Belgian wrote:cannondale wrote:And for those who don't find beer semantics silly, Tankhouse is classified as an APA on both RB and BA, it meets the BJCP style guidelines for an APA and there is no recognized beer category called 'Ontario pale ale'.
What, so we can't talk about a specific regional style of Pale Ale in Ontario? Who needs the officialdom? (I know you're just pointing out what's official & I guess within that our tiny beer scene doesn't even blip on the radar. )
Because I think there's been a clear dividing line laid down in this province between the old and the new - namely, the Tankhouse kind of beers that for years seemed like the cautious avoidance of USA West Coast style and - more recently - the sudden embracing of USA West Coast by our brewers and (thankfully) even the LCBO.
I mean the game is on - there's a place for Tankhouse, and a very different place for Mad Tom and Smashbomb. There's been a change here. We have finally crossed over.
Feel free to disagree (I won't try to win anyone's vote) but it seems amazingly obvious.
J-Roc, I don't necessarily disagree with what you're saying here. In fact, what should be amazingly obvious is that I don't give a rats pancreas about the degree of granularity you fellas employ when recognizing beer styles (Translation: Feel free to toss 'em all in the discussion). I'm only here because the OP asked 'now that we actually have a selection of year round apa/ipa's to choose from, what are you grabbing the most and why?'. The G-Unit named a beer that is (a) available year round, and (b) widely considered to be an APA. Therefore, his vote should count!
Perhaps the OP should have added the caviat 'Beers that are, in my opinion, olde school Ontario pale ales that have been masquerading as IPA's and APA's for years unchecked need not apply.'?
Edit: Training wheels added.