CB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
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CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.41 | pDev: 19.35%
CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a pitcher, and we divvied it up ourselves into generic pint glasses. It showed the dusky orange of a winter’s sunset, with pinkish hues around the edges when held to florescent light. It held a two finger head of creamy French vanilla colored foam, showing great retention. Chunky, ridged lacing was left around the glasses as it receded. Thick haze cut clarity, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be lighter. The aroma was sweet with citric hops, lactic creaminess, green grassiness, dust, lemon rind and cleaner, soft phenolic plastics, wet lacquer, toasty honey, rice krispies, pale and chalky grain, and lightly sticky caramel sugars. Our first impression was that there was nice freshness to the included hops, but the grain bill was overly cheap, washed, and watered through. As we sipped, the taste opened up with dirty adjuncts, toasty pales, white sugar and mallow sweetness, wheat crackers, lemon rind, foamy plastics, watery metallics, and salty seashell lick. The middle came to a peak with toasty pale and adjuncty grain, white flour, zesty soapy and floral hops, heavily metallic yeastiness, and wheat flour dryness. The end was washed through with grassy and citric hop resins, twiggy woodiness, chlorine chemical bite, bitter chalks, pencil lead, phenolic plastics, fermented apples, and biting soapy cleanliness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter citric hops, seaweed, table salt, straw, sawdust, aluminum, yeasty metallics, toasted apple and pumpkin seeds, wheaty and pale malt bite, clean green grassiness, and soft citric and earthy hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice creaminess and froth, with decent slurp, smack, and pop to round things out. The mouth was left with tannic, tight astringency to dry, and decent warmth down to the belly. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew was its flavoring, and its ease of sip. The former offered moderately fresh hops throughout, but eased up significantly by the end of the swallow with heavy wateriness and a blanching to its robustness. This was kind of along the same lines as the feel, which was easy enough to keep the beer flowing, but too much in the way of lightness, as it fell apart at its seams, preventing the preservation of total satisfaction. Either way, this is a clean beer that goes perfectly with bowling or a hot summer’s day spent by the lake.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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1.5/5  rDev -56%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This just metallic, astringent and bitter. This brewery is historically pretty bad- and this is one of their absolute. Beyond just bitterness, there's nothing to recommend here- it's just a boring and flawed beer.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Suprisingly bitter with hops which I enjoyed. Tasted more like an IPA. Worth picking up, especially if you live in Canandaigua NY

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that deposits a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Toasty, with a rather grainy character

Taste: Toasted bread and a hint of caramel, up front, with a rather harsh, somewhat herbal hop character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to stay in the forefront, though they take on a grainy aspect in the finish; the touch of caramel underpins, throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A respectable APA, but I am not enamored with the hop bill

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity and RochesterAaron, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of TheDeuce
2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canandaigua Lake Ale....purchased in a bottle at Wegman's. 400th Review..woot.

Appearance-mild amber color, whispy head that withers quickly out of the bottle.

Smell-light aroma of malt mixture and alcohol, hops suprisingly non-existent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel,malt upfront, later on a sourness mixed with hops, muddled throughout, flavors don't match, aftertaste is an ugly sour.

Drinkability-muddled flavors, doesn't exactly work.

Overall-a dissapointment, with so many great APAs out there it's impossible to recommend this. Jumbled flavors and a lack of character. Avoid.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 riversider76
2.32/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Good retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit gone a little bad. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is sugary but with a sour edge.Sour not bitter. Not sure what they are trying to do here but in my opinion it didn't work.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 61 ratings