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Great Lakes Independence Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Independence Ale
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BA SCORE
89
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 07-21-2003)
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muraco3

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-08-2014 00:28:16 | More by muraco3
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XUJOE

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-23-2013 02:14:23 | More by XUJOE
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-09-2013 23:18:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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pualie84

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-30-2013 13:24:27 | More by pualie84
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throwback

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-25-2013 13:44:33 | More by throwback
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-16-2013 19:52:48 | More by XavierMuskies
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jmw4437

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-14-2013 19:51:06 | More by jmw4437
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-17-2013 18:14:42 | More by Brew33
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-14-2013 20:03:11 | More by BlissJunkie
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Hines219

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-24-2012 12:28:35 | More by Hines219
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sunavamitch

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

08-12-2012 15:21:45 | More by sunavamitch
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me start by saying that Great Lakes is probably my all time favorite brewery. The overall assortment of high quality brews help cover up any flaws that may come up. That being said - this is nearing flaw status, but not overly. In the pint glass it was served in, this red ale is pale red in color and just slightly hazey. The aroma is a very nice, hoppy, and floral bouquete, and suggests a good beer to come. What follows though lacks a bit of mouthfeel and actually feels slightly watered down. While the hops simmer out and the malt dissolves away, the taste of a red ale is still there - just subtly. Honestly, this beer would be great outside in the summer heat on Independence Day due to not weighing you down and yet providing good flavor - perfect for the Lite drinkers. But in the fantastically cool (and might I add one of my favorite beer bar destinations in the entire US) downstairs pub section of the GLBC brewery, it just doesn't cut it. Once again, Great Lakes produces some great brews, but this belongs in the shadows of those beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 22:15:51 | More by qcbrewer
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jmo2k1


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-26-2012 03:45:23 | More by jmo2k1
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craftbeer31

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-25-2012 18:01:28 | More by craftbeer31
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-20-2012 16:33:54 | More by cynical1027
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Amyliz4

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2012 02:19:14 | More by Amyliz4
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schoun

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-18-2011 19:54:30 | More by schoun
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-15-2011 00:08:29 | More by IrishColonial
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-29-2011 03:54:37 | More by brandoman63
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2011 20:50:46 | More by PittBeerGirl
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amstelcat

Ohio

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-21-2011 01:33:23 | More by amstelcat
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 23:16:19 | More by VncentLIFE
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sbricker

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-14-2011 15:26:51 | More by sbricker
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Lakes in July 2009 as part of Christmas in July. Sampled side-by-side with the Christmas Ale. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a bit of a stronger reddish character when light hits the glass. A bit of a light head that dies down a bit too quickly. The nose brings some citrus and pine hops as well as some very lightly-toasted malt with a bit of bread and biscuit. The taste is mostly bready with a small spattering of hops. Good body and slight bitterness; a bit plain, but drinkability is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 17:13:31 | More by Thorpe429
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler a clear copper brew with a 1/4" of white foam for a cap. The head faded to a decent film concentrated towards the edges.
Smell is mix of citrus and pine hops, big on orange rind.
Taste follows the nose hoppy (orange, citrus, pine) there's a sweetness from the malts almost a faint vanilla cookie type thing, different but it's wonderful.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied leaning towards lighter.
Drinkability is spectacular this would be a wonderful patio beer on a hot summer day, something you could sit there throw a few back and just relax in the company of fine people.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2010 23:19:58 | More by sliverX
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Great Lakes Independence Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.