Brewed by MacLean’s Ales
Style: English Pale Ale
Hanover, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The flagship brand. A malty, well hopped amber ale at 5.2 % abv brewed with British Maris Otter and crystal malts with Fuggles and Golding hops." Formerly brewed at F&M Brewing

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dmochi (1) - Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
Tried this beer on recent trip to Southern Ontario. It is one of the best beers I tried in some time. Not your typical pale ale, a bit less hoppy. Almost more like an English brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
micker (38) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
341ml bottle purchased from brewery. Not sure if this is a new product as it was not already on this website. This is a truly great beer much better than their mediocre pilsner available at the LCBO. The aroma is very sweet smelling with no hint of skunk. An odd aroma. Caramel, chocolate and coffee hops dominate the flavour, with the perfect amount of hops bitterness. This is a delicious beer. Good Job F&M

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Sampled at the Kitchener Craft Beer show. Pours a nice amberish colour. Not much aroma, mostly hops. The taste is a nice blend of some sharp tasty hops, and some sweet bready malts. Very enjoyable over all. BIT OF A RE-RATE: Same as above, but I swear this stuff gets exponentially better every time I have it. Such an awesome British malt body behind this one with a perfect hop presence to add amazing balance. Incredibly sessionable and probably one the best all-around OCB brews out there right now. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeisterEckart (18) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2003
A big beer with lots of malt character and hops to balance. Fruity/caramel aroma foreshadows the slighlty sweet malts in the body. Hop bitterness comes at the end to clean the palate for the next mouthfull. Although I've had it cask-conditioned, I think I prefer it from the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2002
Amber color. Malty, light hop aroma. Hops really kick in in the palate - piney hop taste, semi sweet malty body. Great, long bitter palate. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Sparkling clear, copper ale with a medium-sized, off-white head. The nose is malty with notes of toasted nuts and caramel. The flavor matches the aroma. Nice hops, but they're overpowered by the wonderful, caramelly malt and yeast. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, malty finish. Underrated!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle direct from Maclean’s Ales. Looks fantastic - fiery orange, lots of streaming bubbles, creamy thick white head. Malty, hop aroma - very fruity. Taste is excellent - great fruity malt with noticeable hops and a very refreshing medium body. Very very fresh. I’ve had this on tap recently fresh as well and it has been excellent - a very nice little comeback. Cask at Blue Meaney. Amber Orange Colour, slightly fruity aroma. Good balance between caramel malts and slightly fruity taste. Moderately bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dry Hopped cask @ Winking Judge in Hamilton, ON Inviting sweet nose - light grassiness & citrus, nice malt. Hops are very well balanced with a strawberry-esque malt. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
An interesting-looking pale ale, featuring red and orange highlights. Earthy nose and a nice, full, chalky mouthfeel. Earthy flavour profile as well. Excellent bitter hold, with an exceptionally long, savoury finish. A very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 On tap at Communist’s Daughter - transparent copper colour with a small white head. Earthy aroma with some English hops. Flavours of caramel, smooth malt and some nice hop balance in the end. This particular style is sort of limiting, but it’s a pretty solid example. A very good and highly sessionable EPA, and one I’d surely try again. Update: had on cask at C’est What and it is a revelation. Supremely balanced flavours are intensified and a real earthy mineral quality shines through with a yeast character. Brilliantly hopped and my new favourite session beer. Draught got 6/3/6/3/14/3.4, Cask gets 7/4/8/3/16/3.8, we’ll split the difference. Good on draught, WONDERFUL on cask.

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