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

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RATINGS: 188   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2787) - 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 (2783) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2753) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2700) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2688) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2601) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2014
473ml can from El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. @home 21-07-2014.
Labeled as "Crazy Canuck".
BBD: 2016??
In short: a tasty pale ale.
Pours hazy to murky deep gold-orange, with nice frothy whie head. Some head retention, some lacing. Fruity, pine, earthy aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is fruity, some resins, pine, fruity, moderate biterness. Balanced and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2595) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Bottle. Reddish-gold colour. Just the right amount of bitterness. Not bad at all.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2590) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2541) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Golden color , little cloudy , small fizzy head. Fresh hay nose, very fruity nose. Light hoppy taste , nicely balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2478) - 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.
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