CB'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 beveritt:
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2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
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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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

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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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CB's Canandaigua Lake Ale from CB Craft Brewers
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 61 ratings