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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale AleGreat Lakes Devil's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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168 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released in the fall of 2006, this was our first seasonal ale. However, the incredible response prompted us to make it available all year long on draught and in 473 ml cans. Brewed with 6 select malts and 4 premium hops, it has a rich mahogany colour, reminiscent of early English pale ales. The wonderful hoppy aroma is revealed even before your first sip, followed by a hearty malty body, and culminating with a pronounced bitterness. Prepare yourself for a devilishly good time…

(Beer added by: Viggo on 08-12-2006)
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One, thanks Derek for the can. Two, there is no way this is a pale ale despite the "label". Three, I'm not going to review this as a pale ale. It isnt one. Its quite brown with amber highlights. A nice looking brown ale though, with a decent one finger pale tan head that has decent retention despite the low level of carbonation. Its leaving nice and sticky sheets of lace that gradually breakdown to more intricate designs.

The aroma hints at nutty malts, cocoa, more bitter and roasted espresso, and hops. The hop bitterness is fairly clean, but there are woody and citrusy aromas present, hinting at a mix of bittering and aroma hops.

This is a tasty brew. Nutty flavours of hazelnut as well as toasted malts rise above bready malts and are accented with hints of cocoa and the more roasted flavours as hinted at in the aroma. A decent level of hop bitterness as well, woody with hints of grapefruit, has me guessing something along the lines of goldings or even a cleaner bittering hop along with some cascade or other high alpha acid hop for aroma. At any rate this is one tasty ale, even though it is anything but pale.

Not quite medium bodied but quite flavourful. This is a good ale but is not a pale. A nice balance is reached between the malts and the hops, and a slight creamy character manages to show through.

Pretty damn drinkable ale. Nicely balanced between the malts and almost assertive hops. Reminds me more of an aggressively hopped dark mild than anything else. The abv is well hidden, making for a nice session ale that ends with one falling on their face. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this is dangerously drinkable. Thanks to Derek for the brew. Gotta get the LCBO to bring this one this far out west, as its something i would enjoy returning to on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 01:31:21 | More by demcorhip
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Poured from can into a pint, dark brown with some bronze hues, two finger tan head, that slowly turns into less than one finger of creamy foam.
Big smell of pine, really green, almost dank, faint roasted malts and caramel. Pretty overwhelmed by hops.
Taste is bitter from start to finish: from roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness, to big pine resin and bitter grass, then both of them at the end, with a really bitter finish. Aftertaste is all dried up by it. Citrus comes off from the hops, with nice tangerines and grapefruit, faint peaches, there're also some faint roasted nuts and earthiness, but pine resin and hop oils are the stars.
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Probably the darkest pale ale I've ever seen. Deep mahogany brown with some faint light chestnut hues. Head forms nice and evenly with soapy retention. Four fingers tall with soapy bubbles and one of the most uniform pucks and islands I've ever seen. Lots of soapy thick lacing to match.

Small hints of caramel and light brown sugar toast. Some faint roast and very faint smoke like tobacco notes as well on this. Kind of interesting not sure where this is going, hints at more roasty porter and brown ale character.

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.