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

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - 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
RhetoricalAns (172) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
473 ml can. Pours hazy yellow with nice thick head with nice lacing. Good floral hop aroma. Initial citrus flavor followed by long lasting bitterness and bread flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes goldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, fruchtig, herb. Geschmack trocken malzig fruchtig, herb, süffig, sanfte Bitterkeit im Abgang.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3790) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2014
Can @ benzai. Clear golden yellow with a medium to full sized white head. Smells hops, fresh, fruity, grapefruit, slightly grassy, nice. Tastes sweetish, hops, fresh, slightly malty. Light but very nice! Thin to medium body, sift carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 Draught. At Harbord House. Clear pale amber, smallish offwhite head with decent lacing. Bitter aroma, floral and slightly sweet - kind of generic. Taste is solid - quite dryly bitter with background floral/fruity sweetness - reminds me a lot of Mill Street Tankhouse back when it was still good and hoppy and not a burnt metallic stale mess. Average body and mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a nice long bitter finish ... Dry-hopped? - re-rating from the newer can release - incredible C-hop aroma on it now, one of my go-to beers, I always have at least half a dozen can in my fridge - well done, Mike!!!! (original rating: 6+3+7+3+15=3.4)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
Why the low scores? This stuff is pretty good, certainly better than 3.2. Pours golden honey with a short lived white cap. The aroma is a pleasant surprise, I generally find us Canadians to be having a hard time with that hoppy, resinous, grapefruit, citrus smell we all love, but it seems Great Lakes has managed to pull it off, with a nice malty baseline to boot (and yes, buttery movie theatre popcorn diacetyl.)(dieuduciel makes the best hop forward beer in canada I think). The flavour pretty much delivers whats promised with the aroma, citrusy, hop goodness, not over the top, not to hot, not to cold, just right, with a bit of a balancing act with the malts, sort of tastes like malt extract, but it manages to do the job moderately well. I see what people are saying about Diacetyl (if you don’t know what that is go here: http://beerme.com/diacetyl.php) And yeah, it’s a bit of a buzz kill. But 3.2......REALLY?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (829) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
bottle. Poured clear copper with a rocky off-white lasting head. Inviting floral hop aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Flavours of caramel, grapefruit and a lingering herbal hoppiness throughout . I’m not a huge fan of APAs but I could drink this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (750) - - MAY 21, 2011
Pours golden/copper with a puffy frothy 2 finger head. Big aroma of Pine, Mango - there’s some caramel malt in there too but the Hops dominate this one. Bitter hops in the taste, pine needles, caramel malt and a bit of a woody quality to it. A bit more balanced than the aroma. Fairly lively carbonation here, though there should be some more body to it. Those minor complaints aside, this is a fairly easy drinker and a good representation of an APA. On cask I gave it 3.9.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
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 there’s nothing wrong with a good hop hit. Bitterness lingers well through the semi-dry finish.


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