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


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   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
MartinT (9411) - 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 (222) - 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 (3297) - 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 (296) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours clear pale gold with a short off-white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is pale biscuity malt, faint leafy hops. (4/10) Taste is mild sweet, mild bitter. (4/10) Light body, low sustained carbonation. (3/5) Gotta be the palest "amber" I’ve ever had, and I think they filtered out all the flavour along with the colour. Pretty bland stuff. (8/20)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MiloC (27) - - SEP 17, 2014
Bland with wet cardboard oxidized notes and a hint of infection. This beer does not have much going for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Sample at Atlantic Beer Festival Moncton. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel and light toffee. Taste is mostly caramel. Light body. Plain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Dark gold colour, medium head that lasts. Malty aroma, toffee. Dry start, caramel finish. OK beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
exeter (511) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a clear copper colour with a fast disappearing head that settles as a thin film and leaves no lace. The toasted caramel notes dominate the flavour and grassy hops come through on the finish. A bit of a earthy amber ale with some leafy green notes. a thin beer, kind of generic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gildnerk (198) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2014
I’m going to give Tall Ship a bit more credit than the previous raters, although I might be working more off of nostalgic memories than they did. The beer pours amber with a rather thin off-white head. Aromas are mostly resiny, with caramel notes. Rather malty taste with a hoppy-bitter finish, somewhat one-dimensional but refreshing. Decent "everyday" amber.

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