Canuck Pale Ale
Great Lakes Brewery

Canuck Pale AleCanuck Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #929
Ranked #21,606
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Canuck Pale AleCanuck Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single can from a great Ontario brewery showing up in Alberta finally. Served in my Great Lakes Brewery Revival Glass.
Pours a hazy golden straw colour with solid 2-3 fingers off white head.
Smells of pine, grapefruit/citrus, slightly floral hops, and bready malts, biscuit.
Tastes of citrus - grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, slightly earthy with building resinous piney bitterness.
Solid medium mouthfeel with creamy balanced carbonation - finishes with a wonderful lingering piney bitterness. Outstanding pale ale.

Jun 26, 2020
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leaddog from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw gold with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - piney, earthy, hint of citrus, leafy, and floral hops, pine resin, citrus and orange peel, hint of grapefruit peel, bready malts, caramel, and earthy yeast.

Taste - piney, earthy, hint of citrus, leafy, and floral hops upfront. The pine resin, citrus and orange peel, hint of grapefruit peel follow suit. The bready malts, caramel, and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops and pine resin lingering.

Overall - A flavourful and highly sessionable APA from Great Lakes. All elements are on point. A nice tipple to sample on this long weekend.

May 18, 2020
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eberesford from Canada

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours misty pale gold with a frothy head that leaves good lacing as it collapses. Aroma: pine resin, honey, bread. Flavour: hop forward some citrus comes out to complement the pine.

Jun 12, 2019
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JunctionCat from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really great daily beer candidate. Its light on aroma, only real complaint, but its widely available and usually fresh. Clean, hoppy balance and kind of a very upscale mainstream beer. Nothing too edgy or bboundary-pushingabout it, but its still great.

Aug 31, 2018
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MichaelGennings from Canada

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Company's Canuck Pale Ale. Brewed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

473ml can. 5.2% alc. 35 IBUs.

Water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

Date on the can is June 5, 2017.

The beer has a thick white head.

The overall colour of the beer is honey golden.

There is a tremendous amount of sediment in this offering, as well as haziness.

The aroma is predominantly grapefruit, and a very small amount of floral notes, plus some white bread.

The taste mirrors the aromatic attributes. The hops provide a mild bitterness most noticeable at the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is dry.

Another great beverage from this company.

Jul 12, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with an off white head.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruit, and bready malt.

Taste is sweet citrus orange, tangerine, bitter pine and grapefruit balanced by a nice biscuity malt.

Jul 05, 2017
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xactofork from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple cans of Canuck Pale Ale at the LCBO for Canada Day weekend. Really nice grapefruit/citrus notes, but not over the top. Very refreshing summertime beer, immediately wished I had bought more!

Jul 02, 2017
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LilSipper from Canada

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer totally rocks. It's light on the ABVs (clocking in at a mellow 5.2%) but the flavor ain't sacrificed for its sipability. At a light, foggy, Connie Britton hair color, its a misty cirtus beverage that is wildly enjoyable. Seriously, yummy. I'm a huge Great Lakes fan.

Mar 05, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this from Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is very nice with pine and citrus tones. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is citrus peel and pine presence. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and worth a try.

Jan 28, 2017
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stotch from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tall boy purchased from the LCBO, label reads packaged on December 16, 2016. Enjoyed on Christmas Day 2016. Fresh!

L: Pours a lovely golden orange colour with an inch of white head that sticks around for a while. Although it's not quite as fluorescent orange as some of their other offerings. The Canuck does turn a nice straw yellow when held up to the light.

S: Grapefruit dominates but there is also a sweet citrusy orange scent that I love from this beer. The signature tropical smell of Great Lakes' pale ales is truly my favourite.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lemon and a tiny bit of mango. Lots of bitter, piney hop flavour in the finish.

F: Very dry and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. This makes it a very refreshing beer in the summertime but it's something you can enjoy year round as well.

O: Great Lakes is my favourite brewery and this is my go-to in terms of beer they make all year. It doesn't hold up to their Tank Ten offerings (Thrust, Lake Effect, Octopus, Karma Citra, etc.) but then again very little does. I'm not a big fan of the dry finish as it usually leaves me craving the juiciness of the Tank Ten stuff. But at 5.2% ABV and $2.65 a tall boy at the LCBO for quite some time now, the value is unreal. I dread the day this inevitably goes up in price but until then, cheers!

Dec 25, 2016
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Trevor_IPA from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew and my all-time favourite from Great Lakes Brewing. Crisp yet hoppy. A: Golden lager appearance. Pours a thick lager head. T: Crisp and refreshing, especially in the hot summer days, but with lots of fruity and heavy hops and flavour

Nov 07, 2016
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vych from Canada

4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has become my regular-drinking beer of choice, and is ALWAYS in my fridge.
Lucky enough to be close enough to get a regular supply...
Very good mix of an IPA and a Lager, with complex flavors emerging; the bitterness is present but not intolerable, with a heavier, crisp mouth feel. Pours wonderfully, with just the right amount of head. Please give it a try if you find it around, you will definitely not be disappointed.

Oct 21, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine moderately hopped pale, with good mango, grapefruit pith and pine notes, a bit of rangy wildness, and a fine hit of bitterness on the close, coupled with a restrained but solid malt backbone that keeps everything on an even keel. A fine Canadian example of the APA, this is delicious and highly drinkable, but one that definitely does not shy away from strong hop character. I'd grab this one regularly if it were on my shelves, for certain.

Jul 03, 2016
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Noelan from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent art on the can. In the interest of furthering my Canadian micro brewery tastings, I couldn't resist this one.
Poured into a pint from a 473ml can.

Look:Cloudy amber, a finger of white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Great lacing. 4.0

Smell: Bitter and hints of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. The smell is both dynamic and attractive. This is a beer you could smell all day and never tire. By this point I can't wait to taste it! 4.5 (best beer in terms of smell i've ever tasted.)

Taste: A perfect mix between bitter and sweet. Grapefruit, orange and lemon come together to complement one another, then with a wave of bitterness, and finally ending with pine. 3.75

Feel: Dry, clean and bitter. 4.0

Overall: This would be a great beer for people who want to get into IPA's, because it drinks like one, without the overwhelming bitterness. Overall, this beer is a pleasure to drink, and anybody who has the chance absolutely should go for it. 4.25

Apr 15, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy (canned about 2 months ago) into a Spieglau IPA glass. Slightly cloudy golden amber with a thick 2 finger white head with good retention and very good lacing. Nose is both bitter and sweet grapefruit, some grassy herbal notes. It is nice and clean and straightforward - not much complexity or depth. Taste is similar...very little from the malts, taste-wise, and fairly clean and bitter citrus.. very faint touch of resin and a little digging-around-in-the-garden catamint towards the end, then some lemon shows up and lingers a little. Very light, clean, dry. Nothing wrong with this one, and I can see it being quite nice in the summer...wouldn't pass it up, if it were readily available, but it isn't going to stand out in a crowded field either.

Feb 05, 2016
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Rukeli76 from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From one of the new artwork 473ml cans. It's fresh.

Nondescript appearance. It's a pale ale, y'know? Not a lot of head. Some lacing.

A whole lot of citrus aroma. I'm pretty sure this is made with Simcoe, Citra, Chinook, and Columbus hops.

Even more of that citrus. Grapefruit-y. Some satisfyingly bready malt as well.

Bitter. Dry. Clean mouthfeel.

A solid citrusy APA. I know it's easily overlooked since it's been around forever, but this is one of the better Ontario craft beers I've had.

Jan 23, 2016
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SSS from Canada

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S-I get a Columbus hops aroma, a little dank funk
M-light mouthfeel and carbonation, but adequate
T-This beer is nice and hoppy with a dank resinous flavour. More of an IPA than a pale ale for me which is very welcome
O-I very much enjoyed this beer! Was expecting a pale ale and got a pseudo IPA! Good deal.

Oct 02, 2015
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akdo from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: The body has the colour as honey and we can see barely see through it. There is also an ongoing carbonation that feeds a one-finger head. The latter is reduced to a thin film with some small holes. Moreover, the beer leaves traces of foam on the glass as we drink it.

Smell: Upon smelling the beer twice, the nose sends notes of lemon and then orange zests. The notes of pine woods are in the background.

Taste: The palate offers little sweetness, which will please many people. The marriage between lemon and orange zests offsets the sweetness. As we move to the finale, the notes of pine woods become more assertive with some residual taste of orange zests.

Feel: It is a fresh session beer. Whilst the beer is slightly watery, the transition between the fruits and pine woods is quick. Moreover, I love the lingering bitterness after the beer has entered my wind pipe.

Overall: The beer was a little watery, but many people will love its simplicity and its sessionable identity. It is a beer I would normally drink during the summer.

Sep 03, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Hazy golden straw. With some frothy white head.
A: Strong pungent resin pine with zesty citrus.
T: Pretty much the same as the aroma. Huge resin, nice citrus, lemon/grapefruit.
M: Great dry, clean and refreshing e with a great bitterness.
O: This drinks more like an IPA. Touché GLB.

Aug 21, 2015
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EricVonStein from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pale gold in colour, slightly cloudy. good two fingers of foam that leave lace clinging to the sides.

scent is super piney and citrus.

taste follows scent, orange peel and some sweet fruit on the front and all pine in the back, Canuck for sure! nice and clean, with some malts i think adding depth.

Overall its punchy and clean, love the pine as it brings a dryness and woodsiness that is refreshing.

Jul 12, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a great orange hued coppery color, which is hazy primarily from yeast. The head is off white, and creamy in appearance and dissipates rather quickly but it remains frothy. The lacing is great on this one with a huge thin layer of foam glazing my glass. The carbonation is hard to see but I think its mellow.

S- Full of hops for sure and there is a slight citrus not about this one. There are mild tones of malt sweetness and the hop bitterness is subdued...not much else to say about this one....reminds me of lemon rind to a point!

T- There is a very traditional Pale Ale flavor happening here! A good balance between bitter and sweet defines the flavor profile. Again, there is a slightly citrus nature about the flavor which follows the aroma. The malt is slightly of caramel and the finish is leafy and Earthy too! A nice taste overall!

M/O- This is a light bodied beer that leans towards medium and the carbonation is very smooth. This is a highly drinkable brew that is flavorful and goes very well with a lemon pie! It stands up with the best of them in my opinion! Recommended!

Jun 14, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy offwhite head, persistent, powered by lots of medium sized bubbles. Golden murky body.

Typical American pine and grapefruit hops, some pale malt

Pale malt but mainly grapefruit hops in the taste, bitterness of course but not too strong

As expected rather light body, but smooth and a refreshing carbonation that is well integrated

A really nice pale ale, very drinkable, refreshing and a grapefruit bitterness that keeps you wanting more but does not overpower

May 20, 2015
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Boston71 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey coloured nice white golden head. Very hoppy aroma, nice carbonation very smooth. Notes of citrus and hops on the end- easy drinking beer. Checked the can a couple of times surprised it didn't say IPA

Apr 26, 2015
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FRANKIE65 from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable, easy drinking brew. Can see myself enjoying a couple on the deck of our cabin, in the summer, after a day of fishing.
Cloudy, decent hops, pleasing after taste.
Will purchase again.

Jan 24, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Webby taupe over inexplicably cloudy lemon-tan body. 3.5
Lemon zest nose with some cakey grain undertones and maybe a hint of acetone. 3.75
Snap wheat crackers and some tart musty Citra-esque hops with some herbal hints. 3.75
Lemon barley water end and decent IBU linger.
Some cling, verging on medium, oily. 3.75

-- Fairly one dimensional and a tad watery. But surprisingly good dankness to the hop citrus. I could drink this of a summer day. 4

Dec 16, 2014
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