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

Vancouver Island Brewing Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA
92 points
Bright copper in color, with bright aromas of plantain, spruce tip tea, and orange muffin. On the palate, crisp acidity brings golden raisin and grilled citrus flavors into a breezy, tingling finish. This bold and bitter brew packs a punch!
Unibroue Autre Chose Peach IPA
90 points
Hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango, cannabis, caramel, bubble gum, clove, and ground pepper with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish with notes of brazil nut and orange pith finish. A bold IPA with big notes of hops and fruit underlined by gentle spice.
Vancouver Island Brewing Pipers Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy light medium amber color. Aromas of fresh brioche, fresh thyme, warm butter, and toffee candies with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length tea biscuits, cucumber skins, fresh grated ginger, and honey finish. A spot on American take on the style that nimbly combines sessionability with astringency.
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.
Vancouver Island Brewing Misthorn Aurora IPA
88 points
Bright copper color. Aromas and flavors of candied citrus, panettone with almond icing, and ripe mango with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish revealing impressions of raw radish and arugula finish. A rich and fruity IPA with dry and bitter finish; a flavorful IPA for the holidays.
Vancouver Island Brewing Faller Northwest Pale Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy pale gold color. Aromas of bruised green onion, charred orange peel, raw rosemary, and fresh pine needle with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length grapefruit soda, multigrain wheat cracker, bitter greens, and malort finish. A rock solid, crushable pale ale with everything in its proper place.
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.
Vancouver Island Brewing Broken Islands Hazy IPA
87 points
Cloudy pale light gold color. Aromas of glazed lemon bar, papaya, pine sap, and crushed aspirin with a soft, spritzy, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length orange pith, biscotti, toasted Hawaiian bread, and minty/eucalyptus finish. A New England IPA that delivers on the style with juicy fruit flavors and low bitterness.
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.
Vancouver Island Brewing Pipers Pale Ale
86 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of hard bread sticks and pretzels, grilled corn with salted butter, and butter pecan ice cream with a supple, racy, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk finish revealing shades of bitter greens, charred nuts, and baking chocolate finish. A fine English Style Pale Ale with a nice dry finish.