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Great Western Original 16 Canadian Copper Ale - Great Western Brewing

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Great Western Original 16 Canadian Copper AleGreat Western Original 16 Canadian Copper Ale

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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 06-08-2013

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 4
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, a single from yer standard chain liquor store. I gotta say, I still respect this brewery for their history, if not exactly for their ongoing beer quality.

This beer pours a bright medium copper amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, billowy pale beige head, which leaves some random sudsy upright coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of semi-sweet, ever so slightly toasted, biscuity caramel malt, roasted cereal corn, a light apple and pear fruitiness, and tame floral, earthy hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, with a somewhat subtle corn syrup backbone, a touch of white breadiness, and weak leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frothy, but little more, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, just a mild clammy twinge messing with things. It finishes on the sweet side, as the adjunct-tinged caramel malt sees barely any offset to the contrary.

One of those easy-drinking, non-thinking, soul-sinking Canadian amber ale offerings, the kind where you could easily put a number of them back before knowing what you were doing. Suggested pairings: out of town, hotel-bound visits with the mother-in-law.

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled on tap at a Calgary pub on New Year's eve. Seemed like the best bet for this particular tap selection. Looks nice, a copper penny color with darker red highlights near the top of the glass, oddly enough fading to almost clear at the bottom. Aroma was faint and it was difficult to discern much beyond a nondescript fruity sweetness, some ale yeast, a dying echo of what could be grassy hops? Taste was fortunately easier to dissect although there was little in the way of excitement I am afraid: Faint fruity esters (raisin, apple, maybe a little pear, some unexpected banana) over top a corn syrupy sweet/mellow caramel background. Hints of toast and biscuit. Drastically underhopped although I do taste a little green grass and there is the requisite bitterness present. Quite dry but more residual sweetness than you'd get from a red lager cousin. Watery consistency and high level of carbonation as befits many mediocre macro-brewed red ales and lagers. Fewer off-flavors than expected, though, only a little slight cardboard in the finish. Would be drinkable in quantity in a pinch. Fortunately you can almost certainly find something better these days, unless you are confined to a hole-in-the-wall pub full of grannies playing VLTs for a few hours ... And everyone else is drinking Coronas.

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3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lives up to its name as a coppery brew. Copper red under a short head that immediately settles to a partial film, some little lace. Nothing special looking beyond its pronounced colour.

Sweet caramel nose to smell and to taste. Quite sweet overall. Malt and some butteriness. Hops very subdued, but present in the nose and both at the front end and the back end of the beer.

Mouth feel is spritzy, but thin and watery.

Unremarkable, unmemorable.

Thanks to Aaron for fetching me a can back to Ontario from Saskatchewan.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473mL can; I'm not sure what unique aging process was used here. I don't think it was aged in anything like oak, but it is a bit different.
A - definitely copper in color, topped with a bubbly, ivory head that holds decent retention
S - bready toasted malt, a bit metallic, buttery, herbal, nutty, vanilla
T - sweet, toffee, toasted grain, vanilla, nutty, bread, caramel, slight diacetyl, earthy/spicy hop finish, overly sweet, but the hops do cut into the sweetness a bit
M - creamy, smooth, thin/medium body, nice carbonation
O - Unique, but nothing spectacular. Glad I got to try it on a short trip to my home province of Saskatchewan

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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Great Western Original 16 Canadian Copper Ale from Great Western Brewing
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