This beer has been in the LCBO most of the summer, a US pale ale from Big Hole Brewing of Montana brewed under license here in Ontario at Wellington - but not listed on their web site. Why contract brew an obscure beer - at least in this market - and then not advertise it? Who knows. 24% of beer advocates give the thumbs down to the original but only 7% boo the Canadian version. Weirder still.
It is called an English style pale ale but why? Out of the 650 ml bottle, rocky foam over clear still amber, it is sort of a duller version of a canned version of Old Speckled Hen - and well in the wrong direction from Hen's Tooth. Nothing offensive at all but the malt tastes a bit like there is syrup as well as grain and, so, has a bit of cloy. The hops are twiggy and rough...which is ok but not swell. There is some orange in the fruit which would benefit from a cleaner boost of Goldings. The water seems unhardened which I like but a fuller yeast presence would bring it together better. But for $2.95 at 5.7% it probably deserves a good value sticker from A Good Beer Blog central.