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Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale AleGreat Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%


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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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very rich, deep golden colour with two fingers worth of frothy white head. Settles to a creamy cap and completely covered my glass with thick lacing.

S: Piney and citrus hops. A bit of caramel malt but the hops dominate the nose.

T: Very faint malt taste to it with a little sweetness. But basically just get a hoppy bitterness to it.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: The only downfall to this beer is the light body and lack of malt character. Besides that I really enjoyed this beer. If you like a beer with a good bitter finish to it then seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 17:47:41 | More by marty21
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much, much improved over the initial release!

Beautiful amber colour, invitingly hoppy aroma and decent level of carbonation. The flavour profile is incredibly extensive for 5.2%. A delightful and well balanced blend of sweet and bitter, with a multitude of hop flavours followed by a pleasantly lingering finish.

I'm impressed. Had trialed this beer during the Vancouver Olympics and it was not nearly as flavourful. Well done, Great Lakes!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:35:31 | More by hopsolutely
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm...I forgot I had this one. Well, I better drink it now since I believe it was brewed for the Olympics...yeah.

Appearance: Poured with a thumbs worth of head that sustained well and laced quite well. The body is a crystal clear dull bronze with plenty of carbonation in the body. Maybe a bit more lace and retention would earn it the perfect score, but it's still very well done.

Smell: Unsurprisingly hoppy although it's not overpowering and out of control like an IPA. Pretty much what I would expect from a pale ale. Cascade hops, however are all you will smell as while they are potent, they drown out everything else.

Taste: Starts with a bit of a bland white bread malt with a hint of hop oil which then comes forward with an almost leafy taste and texture and then seems to simmer down fairly well with a bit of light malt and almost herbal taste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very good and helps the entire beer and the transitioning is nice. The aftertaste is there but muted, which I like in a hoppier beer but I can see bothering some people. It's also a bit too dry, which I don't like. Something I can't quite pin down is off, and I think it's a bit of and almost salty feeling in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Well, it is a pale ale so it's not expected to be exceptionally refreshing, but the dry aftertaste hurts the case. That and the carbonation seems to be causing a bit of bloating. Still, I'm not having much difficulty getting it down.

Final Thoughts: Well, this beer has certainly aged well, it's a bit rough around the edges but I for one am glad to see Great Lakes continue to mature as a brewer. Nothing exceptional here, but certainly a worthwhile one. It would not surprise me that if this becomes a regular seasonal that it will be an excellent beer on the next or third attempt.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:31:17 | More by TheHammer
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - Clear golden colour to the body. The beige head is pretty rich, with good retention and some lacing.

S - Some good balance between pine-like and citrus-like hops. Some fruitiness (apples, plums, oranges). A bit of toffee or butterscotch.

T - Some pine and citrus (grapefruit and orange), then an immediate wave of bitter hoppiness. A bit of toffeish sweetness and fruitiness.The finish is very dry and quite bitter, with some lingering pine notes. Not bad at all, but could be more aromatic to better counterbalance the bittering hops.

M - Medium-body. Kind of sticky and resiny. Moderate-to-mild carbonation. Not very smooth, but appropriate for the style.

D - The drinkability is good. This is a very sessionable beer, provided you're a hop-head or just someone who tolerates the dry bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good APA; definitely the hoppiest beer from the Great Lakes Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:00:53 | More by NightINgale
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber sized from the local LCBO.

A - Claer gold, solid head of of foam.

S - Nose is grapefruit and a touch of pine. Light background fruit and some butter as it warms.

T - Light grainy malt and a bitterness-leaning hop. Still, there's some citrus/grapefruit and a bit of generic fruitiness coming through as well. Lightly tart up front front. Could use some more robustness in flavour.

M- Medium-light body and a modest carbonation.

D - Not bad. A decent quaffable brew, although I would prefer the hops to be balanced more towards aroma/flavour than bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 18:49:50 | More by allergictomacros
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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up, sparkling fresh, from the brewery. I cracked it in a bout of patriotism while watching the women's curling match this past winter Olympics.
Amber golden in colour; a massive off white head erupts forth from the glass taking quite some time to settle. Superb lacing trails behind the slow decent of this rocky monster, which, fueled by tasteful carbonation, only resides well into the session.
A magnificent hop blast assaults the nose full on. Spicy and honey malt characters poke up on occasion but this bouquet really is all hops. Grapefruit and piney resin reminiscent of spruce buds hint at the hops American lineage. A slight graininess is detectable reminding of that there is malt in there somewhere. The resin smell is so profound that it almost seems incense like in nature. If you like citrus and piney aromas this one is bang on.
Crisp malt character defines this taste early on. This is quickly subdued by the bitter resinous hopping one again, almost chewy in character. The malt does hold its own providing for a fairly well balanced refreshing beer. Honey gram crackers and whole wheat bread contribute to this greatly. As the beer warms hints of butterscotch diacetyl and apple jam flit by the nose. The finish is, of course, bitter, bordering on astringent, though pleasurable.
Unfortunately the body is a bit lacking, watery and not nearly as full as one would hope given the amount of hops used.
A good beer, it's definitely a step in the right direction for great lakes. Taking cues from south of the border this is bolder and more adventurous than most of their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:59:36 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Canuck Pale Ale isn't red and white but instead a very caramelly tone of amber. The depth in its tone implies flavour. Its clarity is muffled and occasionally disrupted by a passing school of bubbles. Its head, initially a soapy, scrambled egg ensemble of loose bubbles, has quickly thawed out and all that's left floating are a few icy flakes.

The aroma is a fabulously pleasant array of citrusy and floral scents. I'm made quite aware of the Cascade hops but can't honestly buy into the West Coast notion, truth be told I've had hoppier bitters and wheat beers than this. Besides, the hops are its most dominant feature only by way of attrition; I smell not even a trace of grainy, toasty malt.

Fortunately, some of that comes alive in the taste, which lingers with long, flowing hints of caramel, honey and toasty white bread. The hops, however, continue to be the more noted of the beer's two features. That being said, its dainty floral quality, frivolous drop of citrus and the vaporous inkling of zesty spice are folding where they should be flexing.

Drinking a true West Coast pale is like stepping on a rake. Bang! In your face. This is more like strolling through a hop garden. And that's fine - but it's no "adventure" nor is it too far a "departure from the ordinary" (as the brewer promised). There's plenty of delightful hoppiness here, to be sure, but it's pleasantly passable and not painfully powerful.

Which works just fine, especially considering we're talking pale ale and not IPA! All things considered, it may not be enough to earn them a gold medal but I think Great Lakes did a fine job with this beer. Floral fragrance, pithy bitterness, biscuity sweet backbone and sessionable drinkability - sure, I'll proudly stand on guard for thee!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 19:37:13 | More by biegaman
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 21:43:55 | More by mintjellie
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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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bendale

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just in time for the winter olympics this beer is showing up on store shelves across Ontario. Great timing. I hope it pays off for them.

This one pours a fairlly deep lager yellow with a soapy white head that left rings down my glass. The head stayed at a respectable cap of foam for the duration.

I like the smell. Lots of fruit with underlying grain and hops initially. As you get deeper into the glass you are probably going to find some buttery notes but it's not overwhelming. The taste has a nice west coast feel to it.. floral hops, malted sweetness, some fruit and a well balanced bitterness. I'm very impressed.

The mouthfeel is good but a little slippery and smooth. That said it does aid in drinkability because this stuff goes down really well. Sessionable even, if you could limit yourself and not get plowed in the process!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 22:52:22 | More by Ralphus
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes have done a nice job of this bottle, appealing to patriotism as the Winter Olympics open in Vancouver, with a nifty silkscreen of cross country skis, a toque and some maple leaves (as a Torontonian its so hard not to say maple leafs). My understanding is that this is a slight tweak of a Project X pilot brew that I drank in December, which had the chewy title of 'My Wife Went to the West Coast and all I Got Was This Lousy Pale Ale'.

I pulled out the Buffalo Brewfest glass for this one. The pour produced an orange liquid with a finger of soapy white head, that died down to a film, but laced attractively. At a colder temperature the hopping is more subdued, and prominent diacetyl mixes with cereal to produce an aroma that while not off-putting, is not what I look for in a pale ale. Thankfully as the beer warms grapefruit notes become apparent, and the hops begin to wrestle back their dominance. The diacetyl remains, but the citrus and floral hopping helps to make it more integrated and passable.

At this point in its life, Ontario is disappointingly shy of hops, and anything even approaching a moderate bitterness seems to be imported. Big kudos, then, to Great Lakes for putting a product on the market that helps to push the boundaries for what our brewers are willing to offer. Its not a great beer, that's for sure, but it does deliver a bitterness uncommon in these parts, and I applaud it for that. The balance is actually slightly out of whack towards the hopping (I never thought I'd say this in relation to an Ontario LCBO offering), but the malts are still present in a creamy cereal form, as is the odd note of diacetyl. The bitterness itself is accompanied by big, sweet, juicy grapefruit mixed in with orange and the faintest hint of pine. As with the aroma everything seems better integrated at a slightly higher than normal serving temperature. The body is pretty good too - medium in both feel and carbonation, and I think it suited the flavours well.

This pale ale is no Burning River, and they need to nuke the diacetyl for me to recommend it without recommendations, but it's a very drinkable beer, and perhaps the hoppiest pale ale in the province. Since they added their pilot system, this brewery has become one of the most innovative and forward thinking in Ontario. Now that may not be saying a lot, but these are early days and I think as the market matures and the brewers become more confident in pushing boundaries and adding more flavour to their offerings, that these guys will be well-positioned to exploit it to the full. Nice work, fellas!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 14:10:11 | More by bobsy
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.8%
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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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -10%
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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly solid beer. My wife brought this tallboy back to me from a trip to Toronto. What I like best about it is the surprisingly deep, leafy bitterness and how dry the beer is overall, making it a nice afternoon palate stimulator. The coppery brew has just a small head, but decent carbonation, a nice aroma of hops and pale malt, and a snappy, dry bite. Quite a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 21:58:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with chunky lacing. Aroma is nutty with a transient but powerful citrus tinge.

Taste begins sweet, citrus in the middle, and cruises through to the close with pine and citrus hops character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability in nice as well. All-around enjoyable brew here.

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 22:35:35 | More by ppoitras
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 15:47:26 | More by ssmack
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85 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.