Back in July I had a look at GLB's Red Leaf. If you remember, I said it was a good representation of the style. However, I also said that it didn't do much to set itself apart from the competition, unlike what they do with so many of their great brews. Today I look at a beer that GLB does very, very well. Something that many people will agree does set them apart from the competition.
That beer is the Crazy Canuck
This 5.2% alc./vol. pale ale pours a hazy golden yellow with thick off-white head, good retention and medium lacing.
The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, lightly toasted malts and very faint notes of grapefruit.
Citrus hits the tongue and stays through to the aftertaste. The malts from the nose are there, albeit fainter, and the bitterness from the citrus grapefruit mixes well with the hops. This is the perfect level of hops and bitterness in a beer for my tastebuds.
The carbonation was medium, leaning to the light side, with a smooth and light mouthcoating.
Final thoughts: A delightful summer session beer. Great flavour, perfect alcohol content for a day in the sun, and it goes down so smooth. Planning on attending some end-of-summer BBQs in the coming weeks? Grab a few cans at the LCBO. You'll be glad you did.