Brewed by Railway City Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
St. Thomas, Canada


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
A decidedly rusty copper, pours a thick and frothy cream coloured head. In the nose, caramel malts meet toasty spices. Notes of chestnut here with a nice fruity component leaning towards plum. Tastes of sweet caramel, some butterscotch. A good level of biscuit graininess follows with fruit, some vanilla/rye/spices. Nice hop bite comes mid-palate and lasts. Medium/Full body, creamy with marked lasting fruity and a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

4.4 % alcohol by volume, IBU’s 15.9

Food Pairings: Fajitas, Baked Ham, Fried Chicken, Steak, Lentils, Meatloaf, Monk Fish, Nuts

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Habman (23) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2010
Growler from the brewery, brought it to share with the guys at a cottage weekend, thought I would do my part to promote a small local brewer.

Poured copper alright, but only very slightly carbonated, no head.

Medium to light body, fairly well balanced, but again no character or zest to it, probably due to lack of carbonation.

Dropped into the brewery a while later, mentioned to the owner this (and approx 30% of their offerings I have bought at LCBO) had either lost their carbonation or had spoiled. His response was to the effect that is what you get with a hand bottled beer. Puzzling attitude.

Spab (4124) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
On tap at K-W Ribfest and Craft Beer Show. Pours a clear copper with decent-sized white-ish head. Aroma of caramel, light fruit and mild hoppiness. Flavour is fairly strong caramel, nuttiness and herbal hops. Not a stand-out but no obvious shortcomings.

TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
Light fruity and toasty aroma. Pours slightly cloudy copper with foamy white head. Earthy malts, light sweetness. So so , but not too bad.

GRM (4199) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
Glass, 5-ounce, draught at Volo, savoured on September 15 2009; eye: orangey, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white head, light lacing; nose: malt, grain, light caramel; mouth: lots of malt, water, thin, grain, caramel, hint of hops, finale in malt with presence of caramel, not much carbonation, watery, lightly sweet; overall: ordinary


Verre, 5 onces, en fût, bue chez Volo, savourée le 15 septembre 2009; oeil : orangée, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, légère dentelle; nez : malt, grain, léger caramel; bouche : beaucoup de malt, eau, mince, grain, caramel, pointe de houblon, finale en malt avec présence de caramel, peu carbonatée, aqueuse, légèrement sucrée; en résumé : ordinaire

jimmay (815) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
500 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours light copper in colour, with minimal whiteish head. Aroma and taste are nothing special, a decent ale. No funky smoke flavour in this one, which is good news!

barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
500 ml bottle from a trade with jimmay. bottled august 26th 2009. pours amber with no head and little carbonation. indistinct nose of amber malt, maybe some apple there too. flavours of amber malt extract, and grainy pale malt ƒ row, 6 row?). no hops. no smoke in this one which is a good sign. not much else to say.

JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 On tap at the KW ribfest. I don’t know why its rated so low since it was the best thing they had. Taps a light amber with a white head. Aroma is faint. Floral hops (very minor), and Brit malts. Flavour is very Ontario malt driven if you know what I mean, slightly Earthy and bready, tasty but not very satisfying. Drinks really well as a light watery session ale but really isn’t remarkable in any way. Good.

pootzboy (1815) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 Fresh growler:

Pours a reddish-copper, clear with a good white rocky cap.

Aroma: toasty, toffee, fruit esters - plums,

Light mouth to this and a wee bit thin. Toffee-caarmel, some toast, nuts and some ripe fruit in the front short finish goes a bit sweet.

More sweetness than the amber ale and slightly lighter in the finish. Light, fresh and sessionable

VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
Sample at C’est What - poured a clear amber. Aroma odd, and slightly off-putting. Slightly sour, a bit of plastic. I just couldn’t get into the flavour - nothing really upfront, thin bodied, too sweet, and again, an unpleasant plasticine quality at the end. Not my bag.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
On tap @ Volo.

Smells like cola and sugar, hazy reddish/brown, small tan head. Taste is rootbeer-like, sour, cloying. Uninspired.

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