coldbrewky (1487) - 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.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap, Buffalo Brew Fest. Golden color, white head. Mild fruit, some grains, light hops. Light bodied. Boring!
williamherbert (1356) - 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 (1140) - 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 (1031) - 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 (866) - 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 (573) - 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 (458) - 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.