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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Just in time for the winter olympics this beer is showing up on store shelves across Ontario. Great timing. I hope it pays off for them.

This one pours a fairlly deep lager yellow with a soapy white head that left rings down my glass. The head stayed at a respectable cap of foam for the duration.

I like the smell. Lots of fruit with underlying grain and hops initially. As you get deeper into the glass you are probably going to find some buttery notes but it's not overwhelming. The taste has a nice west coast feel to it.. floral hops, malted sweetness, some fruit and a well balanced bitterness. I'm very impressed.

The mouthfeel is good but a little slippery and smooth. That said it does aid in drinkability because this stuff goes down really well. Sessionable even, if you could limit yourself and not get plowed in the process!

Ralphus, Feb 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Dalia
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Dalia, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a nonic glass, enjoyed on Canada Day!

A light amber-copper brew, nice n' clear, a half inch of frothy head that survives quite well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is all hops: pine, citrus (grapefruit, mango), a good whiff of resin as well. Right on the mark.

Bitterness is this brew's defining attribute, but bitterness is what I look for in an APA, and so I must say I am well pleased. The malt profile is a bit overwhelmed with all the hoptacular activity, with the caramel and bread only inching in at the beginning. The finish is bitter and very pronounced - lingers for a great deal.

Smooth, slightly creamy, good carbonation.

I am the first to admit I've been less than pleased with this brewery's regular offerings to date, but Crazy Canuck is right on the money. A tip of the cap to Great Lakes, they've got something good here and it's worth celebrating. Will get again.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance - beer pours a nice light coper colour, lots of carbonation and very lively head. the head is a nice white, about 2 fingers and some real good lacing occuring.

Smell - beer has a nice smell, light but hits the good areas. some pine with lemon, slight hint of citrus and very faint caramel.

Taste - found this to be surprising on its content. was a very good tasting beer, some good pine and sweetness, the lasting flavour is in the malts.

Mouthfeel - I found this beer didnt change much, there was a good level of carbonation added, but overall the same as taste.

Overall - I am not a big CAN beer fan, but this beer is so good. was one of the best ontario beers out there. really enjoyed it would make a tremendous session beer.

Swedes21, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

virinow, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

basementbrewer, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear medium amber colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, with some sparse head left around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, floral hops, and a light caramel sweetness. The taste is soapy citrus and grassy hops, and light caramel malt. The carbonation is a bit high, the body lightweight and clean, and it finishes with a flourish of sweet floral hops.

A decent APA, pushing the boundaries of an IPA.

biboergosum, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Batch 2

Deep orange in colour and slightly hazy. It's cap of off-white head is large, dense, well-retained, and laces patchily. Cascades give it a nice grapefruit aroma with notes of pine and flowers. It isn't a huge hop aroma but you still really notice it because there's no real malt presence underpinning it - of course, I don't think thats any kind of problem. It has a juicey citrus flavour transitioning to pine oil and citrus rind in it's lingeringly bitter finish. Once again, that hop character isn't huge (Stone it ain't), but you notice it when the bready malt malt flavour it's set against is so slight. Once more, this isn't a problem. I think this is better for being a bit unbalanced.

Finely carbonated and somewhat light bodied; feels oily and resinous between mouthfuls. I took my time trying this second batch after getting burned trying the first. I find myself wishing I had given this a second chance when the second batch was first put out, when the hops would taste their freshest. This is a pretty good pale ale, and it's definately light years better than the initial release. I'd buy this current incarnation on a regular basis if it were available year round.

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Batch 1
C- (2.7)

Appearance 4.5
Smell 1.0
Taste 2.5
Mouthfeel 4.0
Drinkability 2.0

Clear copper orange with a billowing eggshell head. Long lasting foam leaves behind a thick lace. Bready malt and piney citrus hop aromas struggle beneath excessive diacetyl that overwhelms with the scent of popcorn butter and cheap butterscotch syrup. The taste is slightly less offensive, which isn't saying much. It's buttery like the scent suggests, but with a juicy tangerine & pine hop character. Malts give a slight toasted bread flavour to a beer otherwise weighted towards the humulus lupulus. Finishes with a hint of mint and firm, lingering bitterness. Almost medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. It's not undrinkable, but off-scents and off-flavours spoil what would otherwise be a lovely pale ale.

mintjellie, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

On tap at C'est What, new beer. This is more of a less than contemperous bitter IPA than a classic pale ale. There is significant bitterness, and the abv seems higher than posted, more like 6%. Pours medium yellow body with noteable white head, that leaves lace. Served a bit too cold and a bit too much carbontion. Other than that, an above average non-Canadian beer.
Had it 5 months later in the LCBO distributed bottles, and bitterness there but also strong carbonation.
Had it on tap at the brewery one year later and very much liked the hops, orange characteristic, drinkability.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -20.8%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Dna_Infinity, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of juliendesrochers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

juliendesrochers, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Heard some people say this can made the beer look cheap. Looks awesome to me.

A little excited to try this. Hoping I won'tbe too disappointed.

A- Beautiful deep, dark gold. Yellow tint in the good amount of foam.

S- I think thissmells a little like McCoy, which I also had in the fridge and hesitated to drink instead. Lemony, grassy hops and a little bit of caramel.

T- Bitterness hits you from the start. Resiny, floral hops. You canreally taste the cone.Tiny bit of honey sweetness from the malt.

M- High carbonation. Quite crisp but can't say it's dry. Some hop oil slickness as well as astrigency I think. Good full body.

O- A solid beer. Nothing amazing but very hoppy and pretty well crafted. Don't go out of your way to find it but it is definitely worth buying. I can't get it here in Quebec but I think it would be a good choice if I ever had the chance to chill in Toronto. Canucks can be proud of this one.

Yoonisaykul, Jul 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

falconxman, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +5.5%

473 ml can. Freshness dating unreadable, but this is the redesign/re-release new fresh batch.

Pours a clear bright golden with a massive bone white head, lots of lacing on the glass. Nose is full of hoppy goodness, strong malt component with a touch of grain/grass. Taste is decent, bitter throughout and lots of bready malt to contend with. Still plenty of grassy flavour. Medium bodied mouthfeel, dry sensation. Overall an easy drinking pale from Ontario that boasts hop auromas with a clean crisp finish.

heebes, May 25, 2011
Photo of eat
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours transparent and golden. The white head fades to a ring around the glass, leaving good lacing.

Something is off with the nose, almost like milk a few days past its expiry date. I've only noticed this quality previously in one other beer: Belle Gueule Blonde. Which is not a beer I particularly enjoy. Other reviewers have described the off smell as diacytyl...I guess that's the term for whatever went wrong in the brewing here. Underneath the spoiled milk: grassy hops, caramel malt and hard candy. If the rotten lactic thing was removed, this would surely smell pretty good.

The off-ness present in the smell also shows itself in the taste, though thankfully to a lesser extent. Good showing of hops, though I wouldn't say they have a West Coast character as described on the bottle. There's definitely more of an English-style hop profile (almost like a more intense ESB). Bitter grapefruit rind, grass and soap (like Thrills). Balanced in favour of hops with some bready malt in the background (as described on the bottle). For my taste, I could use some more malt to back up the hops. I really wish it didn't have that hint of spoiled milk. This could otherwise be a pretty great brew.

Nice feel. Creamy medium body with a medium carbonation.

I'd say this beer is on the right track but the obvious brewing/bottling(?) flaw ruins this one. I especially wouldn't buy this again since their Devil's Pale Ale is so much better. If you want to check out something from this brewery, get that one.

eat, Mar 03, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Danielr26, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +5.5%

kirkse, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

I picked this up, sparkling fresh, from the brewery. I cracked it in a bout of patriotism while watching the women's curling match this past winter Olympics.
Amber golden in colour; a massive off white head erupts forth from the glass taking quite some time to settle. Superb lacing trails behind the slow decent of this rocky monster, which, fueled by tasteful carbonation, only resides well into the session.
A magnificent hop blast assaults the nose full on. Spicy and honey malt characters poke up on occasion but this bouquet really is all hops. Grapefruit and piney resin reminiscent of spruce buds hint at the hops American lineage. A slight graininess is detectable reminding of that there is malt in there somewhere. The resin smell is so profound that it almost seems incense like in nature. If you like citrus and piney aromas this one is bang on.
Crisp malt character defines this taste early on. This is quickly subdued by the bitter resinous hopping one again, almost chewy in character. The malt does hold its own providing for a fairly well balanced refreshing beer. Honey gram crackers and whole wheat bread contribute to this greatly. As the beer warms hints of butterscotch diacetyl and apple jam flit by the nose. The finish is, of course, bitter, bordering on astringent, though pleasurable.
Unfortunately the body is a bit lacking, watery and not nearly as full as one would hope given the amount of hops used.
A good beer, it's definitely a step in the right direction for great lakes. Taking cues from south of the border this is bolder and more adventurous than most of their other brews.

Reinheitsgebot71, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

DaveBar, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Boozecamel, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

A - poured a frothy two fingers from the can, pale amber colour, nice lacing and a well retained head

S - plenty of sweet floral hops wafting from the can, this is off to a good start

T - whoa what a let down, first hit is pure metallic, then a hint of bread and some floral hops but not what I was hoping for given the scent - lingering bitterness

M - light body as if it has been cut with some water after the fact - decent carbonation and a nice bitter feel on the tongue

O - some potential here but there are so many local pale ales that blow this one away that I will not be picking this up again any time soon

Stocean1, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

emerge077, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of paxkey
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

paxkey, Aug 19, 2011
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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.