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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Deep amber colour and made with lightly smoked malt and Lanark County maple syrup, Spring Thaw Maple Ale is the perfect way to cope with the late winter blahs! We smoke part of the malt ourselves and then infuse the beer with eastern Ontario maple syrup from the Wheeler’s Family sugar bush in MacDonald’s Corners to give it a slightly sweet, wonderful hardwood-smoked character. Very lightly hopped, this is a variant of a carbonated Irish Red Ale. This beer will break the ice and wrap you in warmth at the end of a long winter. Go forth!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick146 (18) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber-brown colour, with a small white head. Smells chocolatey, with slight hints of maple. Bursts with a quick tootsie-roll like chocolate flavour. There is some maple there too. Slightly bitter, refreshing aftertaste with a lingering maple flavour. This is a great beer, and I would definitely recommend it.


3.3
AleRider78 (1066) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Acquired from trade with Chopz. Pours a pretty average size head that leaves a thin layer. Has a dull coppery/light brown appearance. Fairly weak lacing. Aromas are light maple notes with mainly roasted malts and earthy, herbal hops. Flavours are mostly toasty and nutty malts with hints of sweet caramel and toffee. The maple is actually quite faint in the mix and getting more of a smoky like flavour. Slight spicy notes and bitterness. Medium bodied, prickly drying mouthfeel with pretty weak carbonation. Not too bad but not enough maple in the mix.

3.3
Listigovers (1162) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
Reddish amber pour with a weird head, large clear bubbles dissipating quickly. Smells smoky and woody. Very slight hop sparkle, subtle smokiness, medium bodied but rich for a medium body to give it a creamy character. Definite sweetness from the syrup, but not overpowering. The beer is true to its goal and is pretty good overall.

3.2
sseb69 (1908) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
En fût au pub d’Ottawa. Couleur ambrée-brune, mousse beige mince. Arôme de fumée et malt. En bouche, mélange de malt caramel, un peu d’érable, et de la fumée. Mince. Il y a un petit qqch qui accroche.

2.5
UXO (1896) - CANADA - APR 20, 2015
Pours slightly hazy medium amber with a short light tan head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is moderate smoke, mild maple syrup. (5/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, moderate smoke. (4/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly bitter finish. (3/5) The brewery says this is an Irish Red, Beer Advocate says it’s a Scotch Ale, and RateBeer says it’s a Spice/Herb/Vegetable. Me, I don’t see any reason not to call this a rauchbier - smoke is pretty much the dominant flavour, followed by mild maple syrup. Actually, when I first smelled it, it reminded me of nothing so much as kippers - though on followup, there is actually no fish flavour. Not unpleasant, but I remain less than convinced when it comes to most smoked styles. (10/20)

3.4
smiley31 (12) - East Aurora, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
The Maple Ale's smokey flavor reminded me of Maple Bacon and Smoked Salmon..not together of course. I would order it again but I would not seek it out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Orange with a white, lasting, creamy head. Sweet smell of caramel, brown sugar and maple with swet malt. Tastes of sweet malt and caramel with a slight bitter stale finish. Easy enough to drink but thin.

2.3
gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Smells like maple. Very light orange pour with quite a bit of head. Maple taste is there but not nearly as strong as the scent would indicate. Easy to drink. It’s okay. Not a huge fan of the maple.

3.3
Karol (913) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Amazing malty sweet chocolate aroma very much like a damn good barley wine. Amber brown color, off white head that kept a tiny layer. Taste is malty sweet milk chocolate with a bitter sweet finish. Very refreshing. Overall a very tasty flavored beer.

2.8
ILduce (280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
bottle from spring mix pack LCBO. Brown with beige head and some nice lace. Malty and biscuity aroma with some hops. Taste is a little earthy with a heavy malt presence. subtle undertones of pancakes with maple syrup. Stick mouthfeel. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

2.3
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a lovely amber with minimal head. Mild aroma of hops, can’t really detect any maple. Happily, it is much more pronounced in the tasting without being overpowering. The maple is light enough to enjoy without being cloying, and there is a smokey quality to this that I find rather attractive. It could use a bit more weight to it, though- the flavours seems a bit too distant and mild.


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