CB's Canandaigua Lake Ale - CB Craft Brewers

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CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rarevos on 08-13-2006

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Head and lacing has a likeness of a well-groomed latte, hazy sunset, orange-amber color. Citric woody hop, chalky yeast and nutty toasted maltiness with a hint of caramel all seem to make for a beautiful nose. Moderate-size body with a quick spank of crispness. Full malt jacket, from toasted biscuit to a subtle layer of caramel. Hops just don't sit around; a bitterness bites back, and citric peel and leafy flavors stay with the taste buds for a good while. Soild, sessionable, a little raw and even a touch complex. Choice pick.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into a nonik pint glass. bottom of six pack indicates it was bottled on AUG 04 2010.

pours a slightly hazy gold. a weak half a finger of white head, but pretty decent retention. bits of lace. quite a bit of rushing bubbles.

the aroma is kind of off. the hops are there, but take on a citrus vegetable like aroma. a little bit like pellet hops. bits of pale and caramel malt to cut the hop aromas.

the taste is also just a little off. lemony citrus and vegetable pellet hops balanced by some caramel malts. throughout the sip there is a bit of a wierd sourness, almost skunkiness that isnt too pleasent.

light bodied, bighty high amount of carbonation. a little lingering hop bitterness is felt on the palate. just a bit watery at times.

not very enjoyable to session, but id still take this over a macro is offered. i wont be seeking this out again however. way too many good pales out there to waste your time with this.

Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in the Loko 4 Locals BIF from rageagainst123. Thanks a lot bud.

Poured an amber/orange color with a half inch of slightly off white head.

Smell was light with some citrus hops coming through.

Taste was pretty basic. Not too much hop flavor overall. Mostly caramel malt throughout.

Mouthfeel was fairly light. Went down quick and easy.

Overall a decent beer but could use some more pronounced flavor. It's drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a copper color with a soapy, bubbly, dense white head that has good retention. The nose has notes of pale malt, faint hops, and a little soap. The taste is faint bready, doughy malt with very mild, floral, faint citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and smooth.

This is an easy drinking beer though simplistic. For a pale ale it's neither offensive nor bland. I'd say it's worth looking in to, but keep expectations low.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Wegman's. This reminds me more of the American-style bitters I've tried like Bitter Brewer and Bitter American. It's also a bit like a hopped-up version of Ballantine Ale. There's a sharp piney grapefruit note up front with a grassy finish. There's a little toasty barley in the background and all over the aroma. In fact, I don't really pick up the hops as I smell the beer.

There are a few better session-strength pale ale (see names above), but this is a fine beer and I appreciate that someone's making hoppy beer on the lower end of the abv spectrum.

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand-pump, @ the Old Toad (Rochester, NY) on 6/11/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a robust frothiness, which leaves back a good bit of robust frothy lace. The aroma is grassy and bitter, with a sweeter fruitiness to the profile and some lightly toasted bready grains across the back.

The taste has a fresh and green feeling bitter bite, which is softened considerably by a backbone of sweet pale grains. The finish is very dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit and a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation and an all around soft feel from the cask.

With its well balanced bitter crispness and lower ABV, this was a good choice for the hand-pump, as these fell right in line with that creamy softness to the feel that the cask conditioning brought. This wasn’t overly complex but I’ll say that this pint disappeared in no time flat!

Photo of beveritt
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a blue diamond on brown background depicting a sail boat and some signal flags spelling BEER. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a few splotchy yet substantial islands of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy bright orange. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Mild hop aroma reminiscent of lemons with just a hint of pine. Undertone of slightly vegetal caramel malt.

Taste: Extremely mild hops upfront are nearly overpowered by vegetal flavor and slightly sweet caramel malt. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: Pass. Off flavor bitterness with vegetal undertones leaves much to be desired. Not going to revisit this one. Brewery seems more miss than hit.

Photo of ballman
4.78/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great ale i can't believe wiseguy 142 would think the cb
canandaigua lake ale would taste like genny light. i have
tried many of the micro brews from many brewerys and i
think the canandaigua lake ale is the very best of them all.
custombrewcrafters does a great job on all there beers and

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me. I pulled this one out as soon as I got home from work today. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/08/2009.
The pour was nicely done, light amber in color with a small white head on top that faded nice and evenly leaving just a touch of lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice carbonation rippling up throughout the session. Aroma is light and well balanced, light citrus hops balanced against a backdrop of light grain and a nice and even bready texture seem to play off each other quite well. Nice and refreshing without anything heavy going on here at all. Nice and light hop notes up from fade into a mid grain mid palate and then smooth into a light, but dry finish at the end. Easily session able.
Overall this was a nice and solid example of the style. I would have no issues at all with having another one of these any day. Solid.

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber/orange

S-Citrus hops along with some lemon flavors.

T-Starts with lemon/bread flavors then ends with some bitterness. Not much the definition of run of the mill.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

D-A sessionable beer but nothing much beyond that.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy and herbal hops and a light grainy malt. Some caramel as well.

The taste consisted of a moderate grainy malt, a vibrant grassy hop and a residual herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strange artificial dryness at the finish.

Overall a good, refreshing APA. User friendly and very drinkable.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yellow/amber with a tall head. Extremely clear,

Smell: Sweet malt and citrus.

Taste: Light toasted malt and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Very good ale. Great flavor and well balanced. Goes down smooth. Liked it a lot.

Photo of Reiksguard
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a growler of Canandaigua Lake Ale when we visited the brewery. Very nice place, although it does really get under my skin when the servers at the tasting room can't answer basic questions about the beer. They didn't know what an IBU was and even though they have two GABF medals hanging on the wall, the servers had no idea what beers they were won with. Very disappointing.

Beer pours a dark gold, almost amber in color. The nose is citrus American hops (Cascade) with a soft malt backbone. The taste has an initial hop kick, but mellows out to be very drinkable ale. We drank the whole growler in a night and would certainly go back for more.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle is poured into a pint glass. Got this one from dogfishandi

A - Golden body, slightly hazy with a small circle of white head

S - Pale malt flavor certainly present but not picking up on much hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a pale malt flavor but not much hop presence. Really not all that flavorful at all. Not unpleasant but not much going on with this one

M - Lighter bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation

D - Drinkable for sure but there just isn't too much going on and it's kind of bland. I'm glad I got to try this and while I wouldn't have a problem drinking this again I doubt I'd buy it again.

Photo of TheDeuce
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canandaigua Lake Ale....purchased in a bottle at Wegman's. 400th Review..woot.

Appearance-mild amber color, whispy head that withers quickly out of the bottle.

Smell-light aroma of malt mixture and alcohol, hops suprisingly non-existent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel,malt upfront, later on a sourness mixed with hops, muddled throughout, flavors don't match, aftertaste is an ugly sour.

Drinkability-muddled flavors, doesn't exactly work.

Overall-a dissapointment, with so many great APAs out there it's impossible to recommend this. Jumbled flavors and a lack of character. Avoid.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was slurping this out of the growler after I bought it at the brewery. At first I really enjoyed its sweet and distinct character. I thought for sure they were using adjuncts (which they weren't) to get some sort of special and sweet character. But it was sweet in the way that after a few you want to stop drinking them, like eating too much candy. What disturbed me more was when I had a Genny Light on the same day and realized how similar they were. Still, I'd drink it again, but just not too much.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a pitcher, and we divvied it up ourselves into generic pint glasses. It showed the dusky orange of a winter’s sunset, with pinkish hues around the edges when held to florescent light. It held a two finger head of creamy French vanilla colored foam, showing great retention. Chunky, ridged lacing was left around the glasses as it receded. Thick haze cut clarity, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be lighter. The aroma was sweet with citric hops, lactic creaminess, green grassiness, dust, lemon rind and cleaner, soft phenolic plastics, wet lacquer, toasty honey, rice krispies, pale and chalky grain, and lightly sticky caramel sugars. Our first impression was that there was nice freshness to the included hops, but the grain bill was overly cheap, washed, and watered through. As we sipped, the taste opened up with dirty adjuncts, toasty pales, white sugar and mallow sweetness, wheat crackers, lemon rind, foamy plastics, watery metallics, and salty seashell lick. The middle came to a peak with toasty pale and adjuncty grain, white flour, zesty soapy and floral hops, heavily metallic yeastiness, and wheat flour dryness. The end was washed through with grassy and citric hop resins, twiggy woodiness, chlorine chemical bite, bitter chalks, pencil lead, phenolic plastics, fermented apples, and biting soapy cleanliness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter citric hops, seaweed, table salt, straw, sawdust, aluminum, yeasty metallics, toasted apple and pumpkin seeds, wheaty and pale malt bite, clean green grassiness, and soft citric and earthy hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice creaminess and froth, with decent slurp, smack, and pop to round things out. The mouth was left with tannic, tight astringency to dry, and decent warmth down to the belly. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew was its flavoring, and its ease of sip. The former offered moderately fresh hops throughout, but eased up significantly by the end of the swallow with heavy wateriness and a blanching to its robustness. This was kind of along the same lines as the feel, which was easy enough to keep the beer flowing, but too much in the way of lightness, as it fell apart at its seams, preventing the preservation of total satisfaction. Either way, this is a clean beer that goes perfectly with bowling or a hot summer’s day spent by the lake.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Suprisingly bitter with hops which I enjoyed. Tasted more like an IPA. Worth picking up, especially if you live in Canandaigua NY

Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark yellow. Nicely carbonated with a minor haze. Slightly cloudy. Big puffy head. Good drizzle of lace.

Smell is a well-balanced dry, bready malt. Really pleasant estery yeast. Hops are mild and a bit sweet. Smells like a real pub ale.

Flavor is a nice sweet bready malt. Tiny hint of chlorine in the yeast, but doesn't deter me from loving it. Hops are a tad grassy, but also sweet. Even more pleasant as it warms. Hit of sweet butterscotch/honey at the end.

Feels a bit ashy but also smooth like honey. Dry yeast brings up the rear in the feel. I am diggin this one quite a bit overall. A really good and eminently drinkable English style ale.

Photo of popatop
1.42/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know what happened here with Custom BrewCrafters. Most the time these beers are wonderful, but here it seems like they reversed the tables and tried to make a beer that resembles Bud. I don't mean to be harsh but we didn't even want to serve it to our friends, maybe we got a bad batch but we poured it out. Doh!

Photo of timmy2b
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very clear orange color in the glass with a very little amount of very white head which dissipated very quickly. Very light smell of malt with a little bit of citrus. Tastes fairly strongly of malt and has some bitterness to the end of it. Overall its fairly smooth but the bitterness is a little too much for an American Pale Ale. Would like to try on draft, but do not think I would buy bottles again.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that deposits a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Toasty, with a rather grainy character

Taste: Toasted bread and a hint of caramel, up front, with a rather harsh, somewhat herbal hop character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to stay in the forefront, though they take on a grainy aspect in the finish; the touch of caramel underpins, throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A respectable APA, but I am not enamored with the hop bill

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity and RochesterAaron, for the chance to revisit

Photo of Albertv05
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at a small, local sports bar. It was poured into a nice, clean pint glass. The beer was a brilliant copper color with minimal head that disappeared into lacing pretty rapidly. The aroma was of sweet caramel malts with some hops. Diacetyl (buttery flavor and smell) was very apparent in the aroma and only intensified as it warmed up.

The first sip was over powered by diacetyl and really ruined the beer. Behind that there definitely was an English beer meets a West Coast Ale going on. Caramel malts, fruity hops, and some yeast characteristic.

I really would have enjoyed this beer if it didn't have such a huge fatal flaw. I have noticed this in about 70% of CB's ales. I don't know how it has become so rampant, my guess is it is their house yeast.

Photo of lovindahops
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed a sixer at Wegman's this morning. A nice warm day is always supplemented with a local APA

A- pours a nice light amber with a loaded white head of foam. Classic APA carbonation is prevelant as well as signature lacing on the side. It really looks like it's going to be delicious

S- a strong presense of caramel and citrus are present all at once. There is a fair amount of malt flavor after that... as well as some slight hop flavor

T- a bitter flavor is offset by some delicious sweet malt. The caramel and citrus flavor is still present throughout the brew. It's pretty tasty

M- crip and light

D- Lake ale is very tasty! I can drop these all day

Photo of riversider76
2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Good retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit gone a little bad. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is sugary but with a sour edge.Sour not bitter. Not sure what they are trying to do here but in my opinion it didn't work.

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CB's Canandaigua Lake Ale from CB Craft Brewers
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