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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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
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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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-06-2012 18:07:06 | More by ThinkAgain
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear burning gold with two fingers of creamy white head that displays solid retention and leaves sheet-like lacing.

Pine, light citrus, and butterscoth is all I really catch in the nose. Seems to be simple and bland.

Pine, buttery malts, a hint of citrus, and a pronounced minty character akwardly come together making for a strange APA. The mint is what really threw me off.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a poor balance. I think this was meant to be a quaffer more than anything but it's not too pleasant to drink.

Overall, a poor interpretation of an APA that seems to stray away from convention in the wrong places. The flavours clash rather than meld together and the balance is less than decent. I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:41:23 | More by ludachris
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Dalia

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.1%

10-27-2012 07:46:15 | More by Dalia
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traumaqueen


3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-03-2012 06:45:53 | More by traumaqueen
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle sample- Medium gold pour, with a moderate frothy cap. Aromas of buttered toast, floral hops, white bread, perfume. Strange flavour profile. Has fresh floral hops and a marked lemony bitterness, with a buttery flavour that leads to sweet bready malts. Seems like some sort of hybrid or cross style. It is ok, but what is going on with the butter? I had enough on my toast this morning, thanks. I'll give it a whirl again, but I'd like to see the butter go away.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:50:06 | More by mrmanning
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-06-2012 18:11:25 | More by cfalovo97
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-09-2013 03:30:28 | More by boszormeny
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the LCBO this summer.

From a can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, foamy white head with good retention. hazy gamboge orange with medium-high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and a foamy ring that leaves some sticky lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grapefruit, pineapple and some honeydew melon. Pale malts and some caramel notes as well. Light floral and piney hops there, but mostly fruity. Medium strength.

TASTE: Pale malts and caramel sweetness up front, with grapefruit bitterness and pine flavors at the swallow. Finish is medium and lingering with hop bitterness, grapefruit, floral notes and some honeydew melon sweetness as balance. Flavorful and nice, but a touch watery perhaps.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, medium carbonation and not quite creamy enough, unfortunately. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Bitterness lingers. Not quite full and creamy enough for the style.

OVERALL: This is alright, but nothing that stands out from the crowd. The crowd is picking up the pace in Ontario though, and as the quality of hoppy pales improves, this one might actually just fall off the radar a bit. That said, this is a solid brew and I'd gladly enjoy another on a warm summer's day. Cheers!

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 20:13:49 | More by Jeffo
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy apricot color with a foamy eggshell cap. Large swathes of lace cling to a good third of the glass. Buttery malty sweetness and a side of light PacNW hops make up the nose. The taste is of floral, perfumey hops and caramel malt and a distinct butterscotch character that is bordering on diacetyl and unpleasant, but just keeping itself above that level. Some warmth brings notes of grapefruit and more butterscotch. The mouthfeel is medium and light on the carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter and not too long lasting.

This is an OK pale ale, sort of a cross between the English and American varieties. Hops could be more prominent and butterscotch good be restrained a bit. Worth a try but not worth a repeat IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:48:24 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 02:37:17 | More by eat
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. A collar and film last throughout the glass

Canned pale ales always have a funny can-like smell and this is no exception. Otherwise, it has a nice spicy aroma with a buttery tone and a cherry-like bitter fruit note. Citrus finally comes through after warming and breathing a while.

Sort of tastes like rotten fruit, but in a good way. Like the aroma, citrus flavour, along with a sweet butter malt come through after it warms.

Really reminds me of Wells IPA because of its fruitiness, so in my brain falls into the category of "cheap-ish but decent". Could be a lot worse and would be a decent session ale for poker games or similar activities.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 21:59:41 | More by bryehn
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can
5.2% ABV
I tried this beer on June 10, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a translucent light golden amber with a this rocky tan coloured cap. The aroma is bready malt, and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is primarily citrusy hops, grain, and an odd perfumy flavour.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 22:20:11 | More by cyrenaica
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original Review on Feb 21st, 2010 was a D-...

"This is disgusting. It just tastes like carbonated liquid butter. If they are going to have this inconsistency, they shouldn't be bottling this. This was my first ever drain pour. I could only make it through several sips and I couldn't take it anymore. I'll get this on tap again, but not in bottle."

It looks like they fixed the quality control issues they had, so I'm re-reviewing this beer now.

It pours a pale yellow with thick white head and spotty lacing. Lots of bread malt in the smell, with faint hops. A little bit of bitterness, but an understated hop flavour for the style. It is a nice pale ale, certainly not disgusting like the previous bottle I had.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:53:12 | More by kwjd
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-10-2014 17:27:56 | More by Danielr26
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dipso123

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-21-2014 01:15:37 | More by dipso123
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batmanbach

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-07-2012 17:13:17 | More by batmanbach
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

02-15-2013 18:10:50 | More by yancot
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 00:15:16 | More by Stocean1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and lightly bitter hops is interesting. Taste is also dominated by some notes of floral and bitter hops with traces of pines and a decent caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Missing some hops but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 18:51:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Received as part of a birthday gift.

Appearance - Hazy orange / copper colored beer. 1.5 fingers of head with good retention. Sticky lace lingers at the top of the glass. Some visible sediment sinks to the bottom.

Smell - Well hopped, and citrusy. Grapefruit shines through and there's a faint caramel malt. Still dominates by the citrus and a few other tropical fruits. In theory it sounds great for whatever reason the aromas didn't gel togteher the way I expected and was left slightly disappointed.

Taste - Sort of like a light IPA as the flavors are less bold and more subtle than many others but for an APA it's got pretty good flavor. Mild hops and a nice lemon and grapefruit component. Good balance and flavor, but the beer as a whole comes a cross as a bit watery for my tastes, although probably a good one to introduce friends to craft.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium-high carbonation. Leaves with a bit of a pop in the mouth but a soft beer inside of the mouth otherwise.

Overall - For whatever reason I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought. Maybe it was an old can or something was wrong with it but I felt it was much more watery than I would've otherwise expected.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 04:13:37 | More by DenisKolkin
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bendale

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-yellow, with a nice foamy head, and active carbonataion. Light lacing, a bit patchy. Lots of hops in the nose, pretty earthy, but a bit of a sharp note too, not quite citrus. Hints of cereal grains. Taste is interesting, more feel then taste to the hops initially, with a bit of grainy sweetness. There is a nice earthy hop, and a bit of a mineral taste too. There's a bit more sweetness in the mid to late taste, sort of bready. Pretty resinous dry hoppy finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I would like or expect, though the lacing gave that away a bit. Still, pretty good beer, overall. Decent take on the Left coast IPA. If you can find it, drink up. It's quite nice. I feel like saying something patriotic like "eh oh Canada go!". Or not. I still have some shame (believe it or not).

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 16:36:39 | More by bendale
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-03-2013 15:38:01 | More by falconxman
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-17-2013 22:54:12 | More by Boozecamel
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Bluestar

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-27-2014 14:46:52 | More by Bluestar
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duimie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2014 19:07:43 | More by duimie
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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.