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Howe Sound Troller Bay Ale

Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Squamish, Canada


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
At the original Troller Pub in Horseshoe Bay, BC, one man assembled a brewhouse from used dairy equipment and started brewing. His name is John Mitchell and in the spring of 1982 he opened the first modern craft brewery in Canada. All hail John Mitchell, entrepreneur, lobbyist, accidental brewmaster. Question: What does a guy do when the other guy holds all the cards? Answer: Gets another deck. In response to a lock out of unionized workers by the Big Three flavour-free beer companies and to keep his business going and the beer flowing. John Mitchell pushed Canada into the age of micro brewing. And along with it John gave us beer with flavor, old world style. So it was in 1982, Canada’s first craft beer since Prohibition, Bay ale, an English bitter, was introduced at the Troller pub in Horseshoe Bay to ’sell-out’ success. Today we are proud of such cred, and strive to maintain its high standards. Thanks for your continued support, and cheers. Originally modeled after the classic Fuller’s London Pride, Troller Bay Ale is a smooth, flavourful amber ale, with a well-developed hop character. Brewed with Fuggles and Nugget hops, Canadian barley malt, West Coast water and London ale yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
Light hazy bronze with a medium sized creamy off white head. Herbal, vegetables, grain, dry grass, butter, light caramel. Light/medium body, medium sweet and bitter. Light bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8462) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
Draft - Sweet caramel notes with a bit of a nutty note. Clear copper with a nice beige head. Caramel and light bitter notes. Quite nice, more like an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
A recreation of BC’s first modern craft beer, Horseshoe Bay Ale (circa 1982). Golden-amber. Toasty amber, classic style, sweetish, off-dry finish. It’s mostly worth trying for the history, because obviously the beer landscape has evolved quite a bit since 1982.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (812) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Poured from the tap at the brewery. Clear, orangey brown with off white head. Caramel and bready English malt, subtle hops at the finish. Simple, but fairly decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1605) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
1 litre potstopper. Mostly clear deep copper, fading tan foam. Aroma is caramel malt, a bit nutty. Not too sweet caramel malt taste, lightly bitter, dusty herbal floral hop, some nuttiness. Average carbonation, light-medium bodied, lightly hopped. Decent. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
houblonchien (89) - CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Pours Amber in the glass with medium head. Malt on the nose. Slight bitterness on the tongue. A touch of caramel. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours clear orange/amber with a big frothy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vegetal, papery, toffee, butterscotch and grain. Taste is light sweet and light+ bitter.Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is moderate. Finishes semi-dry, bitter and papery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gerbeer (2451) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
On tap. Pour copper with moderate head. Mostly just malts. Not much else...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (16644) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Boundary Crossing, Vancouver
Hazy dark amber color with medium sized compact head. Caramel aroma with a touch of fudge. Highly carbonated; caramel flavor, lean, with a light honey impression, paper; it tastes a bit old. Simple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14610) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Caramel, fruity, simple, toasted, peppery, amber malts, buttery notes, red berries, light light bitterness.

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