Monday, 25 July 2016
Railside Session Ale
Railside Session Ale is a low-alcohol offering from Guelph, Ontario's venerable Sleeman Brewing and Malting Co. Sold in Sleeman's trademark clear 341mL glass bottles, this copper ale is largely clear and pours with a quickly melting off-white head. At just 4.2%, Railside really is a session ale.
To my nose, this stuff smells mild, with toasted malt notes and a subtle hint of hops. This aroma is closely replicated in the flavour, with malt and caramel in front and a bit of bitterness out back.
Truthfully, my thinking on this little ale is that it's mostly alright, but nothing special. There is a decent amount of flavour for the low percentage, but it isn't all that interesting and there is a bit of a hops power shortage.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10.