, and soft 2-row malts. Flavors are of plain custard, orchard fruit, honey and mild herbs. Light bodied without much bitterness. Generic, but decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmacklin (852) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2016
341ml bottle. (5.0% ABV) Pours a clear amber with a small, short lived, white head that leaves spotty lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt, grain and biscuit. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, grain, biscuit and grass with a crisp, dry, mildly bitter, hoppy finish. Light body with a watery texture and average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4271) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2016 On tap in Lunenburg. Appearance: amber body and white head. Some lacing. Enticing sweet and bready aroma. The flavor partially follows but is mildly bitter and of lower quality. Mouthfeel: smooth; well carbonated; medium body. Overall: Solid, clean, well-crafted but rather unexceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (3078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
Purchased at NS Liquor on my trip to Nova Scotia. Pours a rich golden colour with a very light amber hue. Nice creamy off-white head with decent retention and some more creamy lacing. Aromas are quite grainy with some hay and mild sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, but with the hop showing in the finish. Light grass, but with a touch of what seems like adjunct or chemical hints. The rest is not bad, but not like written on label "Premium", nor "Spéciale".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This generic but well-made Amber Ale is all about lean, caramelized cereals until herbal hops and their bitterness whisper through in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam laces around the pale amber.
-Drinkability is rather high and seems to be this brew’s main feature.
-There is no complexity here, but I’m sure that’s not the point of this beer.
-This was perfect for a scallop dish in an apple brandy reduction. Quite useful with green veggies as well, otherwise a difficult pairing.

On tap at a restaurant in Halifax.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanhunter_4 (219) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
650 ml bottle poured at my wife’s parent’s cottage (labelled as tall ship east coast ale). Pours a clear amber color with little head. Smells of chestnuts and malt. Taste is hard to nail down, but malt is prevalent. Decent, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
northropfrye (3249) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Golden orange body bubbly white head a touch of lacing. Slight sweet malty aroma. Not much going on there. Taste is sweet faint a touch of bitterness and a slight sweet vanilla bubblegum finish but all very subdued. Pretty basic amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YigSvartka (287) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Minimal head. Transparent gold/red hue. Many bubbles. Pleasant honey, caramel, and malt aroma. Thin bodied. Fair amount of bubbly hop supplemented with flavours of honey, malt and caramel with a slightly dry, crisp finish. Good, but certainly not spectacular.

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