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Great Lakes Canuck Pale AleGreat Lakes Canuck Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sammy on 01-27-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
202
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
15.97%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 202
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery, canned May 10 and consumed May 19. Doesn't get much fresher. 473ml into a pint glass.

Pours a golden orange, translucent with a soapy and foamy white head that holds medium and large bubbles thorughout. Light sticky lace and some mild retention. Nose has some nice citrus hops, some grapefruit and a hint of pine. Light caramel underneath and a bit of breadiness. taste starts bitter, pine and citrus upfront, with more orange and a touch of grassiness coming through later on. On the heels of the hops is a bready pale malt, while the hop bitterness prevails throughout the duration of each sip. Slight juicy qualities to the hops and a moderate bitterness, appropriate and not dominating. Just less than medium in the mouthfeel, and this one goes down pretty easy. Certainly a step up from the original recipe.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Noelan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Slightly hazy yellow gold. Long lived creamy head that gives up a lot of interesting looking lace. A very handsome brew.

Big bitter hops with a juicy sweet character. Very resinous, plenty of pine. Interesting drinking. Lots of hops happening, but not a brutal hop assault. Grapefruit rind lingers on the palate. Mouth feel still rather soft, not a lot of carbonation - just enough.

Enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of Dalia
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of RastaRhino420
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks Good, Smells Good, Tastes Awful

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass, enjoyed on Canada Day!

A light amber-copper brew, nice n' clear, a half inch of frothy head that survives quite well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is all hops: pine, citrus (grapefruit, mango), a good whiff of resin as well. Right on the mark.

Bitterness is this brew's defining attribute, but bitterness is what I look for in an APA, and so I must say I am well pleased. The malt profile is a bit overwhelmed with all the hoptacular activity, with the caramel and bread only inching in at the beginning. The finish is bitter and very pronounced - lingers for a great deal.

Smooth, slightly creamy, good carbonation.

I am the first to admit I've been less than pleased with this brewery's regular offerings to date, but Crazy Canuck is right on the money. A tip of the cap to Great Lakes, they've got something good here and it's worth celebrating. Will get again.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a nice light coper colour, lots of carbonation and very lively head. the head is a nice white, about 2 fingers and some real good lacing occuring.

Smell - beer has a nice smell, light but hits the good areas. some pine with lemon, slight hint of citrus and very faint caramel.

Taste - found this to be surprising on its content. was a very good tasting beer, some good pine and sweetness, the lasting flavour is in the malts.

Mouthfeel - I found this beer didnt change much, there was a good level of carbonation added, but overall the same as taste.

Overall - I am not a big CAN beer fan, but this beer is so good. was one of the best ontario beers out there. really enjoyed it would make a tremendous session beer.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of basementbrewer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justme
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear medium amber colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, with some sparse head left around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, floral hops, and a light caramel sweetness. The taste is soapy citrus and grassy hops, and light caramel malt. The carbonation is a bit high, the body lightweight and clean, and it finishes with a flourish of sweet floral hops.

A decent APA, pushing the boundaries of an IPA.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2

Deep orange in colour and slightly hazy. It's cap of off-white head is large, dense, well-retained, and laces patchily. Cascades give it a nice grapefruit aroma with notes of pine and flowers. It isn't a huge hop aroma but you still really notice it because there's no real malt presence underpinning it - of course, I don't think thats any kind of problem. It has a juicey citrus flavour transitioning to pine oil and citrus rind in it's lingeringly bitter finish. Once again, that hop character isn't huge (Stone it ain't), but you notice it when the bready malt malt flavour it's set against is so slight. Once more, this isn't a problem. I think this is better for being a bit unbalanced.

Finely carbonated and somewhat light bodied; feels oily and resinous between mouthfuls. I took my time trying this second batch after getting burned trying the first. I find myself wishing I had given this a second chance when the second batch was first put out, when the hops would taste their freshest. This is a pretty good pale ale, and it's definately light years better than the initial release. I'd buy this current incarnation on a regular basis if it were available year round.

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Batch 1
C- (2.7)

Appearance 4.5
Smell 1.0
Taste 2.5
Mouthfeel 4.0
Drinkability 2.0

Clear copper orange with a billowing eggshell head. Long lasting foam leaves behind a thick lace. Bready malt and piney citrus hop aromas struggle beneath excessive diacetyl that overwhelms with the scent of popcorn butter and cheap butterscotch syrup. The taste is slightly less offensive, which isn't saying much. It's buttery like the scent suggests, but with a juicy tangerine & pine hop character. Malts give a slight toasted bread flavour to a beer otherwise weighted towards the humulus lupulus. Finishes with a hint of mint and firm, lingering bitterness. Almost medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. It's not undrinkable, but off-scents and off-flavours spoil what would otherwise be a lovely pale ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, new beer. This is more of a less than contemperous bitter IPA than a classic pale ale. There is significant bitterness, and the abv seems higher than posted, more like 6%. Pours medium yellow body with noteable white head, that leaves lace. Served a bit too cold and a bit too much carbontion. Other than that, an above average non-Canadian beer.
Had it 5 months later in the LCBO distributed bottles, and bitterness there but also strong carbonation.
Had it on tap at the brewery one year later and very much liked the hops, orange characteristic, drinkability.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to Glass

Appearance - Hazy orange/yellow, big bright white head, great lacing

Smell - Hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit and slight pineapple, pine comes through as well

Taste - Great!, tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and malts as well

Overall - A really well made APA and something Great Lakes can be proud of

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Photo of juliendesrochers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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