Moosehead Pale Ale is known internally at the Canadian operation as “The Beer that Built the Brewery,” but since its 1933 introduction it hasn’t been sold in the U.S. Only 85 years later the brew — made with 100% Canadian barley — makes its debut on our shores.
As sessionable pale ale goes, Moosehead’s rendition is perfectly acceptable, if not entirely elevated. Malty with lots of caramel, there’s a distinct fruit here that you don’t usually find in American pale ales — apple and pear, perhaps a hint of orange marmalade. Otherwise the beer is bready and chewy and quite versatile, working well as a summer quaffer thanks to its low alcohol level, but providing enough heft to stand up to chillier weather.
B+ / $5 per 4-pack of 16 oz cans / moosehead.ca