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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale AleGreat Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 01-27-2010)
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 04:13:37 | More by DenisKolkin
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 21:58:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 22:35:35 | More by ppoitras
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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!

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 20:13:49 | More by Jeffo
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 18:42:25 | More by funkengruven
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured slightly hazy, greenish amber colour. Produced 1 inch of medium head that left very good lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom.

A strong earthy pine and grapefruit citrus aroma. This is the strongest aspect of this pale ale.

The taste is all pine at first. The citrus flavour is not present in the mouth. As the brew warms there is a sweet malty taste too.

A medium feel without any unpleasantness.

Overall this is a solid, well hopped American pale ale. Perhaps a bit of a sleeper in the Ontario pale ale herd.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 15:47:26 | More by ssmack
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow/golden colour with a thin white head which dissipates quickly. A moderate amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Sweet fruits and grass dominate. A few faint floral notes.

Taste - Citrus hops right off the bat...grapefruit seems to be the consensus, followed by grass and grains, and finally towards the end a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very grainy, almost unfinished home brew like texture on the tongue, but its not a bad thing. It gives this beer a certain charm. Carbonation is medium to high.

Overall - 4/5

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 03:33:00 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL Can, in my hotel room Toronto
A - cloudy amber, little bit of foam fades quickly, occasional lacings
S - wow - hops!
T - hops bitterness up front, and behind too. Crisp, but not a lot behind the hops.
M - a little watery, it's like a hop tea
O - I like the hops, but needs more balance.

Serving type: can

05-12-2013 18:23:33 | More by greenengineer
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a 1 1/2 inch thick head that is frothy and white. After 60-90 seconds it falls to a white film with climbing edges. Lacing is low. Beer colour is straw with hues of orange in it. Beer as a very low haze due to dry hopping.

S: Freshly cut wet grass, floral with hints of grapefruit. Some base malt aromas present.

T: hints of buttery bread, lots of wet grass with some grapefruit. Bitterness is right up there.

M: Silky smooth on the tongue, good carbonation, has a dry finish. low-medium body

O: This is a great Pale Ale. On style very much so.The smell and taste are very well within style and I believe this Pale Ale showcases well and is a standard to look to.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 20:57:09 | More by Kremlock
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong and fresh. Well carbonated with opaque, sunset orange body. Flowering grapefruit and tangerine sweetness in nose that closely matches taste. Weighted, hoppy flavour in balance and moderation that develops into a lightly lemon sugared mouthful with some lingering bitterness that can outstrip development. Watery at times with evaporating flavour. Drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 23:01:30 | More by HATS4BATS
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great aroma when poured. Lemon / grapefruit nose with a great hint of hops.
Slightly cloudy in the glass with a warm orange marmalade colour.
Thick head, with a tinge of carmel colour.
Round mouth feel featuring a tea lemon beginning and finishing with a refreshing bitter.
A very fresh tasting beer. I always go out of my way to try IPA's and PA's and this is a great effort by Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 02:53:38 | More by jaz58
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emerge077

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jay for sharing this one! Served in a tumbler glass.
"F2512" printed on the bottom of the can.

Hazy orange with yellow edges, sheets of lace inside the glass, thin skim of foam across the surface. Retention is average. Foam has a soapy texture.

Mild earthy herbal hop aroma, orange and bitter citrusy grapefruit rind taste, smooth pale malt in the middle with a lightly resiny bitter aftertaste. Tastes slightly faded but overall well put together.

Serving type: can

07-26-2012 01:53:11 | More by emerge077
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Gigs in London. Pours a golden orange. Tastes of grapefruit with a very nice hop bite and good bitterness overall. A very nice surprise and its quite easy to drink. Loved the hop burps I got from this. This brewery is really making great strides for craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:45:16 | More by WeedKing4
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a hazy rich yellow gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Lightly roasted grains, some grassy floral hops.

Taste. Toasted malt, grassy hops and a little citrus. A little bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Quite flavourful, another nice can from Ontario. Thanks again, liamt07!

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 03:32:50 | More by Rutager
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a riedel magnum red wine glass, courtesy of wfeddern from CANbif

I'm pretty impressed overall, as this is neat, aromatic, highly drinkable and smooth, while I had no expectations at all. A really great hoppy Pale Ale, I'd drink this often if it was available nearby.

A: Nice copper color, with some lacing on tops.

S: Nice hops, but not ultra powerful neither. Nice.

T: this is really great, with an intense and really precise pink grapefruit flavor, but not a fake, artificial one. Tastes more like the real deal. The bitterness is present, balanced, and reminiscent once again of grapefruit. Nice lenght too...

O: A pretty smoth, soft pale ale. The kind of beer I'd drink everyday. Thank you!

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 22:32:08 | More by Caudalie
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LadyOfMuchBeer

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light copper, clear, approx. 1/2" of creamy white head. Very appetizing. Slow and steady carbonation.

Smells of grapefruit peel, hops, and a slight(very faint) ester-y/medicinal quality.

Tastes nice and hoppy on the front, strong acrid grapefruit, fruit esters are a tad present. Overall a nicely balanced tongue, with a not so harsh bitter on the back. Hops may have faded with time, have no clue how fresh this one is. It came in a trade from CANADA.

Mouth feel- Super creamy, delightfully so. It drinks like a hoppy cream ale. No stick to it at all, just cream.

Overall, a very session-able, delightful pale ale. They aren't way up in the air, but both thumbs are up on this one.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 01:44:30 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear copper hue with a tall and puffy marshmallow-like foam head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Wow- wasn't expecting this. Very fresh and buttery. Healthy amounts of pine, buttered bread, earthy fungus-like aroma, grapefruit, and nutty elements. Reminds me a lot of Heady Topper aroma-wise. Fantastic.

T: Similar to aromas, but taken down a notch. Piney hops, biscuit bread-like malt, probing citrus, and an element of musky earthy goodness. Quite tasty and certainly fresh tasting.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A commendable amount of oily character considering the ABV. Overall pleasingly bitter with a certain dryness.

D: Quite an impressive pale ale for Ontario that I could easily include in my go-to sessionable rotation. Fresh, buttery, and smooth. But seriously, this can is hideous.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:11:58 | More by Digimaika2
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew has really evolved over the years. Now it's finished with Amarillo & Simcoe hops, which really shine!

Gold with a white head, good retention, bit of lace.

Huge American hop aroma to entice any hop head.

Plenty of citrus hop flavour, with a little piny resin and 'weed'. It's not bong water, but it's pretty bold. Bitterness is somewhat restrained, allowing a little biscuity malt sweetness to poke through. The malt does a nice backup here... but it's really all about the hops!

Well-attenuated, light hop acidity, nice crisp finish.

A very sessionable hop fix.

Serving type: cask

01-14-2012 02:03:09 | More by Derek
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francisfilion

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 500 ml can in a ESB Thumper pint.
It was an orange cooper with a white average size head that dissipates rather quickly leaving spotty lacing
Nice aroma's of pine and spruce from the hops very refreshing aroma's
Hoppy taste with a good bitterness and thick malt presence as the backbone
Good carbonation, medium to full-bodied
Overall it was a really really good Pale Ale, a definite re-buy for me!! Very drinkable and refreshing pale ale.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 23:12:04 | More by francisfilion
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can to pint glass. Hazy light gold, tight short white cap that faded rocky down to a nice wispy topper.
Smell is a nice light citrusy hop punch.
Taste starts out with that citrus punch, backed with a caramel sweetness that ends bitter citrus/pine cross.
Mouthfeel light crisp, a bit too much carbonation but that can be fixed with a swirl.
Overall this is a fine APA/IPA fully enjoyed.
Thanks to Matt (korguy123) for the awesome CAN from CANada

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 07:18:35 | More by sliverX
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very clear golden with lots of carbonation bubbles. Large and long-lasting rocky head.

Smell - Big hops aromas of passionfruit and pine, sweet caramel coming through as well.

Taste - Not quite as good as the aroma suggests it could be. Fruity hops with a nice amount of bitterness and a solid malt background.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 18:21:07 | More by
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

against my better judgement picked up the summer 2011 discovery pack at the lcbo.

this is my first sample. has a toque hanging off the 'k' in the beer name.

pours yellow and fizzy.

great hop aroma. piney zesty. smells very nice.
good head retention. aromas of kiwi passion fruit.

chewy mouthfeel with a little oiliness. lots of nice hop bitterness lingers on and on. makes the mouth pucker slightly. love it.

definitely going back for more of this tasty brew.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 23:11:21 | More by paxkey
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the OCB summer mix pack. Pours a pale, cloudy amber colour, atop which sits a finger of foamy, loose, off-white head. Decent retention - it lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a cap and some sticky lacing on the sides. Certainly looks tasty. I don't normally rant about beer odours (largely because I smoke a lot and don't trust my nose's opinions all that much), but this stuff smells fantastic. Hops are front and center and pretty intense, with a piney grapefruit citrus character. Some floral perfume notes; underlying this there is some malty brown sugar sweetness. Alright, I'm eager to try this stuff.

Much of the same strong notes found in the nose are also present on the tongue. Caramel malts and bready grains provide a foundation, but as with the smell the hoppy bitterness is what makes this beer interesting. Fresh, piney earthy hops with a strong astringent grapefruit quality. This astringency lingers for a few seconds after swallowing. Light to medium-light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Although the hops are the more dominant flavour, they're not overpowering so there's no reason this wouldn't make a great session ale.

So far this is the best brew in this year's mixer pack, with only two others left to go. I haven't seen this in my LCBO outside of this pack, but if I ever see singles or sixers this could easily become my go-to APA. Great stuff.

[Updated Jan 2. 2014]

Man, it's been a long time since I last had this one. I picked up another can and compared it to St. Ambroise Pale Ale, Conductor's Craft Ale and Naughty Neighbour in an APA showdown. Tasty stuff, with a nice tropical fruit vibe in addition to the usual piney/earthy notes. The flavour isn't wowing me as much as it did last time, but this is still a very solid APA - and to be fair, I think this can is dated from September so it's far from fresh. Crazy Canuck was one of the first APAs I ever had the opportunity to try, and it still holds up as one of my favourites. I guess that's the problem with being a ticker - in the rush to discover new and better beers, it's easy to forget the old gems.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+.

Serving type: can

08-11-2011 03:20:59 | More by thehyperduck
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of pine and citrus from the hops with a bit of caramel coming from the malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant citrus and pine taste to it with a slight spiciness and has a bit of a bready/caramely sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 22:45:36 | More by SebD
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy oragne copper colour, generous finger of big bubbled head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - A touch mild. but sweet citrus hops, touch earthy with cedar and pine coming through, and a caramel backbone on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with the citrus hops off the top, the earthy flavours coming through after that, though a touch metallic. The caramel notes linger on the palette alongside some hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A well hopped pale ale that is both thirst quenching and bold enough in flavour, with some nice hop highlights. A quality ale that is easily drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 20:19:40 | More by andrenaline
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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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