piscator34 (1863) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sample. Clear pale orange in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are a mix of pale and crystal malt, along with some fresh cut wood and faint sweet orange. Wood and caramel elements come through strongest in the mouth, but the leafy citric hops are still in play (albeit in qute a gentle way). Medium bodied with a bit of woody bitterness. A bit tame, but still pretty drinkable.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Since the revamp of this beer(Late 2010 early 2011) wow. One of the best hoppy beers currently available in Ontario. Pour deep golden copper with big head and great lacing. Big dry citrus hopped aroma with caramel and a nice balancing malt sweetness. Taste citrus hops, caramel, malt, toffee, and grapefruit. MF is thick chewy and reasonably carbonated. There is a super faint butter taste which is almost exusable and my only tiny gripe with this great Ont brew. Good one guys cheers!
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Hoppy, citrusy, with caramel notes
A - The orange side of orangy-brown with thick long lasting head.
T - Sweet, followed by sour and bitter citrus finish
P - Oily, with ample soft carbonation
O - A good complex beer, but almost too much going on.
Metalchopz (2071) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another bomber from Great Lakes Brewing, and a Canadian tribute for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Pours a rich golden colour with an off-white head that is fluffy, with decent retention and dry bubbly lacing. Great grain malt scent (I recognize the same malt found in Steam Whistle and some other pils) at first, and then, the hop appears. An awesome pairing of both. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a little stick in the end. Wicked bitterness the whole way which rules my mouth. Nice grain aftertaste with the hop always present. I really enjoy this brew and will buy some more for the Olympics. A superb pale ale. Great Lakes seems to be impressing more and more, every time they release a new offering.
tomthompson89 (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
copper color, decent foam. nose is cascadeish hops. flavor is more English pale i think but a very nice sessionable beer by great lakes
swoopjones (5219) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
gift bottle, Thanks. enjoyed with Sly Fox rep Cory at Coles. Lighter to medium copper colored pour. Deecnt CPA. sort of mix of an english pale & american Pale. Milder hop bitterness, balanced, lighter mouthfeel. some pine hops. Not sure about the West coast aspect but still decent
markas101 (1779) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
65 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Frothy head, hazy pale golden colour. Promising aroma of spiced apricot. Rather carbonated, a nice floral spruce flavor comes through. Sharp on the finish, quite nice.
cfrancis (2094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is probably the best GLB beer that I’ve ever had. Pours a dirty yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is hop and malt. Taste is a blast of hop bitterness with some citrus and malt notes. A little off balance and the bitterness is a little overpowering. But all in all, a great step forward in the IPA/APA development in Ontario.
Strangebrewer (785) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Poured clear copper with a rocky off-white lasting head. Inviting floral hop aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Flavours of caramel, grapefruit and a lingering herbal hoppiness throughout . I’m not a huge fan of APAs but I could drink this one.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bomber poured into a nonic pint glass...
Clear golden colour to the body. The beige head is pretty rich, with good retention and some lacing.
The aroma has a good balance between pine-like and citrus-like hops. Some fruitiness (apples, plums, oranges). A bit of toffee or butterscotch.
Taste: Some pine and citrus (grapefruit and orange), then an immediate wave of bitter hoppiness. A bit of toffeish sweetness and fruitiness.The finish is very dry and quite bitter, with some lingering pine notes. Not bad at all, but could be more aromatic to better counterbalance the bittering hops.
Medium-body. Kind of sticky and resiny. Moderate-to-mild carbonation. Not very smooth, but appropriate for the style.
The drinkability is good. This is a very sessionable beer, provided you’re a hop-head or just someone who tolerates the dry bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good APA; definitely the hoppiest beer from the Great Lakes Brewery.