wilderthanyou (758) - 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?
Hammy78 (749) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerGolem (683) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by Tom10101, thanks! A text book American Pale Ale, with good floral hops, citrus and some malt. Refreshing and well balanced.
sudomorph (658) - 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.
ACD (655) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, fresh from Porterhouse Dublin. Hazy gold pour, nice tight white head. Great orange, grapefruit and pine needle nose - bit of light tropical fruit in there too. Taste is so good: juicy citrus and a touch of mango, with plenty of pine needle and (not so sticky) resin. Nice bit of very light white bread dough and light caramel. Great bitter hit - all citrus and pine driven. Really crisp. This is top gear, go Canada.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Since the revamp of this beer(Late 2010 early 2011) wow. One of the best hoppy beers currently available in Ontario. Pour deep golden copper with big head and great lacing. Big dry citrus hopped aroma with caramel and a nice balancing malt sweetness. Taste citrus hops, caramel, malt, toffee, and grapefruit. MF is thick chewy and reasonably carbonated. There is a super faint butter taste which is almost exusable and my only tiny gripe with this great Ont brew. Good one guys cheers!
Karol (646) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Can I got from my beloved Netty who managed it to get it from Canada. Many thanks! Mwaaah, mwaaah! This pale ale is great! it has a nice hoppy and floral aroma, a bitter hoppy and refreshing taste with a bitter hoppy long lasting finish. Overall very hoppy, drinkable. anytime again!
terrybail (631) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
473ml can from the LCBO
pours a hazy yellow awesome hop aroma
Nice hop and malt balance with some ice sweetness to the finish
Really good APA
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cíest What - GLB announced this one as "Canuck Pale Ale" but it seems that was a name that was still in development, as the official GLB tap handle clearly read "Crazy Canuck Pale Ale". Cuhhhh-raaaayyy-zeeee! Anyway, the beer came a clear light bronze colour with a brilliant white head that lasted throughout most of the glass and left some intricate lacing. Really beautiful fresh Cascade aroma, fruity, citrusy, piney. Loverly, though a bit one-dimensional. As long as that dimension is hops, though, síall good. Flavour much the same, those Cascades are definitely on show, but thereís a hint of malt to make it a touch more balanced. Nice, long bitter finish. CCPA reminds me a bit of a slightly less malty Hop Addict from County Durham. Well done Great Lakes - this one is up there with the Pumpkin as my favourite of their offerings. REALLY looking forward to the bottles.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 flavourís 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. Itís ever-present and makes finding other positive flavours impossible, and I get the feeling itís probably just a bad batch and not a representation of what this beer should have and could have tasted like. Hopefully Iíll get the chance to try it again, perhaps on tap.