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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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3.9
Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Purchased at the LCBO. Pours a dark copper colour with a white head tat was about a finger and a half. Clumps of lacing. Aroma is a little pine and citrus as well. Taste is bitter same as aroma pine and citrus like a bitter grapefruit. Nice.

3.9
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
Can from jerc, thanks Jeremy. Pours clear orange, thick white head, gorgeous lacing. Nose is big citrus, fresh rank hop cones, and earthy creaminess. Flavours are nettly hops, with loads of citrus and spice, nice balance, well-rounded. A quality brew from Ontario, blow me over.

3.9
solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Smells like floral hops with some grapefruit, even grape. Colour is blond hazy, good lacing. Good head retention. Taste has more hops and fruitiness. Faint but not unpleasant sourness. This beer is wonderful - a great, original pale ale, so much more than the standard hops and malt standard. Among the better APAs I’ve tasted. On cask at Castro’s Lounge.

3.9
Listigovers (1173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
This is a wonderful find.. Picked up randomly at lcbo.. Similar to Brooklyn.. Strong hop flavour with only mild bitterness.. Lingering and crisp aftertaste good for any occasion.

3.9
LarryBeast (616) - - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Tall can. Golden amber with white frothy head, consistent lacing. Strong beautiful aroma of centennials: slightly green, lots of citrus. Medium-bodied. Smooth balance of caramel malt against strong hops. Long, lovely, dry bitter finish. Flying Monkeys Smashbomb IPA had been my favourite Ontario beer until this -- although today was a stressful day and maybe this beer was just in the right place (my hand) at the right time (immediately). *UPDATE: Was not quite as good the next few times. Smashbomb still represents for me the Ontario high water mark in hoppy pale ales.

3.9
BytownJon (62) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
REALLY enjoyed this one. Maybe simplistic, but looked and tasted like a wheatbeer crossed with the hoppy IPA. Malty and spicy at first, but then just enough tartness to clean your palate. Not too heavy and not bloaty aftertaste.

3.9
Randy4Beer (513) - - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2015 Pours a murky light orange with a big frothy white head that settles down nicely, leaving some lacing threads behind.Aromas are heavy on citrus fruits. Some orange peel, and hints of toffee.Mouthfeel is balanced between creamy and crisp, with some slight stickiness.Tastes are sweeter than I expected but pleasantly so with citrus up front and sweet malts dancing on the back of the tongue during the swallow.Overall I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as their Tank Ten offerings such as My Bitter Wife or Karma Citra, anticipating a more pedestrian beer, but Canuck was mostly up to the challenge and held its own. Will add it to my short list of regularly available go-to beers.

3.9
blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Can. Pours clear gold with a white head.Moderate piney dank hop bitterness on a light pale malty base. Porch beer, baby. Really dope and high in crushability.

3.9
Beermack (725) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Can, fresh from Porterhouse Dublin. Hazy gold pour, nice tight white head. Great orange, grapefruit and pine needle nose - bit of light tropical fruit in there too. Taste is so good: juicy citrus and a touch of mango, with plenty of pine needle and (not so sticky) resin. Nice bit of very light white bread dough and light caramel. Great bitter hit - all citrus and pine driven. Really crisp. This is top gear, go Canada.

3.9
manuelMTL (240) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
From 473 ml can in tulip. Pour is slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose pleases with a huge amount of mango, passion fruit and grapefruit. Some grainy malty sweetness. The same strong fruitiness surprises in the mouth. Some residual sugars. The light body makes it easily drinkable but a stronger malty backbone would make this beer even better. Low to medium hop bitterness. Low ABV beer with a strong fruity and floral hop profile.


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