Anyone else remember this one? (Not the lager, the Ale was completely different).
Upper Canada added this to their lineup in 1996. Unfortuantely at the time, Upper Canada had some quality control issues... though I never had a problem with this brew.
Sleemans took over in 1998, closed the Toronto plant, and unfortunately axed this product.
This was the only Canadian Pale Ale listed under the 1998 World Beer Championships, scoring an 85.
For comparison, Three floyds Alpha king received an 86 at that time... yes, this was a great beer!
This was probably Canada's BEST (American) pale ale at the time. The flavour of the american hops and the sweet caramel malts (toffee-like) really stood out. It brought this Southern Ontario drinker to the dark side (craft brew), openning the gateway to the wonderful world of American Pale Ales.
In "The Great Lakes Beer Guide", Jamie MacKinnon gives this 3 out of 5 stars and writes:
5.2% alc./vol., O.G.: 1049
Ingredients: two-row pale, carastan and black malts; Cluster and Cascade hops
Appearance: mid amber; beige, fairly quiet and stable head; good lacing.
Aroma: toffee, peat, earth, gueuze-lactose-leather, hint of flowers.
Taste: toffee, butter-scotch, some early hop taste and bitterness. To finish, a grassy-earthy hop bitterness (29 IBU's), some plummy tartness, with residual toffee-flavoured viscosity.
With craft beer on the rise, I wonder how this brew would do in todays market? I wonder if I'd still think it was exceptional... or just a really good drinker?
Wellington has their Headstrong Pale Ale which seems to be doing well (I drank a fair number last summer), Sleemans did their IPA special release... so I think "Upper Canada" should bring this one back!
What do you think? Should we write a letter?
I've actually wrote to request the recipe for homebrewing... but never got a response!
Sleemans, are you listening? (probably not).
IMHO, they should've axed the lager!