Never having heard of County Durham Brewing Company, despite their location in Pickering, Ontario, Bucky was curious and picked up a bottle of their Signature Ale from his local liquor store. The bottle was 500 mL with a ‘best before' date of September 30, 2014 and shrink-wrapped to give it a stone-like appearance. Signature Ale was 5% alcohol by volume.
Signature Ale poured a hazy copper/amber colour, producing about 2” of orange tinged off-white head that faded within three minutes to thin collar of foam, leaving some attractive lacing down the glass. Its aroma was dominated by grapefruit and lemon citrus, with a malty background. The taste begins with a malty sweetness, quickly followed by lemon and grapefruit which linger as an enduring, noticeably bitter aftertaste. Though billed as a British style pale ale it's not that in the traditional sense, and reminds me more of an American Pale Ale in flavour and aroma. The mouth feel is quite dry, and I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Not quite what I was expecting from the description on the label…Signature Ale seems more North American than British in nature, but is quite respectable nonetheless. Currently selling for $3.95 per 500 ml bottle.