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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: American Pale Ale
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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It’s been said that “Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.” This beer doesn’t help much with that crisis. From the fiercely irresponsible stereotypical image on the front of the can to the distinctly American style of the beer inside it – we’ve really made a mess of things. What have we done? Sorry.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 4, 2010
on tap at Rhino - Toronto
Appearance : clear , crystal bright with large creamy , foamy top. Ring of lace on glass.4-
Nose: Bittering hops up front , bit of malt. Clean.
Flavor/Palate : Mid body , mid low carbonation with harsher sides. Clean bitter finish. Bitter leafy front, refreshing qualities, drinkable with fine finish. Proper bitterness, not full IPA, more of less crystal oriented amber ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
Floral, fruity hop aroma. Clear gold with bubbles and white creamy head with good lacing. Sweet dry floral, fruit taste with bitter aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and lightly bitter hops is interesting. Taste is also dominated by some notes of floral and bitter hops with traces of pines and a decent caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Missing some hops but still very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 [2751-20100207] Tap. Sweet sugary pancakes aroma. Clear, medium orange brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head and thick lacing. Bitter sugary hops flavour has a long bitter evergreen and grass hops finish. Medium-full body is very bitter. Wow, great body, great fresh bitter. Changes a bit as it warms: more wheatie sugars come out. Something clicked for me with this one. (7/4/9/4/15) 3.9
(@ C’est What; Toronto, ON)

[3820B-20110710] Cask. Fresh orange hops aroma. Slightly hazy, orange brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Lovely bitter hoppy orange notes in the flavour with a long aftertaste. Medium body. Drinkable, sessionable, delicious! (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
(Called "Canucklehead PA" @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
650ml Bottle: Pours a light amber, very light streams of carbonation and a slightly off-white foamy pillow of head on top. Looks quite nice, actually, especially that head. A great, fresh hop aroma hits the nose with floral and herby hops off the top and a hint of sour citrus in the back. Soft bready notes, lots of nice caramel, this is quite a good nose. Unfortunately, the flavour’s a huge letdown for me. I was taken aback by what I can only describe as a very off-putting butter flavour that my research has indicated is diacetyl. It’s ever-present and makes finding other positive flavours impossible, and I get the feeling it’s probably just a bad batch and not a representation of what this beer should have and could have tasted like. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to try it again, perhaps on tap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
A golden pale ale with a thick white head. In aroma, good hops, overlyed with decent floral hops, intense butterscotch and strawberry notes. In mouth, a good malt base with bitter English hops, quite nice, medium bodied. Tasted Feb. 13, 2010.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2241) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2010
650 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a fairly clear orange/gold with small-medium white head. Floral hops strongest in the aroma with citrus and slight caramel; maybe the faintest hint of diacetyl. Flavour starts bready giving way to more prominent diacetyl before the hops really kick in and give a nice floral/citrsuy bitter finish. The butteriness is disappointing but there’s still some things to really commend this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2853) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a modest off-white head. Aroma: Lots of bread crust, biscuit, toast malt, some orange-pine hops, a slightly odd sweet honey/sugar aroma, slightly peppery, grassy, floral and soapy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderately aggressive carbonation, prickly. Flav.: An odd citrusy/eucalyptus note, some honey, lemon halls for sure, still some biscuit and bread crust in the malts, lighter earthy pine; dry with forceful bitterness and a kinda lacklustre light malt finish with lingering bitterness.

Comes up a bit short, but a good effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duckdown (81) - GTA, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
Yummy! Surprised about the low scores as well. 650ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a golden honey color, smells mostly of caramel with a bit of hops, but the taste is all hops for me at least. A semi dense white head that disappers quickly.. A little lacing on the glass. Really enjoyable! A pleasant surprise. Had to come back to re-edit, left a pretty bitter aftertaste once the beer is gone.. gives you some brutal breath


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