BeerGolem (590) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by Tom10101, thanks! A text book American Pale Ale, with good floral hops, citrus and some malt. Refreshing and well balanced.
imaragingbull (547) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
473ml Can from LCBO. Pours clear golden straw with foamy big off white head, reducing to a half finger cap, well laced. Not much else but just big citrus hop aromas on the nose dominating with a light touch of bread, nearing the end a touch of surplus us ale yeast and light vegetable is detectable. Light Medium body, med carbonation, big grapefruit hop flavour and moderate-high bitterness for a apa. Light grains and bread with a light base malt sweetness. A bit one dimensional, but thereís nothing wrong with a good hop hit. Bitterness lingers well through the semi-dry finish.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Despite the puerile name, this is a surprisingly well-made pale ale. Low expectations begin with the medium-gold appearance, while the gravel and high-hop aroma profile quickly raises those expectation. Gratifyingly full-bodied, generously bitter without being overblown, a gravel-like texture, and a pleasant dark chocolate nuance on the finish. I will drink again, just not ask for it by name...
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml bottle from LCBO. Pours golden amber with white head. Nose is some citrus hops and butter. Taste of caramel sweetness, bready malt, some nice lingering bitterness in the finish.
yarry (516) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
473ml tall boy, 5.2% a/v
Fairly light color for an an APA, but these things happen. Aroma is just %@*!ing fantastic. Citrus hops out the wazoo, just smells amazing. This smells like something id brew for myself! The taste is nearly as hoppy as the nose suggests, its a really fantastic hoppy beer! DAMN Great Lakes, awesome job!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml can. Bad name and one of the worst can designs I have ever seen. Almost enough to put me off of trying this ale. Seriously, looks like the packaging was designed by the brewerís 12 year old kid.
But thatís immaterial, because the ale itself is a winner. A slight cloudiness in the pour which is a much lighter gold than I expected. Big fluffy head and a wonderful citrus aroma. Strong but not overwhelming bitterness that is balanced with a touch of breadiness. Only relative drawback - and this is probably by design - is that the body is a bit weaker than Iíd prefer.
But an easy drinking, fairly robust ale. Recommended.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Original rating. June 5, 2011. Aroma : 8 / Appearance : 4 / Taste : 8 / Palate : 4 / Overall : 17
473ml can. Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is big on resinous hops, herbal and floral notes, pink grapefruit juice, fain caramel. Smells great. Faint sweetness, with initial pine, faint caramel notes, and a finish that is all grapefruit. I honestly I donít think Iíve ever tasted a beer with such heavy grapefruit notes. A lighter bodied ale that is very easy drinking. Thumbs up! Well done Great Lakes. Youíre slowly becoming one of the best breweries in Ontario.
Re-rated April 28, 2013
I felt it was time to re-rate this, because well, nothing has ever been quite as good as that first batch. It still looks pretty good. Hazy honey tone with an off-white head. Still smells delicious. BIG tropical fruit, and citrus with some resinous notes and caramel. The taste however is nothing like it used to be. Still light bodied, with nice fruity notes up front that disappear quickly and turn into a lot of minerality, and slightly harsh metallic hops, with more citrus in the finish. Everything that used to make this beer great seems to be hiding behind that strong hit of mineral heavy hops. Itís not bad by any means, but it used to be excellent. Sniff, sniff.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lovely hop aroma. light to medium hop flavour with citrus, mostly lemon. medium bitterness in the finish. easily my favourite Canadian APA. Love seeing these Canadian breweries come through with a great beer like this.
AWS9 (440) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml can. Decent hops balanced well with malt. Fairly smooth finish. Itís a pretty simple pale ale, but it does it fairly well, so canít complain.
dreamflower (433) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is one easy drinking beer. Beautiful white head. Caramel colour. Bitter but refreshing taste.