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

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1513) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6865) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ametras (1433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 473ml can. Hazy golden with a foamy white head. Flavors are citrus, bread, grass, caramel with earthy and floral notes. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2916) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Hello Ontario! 22oz bottle from LCBO. Pours a lovely, clear golden. Aroma is indeed buttery and sharp with hops. The taste is well worked. Floral, citrusy hops evident with a bready malt backing. Good lingering bitterness in the finish. I would also agree that this does remind me of Tankhouse but I wasnt put off by the butteriness (is that a word?). The patriotic angle might just be shrewd, especially during the Olympics. Go Canada Go.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
Draught at CEst What. Pours a clear golden-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of light resiny hops, grain, caramel malt and citrus fruit. Flavour of resiny hops backed by caramel malt and a finish thats quite bitter. Average bodied. Very good on tap.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1477) - - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2016 Pours golden/copper with a puffy frothy 2 finger head. Big aroma of Pine, Grapefruit - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (2394) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
Pretty solid Pale Ale. At first, right out of the fridge it tasted like those pine tree air fresheners. After getting to a better temperature the citrus came through, although Im still getting some pine-y aromas. Still, good hops without a pile of complexity which is probably what its supposed to deliver. Good stuff overall.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (753) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Original rating. June 5, 2011. Aroma : 8 / Appearance : 4 / Taste : 8 / Palate : 4 / Overall : 17 473ml can. Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is big on resinous hops, herbal and floral notes, pink grapefruit juice, fain caramel. Smells great. Faint sweetness, with initial pine, faint caramel notes, and a finish that is all grapefruit. I honestly I dont think Ive ever tasted a beer with such heavy grapefruit notes. A lighter bodied ale that is very easy drinking. Thumbs up! Well done Great Lakes. Youre slowly becoming one of the best breweries in Ontario. Re-rated April 28, 2013 I felt it was time to re-rate this, because well, nothing has ever been quite as good as that first batch. It still looks pretty good. Hazy honey tone with an off-white head. Still smells delicious. BIG tropical fruit, and citrus with some resinous notes and caramel. The taste however is nothing like it used to be. Still light bodied, with nice fruity notes up front that disappear quickly and turn into a lot of minerality, and slightly harsh metallic hops, with more citrus in the finish. Everything that used to make this beer great seems to be hiding behind that strong hit of mineral heavy hops. Its not bad by any means, but it used to be excellent. Sniff, sniff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Big ol can at Victors bracket box tasting at Pauls. Pours a clear clean gold with a thin white head. Big crisp hops, clean and cool. Crisp and clean. Crackery grain and malt, toast and a crisp bitterness. Nice and easy drinking.


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