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Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 02-19-2006)
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Jeffreywhite22, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of klewis
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on-tap at GLBC 2/18/06

A: Pours a copper color with a small but sustaining head.

S: Strong aromas of hops complimented by fruity esters and mesquite aromas.

T: This was a wonderfully balanced brew with strong hop flavors with a smooth and subtle smokey character in the finish.

M: Full-bodied and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation in this one.

D: Time permitting, I would have had several of these, but alas, I could only have one. As a pale ale, this will stand with the best of them, but the smoked aroma and flavor provides a uniqueness that makes this one stand out over any that I've had. Go get some.

klewis, Feb 19, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Noonan425, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

mhaugo, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

SpartyJoe, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Oakenator, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

bigred89, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

scott2269, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

wvsabbath, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a trip to the brewery this past Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed a glass of this pub exclusive on-tap. I paid only $2.75 for a pint during happy hour, which is from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Monday-Friday. Served in a pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium golden color with orange/copper highlights. The head is about an inch thick when drawn and settles to a very nice film layer with a good thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Very nice lacing too. Malty and hoppy aromas are present and not much else that I could distinguish. At first this beer had quite the hoppy bitterness going on tastewise, reminding more of a good IPA than an APA. As the beer warmed however, the malty sweetness became more apparent and balanced the bitter hops very nicely. I know they claim the ABV is only 6% , but I got quite the buzz from only one glass of this and nothing else. Has a good medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way a good beer needs to be. A good, solid beer, but not one of my absolute favorites from Great Lakes. Worth a try though. I certainly wouldn't mind drinking this again either.

Eric

neenerzig, May 06, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint of this brew served at the Great Lakes Pub during a road trip to Dark Lord Day.

Smell, Very earthy hop smell, with an almost musty kick to it, not quite sure where it was from

Taste, Light hints of smoke, with that earthy hop flavor. The smoke flavor is clearly present, but far from over powering. The musty flavor I smelled was obviously from the smoke, but I just love the hop flavors going on. All the flavors are subtle, yet forthcoming.

Overall, what a fantastic brew, not quite hoppy enough to push the IPA envelope, but definitely pushing the boundaries of an APA, label this a robust APA and you've got yourself a winner. I enjoyed this brew so much, I ended up taking a growler of it home just for myself.

leftmindedrighty, May 01, 2007
Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at the GLBC brewhouse.
A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that looked a bit flatter than most of the other beers they were pouring.
S: Smells like your typical IPA with a bread/caramel backbone, some hops, then a pleasant subtle smokiness.
T: This is so balanced. The bread/caramel malt, the bitterness from the hops, and the smokiness all integrate really well- quite tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth.
O: Another quality GL brew- I wouldn't mind this added to the bottled lineup at all.

ONUMello, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

HeyYoMar, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

KevinGordon, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

elahote, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

BrewtalHonesty, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Zachtheporter, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of pints of this beer yesterday at the GLBC brew pub and loved it. Copper in color, with a slight hop aroma that an American Pale Ale is supposed to have. You can taste the smoke at the end which distinguishes it from the Burning River Pale Ale. I would like to see it in distribution.

craigo19, Mar 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

TBarJr, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

athegreatest83, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

VncentLIFE, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

SDG1070, Apr 13, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber-colored pale ale with a thin cap of dense foam that lays with concave edges. Visible carbonation through exceptional clarity.

Sweet maltiness with fruity tones and a light smokiness that leaches out like a dull ache. Reminds me of a beer licked by wet campfire smoke. Hops are delicate and fruity/floral.

Nice rigid bitterness offered up by citrusy hops and a crisp toastiness from kilned grain, but it's enveloped in a wet smoke. Has notes of cherrywood, grapefruit, leafy hop, tempered malts, and a touch of vanilla. Love this muted smokiness. Plus, it swells as it settles and warms.

Stoked with spicy carbonation. The body is light and drinkable. Very enjoyable.

Nice little half-smoked ale. Keeps its pale ale charcteristics. I recommend Engine 20.

thecheapies, Nov 03, 2013
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Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.