ABV 5.1% IBU ?
Today’s beer profile comes from Wellington County and the Elora Brewing Co. Elora Borealis is styled as a Citra Pale Ale, a pale ale made using only the Citra hop variety. I picked up my bottle at my local LCBO in Toronto.
Elora, ON is located Northwest of Guelph and is approximately 110km from Toronto. Elora is known for its provincial park and the Elora Gorge. The town slogan is “Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village” – Take that St. Jacobs! Those are fighting words where I come from.
The Elora Brewing Co is crafting up some tasty brews in the heart of the village. They also have a food menu with some very tasty sounding food. I’ll have to think of a reason to visit this fine establishment soon.
Citra, Citra, Citra
Elora Borealis is a pale straw colour. It’s hazy and has an ample white and foamy top. The aroma is fruity, floral, and fresh. The flavour is a strong grapefruit and pineapple. There is a mild malt coming through but not much. The finish is a balanced bitterness and isn’t overpowering. Overall, this is one tasty beer.
It’s my opinion that the pale is underrated. What used to be a staple style is now often skipped altogether by many breweries in favour of multiple IPAs. Pale ales are often better when they are simple but this also means there isn’t any room to hide mistakes. For an IPA, a brewer could try to hide any off-flavours under a massive dry hop but the restrained style of pale ale limits those possiblities.
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