Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Canuck Pale AleGreat Lakes Canuck Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

85 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 85
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 85 | Hads: 183
Photo of Roke87
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Pours a nice clear golden amber colour with two fingers of soapy white head, that dissipates to a nice tick ring with an equally nice bubbly top, leaving lots of beautiful spider web lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Right from when I started pouring it I got a nice smell of grapefruit, great citrusy hop aromas coming through, mixed with a bit of that resiny pine smell and a slight touch of malt as well, nice to see this typically American IPA aromas in a Canadian APA.

Taste- Just like the smell would indicate this beer comes through with a nice grapefruit taste right off the bat, with those great citrusy hops, a mild touch of that resiny pine taste, balanced nicely by a nice malt flavour in there as well. Not overly bitter as most American IPA’s can be, but well balanced and just right, although I do get a weird metallic taste in there every now and again?

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with good carbonation that forms a nice bubbly top to this beer right till finish. Very smooth, crisp and easy drinking APA, a little lower ABV than I am used to but none the less it is quality on the mouth feel.

Overall- I was impressed right from the second I opened the can, it was a nice surprise to smell something so typical of a great American IPA from an Ontario craft brewer, you really don’t get this everyday here. The taste followed up very nicely compared to the great smells, although like I said I did get a slight hint of metallic metals in there; But other than that it was a very solid and good offering from a pretty solid brewery. Didn’t get a chance to try the previous version but I would pick this one up again.

 1,727 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

Photo of Mit
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden colour with nice lasting head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is grapefruit hops all the way. I wasn't getting too much in the way of malts....

Getting alot of grapefruit hops in this which was very nice to see. I only got a tiny bit of malt in this beer at all.

Fairly average mouthfeel for the abv.

Overall a very solid addition to the Canadian Craft beer scene. I like to see this in the can as well.

 429 characters

Photo of bryehn
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

 727 characters

Photo of ritzkiss
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to re-review this in its new can format, new batch that has fixed its past flaws.

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of head that leaves lacing. Nose is a bit dank with floral and grapefruit notes. Quite a hop hit in the flavor for Ontario, even a nice pale ale south of the border, moderate bitterness, nice caramel malt balance but hops play king. Dank, oranges, grapefruit, pine. Much nicer and at its price point a go-to beer for me this summer no doubt.

A:4.5 S:3 T:2 M:4 O:1 Score: D+

22oz bottle from the LCBO, Great Lakes new Olympic themed beer - label looks pretty sweet IMO.

Pours a crystal clear, light golden color with about 3 fingers of foamy head with some good staying power. I remember them saying this was partially filtered but it's crystal clear - all filtered?

Nose is a pleasant burst of citrus hops and then.... butter and caramel, a hint of toffee - diacytyl. Ruined it for me. Not supposed to be there, doesn't fit.

Unfortunately the diacytyl hits the flavor as well. A pleasant citrus hop profile and a medium bite hits mid mouthful which is a pleasant surprise for an Ontario APA. This could be a really excellent example of an APA if it weren't for the buttery toffee notes coming through. Feels like I'm mixing popcorn butter, Macintosh toffee and lime in my mouth.

Fix the problem and then I'll try it again. Until then, not worth me buying again.

Edit: Couldn't finish it, had to drainpour.

 1,437 characters

Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a nice light coper colour, lots of carbonation and very lively head. the head is a nice white, about 2 fingers and some real good lacing occuring.

Smell - beer has a nice smell, light but hits the good areas. some pine with lemon, slight hint of citrus and very faint caramel.

Taste - found this to be surprising on its content. was a very good tasting beer, some good pine and sweetness, the lasting flavour is in the malts.

Mouthfeel - I found this beer didnt change much, there was a good level of carbonation added, but overall the same as taste.

Overall - I am not a big CAN beer fan, but this beer is so good. was one of the best ontario beers out there. really enjoyed it would make a tremendous session beer.

 745 characters

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured a light gold with slight haze and heavy carbonation. Creamy white head, great lacing, one finger of retention.

S - Really citrussy. Some pine. Good. Not complex but I like it.

T - Piney. Fair amount of citrus. Candy. Some toasted malt. More pine than citrus.

M - Lot's of carbonation, medium body. Good bitterness. Not too strong for the bitterness but good.

O/D - A solid offering. I almost feel like I have to drink this on Canada Day. Tasty.

 472 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 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 cratez
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new recipe and format requires an updated review. 473ml can from the Clarke & Dundas LCBO in London, ON. Thanks for the hook-up, Len!

Pours a clear golden amber hue with some chill haze, lots of bubbles in the body, one finger of frothy white head, and strands of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is red and white grapefruit, pine sap, resinous hops, mild earthy-mineral character, balancing burnt caramel, bread dough, and toffee notes, faint citrusy orange peel, a little floral.

Taste is spicy-citric hops and orange peel upfront, malts counteract with bread and caramel flavours mid-palate, big piney, resinous, and bitter grapefruit pith to end.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied, spicy carbonation, juicy, resiny and acidic hop bite gives way to a slightly drying finish with a lasting bitterness on the palate.

Overall, this re-vamped Canuck is a simple, satisfying, and hop-forward APA that will undoubtedly find its way into my fridge throughout the summer. Great improvement over the previous, diacetyl-laden version. GLB continues to impress and it's quickly becoming one of the more notable and adventurous brewers in this province. Awesome work.

 1,175 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 MattyV
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant surprise seeing this on the shelves at my local LCBO. No freshness info on the can, but I don't think it's been sitting around very long at all.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber colour with a thin frothy white head. The aroma's dominated by dank, fruity, citrusy west coast hops with a hint of caramel. Right away I'm hit with a big dose of resiny piney bitterness that lingers throughout and combines perfectly with the hop flavours evident in the nose. There's also a slightly sweet bready malt presence in the background. Moderate to low carbonation, coming across a tiny bit watery.

I had pretty high expectations for this brew that were easily surpassed. I am definitely going to stock up on this while it's available. Provides a hop kick reminiscent of a west-coast IPA at a more sessionable ABV.

 815 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 uno99
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm the first to review this from their new cans. Which BTW are very nice looking, and come with a name change "Crazy Canuck"

For fun I'm doing a blind taste test against It's rival; Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion. Both beers are APA style and both are %5.2 ABV... I had my wife pour each into a tasting glass at the same temperatures, which actually proved to be an exercise in futility since I instantly recognized the much darker Hoptical Illusion.

A: Crazy Canuck pours very pale with a really nice off white head. retention is great with nice lacing as well. Similar to Hoptical Illusion in many regards. Hoptical Illusion however looks a little more caramel colored. Dead heat between the two.

S: Crazy Canuck gives off a very floral and pine resin scent. some light biscuity sweetness but no where near the sweetness of Hoptical Illusion. Edge goes to Hoptical illusion.

T: Initial impression is good with the hops right up front. Good pale malt backbone that gives way to a nice bitter finish that lingers a good while. Hoptical Illusion is quite a bit sweeter, and less to style, however it is more balanced and easier to drink. also more complex. I'd say this is a dead heat between the two for taste.

M: Canuck in the can is quite heavily carbed and the bubbles are big and rough. Body is thin to medium. Hoptical illusion seems much less carbonated but still alive in the mouth. Body is slightly thicker - probably due to more residual sugars. Edge here goes to Flying Monkeys

Overall: This is a great Pale Ale that I'd drink any day of the week. Ive had this on tap, bottle, can and cask and it's always a good choice.

I slightly prefer the Hoptical Illusion, but if your tastes are for something less sweet and more to style, then Crazy Canuck would be your choice!

EDIT: At the end of my review I thought it would be fun to combine the two beers. "why not get the best of both worlds??"
Don't do it! It tastes bloody awful!

 1,965 characters

Photo of marty21
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 592 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 hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

 443 characters

Photo of TheHammer
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

 1,818 characters

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 949 characters

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

 736 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

 367 characters

Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 568 characters

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

 1,614 characters

Photo of eat
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

 1,510 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

 1,769 characters

Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.