MacLean’s Pale Ale

Drink: MacLean’s Pale Ale
Source: MacLean’s Ales Inc., Hanover, Ontario
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: Unlisted
Size: 473 mL tallboy
Cost: $2.90

This heretofore unknown brewer is the latest in several beers coming from Grey County in the area approaching Lake Huron. Boasting a blend of British malts, English Fuggles and Goldings hops, and an unnamed English ale yeast, MacLean’s is an homage to classic British pub ales here in the wilderness of Ontario.

Medium amber in colour and pouring with a healthy head, this ale smells of sourdough bread, baker’s yeast, and general tart maltiness.

A generous carbonation gives a frothy mouthfeel and notes of rye bread. Evoking the bouquet of classic pilsners, this pale ale is light on the citrus (largely because of the hops selection) and more floral and doughy.

The finish is light and clean for a 5.2% ABV ale; it tastes more like a 4.4%—think Spitfire Kentish Ale.

For the beer drinker seeking a classic English ale, like Wells, Bombardier, or Lancaster ale—with a touch more malty roastedness to it.

A fine ale that puts Grey County brewers firmly on the map.

Hoochsavvy Grade: A-

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