Great Lakes Thrust! IPA - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Thrust! IPAGreat Lakes Thrust! IPA

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 03-10-2014

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Photo of justmebro
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at Silversmith. Bright orange colour, nice citrus throught. Assertive without overwhelming hops

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrust! launches with a head that reaches into the troposphere and leaves behind cloud-like crowns of lacing as it drops back down. Bright and golden as a sunset initially, the complexion sullies with additional pours as sediment becomes stirred as if by a rocket kicking-up fogs of dust and debris.

Great Lakes makes no shortage of hoppy beers (see the list below). Honestly speaking, Thrust! is really no different from any of them: it's a smooth, very well put-together concoction of fruity, floral, and herbal flavours balanced by just the necessary amount of malt, no more.

Although this brewer has shown versatility, it's undoubtedly the IPAs that have impressed me the most. It's safe to say almost everyone would agree. It's a challenging feat and impressive accomplishment to consistently provide overt, thorough hoppiness and still maintain such effortless drinkability.

Like any good IPA, this one doesn't seem as strong as it actually is (6.5%). Nor does it taste as bitter (72 IBU) as you think it would. There's such a dazzling array of fruits (lychee, mango, citrus, apricot) that one's completely distracted and fails to notice the bitterness or, for that matter, the bready-sweet malts.

Between Crazy Canuck, Audrey Hopburn, Citraddiction, Karma Citra, My Bitter Wife, Lake Effect, and RoboHop, Great Lakes asserted themselves the Ontario king of the IPA and Thrust! is yet another jewel in that crown. Though by now it's a little redundant, they're good enough that I'll keep buying 'em!

Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dull lemon body; full head with average retention

Clementine, grapefruit, mango - exciting, vibrant citrus and exotic fruit with a hint of bitter hops

Taste is spot on match to aroma, with bitter notes coming to the fore - pithy in the aftertaste; great sweet fruit, mostly mango, is bright and fresh, but get over-powered too quickly by the bitter flavours; medium-full body and good carbonation

Great citrus hop flavours abound, but could do without the pithiness

Photo of robertwgene
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4/22 canning from matgor. Thanks!

Vigorous pour into snifter yielded fluffy white head that dissipated within a few minutes, leaving spotty lacing. Beer was cloudy and golden yellow; stuff looks appetizing. Aromas were citrus and tropical (is that Mosaic I smell?) I didn't get much malt or yeast character from the nose. Taste was pleasantly bitter, with citrus flavors dominating. I didn't get the piney flavors many other people seem to find, so taste was a little one-dimensional. Finish was long, and lively carbonation helped it linger in the mouth. While a pretty good IPA, I don't know if I would be reaching for it all the time.

Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $5.50 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone within the minute. Nice darkish gold color. Unfiltered

S- Nice hops here. Sweet and sickly

T- Nice C hop blend. Lots of hops both dry and wet. Like it as it has no heat to it at all. Very easy drinking

M- Dry as a good IPA is.

O- Pretty good brew. The format takes the price up so if it were in a can for $3.00- 473ml I would be a regular customer. At this price point I'm not

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Cajun chicken. Lots of spice and it was totally worked with in this beer


Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque cloudy bright orange colour with a thin layer of eggshell coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, orange rind, lighter passion fruit and mango aromas and a slight honey/caramel sweetness throughout.

T - Nice restrained bitterness with big citrus and tropical fruit notes. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach and pineapple flavours all come through. Just enough honey malt sweetness comes through to provide some balance.

M - Medium body. Sticky and resinous. Light carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Thrust! An IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Etobicoke, Canada.

Score: 95

Couple week old can served in a Great Taste of the Midwest taster glass and enjoyed on 05/04/14 while camping out for Great Taste tickets. Review is from iPhone notes. Thank you Adam and Marcus for sending me this tasty treat!

Appearance: Pour a lovely golden honey color with four fingers of frothy white head. Poor lacing and retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tropical fruit/citrus fruitiness and dank pine mixed with a kiss of funk. 4.5/5

Taste: Bitter tropical fruit galore, with a piney finish. Tastes like chewing on the rind of various citrus fruit -- grapefruits, tangerines, orange and so on. So delightful! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Juicy and bitter. Medium-ish body, good carbonation. 4.5/5

Overall: This is a excellent IPA with a lovely tropical fruit nose and a good amount of bitterness without being a palate scorcher. If you are getting a box of beer sent to you from Canada, then I recommend inquiring about acquiring a few fresh cans.

Cost: $4 for a 16 oz can.

Photo of mtomlins
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-copper color with 2-3 fingers of creamy head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a blast of citrus (grapefruit and oranges) with a touch of spice. On the palate, there is a big blast of citrus again with more sweet, tropical notes than the nose (oranges, mangoes and some grapefruit) with some bittering hops drying things out and subtle toasted malt for balance. This has some nice sticky, resinous qualities. The beer has a medium boy and plenty of carbonation making it smooth, refreshing and easy drinking. A great IPA anywhere and one of the best in Canada.

Photo of dipso123
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L - more opaque than cloudy and not particularly Pale. Head disappeared asap and no lacing S - is citrusy but small and quickly dissipated. T - a lot of grapefruit but tastes more like pith than zest adding an unpleasant bitterness that is the central characteristic of this IPA. M - a thick and sticky mouthfeel with an unremarkable finish that leans toward a bitterness harsher than desired. O - not bad but not inspiring and needs a cleaner dryer finish

Photo of ssmack
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle fresh from the brewery.

Hazy golden honey colour. Inch and a half of tense creamy head that lasted for the whole glass. Lots of fast streams that kept going to the bottom. Thick lacing that was very well retained.

Fresh citrus aroma detected from 2 feet away. Papaya, grapefruit and orange. Outstanding.

Tons of citrus hops in the taste. Mainly grapefruit and lemon. Papaya and orange has it warmed. Nice malt base tasting of pound cake with a touch of sweetness. Strong sharp bitter aftertaste that lingered but did not stay forever.

Medium feel. Low carbonation. Slightly oily.

Thurst! measures up to its rep. Best of the Great Lakes IPA. Best American style IPA that I have had.

Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks to Soods for this one.

Pours a vibrant orange body with a luscious tropical fruit aroma. Lots of fleshy fruit in the flavor and ultra creamy but i was expecting a more aggressive IPA. While this is good, it left me wanting a little.

Photo of SebD
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, mango, dank pine resins and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit, mango), bitter pine resins and a subtle caramel sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is easily one of the best IPA's in Ontario. Props to Great Lakes for this exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of safaricook
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious tropical fruit IPA. Greatly executed.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; served slightly chilled. I've been looking forward to this one's Ontario-wide release since it first came out, since I've read nothing but rave reviews.

Pours a foggy golden-orange colour, nearly producing a full inch of fluffy, frothy, bright white-coloured head. Retention is average for an IPA; it is mostly gone by the five minute mark, having been replaced with a generously foamy collar and a beautiful, uninterrupted swath of lacing around the glass. Looks good to me, and as for the aroma? I might as well just start listing tropical fruits right here: grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon pith, pineapple, mango, lychee, passionfruit - need I go on? It smells like a fruit salad, with its background elements of d'Anjou pear, canned peaches and light honey-syrup sweetness. Some pine is in there, too - this one is shaping up to be a real winner.

This is some positively delicious stuff. There is a nice background of caramel sweetness and pale malts, but for the most part this brew is all hops, all the time. A dumptruck of white grapefruit, mandarin orange and lemon zest has been unloaded onto my palate. Flavours of apricot, pineapple and lychee figure in a touch less strongly, but are nonetheless prominent. Hints of resiny pine, grapefruit and mango feature late in the sip, leading into a lingering pithy bitterness that clings to the palate, drying out the tropical fruit sweetness. Medium-bodied, with carbonation that only mildly bites the tongue, and a beautifully silky-smooth, somewhat oily feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.6, a very rare A+. The rocket ship theme is definitely appropriate, because Great Lakes Thrust! IPA has launched itself far beyond the limited range of most Ontario-made IPAs. It would be a tough choice between this one and their Lake Effect IPA, but comparisons aside this is easily one of GLB's best IPAs in my books, with loads of juicy tropical fruit flavour, capable of placating even the most demanding of hopheads. I'm just glad I had the foresight to grab two bottles of this in London, since it doesn't seem to be available locally. A definite must-try - one of the best in the province, if not the country.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this first on tap at an Augusta Street bar in Hamilton, now its available in the LCBO. The tank ten series has been very impressive so far, with Karma Citra and Lake Effect being great IPAs, but now let's see how my third foray goes. 650 ml bomber for $5.95 CDN. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - a clear pale bronze coloured beer, with an impressive two fingers of white head that looks good and fluffy. Modest retention time, but an array of hieroglyphics are left behind in lace as it clings to the glass.

Smell - big citrus nose with some interplay between orange and ripe pink grapefruit. A little lemon zest and maybe even some peach creeps into the nose, giving Thrust! a big well rounded and extremely juicy nose. My mouth is actually salivating from smelling this beer.

Taste - big and juicy with the grapefruit being the star. Some additional fruit, the lemon and orange come through but not quite as boldly as it did in the nose. Quite delicious, yet somehow, this doesn't quite compare with the nose. Lychee and mango flavors become more apparent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated, lively feel, and just a touch dry on the end. Perfectly medium body for a delicious IPA such as this.

Overall - while this is an excellent IPA, in my opinion, it's not quite as good as Lake Effect. This beer has absolutely cemented my belief the GLB is the premier IPA maker in Ontario that distributes to the LCBO. A great beer, and the value here isn't terrible as far as bomber format goes too.

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Volo.

Beer is translucent orange with a moderately sized white head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Great nose. Really strong tropical fruit scent, with a citrus aspect as well. Smells very juicy.

Nice flavour as well. Really good tropical fruit flavours, bright and juicy. Citrus. Fairly bitter, but in a very flavourful way. Caramel malt base, quite pleasant.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit oily. Chewy.

Overall, very good. If brewed regularly, this would certainly be one of the very best Ontario IPAs.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange with two finger head that leaves fantastic lacing behind as it slowly breaks. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit, but the taste is not as juicy as I expected it to be given the nose. Feel is nice, good carbonation and slight oily feel.

All in all quite good, I will seek it out again.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap at Bar Hop.

Pours bright orange with a dense, creamy offwhite head. Huge citrusy, tropical notes fill the nose. Pithy, juicy hops fill the taste. Grapefruit, lemon, mango, apricot flavors all over the place.

A stand out IPA in a very crowded field. Replete with delicious new world hop flavors. Must try.

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love a good IPA, especially as the temperatures sore. I especially enjoy those straight to the point bitters, like the (now discontinued) Imperial IPA, from Garrison.
The one thing one notices immediately with Thrust IPA, is the aftertaste, which comes on fast. It's a strong fusion of grapefruit and mango....and I am not liking it enough to place this IPA among my favourites as a result.
Still, it is worth a try and then-some.

Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into small snifter glass. can't find a date code but i believe this is quite fresh

a: hazy orange topped with a finger of bone-coloured head

s: hints of mango and papaya from quite some distance. really bright grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, orange and grapefruit. slight piney dankness. just a very vibrant, fruity, and inviting aroma that makes me want to thrust the beer directly into my mouth

t: so well-rounded. almost explosive fruit presence up front -- fresh bitter pink grapefruit, ripe oranges, and lychee followed by lighter notes of papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple, and mango. caramel malt is present but subdued in the mid-palate, and gets quickly eclipsed by a medium hop bitterness, slight notes of pine, and mildly lingering fruit flavours all the way to the finish

m: excellent mouthfeel. slightly sticky and oily, medium-bodied, with less-than-moderate carbonation. dry finish leaves you wanting more

o: an outstanding IPA by great lakes. neck-and-neck with their lake effect IPA for me

Photo of Bunman3
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an extremely complex, well-balanced IPA. Wow! I don't have much to add to the discussion, aside from a big thank you to Coronaeus for setting me up with this delightful beer.

Photo of peensteen
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 2 day old can

Hazed golden colour with some orange as well, 1.5 fingers of dense head, not a ton of lace though. Smell is loaded with tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, some citrus as well, bits of grapefruit, just a touch of shallot as it warmed, hints of malt. Taste is a hop forward mix of tropical fruit and citrus, bitterness is fairly restrained in exchange for hop flavour, still mildly bitter but tons of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine flavours, long hoppy aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, oily points. Just a fantastic IPA, my favorite Canadian IPA and probably my favorite beer from this brewery, really hope this makes many returns.

Photo of mick303
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at cest what. Light amber orange colour, cloudy with a slight lacing. Smell has a full aroma of lemon and floral tones, some biscuit, some pine also, just enough spicy and resiny notes alongside the abundant citrus hops. Very clean also. Taste is a similar lemon cake, cranberry, a bit less pine, this is full on lemon cake and juicy for sure, bitterness is quite restrained. Mouthfeel is good, enough body to fill it out, light carbonation, a well bodied ipa with a nice lingering citrus profile. Full flavored with some really solid interplays between a very pale malt profile and an abundance of cascade and citrus hops, some resiny character, impressed by the overall cleaness of this, like lemon cleaner it is there is full force and leave a tidy dry finish. A solid offering from Great Lakes, not mindblowing, but a tasty beer to try. Lot of hops come through in force but it maintain itself in good form.

Had from bottle some time later and it was very impressive, increased rating

Great Lakes Thrust! IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.