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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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84
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews by jaz58:
Photo of jaz58
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer should be taken out of retirement for Great Lakes Brewery is brewing it year round now.

WOW what a brew.As dark as a cola in the glass. Frothy blonde head which dissipated quickly. Sweet honey and molasses nose. Well rounded mouthfeel. A hint of butterscotch when drunk and then a ton of long lasting bitters. Really hoppy. A heck of a brew. According to the details on the can 666 kg's of malt, 6.66 kg's of hops were used to make the batch and it was boiled for 66.6 minutes.

jaz58, Apr 08, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

A canned craft beer with a Satanic theme, references to the number of the beast (666). Should we be playing some Iron Maiden before we open this can?

A tan big, bubbly head forms, good enough retention to get by. Dark tawny color, but not so dark that the clarity is hard to see. Smells of caramel and a bit of butterscotch, a little grainy with a slight woody herbal hop as well. High level of smoothness with a creamy, slick full body. Maltiness is thick on the palate with lots of toasted grain throughout, malt sweetness kicks in with tones of caramel and cake batter. Hint of buttery and pear-like fruitiness from the yeast and alcohol. Hops show some balance with a mild bitterness and thick leafy herbal taste which does not last long as the toasted grain finishes with a semisweet toasted, almost roasted flavor.

Two words, "Malt Bomb." Malty and sweet but still somewhat balanced, it sort of reminds us of what Bass Ale used to taste like ... sort of. A decent English Pale Ale with or without a nod from The Devil.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Dalia
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Dalia, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked this one up after passing by it so many times at the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. Very dark amber, almost pushing into red ale territory. About a centimetre of white head, dissolved quickly into a ring. A few scattered flecks of lacing.

The nose is a bit muted, but I get mostly caramel and malts. Maybe a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

A nice, bitter ale. Sweet malts, bread and caramel mix well with bitter hops in the finish. Ended bitter, but not powerfully so. A very balanced brew, I quite enjoyed it. Similar in some respects to Mill St. Tankhouse.

Moderate body, carbonation is light and balanced.

A winner from Great Lakes. I'll definitely pick this one up again!

JohnnyBarman, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Ontario goodness in a can. Cheers to biegaman. Pours with a nice head. Not much smell. Thick and creamy. Nice malt taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. A drinkable brew. Good "gimmick" with the 666. I am not too familiar with the English pale ale style but this is pretty good.
Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Swedes21
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Very nice pouring beer! Beer pours with a decent amount of cascading of the head then slows down to about a solid 3 inch light brown head. Beer is a nice deep auburn colour with a decent amount of carbonation. Solid amount of lacing does occur.

Smell - I can smell a slight amount of caramel and a nut based brew. There is a decent hope smell as well to this beer.

Taste - Nice tasting beer with a decent amount of character. the beer offers a nice hint of nuts to the tasting as well as a lasting taste. Slight hint of caramel in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - Decent amount of carbonation on the mouthfeel. The beer is very light on the palette, however, offers a nice light creamy feeling. The aftertaste tends to linger more after the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A solid beer that i would look for again. This is a nice beer that brings a decent amount of nuts to the tasting. Very good choice on a cool night like tonight!

Swedes21, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of wjimson
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at C'est what. Decent standard dark brown colour. The nose is not that noticeable, but then the taste is above the average brew. Even though it does have the characteristics of a dark pale ale, the flavours were a bit subdued. Not bitter. Decent hop flavour that blends in very well with the alcohol, which is not noticeable. Refreshing and very drinkable. I wish they serve this at more places in Ontario. Will likely drink this again.

wjimson, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of PatLarsen
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the can and description on this, and I’m quite impressed they were able to brew the beer with all of those 666 statistics- very cool concept. Pours a clear copper with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malts, citrus, floral notes, and earthy notes. Flavor of pine resin, floral hops, caramel malts, citrus, and wood. Bitter finish. Light-medium bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and above average carbonation. The devil made me drink it.

PatLarsen, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

djcreepshow, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of pwoods
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grub for this extra at DLD.

16oz. can poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Very deep amber pour, nearly opaque. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Mostly malts and they're odd. Very sweet and they remind me of an aged English Barleywine, though not nearly as potent or alcoholic. Some toffee notes as well as some defined butterscotch.

T/M: Butterscotch is much more pronounced in the taste. Bittersweet and rich. Hops are completely gone. More of toffee notes but with an added medicinal or metallic taste. Body is medium and carbonation has survived.

D: Not a terrible brew but not something that I'd be interested in again. Glad I got the opportunity to try it, though. Thanks, Russ!

pwoods, May 23, 2008
Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev -18.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of clocktower
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend went on holiday to Ontario and brought this back for me to try.

Poured from 500ml can into a standard pint glass.

Produces about 2 fingers of off dense off-white foam that dissipated somewhat quickly to a thin cap that lasts the duration.

The first thing that comes to the nose is malt. Carmel malt, and lots of it. beyond that is a some sourness and hops and some fruity esters that I couldn't quite identify and some diacetyl.

The first thing I tasted was bitter carmel malt in near perfect balance with the hops, there are some spicy and sour esters lurking within and again diacetyl and a unidentified fruit aroma.

Thick and heavy almost too heavy, but there's a lively fizz to this beer and a nice warming sensation.

Overall this one is slow going, but that's juts fine as it allows you to better enjoy it. It's really a shame that it's not being brewed any more.

clocktower, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What.

I've had a few cans of this before, mostly because I dig their follow-through with the whole 666 theme.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves some thin webbed lace around the glass. It smells of caramel malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, and somewhat acrid, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body average in weight, with some thinning acidity, and it finishes with a ramp up of the hops, the soapy, piney flavours increasing noticeably.

This seems like a cross between a basic American and English IPA, hop-wise.

biboergosum, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for korguy123 for this one. Poured from a 473ml can into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy brownish/tan color. Very little head which dissipated quickly.

S: A slight hop aroma to start which transitions into a much maltier overtone.

T: Much maltier on the palate than on the nose, some caramel as well. The hops are there, but a bit more subdued. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Fuller bodied than most Pales I have had. Has good drinkability. Overall I am very happy with this beer. Love the fact that it is in a can and the cans design as well.

High level of smoothness with a creamy, slick full body.

mdaschaf, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a brown or scotch with molasses and licorice in nose. Lots of lace on a brown body. On tap at Volo. Dry, with the above flavours, lots of different malt variety, caramel and hops kick into the finish. Best Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario) by a football field.

Sammy, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprising dark red with oodles of bubbly foam. Loads of sticky lacing, I can still see my first sip.

Aroma is almost all fruity malt, beautiful.

A very malty brew. Dark fruit, fresh brown bread, molasses and burnt caramel. Linerging lightly toasted grain. Slightly disapointing finish, a little wattery going down and nothing where you would expect the hops to provide some sustained bitterness.

Great mouth feel. Low carbonation and chewy in the mouth. Drinkability, I could go for another right now, but I can see getting a little sick of them after more than a couple. A great, surprising beer, will become one of my go-to's.

CanuckRover, Oct 09, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

traumaqueen, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bubbly amber brown, two fingers of tan head retained very nicely,
S - mild earthy and grassy notes with some grainy and nutty accents
T - front is surprisingly malty with nutty and toffee flavours, followed by earthy and peppery hops with very faint citrus, definitely balanced
M - medium body, somewhat creamy, just a touch of bitterness
O - a very tasty and drinkable pale that is built on hop-malt balance, could use a little more hop prominence in my opinion but it definitely works as is

joemcgrath27, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +8.1%

falconxman, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of heebes
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with lots of head. Dissipates at a normal rate without much lacing.
I could smell the pale ale upon opening. Nice strong scent of fruits; oranges and either malts or hops.
Tastes much the same, bitter beginning which lasts awhile.
Very smooth to drink, kind of feels watery though. The hop flavour lingers tastes bitter the whole way through.
Overall I have to say I'm fairly impressed by this Canadian brewery. Its certainly a good start/offering for a bland Can. market, but I can't see myself returning to it often.
I believe the recipie for this brew has been altered recently, not sure if this is the new style or olde. Marked with an E on the bottom of the can.

heebes, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

randallpink, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a lot darker than I was expecting. Seems too dark to be considered a pale ale; there's nothing pale about it. Translucent dark-amber bordering on brown. Nice covering of cream-coloured head. Some lacing.

Interesting smell. The sweetness from the malt and fruitiness from the hops combine to create the smell of guava, which I've never before encountered in a beer. Sweet, citrusy guava beer. This smells pretty good, though it could use some more presence.

Tropical and citrusy hops with a solid toasted malt backbone. I don't think I've ever tried a beer with a blend of hops like this. Strong, bitter aftertaste. I'd say there's enough hops to be considered an IPA. English though, not American. It certainly feels over 5% but is smooth enough; the alcohol bite seems to work with the flavours. It's definitely a little odd, but I'm into it.

Great medium body and moderate carbonation. Suits the taste just right.

I really like this! I wasn't expecting it to be nearly this good. I am usually a fan of strangely-unique malty pale ales though, and this one qualifies. I've never had a pale ale quite like this one. This is the kind of beer I could drink every day, I might have just found my go-to Ontario session beer. I will definitely be buying more of this. After many disappointments, this is one of the best Ontario beers I've tried since moving to Toronto.

eat, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

kirkse, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of philipquarles
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. Pours a clear, darkly burnt copper with a creamy, light beige head Good retention and lacing. Smells of dark, toasty malt with just a hint of cocoa. Slight hop notes. The taste is rich and malty; dark and roasty and slightly bitter, without real notes of coffee or chocolate. Medium body with lowish carbonation. A pretty decent brown ale; certainly not a pale.

philipquarles, May 29, 2009
Photo of Stocean1
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice copper colour, fluffy two finger head, thick sticky lacing

S - lots of resinous pine with some grapefruit and a hefty malt backing.

T - the taste follows the nose although at times it seemed to lack some balance - heavy caramel malt

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation, not overly smooth and dry.

O - This is my second review of this one and I am glad I gave it a second chance. Although my palate has matured I think this was a better brew than the one I sampled earlier this year and I will definitely grab this again from time to time.

Stocean1, May 25, 2011
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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.