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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Reviews: 82
Hads: 175
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Derek
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of jaz58
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (768 characters)

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. (418 characters)

Photo of Caudalie
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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! (709 characters)

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! (425 characters)

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (698 characters)

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. (211 characters)

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. (835 characters)

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 (695 characters)

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 (330 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (280 characters)

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

473ml Can

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. As well, there is a quite a bit of orange/lemon flavour and some piney hops. The beer finishes a malty and citrus aftertaste and some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - It's not very often that I open a IPA/PA brewed in Ontario and am greeted by a wonderful hoppy/ciytus aroma. This has to be one of the best local beers I've had so far. It may be a touch too sweet but it's still very tasty and highly drinkable. I'll be buying a bunch of these to keep me going between beer runs to the states. Great effort Great Lakes! (933 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650mL bottle freshly imported from the MLCC. Poured well chilled (40F) into a fluted glass. No BB date.

A: When opened, the bottle starts foaming out the top before I can get a glass, so I taste it before I smell it... A touch paler than the amber I was expecting, but beautiful retention and lacing from a 1 cm tall fluffy white head.

S: Citrusy hops and a bit of pine are all over the nose. A little bit of earthiness plays through later. A wonderful nose that makes you want to drink more.

T/M: The body of the beer is thin and doesn't exhibit any substantial malt chararacter. Maybe a it of sweetness in there, but it gets hammered down by the strong bitterness that exudes in this beer. Quite bitter, and more so over time... Nice citrus / grapefruit hop aromas. I found the bitterness quite strong over time, much to my surprise.

D: For a beer I wasn't expecting much from (except perhaps a laugh at their version of "West Coast") this beer was excellent... The only things holding it back were a thin body and mouthfeel and a slightly too powerful and unbalanced bitterness. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of paxkey
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with 3 fingers of off-white head; good retention, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big juicy hop smell: citrus, pine. Beautiful!

T: A little caramel malt upfront is pushed aside by pine and grapefruit. Has a nice lingering bitter finish.

M: Light-medium body with a suitable amount of fine carbonation.

D: Drinkability is very high; a fine APA.

First they fixed Devil's PA and now GLB has redone the mediocre Canuck PA. Two very fine beers from one of Ontario's most improved breweries! (552 characters)

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. (508 characters)

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

Tasting notes from 6/26/11. Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light to medium orange/amber colour with 2 fingers of thick, foamy white head that left good lacing.

S - Citrus and pine are abundant right away with a god overall bitterness. There is a slight sweetness in the background but the hops definitely dominate.

T - Bitterness with pine and citrus dominate the palate with a very slight caramel sweetness.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Light to moderate carbonation. (480 characters)

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. (332 characters)

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

I had this in bottled form when it was last in the LCBO, and didn't love it. I have had it a few times on tap since then and found it much improved, so I have high hopes for the canned version.

Pours a clear amber-tinged yellow topped by a frothy head.

The aroma is very west coast pale ale, nice and citrusy and bright with piney resins, caramel and bread.

The taste is bready malts and mild bitterness, lightly citric, more orange pith than grapefruit, but the bitterness builds up and sticks around in the finish. If I had one complaint it might be that it's a titch too sweet and a tad not bitter enough, but considering the market it's in that will probably please more people than not. It's certainly pleasing enough for me to make this my go-to canned hop option this summer.

It's surprisingly full bodied with low carbonation.

As I understand it the bottled version couldn't be called Crazy Canuck because of some possible implied sports endorsement (google "the crazy canucks" if you have no idea what I am talking about) so the artwork had to be changed to Canuck Pale Ale. And now it shows up in cans as Crazy Canuck. Not too sure what that's all about. (1,169 characters)

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

Deep golden, light amber colour, 1.5 fingers of sticky head, nice lace. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit and orange, malt is there, nice hoppy aroma. Taste is dry and hoppy, citrus, pine and grapefruit, resiny hop but malt keeps this in check. Slick oily presence, medium weight, dry with medium to high carbonation. Really solid stuff, hoppy and refreshing. Good work. (367 characters)

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