About British and North American Ales from Canada

About British  and  North American Ales from Canada
Canada: Beer Eh? Despite its geographic proximity, Canada has a very different beer scene in comparison to the United States. For example, many beer connoisseurs agree that mass-market Canadian pale lagers are typically stronger and more full-bodied than their U.S. counterparts. Canada’s beer scene also varies due to provincial government monopolies on beer distribution and retail sales. These laws often allow for the rapid growth of microbreweries by eliminating the difficult step of securing distribution and placement in the marketplace. However, it is interesting to note that with an alternatively independent retail sector, Quebec boasts the liveliest craft-brewing scene in Canada, with the similarly unregulated British Columbia falling close behind. Unibroue from Chambly, Quebec has been recognized by the Beverage Testing Institute and many others for their outstanding range of Belgian-style ales. McAuslan of Montreal boasts an excellent range of Anglo-style ales, many of which are also found in U.S. markets. Apart from various artisanal products, U.S. consumers are most likely to encounter Canadian beers from Labatts, Molson or Moosehead. Additionally, a considerable amount of beer from other countries are brewed under licenses in Canada, including Guinness of Ireland, Foster’s of Australia and Carlsberg of Denmark.

Top Picks for Canada

British and North American Ales

Brasseurs du Monde LInterdite 60 Min Pale Ale
94 points
Bright gold color. Interesting, fruity, floral aromas of spiced peaches and apples, apricot vinaigrette on greens, and lilacs with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long orange marmalade on rye toast, radicchio, kiwi relish, and pink pepper finish. Sort of a hybrid between an American and Belgian pale; very tasty nonetheless.
Awards: 2017 Best American Style Pale Ale
Muskoka Brewery "Mad Tom" IPA
93 points
Clear golden amber color. Bright, green, hoppy musty aromas and flavors of fresh oregano and herbs, salty pretzel bread, honeyed roasted citrus, and hint of cannabis with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of bitter greens, grilled pepper, and grapefruit peel finish. A nice snappy, herbal, citrusy IPA in the classic west coast style.
Okanagan Spring Brewery Big White
90 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of banana taffy, peppercorn spice muffin, and sourdough bruschetta with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish revealing notes of radish and peppery greens finish. A nicely balanced Belgian-style IPA.
Stanley Park Brewing Trail Hopper IPA
89 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon rind, thyme honeycomb, pine blossom, and hint of turkey jerky with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of orange pepper jelly on raisin toast and endive and mint finish. A nice savory IPA that will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes.
Brasseurs du Monde LOccasion Session IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of buttery praline, peach cobbler, and floral honeycomb with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of lemon pepper, radishes, and endive and citrus peels finish. A vibrant, dry IPA.
Stanley Park Brewing Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale
88 points
Brilliant old gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of pine needles, citrus peels, and toasted polenta with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of orange marmalade on wheat toast, lemon pepper, and arugula finish. A rock solid ale with nice balance of hops and malt.
Stanley Park Brewing "Ice Breaker" Winter Ale
88 points
Nearly opaque dark medium brown color. Lively, fruity aromas of toasted fruitcake and toffee with a silky, flat, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length circus peanut, chocolate cherry bon bon, mocha phosphate, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty and comforting winter ale with lots of fruitiness and little spice.
Stanley Park Brewing Layer Up Winter Wheat Ale
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of blackberry jam, raspberry thumbprint cookie, sasparilla, and grape candies with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick kvass, mixed nuts, and wintergreen finish. A fruity beer for crowd-pleasing; a warming winter wheat ale.
Muskoka Brewery "Cream Ale"
87 points
Clear deep amber color. Bright, hoppy aromas and flavors of buttered toast and honeyed herbs and citrus with a soft, bright, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish with notes of honeyed nuts and lemon pepper finish. A sold, nicely hopped cream ale.
Muskoka Brewery "Detour" Pale Ale
87 points
Clear gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango papaya custard, cannabis, and caramelized onion with a lean, bright, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish conveying shades of buttered toast and orange pepper finish. A nice aromatic, easy drinking pale ale.