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

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 35   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.

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3.6
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.

3.6
robinvboyer (4667) - 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.
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.

3.6
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
My Bottom Line :
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.

Can.

3.6
Freaky_tiki (1245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Can’t believe this is my first time trying this. Pours honey brown with a soft cap that gives up its ghost quickly but offers serious lacing as the beer makes its way down the glass. Aroma promises hops & while they don’t pop as much as I’d want they balance well with the bitterness. I prefer their more creative offerings but this is a solid pale ale that delivers what you’d want.

3.6
lesifflebiere (1887) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Orangée, un peu voilée, elle garde un certain montant de mousse blanche pendant plusieurs minutes. À l’odeur, ce sont les fruits tropicaux (ananas, mangues) qui prennent toute la place. Plutôt douce en bouche jusqu’à atteindre la finale, plus musclée et plus amère. Pourtant, malgré ces caractéristiques et une présence de sucres qui l’arrondit, elle manque un petit peu de puissance. Elle reste cependant très agréable, et bien fidèle à un style qui n’a plus rien à cacher.

3.6
jksipa (944) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Can from the LCBO. Pours a hazy light amber with a generous off white head that hangs around. Aroma is piney hops and pineapple. Nice level of bitterness but not spectacular. Medium slick mouth-feel with average carbonation and a long finish. Quite drinkable.

3.6
sudomorph (1165) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
500ml can. Pours a clouded, slightly muddy, copper with a one finger, off-white head that thins but leaves great lacing. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top. Looks great. Aroma is slightly faint but still very nice. Notes of citrus, pine, flowers, fruit, especially grapefruit, and a hint of bread. Taste is a balanced bitter with a short, slightly dry, aftertaste. Medium body with a medium carbonation. Clean, crisp feel I’m the mouth. Very nice and well worth a try. Would but again. Bitter but not overdone.

3.6
tompete (333) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours an orange colour with an off white lacy head. Aroma of light citrus hops, nice arrangement. Flavour is a bit spicy, malty and citrus hop bitter. Finish is easy going and slightly metallic hopish. My favourite Canadian IPA I’ve found so far.

3.6
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Was surprised to see I never rated this one. Has golden amber colour and shows some lacing. the aroma is only slightly malty and so those hoppy notes dominate, notes of citrus and grassy herbal. On the palate is hoppy bitter with a fast but bitter finis. Medium bodied and much tastier on cask than can, could use a bit more weight but overall not a bad brew.

3.6
Idiosynkrasie (7516) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2014
473ml can. Minimally cloudy golden to amber colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Caramel malty aroma, citrusy hoppy overtones, hints of grapefruit and pine. Taste is bitter hoppy, citrusy, notes of grapefruit, a touch of lemon, caramel malty background with a biscuity touch; super soft palate, fairly lasting crisp bitter hoppy finish. Clean, precise, superb soft mouth-feel.


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