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

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its been said that Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity. This beer doesnt 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 weve really made a mess of things. What have we done? Sorry.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3315) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
Another bomber from Great Lakes Brewing, and a Canadian tribute for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Pours a rich golden colour with an off-white head that is fluffy, with decent retention and dry bubbly lacing. Great grain malt scent (I recognize the same malt found in Steam Whistle and some other pils) at first, and then, the hop appears. An awesome pairing of both. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a little stick in the end. Wicked bitterness the whole way which rules my mouth. Nice grain aftertaste with the hop always present. I really enjoy this brew and will buy some more for the Olympics. A superb pale ale. Great Lakes seems to be impressing more and more, every time they release a new offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Canette 473ml. De couleur ambre-orange et claire. Nez fruit (agrumes, faibles notes dabricots), moyen de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, aux notes herbeuses et rsineuses, lger de grains de malt sucrs avec des notes de pain et de caramel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen-doux ainsi quune texture aux notes huileuses et trs faiblement rsineuse. Got fruit (agrumes sucres, traces dabricots) avec une moyenne amertume de houblon florale et moyennement citrique (une amertume prsente en arrire-got toute la gorge) auquel se rajoute un got de grains de malt, un lger got de pain et des petites notes de caramel doux puis en finale lamertume revient en avant-plan en affichant un caractre plus hebreux et lgrement rsineux. Post-got long et un peu asschant, moyennement amer de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, lgrement herbeux et rsineux avec des notes fruites (zeste dagrumes).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Inviting aroma of citrus hops, some good malt too, dark amber, pours a firm finger of off-white head, leaving lots of pretty lace. Flavour is a good citrus kick from those hops, decent level of malt, orange/grapefruit, caramel and butterscotch notes. Medium bodied, very well balanced, good mouthfeel, creamy smooth, a fine bitterness. Terrific! Rated during the Opening Ceremonies for the XXI Winter Olympics, Lets go Canada!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Aroma: pine and grapefruit hors...apparence: hazy yellow ambler, huge White head...flavor: strong resinus hors. Grapefruit...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
[on cask at Arrow and Loon, Ottawa] Strawberry, pine, and citrus aroma with some saltiness. Hazy orange under a white island and ring. Excellently balanced flavour of caramel and hops. Scotch tapey hops, weak malt backbone, moderate bitterness. Light body, low carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
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 Ive run it to that have been all butter. Disappointing, I bought another one, will re-rate if needed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 28, 2010
On tap at Cest 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2835) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
(can) clear, bright yellow amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of citrus, then stewed fruit; balanced flavour with a light long bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2755) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Copper orange in colour with a large and long lasting white coloured head, excellent lacing. Aroma is floral and grassy, some soap, quite fresh, some peppery spiciness. Flavour is moderately bitter, floral, glassy, light lemon citrus, some soap bitterness. Bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, bitter and rather dry.

A nice offering from Great Lakes but could use a larger body though.

650ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on March 4, 2010.
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