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

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6379) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 Draught. At Harbord House. Clear pale amber, smallish offwhite head with decent lacing. Bitter aroma, floral and slightly sweet - kind of generic. Taste is solid - quite dryly bitter with background floral/fruity sweetness - reminds me a lot of Mill Street Tankhouse back when it was still good and hoppy and not a burnt metallic stale mess. Average body and mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a nice long bitter finish ... Dry-hopped? - re-rating from the newer can release - incredible C-hop aroma on it now, one of my go-to beers, I always have at least half a dozen can in my fridge - well done, Mike!!!! (original rating: 6+3+7+3+15=3.4)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
Why the low scores? This stuff is pretty good, certainly better than 3.2. Pours golden honey with a short lived white cap. The aroma is a pleasant surprise, I generally find us Canadians to be having a hard time with that hoppy, resinous, grapefruit, citrus smell we all love, but it seems Great Lakes has managed to pull it off, with a nice malty baseline to boot (and yes, buttery movie theatre popcorn diacetyl.)(dieuduciel makes the best hop forward beer in canada I think). The flavour pretty much delivers whats promised with the aroma, citrusy, hop goodness, not over the top, not to hot, not to cold, just right, with a bit of a balancing act with the malts, sort of tastes like malt extract, but it manages to do the job moderately well. I see what people are saying about Diacetyl (if you dont know what that is go here: http://beerme.com/diacetyl.php) And yeah, its a bit of a buzz kill. But 3.2......REALLY?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (1207) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
bottle. Poured clear copper with a rocky off-white lasting head. Inviting floral hop aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Flavours of caramel, grapefruit and a lingering herbal hoppiness throughout . Im not a huge fan of APAs but I could drink this one.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
lovely hop aroma. light to medium hop flavour with citrus, mostly lemon. medium bitterness in the finish. easily my favourite Canadian APA. Love seeing these Canadian breweries come through with a great beer like this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
473ml Can from LCBO. Pours clear golden straw with foamy big off white head, reducing to a half finger cap, well laced. Not much else but just big citrus hop aromas on the nose dominating with a light touch of bread, nearing the end a touch of surplus us ale yeast and light vegetable is detectable. Light Medium body, med carbonation, big grapefruit hop flavour and moderate-high bitterness for a apa. Light grains and bread with a light base malt sweetness. A bit one dimensional, but theres nothing wrong with a good hop hit. Bitterness lingers well through the semi-dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
473ml tall boy, 5.2% a/v Fairly light color for an an APA, but these things happen. Aroma is just %@*!ing fantastic. Citrus hops out the wazoo, just smells amazing. This smells like something id brew for myself! The taste is nearly as hoppy as the nose suggests, its a really fantastic hoppy beer! DAMN Great Lakes, awesome job!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12262) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2011
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-16oz can-pours a white head with trailing lace and gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus, secondary light/medium malt. Taste is biting pine/citrus hops, secondary light/medium malt. Drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5274) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
(Courtoisie de jerc) Une belle tte mousseuse trne sur un liquide la robe orange. Le nez est intressant, agrablement parfum par des oranges confites et des crales justement caramlises. Les saveurs sont fraches, pleines dagrumes juteux et mordants. Des saveurs de pin caressent les papilles. Le sucr des malts connat bien sa force. En bouche, le liquide possde une joyeuse corpulence avec un ptillement doux et une texture lgrement huileuse. La finale se fait sur des notes amres rsineuse de moyenne intensit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baldric (16) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
Bought in the can at the brewery retail store. This is a very good brew. If you like hoppy beers but not too bitter this is for you. Im impressed what you can get in a can these days. Its a pretty tame dry hopped American IPA. My palate tells me about 35-45 IBU so its mild tasting. Plenty of Cascade hop flavour. Good amount of caramel malt in the background. The packaging and labelling really sucks (sorry GLB) but I suppose its what is inside that matters. A good value!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 1, 2012
Definitely one of Canadas best pale ales. Despite this being labelled as "seasonal" I consider this their "standard brew" and it shows how strong they are at their craft. Does not have a hint of the taste of Etobicoke. Nicely hopped nicely balanced. Clap clap clap.


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