Located in the heart of Port Dalhousie in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Lock St. Brewery produces a tightly curated line up of beer in a storefront location close to the site of the original Welland Canal Locks.

Their core offering we’re going to be taking a look at is the Industrial Pale Ale, which is a play on Port Dalhousie’s heritage in manufacturing and transportation. 

For starters this is not an India Pale Ale but falls into a category of hoppy pale ales like Nickelbrook’s Naughty Neighbour,  Clifford’s Pinball Wizard or Orange Snail’s Mixed Tape American Pale ales (upcoming reviews) that fall within the 5% ABV range. 

Pouring the Industrial Pale Ale you see an amber coloured body with a pale off-white head, and immediately can smell grapefruit and mango notes which is promising. 

Pale Ale

Taste-wise, you get the malts and grains coming through along with some piney hoppy bitterness. To sum it up, the Industrial Pale ale tastes like a hoppy pale ale should, but it needs a bit more. 

The big challenge is the Ontario Craft Beer scene is crowded with some very well brewed Pale Ales, both British and American styles. Again, Nickelbrook’s Naughty Neighbour and Equilibrium, along with Clifford’s Pinball Wizard, immediately spring to mind as memorable pours. 

The Lock St. Industrial Pale Ale is caught mid-pack – it is a pleasantly drinkable beer that goes well with just about anything at the dinner table, but just isn’t as memorable as the ones mentioned above.

It’s not a beer you crave when you have a particular comfort food dish or think, “Gee I haven’t had that beer for a while, I should find some on my next LCBO run.”

The Industrial Pale is a decent beer, and hopefully it will get even better over time. You can find this in 473ml Tall Boy cans at the Brewery or in select LCBO locations.  

  • ABV: 5.5% 
  • IBU: 38 (approx.)
  • Style: American Pale Ale 
  • Rating: 3.4 out of 5
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