For a small town brewery, an appealing flagship offering is essential.
In Elora Borealis Citra Pale Ale, the Elora Brewing Company has a citrus-tinged gold mine.
The colour and scent are faintly reminiscent of Shock Top, but with a much crisper profile, that sits lighter than the Anheuser-Busch mainstay. The light malt and Citra hops combine to give a colour to match the bright aromatic profile.
I find that many flagship ales can be bland and uninspired. This is not the case for this upstart in the self-proclaimed (and perhaps well-justified, though that is for a different forum) “Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village”.
The flavour profile is consistent and crisp. It is a highly drinkable, but sophisticated base entry that is as refreshing as it is aesthetically pleasing.
From the beautiful Northern Lights-inspired bottle art to the title pun that is perfect beyond comprehension, I love everything about this beer. The citrus notes are present while not overwhelming, which is a wise business decision, because the average patron will be unlikely to stop at one pint.
In a very competitive craft beer scene spanning Waterloo Region and Guelph, Elora Brewing Company has a product that will ensure continued success for their brand.