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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: cask

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

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-08-2012 20:56:02 | More by TheSamsquanch
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-02-2013 00:24:07 | More by WillAndSarah
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-13-2012 00:53:25 | More by irishkyle21
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SandS

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-06-2012 00:43:50 | More by SandS
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 02:53:38 | More by jaz58
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-10-2012 21:58:58 | More by Molson2000
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-05-2014 19:53:30 | More by stevergca
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

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

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 13:40:46 | More by ZorPrime
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

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!

Serving type: can

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

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-16-2013 10:37:05 | More by TheBeeraholic
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JohnKenn

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-21-2014 01:50:55 | More by JohnKenn
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Magibeg

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-17-2014 20:45:14 | More by Magibeg
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AddyCanuck

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-28-2013 04:44:32 | More by AddyCanuck
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: can

06-21-2014 02:11:27 | More by Dna_Infinity
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 03:33:00 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 17:57:11 | More by spinrsx
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 23:57:56 | More by kjyost
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. enjoyed on june 27, 2014, canned like 2-3 weeks ago i think

a: a golden orange kinda thing, like an overripe mango. three fingers of creamy head with good retention and decent lacing

s: a floyd mayweather jr. punch of ripe mangoes. slight sweet orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and malt, but mangoes are the showcase here. not a complex aroma but smells tropical and wonderful. i'm drooling

t: there's kind of a mild 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, some pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and slight 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. extremely tropical, balanced, and drinkable

Serving type: can

06-27-2014 21:03:41 | More by kevinlater
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.