Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of stotch
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!

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Photo of Trevor_IPA
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

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Photo of vych
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.

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Photo of DJoe
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of groleau
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of Geosuds
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mousel
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronnyb
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelan
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

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
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.

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Photo of byronic
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
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.

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Photo of fortyfield
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Electros
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isaac420L
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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