wilderthanyou (745) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why the low scores? This stuff is pretty good, certainly better than 3.2.
Pours golden honey with a short lived white cap. The aroma is a pleasant surprise, I generally find us Canadians to be having a hard time with that hoppy, resinous, grapefruit, citrus smell we all love, but it seems Great Lakes has managed to pull it off, with a nice malty baseline to boot (and yes, buttery movie theatre popcorn diacetyl.)(dieuduciel makes the best hop forward beer in canada I think). The flavour pretty much delivers whats promised with the aroma, citrusy, hop goodness, not over the top, not to hot, not to cold, just right, with a bit of a balancing act with the malts, sort of tastes like malt extract, but it manages to do the job moderately well. I see what people are saying about Diacetyl (if you donít know what that is go here: http://beerme.com/diacetyl.php) And yeah, itís a bit of a buzz kill. But 3.2......REALLY?
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at CíEst What. Pours a clear golden-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of light resiny hops, grain, caramel malt and citrus fruit. Flavour of resiny hops backed by caramel malt and a finish thatís quite bitter. Average bodied. Very good on tap.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml bottle from LCBO. Pours golden amber with white head. Nose is some citrus hops and butter. Taste of caramel sweetness, bready malt, some nice lingering bitterness in the finish.
TheJester (1698) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 (2/20/2010) 650 mL bottle. Bronze with a nice fluffy white head. Iíve been reading about this one. I see that some people get diacetyl, and some people donít. I did. Itís there in the aroma, and itís there, to a lesser degree, in the flavour. In this beer, it takes the form of cracker jacks. Certainly not a drain pour, but it spoils what otherwise seems to be an solid beer. Lots of fresh Cascade flavour, nice bitterness. Body seems a little sweet and thin, perhaps. I want to like this one. Maybe they rushed it.
Re-rate. 473 mL can. Pale bronze orange with as nice a head as Iíve ever seen on a pale ale. Lotsa grapefruit, apricot and pineapple in the aroma. Excellent. Nice hop flavour with some malt. Not too sweet, which is good. Iíd like to see just a touch more bitterness in the finish. Just a wee touch. The finish is a little thin. Or somethingMuch improved, though.
mijamdi (2) - Ottawa, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After a couple bland experiences with other US style PAs that were well regarded here, I was quite deliberate about trying this one first at room temperature (because I was thinking that my refrigerator was homogenizing the character right out of my previous samples), but after reading what other reviewers have so far had to say about it, Iím still wondering if I even tasted the same product. ďGrapefruitĒ dominated my first, middle and final impressions, From the moment I cranked the cap off my bottle (a 650 mL LCBO "bomber") and poured it, my nose was awash in the citrus / grapefruit aroma and it was far and away the first and most lasting taste to hit and then linger on my palate. My wife, who is basically a "beer is beer" person, even named the citrus familyís softball when she took a sip after my invitation to taste a ďhoppyĒ beer. I quite liked it. With a gorgeous honey colour and homebrew quality froth in the head that lingered for a long time, this brew revealed itself as fresh, fruity, floral -- all the hallmarks you expect to find in a hoppy beer and despite the citrus / grapefruit predominance, it came across the palate as very nicely balanced. Itís a comfortable session brew that would also nicely accompany some zingy curries or rice dishes as a food pairing.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml Bomber fresh from Brewery.
Pours a gold-amber ale in my glass. Large puffy white cap with great retention and lacing qualities.
Nose: citrusy, fruity with a deep caramel malt tone ( abundant Diacetyl too which becomes more dominant as the beer warms - butterscotch overwhelms when warmer)
Slick mouth feel. Nice chew of bready sweet malts in front are balanced by light hopping Diacetyl is detectable in flavor more so than aroma but it is some what subdued by the malts . Finishes nicely with an increasing bittering and a great bready-bicuity maltiness...lingering bitterness.
This is not an over the top intense Pale but one that is full of flavor and very drinkable...great session ale but the price is a tad steep for that. I really wanted to rate this higher but in spite of itís great hopping and malt profile The diacetyl really is unforgivable in a beer marketed as premium with a premium price. They did this to me with the green tea ale as well and I really wanted to like that beer as well..
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 bomber from the LCBO. pours clear amber with a lasting white head. aroma, butter. flavour, decent pale ale with butter. cant drink this, its way to buttery///////////////////////// after having a few bomers of the current batch i can safely say the diecytle problem has been solved and now this is a very nice apa. current rating is a mix of first impression and current form//////////////////2011 canned version is amazing, best pale ale brewed in ontario
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inviting aroma of citrus hops, some good malt too, dark amber, pours a firm finger of off-white head, leaving lots of pretty lace. Flavour is a good citrus kick from those hops, decent level of malt, orange/grapefruit, caramel and butterscotch notes. Medium bodied, very well balanced, good mouthfeel, creamy smooth, a fine bitterness. Terrific! Rated during the Opening Ceremonies for the XXI Winter Olympics, Letís go Canada!
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650mL bomber from the likbo. Pours a nice copperish gold, paler than I was expecting. Large, rocky white froth. Aroma is mild but nice, some good hops upfront with non-typical Ontario malts backing them up. The flavour I actually find quite pleasing, lots of hoppyness upfront with some bitterness, descending into some mild but tasty biscuity toffee malt notes. Very tasty, reminds me of Sgt. Majorís when itís on. Some minor butter like others have mentioned but itís honestly so subtle and drowned out by the good aspects I can hardly see how it could be considered a major flaw. This is probably my favourite GL brew Iíve had to date and I will definitely purchase more, because itís so tasty but also to support a micro brewer while f***ing Molsonís has its usual stiffling strangle hold on the Olympics. Very good effort, I must have a particularly good bottle since I donít completely comprehend the mediocre over-all rating, but to each their own as the saying goes. Not really a west-coast pale ale so complaints against the advertising are legitimate. On itís own itís a solid beer so I hope they just adjust the blurb on what itís ísupposedí to be.
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fluffy white head with moderate lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit followed by butter popcorn (diacetyl). Taste is bitter, not really feeling the malt, lingering bitterness, a bit of butter. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and dry. I sure hope Canadian athletes fair better at the 2010 games than this beer. Hopefully Great Lakes can fix the diacetyl problem, because the butter flavor just ruins this beer.