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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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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 01-27-2010

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.
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 183
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery, canned May 10 and consumed May 19. Doesn't get much fresher. 473ml into a pint glass.

Pours a golden orange, translucent with a soapy and foamy white head that holds medium and large bubbles thorughout. Light sticky lace and some mild retention. Nose has some nice citrus hops, some grapefruit and a hint of pine. Light caramel underneath and a bit of breadiness. taste starts bitter, pine and citrus upfront, with more orange and a touch of grassiness coming through later on. On the heels of the hops is a bready pale malt, while the hop bitterness prevails throughout the duration of each sip. Slight juicy qualities to the hops and a moderate bitterness, appropriate and not dominating. Just less than medium in the mouthfeel, and this one goes down pretty easy. Certainly a step up from the original recipe.

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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 Dalia
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of RastaRhino420
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks Good, Smells Good, Tastes Awful

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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 basementbrewer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justme
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 juliendesrochers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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.

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Photo of eat
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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