Lager Pâle Américaine – 5% – De Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
American Pale Lager – 5% – From Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5 = 2.6/5
Hazy, slightly cloudy, dark straw color with few activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, sweet grains dominant light straw and wheat, soft lemon and melon, and floral hops. Slick and slightly oily medium body with a moderate prickly crisp. Light strength finish, a bit of cereal with strange use of dull leafy hops. The yeast is not attenuated enough so you get a soft maillard effect too similar to the Pale Ale version. Highly accessible, boring, and also too thin. Overall poor quality craft.
Pilsner Tropicale, 5.3%, de Dunham, Québec.
Tropical Pilsner, 5.3%, from Dunham, Québec.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.73/5
Bright straw color with lots of activity. Tight foamy and frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of flowers, lemon, grapefruits, sweet grains, lager yeast and dry hops. Light slick, kinda oily medium body with a sharp crispy feel. Medium strength finish, leafy and dry floral feel with plenty of citrusy bitterness, dominant residual grains and wet corn more like an American lager, gets quite thick on the tongue and doesn’t end clean. A more robust version of a regular pils, not much noble feel, plenty of fruit zest too, kinda tropical. Too oily and not well rounded with okay freshness. Though very flavorful having rustic pale ale or Saison similarities. Overall very good quality craft.
Lager pâle Américaine de 4.8%, très similaire aux versions commerciaux, contenant trop d’adjuvent de maïs. De Bracebridge, Ontario.
American Pale Lager, 4.8%, from Bracebridge, Ontario.
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25 = 2.61/5
Slightly hazy golden color with moderate pearly activity. Faint foamy white 2-3 finger head, lasting less than 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of straw, caramel, sweet grainy malts, lemon, floral hops. Slick medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength leafy and floral bitter spices, with coarse barley, and sour apples. Lacks balance in the flavors. Got that wet straw feel that most adjuncts have, but the sweetness is a bit more bearable. Doesn’t feel very fresh, the tongue coat is long and kinda harsh. You get an overly alcoholic feel too. Lots of character though, too much and the residual flavors are muffled by a brutal finish. Accessible to those whose likes hard adjuncts like malt liquors. Overall bad quality craft.