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.


  • ABV: 5.1%
  • IBU: 30
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Citrusy crisp, with a touch of hops
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Ryan Heighton

Ryan Heighton

The Bar of Ontario isn’t the only bar to which he’s been called. Misses drinking at the SkyDome. Enjoying Waterloo Region one (sometimes two) craft beer at a time. Favourite beers: anything hoppy enough to jump off the table.
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