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.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, LCBO Waterloo. Nice orange/copper pour, murky white head. Aroma has some nice hops in there, very citrus, but also a good heap of butter. Oh oh. Weird balancing act going on in taste - you have some intense bitterness from citrus hops, but it appears to be all from dry hopping. There is a weird sweetness to the malt profile and to top it off (ha, top it off, a pun!) there is butter. There should not be butter. This beer was just released and stored in a cool lowly lit LCBO (one that actually takes care of its beers). I really like what Great Lakes is doing in terms of creativity, but this is about 3 in a row now Iíve run it to that have been all butter. Disappointing, I bought another one, will re-rate if needed.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Hello Ontario! 22oz bottle from LCBO. Pours a lovely, clear golden. Aroma is indeed buttery and sharp with hops. The taste is well worked. Floral, citrusy hops evident with a bready malt backing. Good lingering bitterness in the finish. I would also agree that this does remind me of Tankhouse but I wasnít put off by the butteriness (is that a word?). The patriotic angle might just be shrewd, especially during the Olympics. Go Canada Go.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 2011-07-10. Amber body with foamy head. 3+ Modest aroma of hops, light greenery. Flavour is thinner than the Canuck, and less assertively bitter. The average bodied palate is also a bit thinner than the regular version, and the combination might make the cask seem watery or dilute if not for the dry hopping that adds more hop character. The hop profile is greener than in the cans, and less fruit than the recent drafts I have had. Enjoyable, I would have knocked back a few more pints of this on another day, but the cask mouthfeel and warmer temperature are not conducive to such an oppressive humid summer day on the patio. Dry hopped version as íCanucklehead Pale Aleí at Volo, Toronto
2011-05-19. Crisp golden orange body with a nice foamy off-white head and lace. 3+ First sip is an eye-opener as it has a significantly hoppier profile than I remember, modest bitterness throughout is punchier than previous samples, with less fruity character, and no hints of the creamy notes that had sometimes shown up - this is a very good thing. Most green hops, very light citrus and grass. Light lingering bitterness. 7+ Aroma is similarly more cleanly hoppy than in the past. Modest green leafy hop character. Average plus palate is refreshing and pleasantly carbonated. Pretty enjoyable, this has stepped up its games significantly. 7/4/7/3/15 Can from the brewery
2010-02-08. No notes, seemed cleaner with less yeast and floral character than previous sample at Cest What. Had a few samples over the evening and enjoyed the bitterness but still found it skewed towards the bitterness and less of the citrusy hops I personally prefer. Nice beer, enjoyable. Bottle at the brewery
2010-02-08. Golden amber body with a modest off-white head and excellent lacing. 3+ Aroma is surprisingly floral, mild citrus and grassy hops. 6+ Flavour is a bit yeasty up front, pleasant light bitterness throughout grows, and becomes a little bit astringent in the finish. Grapefruit seeds linger in the finish. Average palate suits the beer. Interesting highlights but not particularly well balanced today. Will try again. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4 On tap at Cest What, Toronto
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh bottle sample- Medium gold pour, with a moderate frothy cap. Aromas of buttered toast, floral hops, white bread, perfume. Strange flavour profile. Has fresh floral hops and a marked lemony bitterness, with a buttery flavour that leads to sweet bready malts. Seems like some sort of hybrid or cross style. It is ok, but what is going on with the butter? I had enough on my toast this morning, thanks. Iíll give it a whirl again, but Iíd like to see the butter go away.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cest what. Pours pale golden in colour, not a lot of head. Mild hoppy aroma, lots od bitter hop flavour. Very good. I will grab a few bottles from LCBO for olympic watching, when it hits the shelves!
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 Draught. At Harbord House. Clear pale amber, smallish offwhite head with decent lacing. Bitter aroma, floral and slightly sweet - kind of generic. Taste is solid - quite dryly bitter with background floral/fruity sweetness - reminds me a lot of Mill Street Tankhouse back when it was still good and hoppy and not a burnt metallic stale mess. Average body and mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a nice long bitter finish ... Dry-hopped? - re-rating from the newer can release - incredible C-hop aroma on it now, one of my go-to beers, I always have at least half a dozen can in my fridge - well done, Mike!!!! (original rating: 6+3+7+3+15=3.4)
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cíest What? Appearance: golden orange with a generous white head. Aroma: orange peel, mango, yeast and a little spice. Flavour: lots of mango, lemon & Ginger, kind of tangy with q