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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 masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

masterbruewer, Aug 15, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

generallee, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of JonBrand
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

JonBrand, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev +2%

dcbeers, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Oct 19, 2009
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3.16/5  rDev -7.9%

poohbearzeccola, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of pharmer
3.5/5  rDev +2%

pharmer, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +16.6%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Radar
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Radar, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev +2%

jjd315, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Jupitersample
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Jupitersample, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of theBIERlad
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

theBIERlad, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of baileym
3/5  rDev -12.5%

baileym, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

RevCraig, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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.

Cylinsier, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

timmy2b, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

SCZ, Nov 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

bluntedboywonder, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

JoEBoBpr, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

blitheringidiot, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of dazdave
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

dazdave, Oct 29, 2010
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Lake Effect Pale Ale from Pearl Street Grill And Brewery
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