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Church-Key Brewing West Coast Pale Ale, Ontario

$13.75/six pack

"Church key" – it's a nickname for those old, double-edged openers, the kind with a pointy end for piercing pre-pull-top cans and a rounder end for bottle caps. It's also the name of this fine brewery near Campbellford in Eastern Ontario, which operates out of a former church. The company's take on extra-hopped American Pale Ale, this 5-per-cent brew is well-rounded, with a floral-herbal aroma that leads to flavours of orange, tangerine, pine and caramel-like malt. Dark golden, it displays moderate carbonation and a bitter bite that I would not describe as fearsome.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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