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


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sample from can at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Clear orange pour with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Short stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Light body with a mildly bitter citrus hops character with some floral and malty notes behind it. The finish is short and lightly hoppy. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
On tap at C’est What, new beer. This is more of a less than contemperous bitter IPA than a classic pale ale. There is significant bitterness, and the abv seems higher than posted, more like 6%. Pours medium yellow body with noteable white head, that leaves lace. Served a bit too cold and a bit too much carbontion. Other than that, an above average non-Canadian beer, though not the apex of the style, i.e. what Great Lakes Cleveland turns out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
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 ’Canucklehead Pale Ale’ 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Hazy golden-amber pour. The aroma is awesome - loads of fresh prickly pine cone and orange/tangerine citrus. Very tropical with a little bit of lightly minerally bitterness. The beer has hops in abundance. Moderate bitterness though. Very lean palate with a lovely bit of peppery bite. Crisp and refreshing with loads of fresh piny hoppiness. There is a bit of zestiness at I find quote appealing in here. The more I have from these guys, the more I like them. Bitterness becomes more assertive as you get through the glass. Nice pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8937) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Can - Sweet tropical fruit and grapefruit. Hazy gold with a white head. Grapefruit, pithy and a bit of tropical fruit. Nice balanced bitter finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Oranges leap from this American-style Pale Ale’s aroma, as earthy angles and effective caramel malts lead to resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sturdy sheet of foam covers the hazy pale amber.
-This is another beautifully-hopped brew from Great Lakes (see Miami Weisse for another one).
-The caramel malt flavor are simple but they support the hops ably.
-Mouthfeel is creamy, an apt balance of residual sugars and active effervescence.
-Hops also have an earthy touch throughout.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
Can, brought & shared by Robbie from Kingston. Medium hazy golden amber, thick pillowy head with excellent retention. Nice hoppy aroma, piney, with underlying malty caramel. Equally malty and hoppy, earthy and piney, nice caramel malt. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
473 ml can.
Pours hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, some pine needle notes as well as some wood. Flavor is a bit harsh with bitter malts, resinous hops and grass. Doesn’t seem that fresh anymore, a bit too harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Big ol’ can at Victor’s bracket box tasting at Paul’s. Pours a clear clean gold with a thin white head. Big crisp hops, clean and cool. Crisp and clean. Crackery grain and malt, toast and a crisp bitterness. Nice and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - 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)

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