jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
On tap at Cest what. Pours pale golden in colour, not a lot of head. Mild hoppy aroma, lots od bitter hop flavour. Very good. I will grab a few bottles from LCBO for olympic watching, when it hits the shelves! jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 2011-07-10. Amber body with foamy head. 3+ Modest aroma of hops, light greenery. Flavour is thinner than the Canuck, and less assertively bitter. The average bodied palate is also a bit thinner than the regular version, and the combination might make the cask seem watery or dilute if not for the dry hopping that adds more hop character. The hop profile is greener than in the cans, and less fruit than the recent drafts I have had. Enjoyable, I would have knocked back a few more pints of this on another day, but the cask mouthfeel and warmer temperature are not conducive to such an oppressive humid summer day on the patio. Dry hopped version as ’Canucklehead Pale Ale’ at Volo, Toronto DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
2011-05-19. Crisp golden orange body with a nice foamy off-white head and lace. 3+ First sip is an eye-opener as it has a significantly hoppier profile than I remember, modest bitterness throughout is punchier than previous samples, with less fruity character, and no hints of the creamy notes that had sometimes shown up - this is a very good thing. Most green hops, very light citrus and grass. Light lingering bitterness. 7+ Aroma is similarly more cleanly hoppy than in the past. Modest green leafy hop character. Average plus palate is refreshing and pleasantly carbonated. Pretty enjoyable, this has stepped up its games significantly. 7/4/7/3/15 Can from the brewery
2010-02-08. No notes, seemed cleaner with less yeast and floral character than previous sample at Cest What. Had a few samples over the evening and enjoyed the bitterness but still found it skewed towards the bitterness and less of the citrusy hops I personally prefer. Nice beer, enjoyable. Bottle at the brewery
2010-02-08. Golden amber body with a modest off-white head and excellent lacing. 3+ Aroma is surprisingly floral, mild citrus and grassy hops. 6+ Flavour is a bit yeasty up front, pleasant light bitterness throughout grows, and becomes a little bit astringent in the finish. Grapefruit seeds linger in the finish. Average palate suits the beer. Interesting highlights but not particularly well balanced today. Will try again. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4 On tap at Cest What, Toronto
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, Let’s go Canada! mijamdi (2) - Ottawa, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
After a couple bland experiences with other US style PAs that were well regarded here, I was quite deliberate about trying this one first at room temperature (because I was thinking that my refrigerator was homogenizing the character right out of my previous samples), but after reading what other reviewers have so far had to say about it, I’m still wondering if I even tasted the same product. “Grapefruit” dominated my first, middle and final impressions, From the moment I cranked the cap off my bottle (a 650 mL LCBO "bomber") and poured it, my nose was awash in the citrus / grapefruit aroma and it was far and away the first and most lasting taste to hit and then linger on my palate. My wife, who is basically a "beer is beer" person, even named the citrus family’s softball when she took a sip after my invitation to taste a “hoppy” beer. I quite liked it. With a gorgeous honey colour and homebrew quality froth in the head that lingered for a long time, this brew revealed itself as fresh, fruity, floral -- all the hallmarks you expect to find in a hoppy beer and despite the citrus / grapefruit predominance, it came across the palate as very nicely balanced. It’s a comfortable session brew that would also nicely accompany some zingy curries or rice dishes as a food pairing. TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 (2/20/2010) 650 mL bottle. Bronze with a nice fluffy white head. I’ve been reading about this one. I see that some people get diacetyl, and some people don’t. I did. It’s there in the aroma, and it’s there, to a lesser degree, in the flavour. In this beer, it takes the form of cracker jacks. Certainly not a drain pour, but it spoils what otherwise seems to be an solid beer. Lots of fresh Cascade flavour, nice bitterness. Body seems a little sweet and thin, perhaps. I want to like this one. Maybe they rushed it.
Re-rate. 473 mL can. Pale bronze orange with as nice a head as I’ve ever seen on a pale ale. Lotsa grapefruit, apricot and pineapple in the aroma. Excellent. Nice hop flavour with some malt. Not too sweet, which is good. I’d like to see just a touch more bitterness in the finish. Just a wee touch. The finish is a little thin. Or somethingMuch improved, though.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
650ml bomber poured into a nonic pint glass...
Clear golden colour to the body. The beige head is pretty rich, with good retention and some lacing.
The aroma has a good balance between pine-like and citrus-like hops. Some fruitiness (apples, plums, oranges). A bit of toffee or butterscotch.
Taste: Some pine and citrus (grapefruit and orange), then an immediate wave of bitter hoppiness. A bit of toffeish sweetness and fruitiness.The finish is very dry and quite bitter, with some lingering pine notes. Not bad at all, but could be more aromatic to better counterbalance the bittering hops.
Medium-body. Kind of sticky and resiny. Moderate-to-mild carbonation. Not very smooth, but appropriate for the style.
The drinkability is good. This is a very sessionable beer, provided you’re a hop-head or just someone who tolerates the dry bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good APA; definitely the hoppiest beer from the Great Lakes Brewery.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
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 brewer’s 12 year old kid.
But that’s 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 I’d prefer.
But an easy drinking, fairly robust ale. Recommended. robinvboyer (4589) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 On tap at volo.
The aroma coming off this cask was incredible.
Amazing juicy citrucy aromas. Every citrus fruit imaginable is in here somehwere. Good solid malting keeping the mouthfeel and bitterness in check and light enough to make this a solid drinking beer. Refreshing, and exploding with flavor. A really great beer. MartinT (9851) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2010 Total Score: 3.8
650ml from the lcbo. Amber pour with a fluffy white head. I’m seeing alot of people talking about a buttery diacetyl aroma and flavor but I’m not getting any. I guess I got lucky. A great citrus aroma with some juicy hops and a slight caramel maltiness. Quite bitter in the finish but the hops are really nice with some great citrus notes. I’m really quite impressed.
My Bottom Line : PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
Oranges leap from this American-style Pale Ale’s aroma, as earthy angles and effective caramel malts lead to resinous bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sturdy sheet of foam covers the hazy pale amber.
-This is another beautifully-hopped brew from Great Lakes (see Miami Weisse for another one).
-The caramel malt flavor are simple but they support the hops ably.
-Mouthfeel is creamy, an apt balance of residual sugars and active effervescence.
-Hops also have an earthy touch throughout.
Poured from a 473ml can, golden orange in colour with a nice consistent head. Aroma is citrus, floral, refreshing on the palate. A nice pale.