Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Canuck Pale AleGreat Lakes Canuck Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of a west coast pale ale pushes the boundaries much like the Crazy Canucks of the past. We've brewed it for those who enjoy adventure and a departure from the ordinary. The result is a wildly hoppy aroma with a lingering bitterness complemented by a soft breadly malt flavour.

Added by Sammy on 01-27-2010

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Photo of Noelan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent art on the can. In the interest of furthering my Canadian micro brewery tastings, I couldn't resist this one.
Poured into a pint from a 473ml can.

Look:Cloudy amber, a finger of white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Great lacing. 4.0

Smell: Bitter and hints of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. The smell is both dynamic and attractive. This is a beer you could smell all day and never tire. By this point I can't wait to taste it! 4.5 (best beer in terms of smell i've ever tasted.)

Taste: A perfect mix between bitter and sweet. Grapefruit, orange and lemon come together to complement one another, then with a wave of bitterness, and finally ending with pine. 3.75

Feel: Dry, clean and bitter. 4.0

Overall: This would be a great beer for people who want to get into IPA's, because it drinks like one, without the overwhelming bitterness. Overall, this beer is a pleasure to drink, and anybody who has the chance absolutely should go for it. 4.25

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Photo of Taybeh
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy (canned about 2 months ago) into a Spieglau IPA glass. Slightly cloudy golden amber with a thick 2 finger white head with good retention and very good lacing. Nose is both bitter and sweet grapefruit, some grassy herbal notes. It is nice and clean and straightforward - not much complexity or depth. Taste is similar...very little from the malts, taste-wise, and fairly clean and bitter citrus.. very faint touch of resin and a little digging-around-in-the-garden catamint towards the end, then some lemon shows up and lingers a little. Very light, clean, dry. Nothing wrong with this one, and I can see it being quite nice in the summer...wouldn't pass it up, if it were readily available, but it isn't going to stand out in a crowded field either.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From one of the new artwork 473ml cans. It's fresh.

Nondescript appearance. It's a pale ale, y'know? Not a lot of head. Some lacing.

A whole lot of citrus aroma. I'm pretty sure this is made with Simcoe, Citra, Chinook, and Columbus hops.

Even more of that citrus. Grapefruit-y. Some satisfyingly bready malt as well.

Bitter. Dry. Clean mouthfeel.

A solid citrusy APA. I know it's easily overlooked since it's been around forever, but this is one of the better Ontario craft beers I've had.

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Photo of SSS
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S-I get a Columbus hops aroma, a little dank funk
M-light mouthfeel and carbonation, but adequate
T-This beer is nice and hoppy with a dank resinous flavour. More of an IPA than a pale ale for me which is very welcome
O-I very much enjoyed this beer! Was expecting a pale ale and got a pseudo IPA! Good deal.

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Photo of akdo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: The body has the colour as honey and we can see barely see through it. There is also an ongoing carbonation that feeds a one-finger head. The latter is reduced to a thin film with some small holes. Moreover, the beer leaves traces of foam on the glass as we drink it.

Smell: Upon smelling the beer twice, the nose sends notes of lemon and then orange zests. The notes of pine woods are in the background.

Taste: The palate offers little sweetness, which will please many people. The marriage between lemon and orange zests offsets the sweetness. As we move to the finale, the notes of pine woods become more assertive with some residual taste of orange zests.

Feel: It is a fresh session beer. Whilst the beer is slightly watery, the transition between the fruits and pine woods is quick. Moreover, I love the lingering bitterness after the beer has entered my wind pipe.

Overall: The beer was a little watery, but many people will love its simplicity and its sessionable identity. It is a beer I would normally drink during the summer.

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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Hazy golden straw. With some frothy white head.
A: Strong pungent resin pine with zesty citrus.
T: Pretty much the same as the aroma. Huge resin, nice citrus, lemon/grapefruit.
M: Great dry, clean and refreshing e with a great bitterness.
O: This drinks more like an IPA. Touché GLB.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pale gold in colour, slightly cloudy. good two fingers of foam that leave lace clinging to the sides.

scent is super piney and citrus.

taste follows scent, orange peel and some sweet fruit on the front and all pine in the back, Canuck for sure! nice and clean, with some malts i think adding depth.

Overall its punchy and clean, love the pine as it brings a dryness and woodsiness that is refreshing.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a great orange hued coppery color, which is hazy primarily from yeast. The head is off white, and creamy in appearance and dissipates rather quickly but it remains frothy. The lacing is great on this one with a huge thin layer of foam glazing my glass. The carbonation is hard to see but I think its mellow.

S- Full of hops for sure and there is a slight citrus not about this one. There are mild tones of malt sweetness and the hop bitterness is subdued...not much else to say about this one....reminds me of lemon rind to a point!

T- There is a very traditional Pale Ale flavor happening here! A good balance between bitter and sweet defines the flavor profile. Again, there is a slightly citrus nature about the flavor which follows the aroma. The malt is slightly of caramel and the finish is leafy and Earthy too! A nice taste overall!

M/O- This is a light bodied beer that leans towards medium and the carbonation is very smooth. This is a highly drinkable brew that is flavorful and goes very well with a lemon pie! It stands up with the best of them in my opinion! Recommended!

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Photo of safaricook
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy offwhite head, persistent, powered by lots of medium sized bubbles. Golden murky body.

Typical American pine and grapefruit hops, some pale malt

Pale malt but mainly grapefruit hops in the taste, bitterness of course but not too strong

As expected rather light body, but smooth and a refreshing carbonation that is well integrated

A really nice pale ale, very drinkable, refreshing and a grapefruit bitterness that keeps you wanting more but does not overpower

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Photo of Boston71
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey coloured nice white golden head. Very hoppy aroma, nice carbonation very smooth. Notes of citrus and hops on the end- easy drinking beer. Checked the can a couple of times surprised it didn't say IPA

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable, easy drinking brew. Can see myself enjoying a couple on the deck of our cabin, in the summer, after a day of fishing.
Cloudy, decent hops, pleasing after taste.
Will purchase again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

CAN
Webby taupe over inexplicably cloudy lemon-tan body. 3.5
Lemon zest nose with some cakey grain undertones and maybe a hint of acetone. 3.75
Snap wheat crackers and some tart musty Citra-esque hops with some herbal hints. 3.75
Lemon barley water end and decent IBU linger.
Some cling, verging on medium, oily. 3.75

-- Fairly one dimensional and a tad watery. But surprisingly good dankness to the hop citrus. I could drink this of a summer day. 4

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Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Has the taste experience I'm looking for in a pale ale. From the first taste when cold to the last taste when at room temp, it delivers a beautiful mix of bitter flavours. Love its complexity and how it lingers.

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Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Got this in a tall can at the LCBO on Dundurn in Hamilton, Ontario.

Pours golden and hazy. Loads of foam dying down to a ring around the edges. Orange citrus smell and taste with mild hops - some tart dryness. You feel the initial citrus wash away to the dry hops. Quite nice. Thirst quenching brew I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Slightly hazy yellow gold. Long lived creamy head that gives up a lot of interesting looking lace. A very handsome brew.

Big bitter hops with a juicy sweet character. Very resinous, plenty of pine. Interesting drinking. Lots of hops happening, but not a brutal hop assault. Grapefruit rind lingers on the palate. Mouth feel still rather soft, not a lot of carbonation - just enough.

Enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had in can and into a glass, a light golden colour with pretty white lacing. Aroma has plenty of citrus grapefruit aromas, some balanced malt profile, lemon and citrus hops, quite resiny hop profile. Taste is more along the pine profile, some bitter grapefruit as well. Quite a nice summer session pale ale, well hopped with a flavourful piney profile, hop driven flavour with a fairly simple pine resin dynamic but a quite tasty session option.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens really well and pours high. Good hold and unfiltered

S- Very good. WOW this one has hops at the end.

T- Very very good. Enjoyed this a lot to old school music of my past

M- Dry and tasty

O- Very good and will buy again. Bring on the good old times

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with.... Oyster, shrimp and crab gumbo!

Enjoy!

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber gold with heavy suspended sediment and snotty (!) yeast chunks. Looks like a hefeweizen, only darker. Big sticky head with good retention and lacing.

Very tropical aroma with pineapple and guava. Light undertone of crackery malts.

Off-dry, hoppy taste with lightly bitter pine up front leading into more tropical fruity notes. Fairly light flavor profile, emphasis on drinkability with a very simple malt base and no toffee/caramel flavors.

Medium-thin, lightly carbonated, maybe a little watery.

Dry, highly drinkable pale ale with moderate bitterness and hop-forward balance. Very little malt presence. Good if unexceptional.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can into nonic pint. enjoyed on june 27, 2014, canned like 2-3 weeks ago i think

a: a hazy golden orange kinda thing, like an overripe mango. three fingers of creamy head with good retention and decent lacing

s: really dank pine, leafy herbal green tea, modest orangey-grapefruity notes

t: has that potent dank hop presence in the front -- marijuana, tea leaves, herbal greens. the aforementioned citrus flavours follow and are not too explosive. rounds out with a mild-to-moderate bitterness

m: light-to-medium body, somewhat creamy. mild carbonation

o: i waited way too long to try this one. a terrific pale ale full of hop flavour. still one of the best value beers at the LCBO

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to Glass

Appearance - Hazy orange/yellow, big bright white head, great lacing

Smell - Hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit and slight pineapple, pine comes through as well

Taste - Great!, tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and malts as well

Overall - A really well made APA and something Great Lakes can be proud of

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Received as part of a birthday gift.

Appearance - Hazy orange / copper colored beer. 1.5 fingers of head with good retention. Sticky lace lingers at the top of the glass. Some visible sediment sinks to the bottom.

Smell - Well hopped, and citrusy. Grapefruit shines through and there's a faint caramel malt. Still dominates by the citrus and a few other tropical fruits. In theory it sounds great for whatever reason the aromas didn't gel togteher the way I expected and was left slightly disappointed.

Taste - Sort of like a light IPA as the flavors are less bold and more subtle than many others but for an APA it's got pretty good flavor. Mild hops and a nice lemon and grapefruit component. Good balance and flavor, but the beer as a whole comes a cross as a bit watery for my tastes, although probably a good one to introduce friends to craft.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium-high carbonation. Leaves with a bit of a pop in the mouth but a soft beer inside of the mouth otherwise.

Overall - For whatever reason I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought. Maybe it was an old can or something was wrong with it but I felt it was much more watery than I would've otherwise expected.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly solid beer. My wife brought this tallboy back to me from a trip to Toronto. What I like best about it is the surprisingly deep, leafy bitterness and how dry the beer is overall, making it a nice afternoon palate stimulator. The coppery brew has just a small head, but decent carbonation, a nice aroma of hops and pale malt, and a snappy, dry bite. Quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with chunky lacing. Aroma is nutty with a transient but powerful citrus tinge.

Taste begins sweet, citrus in the middle, and cruises through to the close with pine and citrus hops character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability in nice as well. All-around enjoyable brew here.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the LCBO this summer.

From a can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, foamy white head with good retention. hazy gamboge orange with medium-high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and a foamy ring that leaves some sticky lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grapefruit, pineapple and some honeydew melon. Pale malts and some caramel notes as well. Light floral and piney hops there, but mostly fruity. Medium strength.

TASTE: Pale malts and caramel sweetness up front, with grapefruit bitterness and pine flavors at the swallow. Finish is medium and lingering with hop bitterness, grapefruit, floral notes and some honeydew melon sweetness as balance. Flavorful and nice, but a touch watery perhaps.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, medium carbonation and not quite creamy enough, unfortunately. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Bitterness lingers. Not quite full and creamy enough for the style.

OVERALL: This is alright, but nothing that stands out from the crowd. The crowd is picking up the pace in Ontario though, and as the quality of hoppy pales improves, this one might actually just fall off the radar a bit. That said, this is a solid brew and I'd gladly enjoy another on a warm summer's day. Cheers!

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Photo of funkengruven
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another I picked up on my last trip, this one poured a nice amber with a touch of nice fluffy head. Smell is primarily of hops, I'm guessing Cascade, with some malt in there too, pretty nice. Taste was suprisingly really good, Hops are nicely balanced giving a nice grapefruit aroma. Finish is bitter but clean. Mouthfeel is full but smooth, quite nice.

A great beer. Definitely will remain a staple in my fridge.

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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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