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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Derek, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of TheSamsquanch
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

TheSamsquanch, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

WillAndSarah, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

irishkyle21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of SandS
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

SandS, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of jaz58
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

jaz58, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of stevergca
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

stevergca, May 05, 2014
Photo of funkengruven
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

funkengruven, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received 2 cans from a trade with liamt07. Thanks mate.

The beer color is copper and appears to be slightly hazed. Nice white foamy head on top of it. Tenacious head too that sticks well to the glass. Perfect looking beer if you ask me. Aroma is all hops. It hits you right in the face. I like it. Citrusy with some pine notes. I notice also some grapefruits. Very inviting! Taste wise it is extremely good. This is very good for hot summer days and session beer. Bitter. Dry. Fruity. Refreshing. I like it. Citrus with some pine notes in the taste. It linger too in the mouth.

Overall, this beer drinks pretty easy. A very good beer and something I would buy quite often during summer days.

Thanks liamt07 for this... and I'm glad I have another one in the fridge.

ZorPrime, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Caudalie
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Caudalie, May 30, 2012
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

DaveBar, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of JohnKenn
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JohnKenn, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

CaledonCountryBoy, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of RyanPollock
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

RyanPollock, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Magibeg
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Magibeg, May 17, 2014
Photo of AddyCanuck
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

AddyCanuck, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

liamt07, May 24, 2011
Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Dna_Infinity, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  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: a potent attack of vibrant citrus. mango and ripe oranges dominate, but there are notes of mild grapefruit, malt, slight pineapple, and pine. a fantastic fruity aroma

t: there's kind of a moderate leafy hop bitterness from when the beer hits your tongue to the finish, which is what i notice first. but in the foreground is really just an assault of sweet mangoes, oranges, some pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. pine and hints of caramel malt towards the end. finshes dry. this is delicious

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

o: i waited way too long to try this one. what a terrific pale ale. it's very fruity and tropical but it's also very well balanced

kevinlater, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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

IdeaSpeeder, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

WeedKing4, Jul 22, 2012
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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.