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

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3268) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 19, 2014
Sample from can at icbcf
Pithy grapefruit full bodied, decent bitterness, hazy gold, this is how all APAs should be made

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 On tap at volo. The aroma coming off this cask was incredible. Amazing juicy citrucy aromas. Every citrus fruit imaginable is in here somehwere. Good solid malting keeping the mouthfeel and bitterness in check and light enough to make this a solid drinking beer. Refreshing, and exploding with flavor. A really great beer.
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2010 Total Score: 3.8
650ml from the lcbo. Amber pour with a fluffy white head. I’m seeing alot of people talking about a buttery diacetyl aroma and flavor but I’m not getting any. I guess I got lucky. A great citrus aroma with some juicy hops and a slight caramel maltiness. Quite bitter in the finish but the hops are really nice with some great citrus notes. I’m really quite impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3264) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Canette. Merci Patrick. Je suis de plus en plus surpris par ce qu’on retrouve dans une canette. Encore une fois un bon produit ci-cache. Le liquide est cuivré avec une mousse blanche. Le nez est bien constitué de houblons américains qui sentent les agrumes. La bouche offre une belle dose de malt qui supporte les houblons qui laissent une trace de résine dans la bouche. L’amertume est marqué en fin de bouche. 6/10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Inviting aroma of citrus hops, some good malt too, dark amber, pours a firm finger of off-white head, leaving lots of pretty lace. Flavour is a good citrus kick from those hops, decent level of malt, orange/grapefruit, caramel and butterscotch notes. Medium bodied, very well balanced, good mouthfeel, creamy smooth, a fine bitterness. Terrific! Rated during the Opening Ceremonies for the XXI Winter Olympics, Let’s go Canada!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3120) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
Can - 473ml. Hazy, light amber body with an average white foamy /creamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with citrusy, grapefruit hints. Its sharp hoppy taste carries grapefruit and herbal notes. Ends with a decent bitter finish. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3104) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3072) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a modest off-white head. Aroma: Lots of bread crust, biscuit, toast malt, some orange-pine hops, a slightly odd sweet honey/sugar aroma, slightly peppery, grassy, floral and soapy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderately aggressive carbonation, prickly. Flav.: An odd citrusy/eucalyptus note, some honey, lemon halls for sure, still some biscuit and bread crust in the malts, lighter earthy pine; dry with forceful bitterness and a kinda lacklustre light malt finish with lingering bitterness.

Comes up a bit short, but a good effort.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (2958) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle, LCBO Waterloo. Nice orange/copper pour, murky white head. Aroma has some nice hops in there, very citrus, but also a good heap of butter. Oh oh. Weird balancing act going on in taste - you have some intense bitterness from citrus hops, but it appears to be all from dry hopping. There is a weird sweetness to the malt profile and to top it off (ha, top it off, a pun!) there is butter. There should not be butter. This beer was just released and stored in a cool lowly lit LCBO (one that actually takes care of its beers). I really like what Great Lakes is doing in terms of creativity, but this is about 3 in a row now I’ve run it to that have been all butter. Disappointing, I bought another one, will re-rate if needed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Canette 473ml. De couleur ambrée-orangée et claire. Nez fruité (agrumes, faibles notes d’abricots), moyen de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, aux notes herbeuses et résineuses, léger de grains de malt sucrés avec des notes de pain et de caramel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture aux notes huileuses et très faiblement résineuse. Goût fruité (agrumes sucrées, traces d’abricots) avec une moyenne amertume de houblon florale et moyennement citrique (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt, un léger goût de pain et des petites notes de caramel doux puis en finale l’amertume revient en avant-plan en affichant un caractère plus hebreux et légèrement résineux. Post-goût long et un peu asséchant, moyennement amer de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, légèrement herbeux et résineux avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2734) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 28, 2010
On tap at C’est What? Appearance: golden orange with a generous white head. Aroma: orange peel, mango, yeast and a little spice. Flavour: lots of mango, lemon & Ginger, kind of tangy with q salty finish.


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