sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Malted aroma. Slight bitter taste with corn sweetness and a hint of nut. Crisp finish with some bitter aftertaste.
Overall a better than average beer, although not really creamy, is still worth a try.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (341ml). Courtesy of GregClow. Yay, cream ale - frippin’ marvy. Clear deep amber pour, smallish fizzy white diminishing head (3-) - look, gotta give it props for SOMETHING. Smells like popcorn and something vaguely sweet. Tastes like a generic Canadian beer with a touch of buckwheat honey. Lightly chewy body, nice carbonation, a little sweet and roasty up front and a wee bit bitter in the tail. Pretty boring, but BTB (better than Blue).
garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 Bottle - Part of a six pack ’Craft brewers of Ontario’ Typical amber colour, zero head, slight hop & sugar aroma. A bitter sweet aroma, lots of carbonation on the palate, very bitter finish I can not taste any cream. Average stuff.
Rerate: totally didn’t deserve the rating I gave it in 2007. Pretty decent nose, nice hoppy Flavour balanced with a creamy finish.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from the LCBO. After reading a number of positive views I was open to trying a beer that I have passed by ever since I moved to Canada. That’s the good thing about ratebeer - it encourages you to be more adventurous with your tastes. Sometimes you’ll get burned, but sometimes you’ll find a winner. Unfortunately, this beer did not live up to my hopes. Both the pour and the aroma reminded me of a lager - its a golden colour with a very minimal white head, while the aroma is a subdued mix of sweet malts and grass. The taste, too be frank, is extremely disappointing. All I can taste is malt and grain, with the creaminess only coming through in the aftertaste. A nice texture on the palate, but a beer needs a lot more than that. My wife tasted it and agreed, saying well at least its better than a blue or canadian. Unfortunately, that’s all I can say about a beer I really wanted to like.
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml bottle from Ontario Craft Brewers pack. 5% a/v
Pours a slightly deeper then gold colour with a thin white head. Aroma is unusual, grass, malts and some very mild fruit. Tastes very nice chocolaty malt with a very delicious sweet cream aftertaste. This beer surprised me quite a bit, and is MUCH better then I expected.
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Nice hint of cream. slightly swwet -rolls down the throat.The cream flavor really gives it something. I simple and drinkable not incredibly fancy - I like it.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2010 341ml bottle from my Ontario Craft Brewing mix-pack. Pours a deep golden colour with a small white head, that quickly subsides to a spotty surface-film. The aroma is sort of grassy with a fair amount of malts, sort of mixed and not overly distinctive. The flavour is pretty much all malt, with a very creamy texture, and a hint of something sweet, tastes like, strawberries? Wow, that’s odd, but interesting. The mouth-feel is smooth and creamy, with just a slightly rough edge to it from the carbonation. This is actually my first real cream ale, I haven’t read amazing things about them, but I was still interested in the style. I think it’s still kind of a cool beer. Smooth and tasty easy drinking. Edit: Canned version of the past year or two is head and shoulders above the old version. Way more hops with a richer malt backbone. This is my go-to Ontario session brew.
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
341 ml bottle in the “Ont. Craftbrewers 6-pack” from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Just slightly hazy (??) deep golden with remnants of a white head.
Aroma: Sweet malts (caramel, toffee), fruitiness (apples, peaches, apricots and cherries)light nuttiness, bread and biscuit; a little grassy hops.
Palate: Medium body and soft carbonation; smooth and silky.
Flav.: Vague grains, light fruitiness, a bit of grassy/peppery hops, ever-so slightly off-dry; finish is flinty with barely a hint of bitterness.
Just noticed the organic designation. They seemed to have sourced better ingredients from hippie hop and grain farmers than the fine folks at Mill Street. Still underwhelming.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from an OCB mix-6 pack! Pours a nice dark gold, a bit of head, but not too substantial in that dept...grassy hop aromas come through strong, and pay off in the taste. With all that colour and hoppiness, this beer is still a bit watery. I’m not a big cream ale fan, but there is a nice Ontario craft taste to this that reminds me of the days Creemore used good malts.
AWS9 (631) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Bottle. A dark gold, with practically no head. Smells slightly malty, though really just smells like a lager. Overall, it’s fairly bland, boring perhaps. It was alright from start to finish, but not particuarly great (or offensive in anyway). I’m starting to see why cream ales are considered a boring style of beer... (slight increase on re-rate as my 2nd was more enjoyable)