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

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2298) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 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/////////////////////// NO LONGER MY FAV ONTARIO PALE ALE, STILL SOLID BUT nn HAS TAKEN CANUCKS PLACE, IT IS NICE THATS ITS ONLY 2.50 A CAN THOUGH

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2245) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2014
On tap at barhop, Toronto. Pours a hazy pale gold with a white head. Aroma is light honey and bread. Light body, medium carbonation. Pine, honey, lemon, orange marmalade, light caramel and a pleasant bitterness. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
500ml can from the beer store, but randomly but pretty happy I did. Somewhat hazy pale yellow with a nice white head, some fresh citrus and floral hops, bittersweet with a decent maltiness, balanced, moderate carbonation and body, smooth. May have to pick up a few of these for the summer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2164) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 (2/20/2010) 650 mL bottle. Bronze with a nice fluffy white head. I’ve been reading about this one. I see that some people get diacetyl, and some people don’t. I did. It’s there in the aroma, and it’s there, to a lesser degree, in the flavour. In this beer, it takes the form of cracker jacks. Certainly not a drain pour, but it spoils what otherwise seems to be an solid beer. Lots of fresh Cascade flavour, nice bitterness. Body seems a little sweet and thin, perhaps. I want to like this one. Maybe they rushed it. Re-rate. 473 mL can. Pale bronze orange with as nice a head as I’ve ever seen on a pale ale. Lotsa grapefruit, apricot and pineapple in the aroma. Excellent. Nice hop flavour with some malt. Not too sweet, which is good. I’d like to see just a touch more bitterness in the finish. Just a wee touch. The finish is a little thin. Or somethingMuch improved, though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2127) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottled sample. Clear pale orange in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are a mix of pale and crystal malt, along with some fresh cut wood and faint sweet orange. Wood and caramel elements come through strongest in the mouth, but the leafy citric hops are still in play (albeit in qute a gentle way). Medium bodied with a bit of woody bitterness. A bit tame, but still pretty drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Rating for Canuckled Head on tap at The Ex in Toronto.
Appearance : Clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Awesome juicy hops with floral notes. Nice light malt.
Taste : Awesome fruity hops with light pine. Light malt on finish with light citrusy notes. Light pine with fruity notes.
Overall : Really nice beer. Awesome nose, great malt and hops. Quite drinkable. Overall rating would be around 3.9 but I’ll leave it like it is now since it’s for the regular version.

500ml can from LCBO.
Appearance : Shiny pale yellow with medium white fluffy head.
Aroma : Great citrusy and floral hops with nice malt. Very fruity.
Taste : Light bitterness with citrysy ans piny hops. A little bit resinous. Some malt. Nice malty finish with light bitterness and light pine.
Overall : Very nice APA. Very aromatic with a nice bitter finish. Very drinkable. Carbonation is delightfully soft. Great malt profile. Great stuff. Nice to see Great Lakes doing such interesting beers !!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2063) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
The pour is a light golden-orange with a finger of dense yellowish head. The nose has a juicy citrus hop with a lovely lemon and grapefruit notes. A light caramel and bready malt. Lovely taste with a huge citrus hop and NW hop presence. A surprising malt presence in the taste with a sweet caramel and toasty bread notes. Overall, a refreshing and tasty pale ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
Fresh bottle sample- Medium gold pour, with a moderate frothy cap. Aromas of buttered toast, floral hops, white bread, perfume. Strange flavour profile. Has fresh floral hops and a marked lemony bitterness, with a buttery flavour that leads to sweet bready malts. Seems like some sort of hybrid or cross style. It is ok, but what is going on with the butter? I had enough on my toast this morning, thanks. I’ll give it a whirl again, but I’d like to see the butter go away.


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