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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (448) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 This was better than I expected. Nose is citrusy, earthy, with a bit of sweetness. Big hit of fresh peach, too, which was really refreshing, and fairly unique for the style. Taste follows the nose, sweet with a hint of spice, with a nice dry finish. Really nice smooth, creamy mouth feel. Quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2798) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Hello Ontario! 22oz bottle from LCBO. Pours a lovely, clear golden. Aroma is indeed buttery and sharp with hops. The taste is well worked. Floral, citrusy hops evident with a bready malt backing. Good lingering bitterness in the finish. I would also agree that this does remind me of Tankhouse but I wasn’t put off by the butteriness (is that a word?). The patriotic angle might just be shrewd, especially during the Olympics. Go Canada Go.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
Draught at C’Est What. Pours a clear golden-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of light resiny hops, grain, caramel malt and citrus fruit. Flavour of resiny hops backed by caramel malt and a finish that’s quite bitter. Average bodied. Very good on tap.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1731) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
Pretty solid Pale Ale. At first, right out of the fridge it tasted like those pine tree air fresheners. After getting to a better temperature the citrus came through, although I’m still getting some pine-y aromas. Still, good hops without a pile of complexity which is probably what it’s supposed to deliver. Good stuff overall.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (633) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
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 don’t think I’ve ever tasted a beer with such heavy grapefruit notes. A lighter bodied ale that is very easy drinking. Thumbs up! Well done Great Lakes. You’re 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. It’s not bad by any means, but it used to be excellent. Sniff, sniff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Big ol’ can at Victor’s bracket box tasting at Paul’s. Pours a clear clean gold with a thin white head. Big crisp hops, clean and cool. Crisp and clean. Crackery grain and malt, toast and a crisp bitterness. Nice and easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (1808) - Nunavut, CANADA - AUG 11, 2011
Okay gold body with decent carbonation and head. Plenty of heavy hops on the nose, clouding out all else. Flavour is overbearing hops to the extreme with just a hint of grains. That’s not a bad thing however. This is very good for a pale ale, reminds me of a better homebrew instead of a badly executed macrobrew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2066) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5692) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
pours very slightly hazy deep golden, nice white head, retention/lacing. cascade, citrus, oranges, decent maltied breadiness, light acidity, light pepper. average carbonation, light to medium body, nice mouthfeel. nice apa. or cpa. whatever.


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