Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of grassy citrus and dusty malts. Hazy orange and bubbly. Taste is soapy bitter dried out sweet. Smooth, plush body which doesn’t add much to the beer overall. Very basic stuff here that is noteworthy only in its blandness.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks again to UDBeernut for kleeping the beer rating grounded and in perspective. Have any of the rest of you noticed that Canandaigua is pretty hard to type? I may be the most complex thing about this beer. while I did get a bit of skunk in the nose it evaporated quickly and left me with a thin bodied ale with a pine punch to the bland body slightly prior to a stale hop finish. A stepping stone brew for BMC drinkers? Never having been to the Lake, I would be hesitant to go there based upon this manifestation of "the perfect compliment to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake" I think I have some three year old cascade hops in my freezer that these guys can use.
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
scottw86 (1094) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very interesting mix of malts and hops. A hoppy aroma and a medium gold color. Not bad.
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg in my brother’s garage - Nice froth, no lace. Tasted like an English beer, malty and hoppy, but didn’t have that fullness. That made it good for a Labor Day picnic, but I wouldn’t put it up against a proper English ale. It was pretty well balanced, and it will be well received by those who like a hoppy beer.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at the Flour City Brewers’ Fest 2008. Custom Brewcrafters Canandaigua Lake Ale is solid and golden in appearance with a white film for a head. There isn’t much aroma besides a slight whiff of caramel. It is light bodied and feels a little metallic in the mouth. The finish is dry. It tastes a little sour and a little phenolic. Something seems a little off here.
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Empire brewfest in Syracuse. A nice malty aroma, this is a very solid summer sipping ale. It delivers just as the description says. I liked it a lot and would buy it again
McGarnigle (551) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle. Congrats to the brewery for that (and to the TV commercial running on cable). Just barely hazy golden beer, good head (that would be the wheat). Light-ish body. Very faint hop aroma (Cascades I think), but not much hop flavor. There’s a certain taste that comes through on so many of their beers; is it the yeast? Hard to describe, sort of grassy. Biscuit malt body. Decent beer.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours Yellow as far as head so so. overcarbonated smells tastes of pine resin. Bitter dry. Pretty gross. Custom brew crafts sucks.
Brewbie (453) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. cloudy gold, small white head. aroma of citrus. crisp taste, nice hops at first taste. lingering hops bitterness.