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Lake Effect Pale Ale - Pearl Street Grill And Brewery

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Lake Effect Pale Ale
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pearl Street Grill And Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2003)
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Reviews by Cylinsier:
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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%


Pours a clear amber gold with a white film for a head.

Smells of light biscuit malts and piney dry hops.

Pale biscuit malt flavor with a piney dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A pretty descent ale with good flavor that goes down easy. Not the most memorable brew but certainly enjoyable and worth a try.

02-05-2014 20:05:21 | More by Cylinsier
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5%

I think this may fall into the English IPA style category more than American but hey who am I?Pours a deep golden with a thin wispy head,aromas of some caramel malt and piney hop pretty well balanced.Taste seemed more on the malty side for the style big malt backbone biscuity and lightly sweet finishing with a late hoppy bitterness.Nothing really stands out a good melding of flavors but pretty basic and drinkable for the style will get again sometime Iam sure.

10-22-2004 00:28:04 | More by oberon
Photo of generallee

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Presentation: It was served on tap in a pint glass from the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden/orange amber color with good clarity and some nice visible carbonation. The head was white in color, average in size and quick fading to a small ring of foam that left some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma brings nice citrusy hops over soft sweet caramel malty notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor had a quick flash of sweet malt followed by decent burst of juicy citrusy hops. The finish brings nice hop bitterness that fades off quickly and cleanly. Its has a medium body with average to light carbonation and a smooth mellow texture.

Notes: Overall it was a nice simple Pale Ale.

04-12-2009 14:49:43 | More by generallee
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-20-2014 19:41:50 | More by JonBrand
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

A lunchtime brew at Pearl Street, which came highly recommended to me the night before by a variety of Buffaloans (Buffaloians? Buffalites?).

Poured into a conical ale glass. Copper in colour, with a thin head and a touch of lacing.

Nose was good and malty, with a strong whiff of West coast hops and a bit of earthiness.

Decent pale ale, nice and flavorful, good balance of earthy and citrus hop tones. The finish is long and bitter, perhaps a touch too bitter. No matter, still quite enjoyable. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Nice little pale ale to go with my lunch. While not an examplar of the style, still a servicable and enjoyable brew.

07-29-2011 19:06:18 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-04-2014 18:24:42 | More by dcbeers
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

At the brewpub on tap. One of their standards, tingly carbonation but a decent bitterness, and but a drop of head on light grapefruit colour. Serviceable pale. Faint hop aroma.English East Kent Golding, Fuggle and Progress, so a melange of hops to keep it interesting and drinkable again.

10-19-2009 02:03:56 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.16/5  rDev -7.9%

08-15-2014 23:20:50 | More by poohbearzeccola
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-05-2013 22:13:55 | More by pharmer
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

02-13-2012 11:33:57 | More by spark3148857
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3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Mine was a beautiful ruby red, maybe darker than others are describing? It could have been the lighting. Nice thin head with mild lacing.

S: Hoppy pine and hay, with a bit of citrus. Nothing complex or strong, but not off-putting, either.

T: Starts with a sweet maltiness, then hits hard with the hops. Strong pine and bitter, sudsy citrus, mostly grapefruit. The same hoppy flavor carries all the way through the aftertaste, maybe a bit one-note, but I enjoyed the flavor enough that I didn't mind.

M: Just about right for an APA. Nice texture with a twinge of acidity.

D: The one sticking point for me. It was a bit overpowering with my meal, and I wouldn't make a session out of it.

02-15-2008 19:53:23 | More by Radar
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-06-2014 22:05:19 | More by jjd315
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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured a copper-orange with about an inch of pure white head. Floral and spicy notes dominated my initial impression of the smell of this brew. Tasted spicy with a bitterness not unlike SNPA. Had a semi-thick mouthfeel, and was pretty drinkable, though only for a couple of pints.

03-09-2009 17:11:23 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

06-10-2012 02:51:08 | More by Jupitersample
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-01-2013 01:30:15 | More by theBIERlad
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-06-2013 02:50:14 | More by baileym
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-25-2014 17:18:34 | More by RevCraig
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that is well balanced with an easy drinking hop taste. It goes down crisp and easy with a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty standard APA. It's well balanced and quite drinkable.

11-06-2008 17:09:27 | More by WesWes
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-27-2014 21:58:18 | More by timmy2b
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-05-2012 01:04:53 | More by SCZ
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

08-06-2012 01:53:00 | More by bluntedboywonder
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2.9/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured a golden color with decent head and lacing.

The smell was hoppy and earthy.

The taste was interesting. The strong hop presence was piney and very earthy tasting. It tasted like my hops smelled as I dried them in the oven before freezing.

The mouthfeel was of moderate carbonation with a very bitter hops kick.

The drinkability was OK, as you get used to the flavor, it's a pretty good drink, but the earthy flavor is different than I'm used to.

08-15-2004 21:41:18 | More by masterbruewer
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3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

It pours a light copper color with a white head about 2 inches that leaves quckly. Some nice malt smells an some citrusy smells as well with some nice ho hints.

It has a weird initial taste that I cannot describe but its nice. Some hints of fruit and nice hop bitterness traditional of a IPA.

Overall mouth feel good and pleasant although not much of a craft beer I feel like it was rushed

06-16-2007 13:34:36 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a ruddy cloudy peach hued pour topped with a quickly settled ivory spotty cap.

Light scents revolved around a balance of malts and cornicopia fruits. Cherry, strawberry, and melon. Citrus scents detectable and well placed with the flavor. Lake Effect IPA (as it is written on the chalkboard) is a fruity ms with hoppy characteristics of American lemon/orange prescence. Sort of a let down for hop heads. Nothing more than thei Pale Ale recipe with more ingredients, which works for Three Floyds, but falls short for Pearl Street.

This i probably a 7% ABV beer. It gets gin-esque towards the end, and chewy cloying.

08-31-2005 04:58:06 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Working in Buffalo and a little bored so I figured do some beer reviews of Pearl St Brewing. Got a pint of their Lake effect pale ale to go with my pizza. From trying almost all their beers they seem to specialize in hoppy beers. In a darkened bar the beer arrived with a quarter inch of head on a clear orangish amber beer. I didn't really get much hop smell. It seemed to be a more malty smell with other carmelly sweet off notes which is kInda weird considering how hoppy this beer is. Perhaps this is due to the lack of carbonation going on. Its not a flat beer just don't see any bubbles rising up from the bottom.
Definitely an interesting beer. It starts off with a big malty wave and transitions over to a pretty bitter beer. This is supposed to be a pale ale but is definitely closer to an ipa. So this beer is sweet towards the front of tongue and fairly bitter as it gets to the back of the mouth. The beer is very drinkable. I definitely would recommend to BAs to check it out while paasing through Buffalo.

10-28-2010 23:46:29 | More by dazdave
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