Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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.
lagerette (30) - - JUN 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
473 ml. can. Pours Clear golden colour with rich beige head that keeps well with some lacing. Aroma piney, plums, apple and citrucy hops. Taste at the beginning piney and citrucy and then very bitter from hops. Also sweet but bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad IPA from a nice brewery.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml Bomber fresh from Brewery.
Pours a gold-amber ale in my glass. Large puffy white cap with great retention and lacing qualities.
Nose: citrusy, fruity with a deep caramel malt tone ( abundant Diacetyl too which becomes more dominant as the beer warms - butterscotch overwhelms when warmer)
Slick mouth feel. Nice chew of bready sweet malts in front are balanced by light hopping Diacetyl is detectable in flavor more so than aroma but it is some what subdued by the malts . Finishes nicely with an increasing bittering and a great bready-bicuity maltiness...lingering bitterness.
This is not an over the top intense Pale but one that is full of flavor and very drinkable...great session ale but the price is a tad steep for that. I really wanted to rate this higher but in spite of it’s great hopping and malt profile The diacetyl really is unforgivable in a beer marketed as premium with a premium price. They did this to me with the green tea ale as well and I really wanted to like that beer as well..
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml Bottle: Pours a light amber, very light streams of carbonation and a slightly off-white foamy pillow of head on top. Looks quite nice, actually, especially that head. A great, fresh hop aroma hits the nose with floral and herby hops off the top and a hint of sour citrus in the back. Soft bready notes, lots of nice caramel, this is quite a good nose. Unfortunately, the flavour’s a huge letdown for me. I was taken aback by what I can only describe as a very off-putting butter flavour that my research has indicated is diacetyl. It’s ever-present and makes finding other positive flavours impossible, and I get the feeling it’s probably just a bad batch and not a representation of what this beer should have and could have tasted like. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to try it again, perhaps on tap.
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fluffy white head with moderate lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit followed by butter popcorn (diacetyl). Taste is bitter, not really feeling the malt, lingering bitterness, a bit of butter. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and dry. I sure hope Canadian athletes fair better at the 2010 games than this beer. Hopefully Great Lakes can fix the diacetyl problem, because the butter flavor just ruins this beer.
gilvanblight (755) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Slightly redish gold pour, lots of bubbly head. Very strong bitter/tart grapefruit scent. The taste is about the same. That strong Pale ale grapefruity bitterness. I know some people love it. Sadly I’m not a big fan. I’m sure this is a great pale ale to fans of the style. Not for me though.
diggerdave (2) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013 does not count
1.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
appearance and aroma were good, poured well. Immediate citrus/pineapple taste, then an extreme bitter aftertaste. 6 people around table trying beers, none would take second taste.
DBruce (1) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
My experience with this beer was very disappointing. The aroma that first hit me was not apealing to me. First taste had the hint of bitterness that I enjoy but then I was hit with the flavour of bad grapefruit. Totaly turned me off. Could not finish my glass. Only the second beer ever that I could not finish