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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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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:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 02-19-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sturmthis, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

athegreatest83, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Cynic-ale, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of zimm421
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler filled on 10/19/2013 at the Daily Growler, Columbus. Poured into a standard pint glass. Appears a beautiful dark amber color, that is perfectly clear. The head is about 2 fingers thick, off-white, and has great retention, and good lacing.

The nose is full of smoke, and some caramel, with a bit of citrus coming through on the back end. Not as powerful as I expected here though. The taste is very complex, with a lot going on in the background. It is fairly well balanced, with good bitterness upfront, then the smokiness coming through, along with caramel, in the middle, and followed up with good citrus at the end. The aftertaste is dominated by the smokiness, and the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty sticky, with good carbonation, and is right where I'd expect. Overall, this is very interesting and complex brew, but not something I would call excellent. Definitely glad I was able to try this, and not something I would turn down in the future.

zimm421, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

bigred89, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +11.7%

KevinGordon, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Gregafree
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Gregafree, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of ample smoke and herbal hops. In the taste, pale malts and smoke, light bitterness as well. Sugary malt and robust malt notes. Smoke, hops, malty sweet and good balance. Overall, a fine brew.

Stinkypuss, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of elkinbrown
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

elkinbrown, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of maximus_rebel
3/5  rDev -16.2%

maximus_rebel, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of JothHu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JothHu, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Sams in Durham, NC. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color with a 2 inch white head. Smell is almost nonexistent.... maybe a faint smokiness if you really try and smell it, but on first whif there really isnt much at all in terms of aroma. Taste is much different though. It's got a nice mild smokiness to it that isn't overpowering whatsoever. It's extremely well done IMO. The typical characteristics of an APA are still there, but the smokiness makes it very enjoyable. Good feel, lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried. I'd get it again if I was in the mood for a refreshing brew.

Axnjxn, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

meetyouoverboard, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

SDG1070, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Very cloudy and dense. A darker shade of orange. Pours a thin head with a skim of retention. Only a few specks of lace.

It smells pretty nice: orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Clean, wet grass. Pleasant amount of biscuit and sweet cracker. The taste has a juicy citrus quality (orange and tangerine) with a penchant for grassiness. Toasty grains and some bread round it out. Mild bitterness on the finish. Medium light body with ample carbonation. Not exactly crisp, but focused.

Overall, well balanced and easy to drink. Worth a shot.

Ryan011235, Jan 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

metalgdog, Sep 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

SickNukes, May 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Mick-e-d, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

wvsabbath, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

mhaugo, Apr 14, 2012
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
Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs South in Charlotte.
Orangey gold pour, couple fingers of off white that stuck to the glass pretty well.

Aroma, mostly citrus and toffee/malt. Light herbal hop and some nuttiness.

Taste, more nut here. Toasted malt, quite a bit of caramel. A slight bitter that could be smoke, but really is its the herbal pine hop bite it finishes with.

Just right of light bodied. Carbonation was nearly creamy, but that depends more on the location. Drinks easy, just need to be ready for a non-standard pale.

Reminded me a bit of Skull Coast Scallywag pale, which was brewed with almond I believe.
For a maltier pale this is good, for anything "smoke" this is a fail. I did like it however.

Bung, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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