Canuck Pale Ale


So, it has been a long damn time since I’ve written on the blog.  Wow, yeah…I long time.  Well, I’m pleased to say that I still exist.  And that beer still exists.  Well, tonight I wanted to give a shout out to one of my old standbys.  The Canuck Pale Ale, made by Great Lakes Brewery.  Seriously, this is easily one of my favourites.  Great scent, right off the bat it’s gonna hit your nose.

You can check out the GLB site here, or for a bit more on the Canuck Pale Ale relaunch here.  Generally, I find the beers from Great Lakes Brewery to be hit and miss.  They’ve done a lot of IPA’s, and after a while, well…the differences slip away.  The beers do seem to be getting better with every year though, so I’ll keep trying.  (Specifically an IPA they make called Octopus Wants to Fight.  If you see this one on tap somewhere, give it a try.)

The description for the Canuck Pale Ale says you’ll get scents of grapefruit, mango, and pine.  The grapefruit I get, and maybe a bit of mango, but not much.  The pine does come through, but for me only in the aftertaste.  It’s only slightly carbonated, and has a bit of head but it doesn’t stick around.  I taste the grapefruit and the citrus, I really like the flavours used in this, but again the pine confuses me.  I get it after, but not during.  It’s not overly hoppy, but it doesn’t need to be.  The flavours of the citrus flavours come through great without the need for a strong bitter aftertaste.

The beer is solid, it’s got a bit of history (used to be Crazy Canuck Pale Ale), and when the name changed during the relaunch, the design on the can changed as well.  The strapping lumberjack you now see on the can is none other than a character called Gordie Levesque.  That’s right, this beer has a mascot.  Gordie has his own twitter account, though I don’t think it really took off the way the brewery would’ve liked.  Still, I like the design and artwork of the can, and I like the beer inside.

Here are the specs:

  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBUs: 35
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Serving Temp: 3-5C
  • Glassware: Pub Pint

For me, this is a 8 of out 10.



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