Picked one up for $1.95 CND for 375 ml at the LCBO today. I would guess that this is what Canadian ales used to be - grainy more than malty, a rough edge to the hops but not cheap hops. Not flowery like an English pale ale and no corn or sweetness like in US versions. Balance as well with more body than today's mass produced beer. If you are in Ontario or can find one elsewhere is it a good benchmark for what this sort of pale ale should be.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."