Day 6 of Taste-Mas 2014: Granite Peculiar Strong Ale 650 ml


Peculiar Ale has been brewed by the Keefe family since 1985, making it one of Canada’s oldest craft beers. Peculiar is a strong English ale, not too hoppy and reddish brown in colour. It is a dark, malty brew, full in taste with a sweet dry finish. 650 ml, 6% alc./vol.



  One thought on “Day 6 of Taste-Mas 2014: Granite Peculiar Strong Ale 650 ml

  1. Chuck
    December 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Man, this is the best year yet!! Until tomorrow’s mix pack that is…..

    I thoroughly enjoy a good red ale. And this is a good red ale. I do find it a bit dry on the finish, but it is a clean flavourful ale.

    The fact that the brewery is down the road from work is pretty cool too…

    Yet another winner for 2014 Taste-Mas!!!

  2. Russ
    December 19, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    A very mild flavoured beer. The bottle says it’s not too hoppy, and I agree. I find this beer to be just a little lacking in character. It’s perfectly drinkable, and maybe even a bit more drinkable than a typical strong beer, but there’s not really anything remarkable about this beer.

    Luckily, I grabbed another Bee-Lixir and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale to round out my Friday night when this is done!

  3. December 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Yes, a very red ale that is not too hoppy and is quite malty, but does not have the “strong” that we have had in the past. Perhaps we have been overloaded with strong winter seasonal beers in our travels and have been a little jaded that the word “strong” has lost it’s true meaning. I like the flavour and the easy drinking aspect of this beer.

  4. Chris
    December 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Definitely have some catching up to do! Work was crazy busy this week. Will catch up on Day 1 – Day 5 this weekend!

    Peculiar is defined as not usual or normal. I would tend to agree with Russ that its lacking in character and is more of an average beer than peculiar.

    A dark amber colour in nature, it didnt have a significant amount of head or carbonation. I can taste malts and as discussed, its not too hoppy (which is my preference). A very drinkable beer that isnt too strong or hoppy – more my style.

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