j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big ol’ can at Victor’s bracket box tasting at Paul’s. Pours a clear clean gold with a thin white head. Big crisp hops, clean and cool. Crisp and clean. Crackery grain and malt, toast and a crisp bitterness. Nice and easy drinking.
jtclockwork (7974) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Victor’s tasting at Paul’s. Pours gold. White head. Nose/taste of hops, pine and pale malt. Clean and crisp. Medium body. Dry finish.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, brought & shared by Robbie from Kingston. Medium hazy golden amber, thick pillowy head with excellent retention. Nice hoppy aroma, piney, with underlying malty caramel. Equally malty and hoppy, earthy and piney, nice caramel malt. Tasty.
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
473ml can (labelled as Crazy Canuck Pale Ale)
I tried this beer on June 10, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a translucent light golden amber with a this rocky tan coloured cap. The aroma is bready malt, and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is primarily citrusy hops, grain, and an odd perfumy flavour.
Lagerboy (1184) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bomber. clear pale gold, medium white head. A Crazy Canuck American Pale winter seasonal, eh? Someone’s confused. Tastes like an IPA to me... this ones all hop. Lovely floral, spruce, and citrusy hoppy aroma, medium bitter taste with some malt hidden behind. Bitter finish.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
473ml tall boy, 5.2% a/v
Fairly light color for an an APA, but these things happen. Aroma is just %@*!ing fantastic. Citrus hops out the wazoo, just smells amazing. This smells like something id brew for myself! The taste is nearly as hoppy as the nose suggests, its a really fantastic hoppy beer! DAMN Great Lakes, awesome job!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml can. Bad name and one of the worst can designs I have ever seen. Almost enough to put me off of trying this ale. Seriously, looks like the packaging was designed by the brewer’s 12 year old kid.
But that’s immaterial, because the ale itself is a winner. A slight cloudiness in the pour which is a much lighter gold than I expected. Big fluffy head and a wonderful citrus aroma. Strong but not overwhelming bitterness that is balanced with a touch of breadiness. Only relative drawback - and this is probably by design - is that the body is a bit weaker than I’d prefer.
But an easy drinking, fairly robust ale. Recommended.
Frothmeister (546) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Original rating. June 5, 2011. Aroma : 8 / Appearance : 4 / Taste : 8 / Palate : 4 / Overall : 17
473ml can. Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is big on resinous hops, herbal and floral notes, pink grapefruit juice, fain caramel. Smells great. Faint sweetness, with initial pine, faint caramel notes, and a finish that is all grapefruit. I honestly I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a beer with such heavy grapefruit notes. A lighter bodied ale that is very easy drinking. Thumbs up! Well done Great Lakes. You’re slowly becoming one of the best breweries in Ontario.
Re-rated April 28, 2013
I felt it was time to re-rate this, because well, nothing has ever been quite as good as that first batch. It still looks pretty good. Hazy honey tone with an off-white head. Still smells delicious. BIG tropical fruit, and citrus with some resinous notes and caramel. The taste however is nothing like it used to be. Still light bodied, with nice fruity notes up front that disappear quickly and turn into a lot of minerality, and slightly harsh metallic hops, with more citrus in the finish. Everything that used to make this beer great seems to be hiding behind that strong hit of mineral heavy hops. It’s not bad by any means, but it used to be excellent. Sniff, sniff.
imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
473ml Can from LCBO. Pours clear golden straw with foamy big off white head, reducing to a half finger cap, well laced. Not much else but just big citrus hop aromas on the nose dominating with a light touch of bread, nearing the end a touch of surplus us ale yeast and light vegetable is detectable. Light Medium body, med carbonation, big grapefruit hop flavour and moderate-high bitterness for a apa. Light grains and bread with a light base malt sweetness. A bit one dimensional, but there’s nothing wrong with a good hop hit. Bitterness lingers well through the semi-dry finish.
pintbypint (2550) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
473ml can. Deep gold pour. Fluffy white cap. Hoppy nose featuring pine and citrus. Flavor has dry pale malt base with sweet orangey hops. Piney finish with light bitterness. Body is light to medium, medium carbonation. Solid APA. High drinkability. Please sell this in Alberta.