Bucky and his entourage descended upon Ramblin' Road Brewery Farm, located near La Salette, Ontario in Norfolk County, to sample their wares. First up was their Dakota Pearl Ale (“DPA”), sold from the Farm's own retail store in a brown, 341 ml bottle. DPA was 5.0% alcohol by volume, and is unique in that it is made using the same Dakota Pearl potatoes used to produce the farm's beer washed kettle chips.
DPA poured a perfectly clear golden yellow colour with some slow rising carbonation bubbles. An aggressive pour produced about 1” of pure white head that quickly faded to a thin film, leaving some modest lacing down the glass. The beer's aroma was a combination of lemon and the earthy smell of potatoes stored in a cold cellar. Interesting! DPA's flavour very much followed its aroma, sweet up front, followed by a certain earthiness and lemon citrus, with a slightly bitter finish. A very refreshing brew and Bucky's personal favourite among the Farm's 4 offerings, which can be sampled in its retail store. DPA is a light bodied beer with a modest carbonation level and dry mouth feel. A few points added to our rating for the innovative use of potatoes in the beer making process!
Dakota Pearl Ale
As part of a mixed 6 pack from the brewery store, Bucky sampled Ramblin' Road's Country Ale in a brown 341 ml bottle. Country Ale was 5.0% alcohol by volume with no visible ‘best before' or production date on the bottle or box.
Country Ale poured a clear straw/gold colour with plenty of large, fast rising bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1” of fluffy white head which quickly faded to a thin collar and film, leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma was a nice combination of caramel and lemon citrus. The beer's taste began with a caramel sweetness which gave way to a refreshing lemon taste, ending with a very mild, and delayed impact bitterness. Simple…but tastier than any macro brew that comes to mind. Country Ale was relatively light bodied with an active, but appropriate level of carbonation. Basically, this is a tasty, inoffensive brew that you could drink all night. In summary, nothing spectacular here, but refreshing enough that you would want to spend the extra few bucks on this versus a 24 of Molson Canadian.
Fresh from Ontario's only brewery farm came a 341 ml bottle of Ramblin' Road's Country Lager, at 5.0% alcohol by volume.
Country Lager poured a very clear golden yellow with plenty of slow rising carbonation bubbles, taking on a beautiful golden hue when backlit. Pouring produced about 1.5” of off-white head which stuck around for 2-3 minutes before fading to a thin film of foam, leaving some modest lacing down the back half of the glass. Its aroma was pretty straightforward…sweet caramelized malt with a bit of a hop presence in the background. Likewise with its flavour; sweet caramel malts up front, followed by bread and grains, with a mild hop bitterness to the finish. Ramblin' Road isn't going for anything fancy here, just a simple, drinkable lager. While Country Lager hits this intended mark, I miss the more pronounced flavours and aromas of the brewery's DPA and Country Ale. Light to medium bodied with a mellow carbonation, I would rate this beer as respectable, but would reach for Ramblin' Road's DPA or Country Ale first.
Finishing the last of his stash from Ramblin' Road, Bucky sampled their Country Pilsner in the brewery's standard, brown 341 ml bottle. Country Pilsner was 5.0% alcohol by volume.
The beer poured a clear straw yellow colour with hints of gold, and a fairly aggressive pour was required to raise about ¾” of bright white head. The head lasted for roughly three minutes before fading to a very thin collar of foam with a circular film in the centre of the glass. This collar and film left some respectable lacing all down the glass. In terms of aroma there's not a lot going on here…some light malts with a mild hop presence. Its flavour began with some sweet caramel malt, finishing with that modest hop bitterness typical of a pilsner. Basically this is a decent, very safe pilsner in design and execution. Country Pilsner had a crisp mouth feel with a suitable carbonation, and I would describe it as toward the light side of light to medium bodied. Another respectable brew from the folks at Ramblin' Road.