CB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
CB Craft Brewers

CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV:
4.75%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 19.35%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
61
From:
CB Craft Brewers
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
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CB's Canandaigua Lake AleCB's Canandaigua Lake Ale
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 61
Photo of ballman
4.78/5  rDev +40.2%
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
ales

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Photo of Albertv05
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at a small, local sports bar. It was poured into a nice, clean pint glass. The beer was a brilliant copper color with minimal head that disappeared into lacing pretty rapidly. The aroma was of sweet caramel malts with some hops. Diacetyl (buttery flavor and smell) was very apparent in the aroma and only intensified as it warmed up.

The first sip was over powered by diacetyl and really ruined the beer. Behind that there definitely was an English beer meets a West Coast Ale going on. Caramel malts, fruity hops, and some yeast characteristic.

I really would have enjoyed this beer if it didn't have such a huge fatal flaw. I have noticed this in about 70% of CB's ales. I don't know how it has become so rampant, my guess is it is their house yeast.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark yellow. Nicely carbonated with a minor haze. Slightly cloudy. Big puffy head. Good drizzle of lace.

Smell is a well-balanced dry, bready malt. Really pleasant estery yeast. Hops are mild and a bit sweet. Smells like a real pub ale.

Flavor is a nice sweet bready malt. Tiny hint of chlorine in the yeast, but doesn't deter me from loving it. Hops are a tad grassy, but also sweet. Even more pleasant as it warms. Hit of sweet butterscotch/honey at the end.

Feels a bit ashy but also smooth like honey. Dry yeast brings up the rear in the feel. I am diggin this one quite a bit overall. A really good and eminently drinkable English style ale.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was slurping this out of the growler after I bought it at the brewery. At first I really enjoyed its sweet and distinct character. I thought for sure they were using adjuncts (which they weren't) to get some sort of special and sweet character. But it was sweet in the way that after a few you want to stop drinking them, like eating too much candy. What disturbed me more was when I had a Genny Light on the same day and realized how similar they were. Still, I'd drink it again, but just not too much.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 rarevos
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass (with Bass logo) at Steamboat Landing in Canandaigua, NY.

A: Pale yellow, just slightly darker than a macro lager. No head, as this was pretty close to a stadium pour.

S: Some fruitiness, and is slightly reminiscent of a lemony summer brew. There's not much else on the nose. A faint breadiness, but that's it.

T: A hint of citrus at the front (grapefruit? It's not bold, so if this is hopped with cascades, they don't use many). There's a hint of chick peas toward the middle coupled with a very mild breadiness, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. The bitterness lingers.

M: Light-bodied. Extremely light-bodied.

D: It's OK. Very, very mild. It's easy to drink, and it's nice to see craft beer on tap when I'm out at non-beer restaurants, but I'm not sure I'd order this again. Too mild, not a lot of character. This is my first beer from CB, and I'm hoping that this is the "bland, inoffensive" beer they brew to support their other more interesting brews that may not sell well. Here's to finding out.

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