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

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Big ol’ can. Hazy golden honey pour with an almost white head that leaves a fairly thick ring of lace. Fresh citrus notes with a light burnt note, some grain and a little off note I can’t quite identify. Less citrus on the palate (but it’s still there) with a light caramel flavour. Slightly astringent with a hint of cardboard. Decent enough for a session brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (970) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
bottle. Poured clear copper with a rocky off-white lasting head. Inviting floral hop aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Flavours of caramel, grapefruit and a lingering herbal hoppiness throughout . I’m not a huge fan of APAs but I could drink this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (893) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
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 I’m the mouth. Very nice and well worth a try. Would but again. Bitter but not overdone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (861) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Purchased at the LCBO. Pours a dark copper colour with a white head tat was about a finger and a half. Clumps of lacing. Aroma is a little pine and citrus as well. Taste is bitter same as aroma pine and citrus like a bitter grapefruit. Nice.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
Slightly redish gold pour, lots of bubbly head. Very strong bitter/tart grapefruit scent. The taste is about the same. That strong Pale ale grapefruity bitterness. I know some people love it. Sadly I’m not a big fan. I’m sure this is a great pale ale to fans of the style. Not for me though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (769) - CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Pours clear medium gold with two fingers of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, patchy lacing (4/5). Nose is bright citrus and mango, light resin and pine, with a light caramel and bready malt background (8/10). Taste is low sweetness and moderate to strong citrusy bitter, building pepperiness (8/10). Light to medium body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, lingering bitter finish (5/5). Another light(er), easy-drinking APA/IPA. Lighter and without the slight harshness of, for example, My Bitter Wife - but also not a DIPA, and with the associated significantly lower ABV. Loads of juicy, citrusy hops make this a very enjoyable and well-behaved thirst quencher. Well worth the cognitive dissonance detailed on the back of the can - a “fiercely irresponsible stereotypical image” on the can, but a “distinctly American style” of beer inside it. I’ll deal with my national identity crisis while I enjoy the beer. Sorry. (17/20)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flip_soeperman (768) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
Although the aroma dissapetes quickly, a nice boost of resin. Not too bitter, but ok. Medium bodied. I would have liked it to be more aggressive.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (760) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Poured from 473mL can. Slightly hazy golden yellow with white head. Citrusy grapefruit hops, mild resin, with a bit of skunk and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
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 don’t know what that is go here: http://beerme.com/diacetyl.php) And yeah, it’s a bit of a buzz kill. But 3.2......REALLY?


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