From Cassel Brewery in Casselman, ON via the LCBO, Bucky sampled a bottle of Golden Rail Honey Brown Ale. A 500 ml bottle was selling for $3.45 at the time of writing, was 5.0% alcohol by volume and packaged on August 18, 2015.
Golden Rail poured an attractive clear copper/orange colour with a very aggressive pour required to raise about 1” of bubbly off-white head. The head faded to a thin collar and film within a couple of minutes, but left some modest lacing and spotting behind as the beer level fell. Its aroma was of sweet caramel malt with just the faintest hint of honey. The taste was sweet caramel malt up front, and if you really concentrate you can just pick up a touch of honey in the middle, with a very mild hop bitterness to the finish. A bit too light on the honey aroma and flavour for my liking, but fairly well balanced. The carbonation was very soft, and the beer was light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but with the word “honey” in the name I have to admit that I was looking for much more of a honey presence.