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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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BA SCORE
81
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
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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Jeffreywhite22

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +39.7%

12-04-2011 00:24:30 | More by Jeffreywhite22
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klewis

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 16:25:10 | More by klewis
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Noonan425

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-19-2013 23:27:19 | More by Noonan425
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

04-14-2012 15:41:53 | More by mhaugo
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02-01-2014 14:46:56 | More by SpartyJoe
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

12-13-2013 03:39:34 | More by Oakenator
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

10-20-2013 16:19:55 | More by bigred89
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-12-2014 14:03:50 | More by scott2269
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-22-2012 15:12:12 | More by wvsabbath
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neenerzig

Ohio

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 19:24:43 | More by neenerzig
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2007 17:29:09 | More by leftmindedrighty
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ONUMello

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 19:06:29 | More by ONUMello
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2013 00:55:41 | More by HeyYoMar
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-09-2013 20:16:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-19-2013 01:19:10 | More by KevinGordon
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elahote


4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-02-2013 12:31:52 | More by elahote
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-25-2014 11:05:30 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-03-2014 01:05:41 | More by Zachtheporter
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craigo19

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 12:41:29 | More by craigo19
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-16-2013 13:05:36 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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TBarJr

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2013 00:59:03 | More by TBarJr
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athegreatest83

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-25-2013 01:33:42 | More by athegreatest83
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 23:15:48 | More by VncentLIFE
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SDG1070

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-13-2013 22:01:32 | More by SDG1070
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 16:35:52 | More by thecheapies
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Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.