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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jotora, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of esto
3/5  rDev -20.8%

esto, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had in can and into a glass, a light golden colour with pretty white lacing. Aroma has plenty of citrus grapefruit aromas, some balanced malt profile, lemon and citrus hops, quite resiny hop profile. Taste is more along the pine profile, some bitter grapefruit as well. Quite a nice summer session pale ale, well hopped with a flavourful piney profile, hop driven flavour with a fairly simple pine resin dynamic but a quite tasty session option.

mick303, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

DaveBar, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of EvanHarper
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber gold with heavy suspended sediment and snotty (!) yeast chunks. Looks like a hefeweizen, only darker. Big sticky head with good retention and lacing.

Very tropical aroma with pineapple and guava. Light undertone of crackery malts.

Off-dry, hoppy taste with lightly bitter pine up front leading into more tropical fruity notes. Fairly light flavor profile, emphasis on drinkability with a very simple malt base and no toffee/caramel flavors.

Medium-thin, lightly carbonated, maybe a little watery.

Dry, highly drinkable pale ale with moderate bitterness and hop-forward balance. Very little malt presence. Good if unexceptional.

EvanHarper, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

CRObighit2, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Cycle69, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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: a potent attack of vibrant citrus. mango and ripe oranges dominate, but there are notes of mild grapefruit, malt, slight pineapple, and pine. a fantastic fruity aroma

t: there's kind of a moderate 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, oranges, some pineapple, grapefruit, and 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. it's very fruity and tropical but it's also very well balanced

kevinlater, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Bluestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Bluestar, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Dna_Infinity, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of JohnKenn
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

JohnKenn, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of AugustusRex
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AugustusRex, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pmicdee, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

4ster, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of duimie
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

duimie, May 24, 2014
Photo of Magibeg
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Magibeg, May 17, 2014
Photo of stevergca
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

stevergca, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

hunterjames, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GoHabsGo, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Justin_Cyr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Justin_Cyr, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

DenisKolkin, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

fizzyted, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Brewsed, Feb 07, 2014
Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.