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CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale

Brewed by:
CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rarevos on 08-13-2006

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Shawnspl:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Head and lacing has a likeness of a well-groomed latte, hazy sunset, orange-amber color. Citric woody hop, chalky yeast and nutty toasted maltiness with a hint of caramel all seem to make for a beautiful nose. Moderate-size body with a quick spank of crispness. Full malt jacket, from toasted biscuit to a subtle layer of caramel. Hops just don't sit around; a bitterness bites back, and citric peel and leafy flavors stay with the taste buds for a good while. Soild, sessionable, a little raw and even a touch complex. Choice pick.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into a nonik pint glass. bottom of six pack indicates it was bottled on AUG 04 2010.

pours a slightly hazy gold. a weak half a finger of white head, but pretty decent retention. bits of lace. quite a bit of rushing bubbles.

the aroma is kind of off. the hops are there, but take on a citrus vegetable like aroma. a little bit like pellet hops. bits of pale and caramel malt to cut the hop aromas.

the taste is also just a little off. lemony citrus and vegetable pellet hops balanced by some caramel malts. throughout the sip there is a bit of a wierd sourness, almost skunkiness that isnt too pleasent.

light bodied, bighty high amount of carbonation. a little lingering hop bitterness is felt on the palate. just a bit watery at times.

not very enjoyable to session, but id still take this over a macro is offered. i wont be seeking this out again however. way too many good pales out there to waste your time with this.

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Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in the Loko 4 Locals BIF from rageagainst123. Thanks a lot bud.

Poured an amber/orange color with a half inch of slightly off white head.

Smell was light with some citrus hops coming through.

Taste was pretty basic. Not too much hop flavor overall. Mostly caramel malt throughout.

Mouthfeel was fairly light. Went down quick and easy.

Overall a decent beer but could use some more pronounced flavor. It's drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a copper color with a soapy, bubbly, dense white head that has good retention. The nose has notes of pale malt, faint hops, and a little soap. The taste is faint bready, doughy malt with very mild, floral, faint citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and smooth.

This is an easy drinking beer though simplistic. For a pale ale it's neither offensive nor bland. I'd say it's worth looking in to, but keep expectations low.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Wegman's. This reminds me more of the American-style bitters I've tried like Bitter Brewer and Bitter American. It's also a bit like a hopped-up version of Ballantine Ale. There's a sharp piney grapefruit note up front with a grassy finish. There's a little toasty barley in the background and all over the aroma. In fact, I don't really pick up the hops as I smell the beer.

There are a few better session-strength pale ale (see names above), but this is a fine beer and I appreciate that someone's making hoppy beer on the lower end of the abv spectrum.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand-pump, @ the Old Toad (Rochester, NY) on 6/11/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a robust frothiness, which leaves back a good bit of robust frothy lace. The aroma is grassy and bitter, with a sweeter fruitiness to the profile and some lightly toasted bready grains across the back.

The taste has a fresh and green feeling bitter bite, which is softened considerably by a backbone of sweet pale grains. The finish is very dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit and a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation and an all around soft feel from the cask.

With its well balanced bitter crispness and lower ABV, this was a good choice for the hand-pump, as these fell right in line with that creamy softness to the feel that the cask conditioning brought. This wasn’t overly complex but I’ll say that this pint disappeared in no time flat!

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beveritt
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a blue diamond on brown background depicting a sail boat and some signal flags spelling BEER. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a few splotchy yet substantial islands of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy bright orange. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Mild hop aroma reminiscent of lemons with just a hint of pine. Undertone of slightly vegetal caramel malt.

Taste: Extremely mild hops upfront are nearly overpowered by vegetal flavor and slightly sweet caramel malt. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: Pass. Off flavor bitterness with vegetal undertones leaves much to be desired. Not going to revisit this one. Brewery seems more miss than hit.

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ballman
4.78/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great ale i can't believe wiseguy 142 would think the cb
canandaigua lake ale would taste like genny light. i have
tried many of the micro brews from many brewerys and i
think the canandaigua lake ale is the very best of them all.
custombrewcrafters does a great job on all there beers and

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Photo of dgeebs07
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me. I pulled this one out as soon as I got home from work today. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/08/2009.
The pour was nicely done, light amber in color with a small white head on top that faded nice and evenly leaving just a touch of lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice carbonation rippling up throughout the session. Aroma is light and well balanced, light citrus hops balanced against a backdrop of light grain and a nice and even bready texture seem to play off each other quite well. Nice and refreshing without anything heavy going on here at all. Nice and light hop notes up from fade into a mid grain mid palate and then smooth into a light, but dry finish at the end. Easily session able.
Overall this was a nice and solid example of the style. I would have no issues at all with having another one of these any day. Solid.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber/orange

S-Citrus hops along with some lemon flavors.

T-Starts with lemon/bread flavors then ends with some bitterness. Not much the definition of run of the mill.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

D-A sessionable beer but nothing much beyond that.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy and herbal hops and a light grainy malt. Some caramel as well.

The taste consisted of a moderate grainy malt, a vibrant grassy hop and a residual herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strange artificial dryness at the finish.

Overall a good, refreshing APA. User friendly and very drinkable.

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Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yellow/amber with a tall head. Extremely clear,

Smell: Sweet malt and citrus.

Taste: Light toasted malt and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Very good ale. Great flavor and well balanced. Goes down smooth. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a growler of Canandaigua Lake Ale when we visited the brewery. Very nice place, although it does really get under my skin when the servers at the tasting room can't answer basic questions about the beer. They didn't know what an IBU was and even though they have two GABF medals hanging on the wall, the servers had no idea what beers they were won with. Very disappointing.

Beer pours a dark gold, almost amber in color. The nose is citrus American hops (Cascade) with a soft malt backbone. The taste has an initial hop kick, but mellows out to be very drinkable ale. We drank the whole growler in a night and would certainly go back for more.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle is poured into a pint glass. Got this one from dogfishandi

A - Golden body, slightly hazy with a small circle of white head

S - Pale malt flavor certainly present but not picking up on much hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a pale malt flavor but not much hop presence. Really not all that flavorful at all. Not unpleasant but not much going on with this one

M - Lighter bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation

D - Drinkable for sure but there just isn't too much going on and it's kind of bland. I'm glad I got to try this and while I wouldn't have a problem drinking this again I doubt I'd buy it again.

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