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

Wayne Gretzky Hazy IPA
94 points
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Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced mangos, pineapple-zucchini bread, and cannabis cookie with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying notes of grapefruit marmalade on rye and mixed peppercorns. A spot-on IPA with plenty of delicious, juicy, and quenching hop flavors to offer.
Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale
92 points
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Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted coconut bread, honeyed herb muffin, orange marmalade, and chocolate puffed rice with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long grapefruit yogurt, honeyed bitter greens, hint of BBQ wood, and grilled sweet potatoes finish. A hoppy, chewy English style Ale with plenty to offer.
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.
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.
Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale
87 points
$0
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of herb-peppercorn muffin, lemon zest, and celery with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a delightful, medium finish that exhibits nuances of nut bread, peppered radicchio, and caramelized nuts. Traditional English maltiness with zippy bittering hops makes this Pale Ale a pleasure to drink
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.