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

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RATINGS: 152   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2614) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Can (473 ml). Extra from TheJester, thanks Andy! Slightly hazy golden/amber with a medium off-white head, good retention and good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, malt and floral hops... simple yet effective. Taste is slightly sweet with citrus, floral notes, malt and a light bitter finish. Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Dry finish. Very good American Pale Ale. Drinkable and well balanced. A tad too malty, but still really enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2011
473ml can. Deep gold pour. Fluffy white cap. Hoppy nose featuring pine and citrus. Flavor has dry pale malt base with sweet orangey hops. Piney finish with light bitterness. Body is light to medium, medium carbonation. Solid APA. High drinkability. Please sell this in Alberta.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
[on cask at Arrow and Loon, Ottawa] Strawberry, pine, and citrus aroma with some saltiness. Hazy orange under a white island and ring. Excellently balanced flavour of caramel and hops. Scotch tapey hops, weak malt backbone, moderate bitterness. Light body, low carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Crispy clean taste, pours a pale yellow, very hoppy smell and a hoppy taste, pretty citrusy, you can really taste the cascade come through and it has a good finish. Good offering Rerate: cask version the canculkhead or some like that was awesome, the flavour was really smooth and lots of hoppiness, really nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2249) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
This is probably the best GLB beer that I’ve ever had. Pours a dirty yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is hop and malt. Taste is a blast of hop bitterness with some citrus and malt notes. A little off balance and the bitterness is a little overpowering. But all in all, a great step forward in the IPA/APA development in Ontario.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2243) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2198) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
Another bomber from Great Lakes Brewing, and a Canadian tribute for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Pours a rich golden colour with an off-white head that is fluffy, with decent retention and dry bubbly lacing. Great grain malt scent (I recognize the same malt found in Steam Whistle and some other pils) at first, and then, the hop appears. An awesome pairing of both. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a little stick in the end. Wicked bitterness the whole way which rules my mouth. Nice grain aftertaste with the hop always present. I really enjoy this brew and will buy some more for the Olympics. A superb pale ale. Great Lakes seems to be impressing more and more, every time they release a new offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Copper orange in colour with a large and long lasting white coloured head, excellent lacing. Aroma is floral and grassy, some soap, quite fresh, some peppery spiciness. Flavour is moderately bitter, floral, glassy, light lemon citrus, some soap bitterness. Bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, bitter and rather dry.

A nice offering from Great Lakes but could use a larger body though.

650ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on March 4, 2010.
No date.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 bomber from the LCBO. pours clear amber with a lasting white head. aroma, butter. flavour, decent pale ale with butter. cant drink this, its way to buttery///////////////////////// after having a few bomers of the current batch i can safely say the diecytle problem has been solved and now this is a very nice apa. current rating is a mix of first impression and current form//////////////////2011 canned version is amazing, best pale ale brewed in ontario

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2114) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
Diolch JoeMcPhee. Golden copper with a grand frohg whitr head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Lovely refreshing brew. Crisp hop, fruit goodness. Not to in your face, but rather subtle, delicate and very enjoyable. As crazy as Canada gets, but very nice indeed.


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