JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Despite the puerile name, this is a surprisingly well-made pale ale. Low expectations begin with the medium-gold appearance, while the gravel and high-hop aroma profile quickly raises those expectation. Gratifyingly full-bodied, generously bitter without being overblown, a gravel-like texture, and a pleasant dark chocolate nuance on the finish. I will drink again, just not ask for it by name...
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!
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.
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 brewerís 12 year old kid.
But thatís 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 Iíd prefer.
But an easy drinking, fairly robust ale. Recommended.
sudomorph (498) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml can. Pours a clouded, slightly muddy, copper with a one finger, off-white head that thins but leaves great lacing. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top. Looks great.
Aroma is slightly faint but still very nice. Notes of citrus, pine, flowers, fruit, especially grapefruit, and a hint of bread.
Taste is a balanced bitter with a short, slightly dry, aftertaste.
Medium body with a medium carbonation. Clean, crisp feel Iím the mouth.
Very nice and well worth a try. Would but again. Bitter but not overdone.
LarryBeast (487) - - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Tall can. Golden amber with white frothy head, consistent lacing. Strong beautiful aroma of centennials: slightly green, lots of citrus. Medium-bodied. Smooth balance of caramel malt against strong hops. Long, lovely, dry bitter finish. Flying Monkeys Smashbomb IPA had been my favourite Ontario beer until this -- although today was a stressful day and maybe this beer was just in the right place (my hand) at the right time (immediately). *UPDATE: Was not quite as good the next few times. Smashbomb still represents for me the Ontario high water mark in hoppy pale ales.
MarkoR (484) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from the LCBO. Thatís a pale ale I like! Pours a golden colour with a generous white head. Aroma of fruits, citrus. Citrus flavour also. Very interesting beer.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lovely hop aroma. light to medium hop flavour with citrus, mostly lemon. medium bitterness in the finish. easily my favourite Canadian APA. Love seeing these Canadian breweries come through with a great beer like this.
Freaky_tiki (472) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Canít believe this is my first time trying this. Pours honey brown with a soft cap that gives up its ghost quickly but offers serious lacing as the beer makes its way down the glass. Aroma promises hops & while they donít pop as much as Iíd want they balance well with the bitterness. I prefer their more creative offerings but this is a solid pale ale that delivers what youíd want.
AWS9 (468) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml can. Decent hops balanced well with malt. Fairly smooth finish. Itís a pretty simple pale ale, but it does it fairly well, so canít complain.