Great Lakes Thrust! IPA - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Thrust! IPAGreat Lakes Thrust! IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 91
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 91
Reviews by evil_liver:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of justmebro
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (102 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (1,518 characters)

Photo of talbotjf99
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (474 characters)

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

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of robertwgene
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Enjoy (671 characters)

Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured an amber/orangey color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice citrusy/grapefruit floral notes with no bitter notes are discernible. Taste is a great mix between juicy notes of grapefruit and citrus and great floral undertones, light residual sugar notes that balanced the whole mix. Body is full enough with great carbonation. Greta beer and this brewery just keeps on improving. (439 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jegross2
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mtomlins
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of dipso123
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
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 (463 characters)

Photo of CurtisD
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssmack
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

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. (240 characters)

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of spinrsx
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Great Lakes Thrust! IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
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