Friday, 17 January 2014

Picaroons Maple Cream Ale

Picaroons Maple Cream Ale is yet another offering from a brewery near and dear to my heart, the Northampton Brewing Co., out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It's sold in in 500mL bottles, contains 5% alcohol, and is, according to the label, brewed using pure New Brunswick maple syrup.

This is a lovely looking brown ale--clear and topped with a tan head (Regrettably, I don't seem to have taken a photo). Again, according to the label, the stuff is "conditioned as a lager and brewed as an ale." It has a malty, slightly toasted aroma that features a dollop of pleasing maple sweetness. In truth, it's a somewhat thin bodied ale. It is malt driven, but mild. It's creamy mouthfeel is smooth and easy-sipping. Maple notes are present, but not dominant. This brew is a bit watery on the bitter side of the equation--there could be a bit more hop emphasis, though the creaminess is nice. It alo has a slightly toasty quality.

Not a bad maple offering. It isn't overly sweet, but I'd like a bit more ale body.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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