(5.00% ABV) Poured into a rocks glass on a hotel balcony overlooking a thickly-wooded hillside in Whistler, Canada. Cheakamus Chai-Maple Ale poured a Coca-Cola brown with a thin tannish head that quickly receded.
The beer smelled strongly of sweet candied maple. Chai was the first flavor we noticed upon tasting, before the maple joined in and the two flavors combined for an exceptionally long finish. The beer was relatively thin bodied with a lively, effervescent mouthfeel.
Maple Ale was different than almost any other beer we've sampled, and for that we've got to give the brewmaster credit for trying something new. It's probably not something we'd drink regularly, but for a late spring / early summer beer we found it refreshing. B