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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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178 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Calder316
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Calder316, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +35.1%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of NForr
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO in Ottawa, I'm from Montreal so I often take a trip to try new beers.

Nice creamy head, good retention. Very dark for a pale ale, could almost pass as a porter. Aromas of floral earthy hops, brown sugar - spicey. Smells like an IPA. Citrusy hop bitterness up front and lingers. It's good. Great full body, creamy and thick. This won't be for everyone, but It's definitely for me. I love English pales, and IPA's - this is a good happy medium. Also a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting much from this one. Wish I bought more then one can.

NForr, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of strawalker
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is aged port with a nice foamy off white head that stays at about 1/4 inch till finish. Despite all the assertions that this beer has a malt aroma up front, I get floral hops way up front with a malty, candy base. Taste is a yummy hoppy bite up front with a hint of caramel sweetness in the follow through. Medium body and mouth feel, very drinkable. Good beer, I will be purchasing again.

strawalker, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/black colour...a blood red when held up to the light. On top sits an intensely frothy, light brown head, about 2-3 fingers high which seems to last for age. When it does eventually dissipate it leaves behind a very thick trail of lacing.

Smell - Earth and pine and a lot of grain. Nothing spectacular.

Taste - Pine and grains and just a ridiculous amount of malt. Like just wild amounts of malt. not exactly balanced, but no matter. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness here as well.

Mouthfeel - Very grainy texture. Medium body...not too heavy, not too light either. Just right. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

IdeaSpeeder, Aug 30, 2013
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 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
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 GodOfBeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer, I've had this many times and every time it gets better!

Very dark brown/copper colour nice thick head that slowly dissipates.

Sweet, citrusy smell, almost of pineapples.

Tastes nice and hoppy, various spices hard to distinguis, but tastes alot like pineapples. Very delicious.

Nice smooth mouthfeel, very thirst quenching for an ale, probably the most refreshing IPA I've had. Very drinkable. As long as they keep making this I will buy it, and it's not "retired" they brew it all year round now.

GodOfBeer, Apr 23, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

nhaimes, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Coreynezy4, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Antilochus
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. No freshness statement. 6% abv, 473mL can. Poured into a nosing glass.

Appearance is rich dark brown but clear, coppery notes. Nearly opaque at the thickest part of the glass! Off white foam head that dissipates. Enough carbonation to rejeuvenate it. Super dark for a pale ale! Yes, it isn't a stout... but it sure isn't pale. Oh well. Lacemaker.

Nose has nice citrus hop notes, some floral too. Lots of grapefruit here. Some graininess and alcohol astringency. Sourdough. Maltiness is diverse, as expected from the colour. Caramel candies, brown sugar, maple syrup, diacetyl. Moderate toasted malt. As it sits in the glass hoppiness transitions into these malt notes. Nicely complex and rich for a APA.

Malty palate but not too sweet. Held in check by some clear hop bitterness on the tongue and starchy graininess. Toasted whole wheat bread, some rye too. Yum. A little woody. Carbonated feel for sure, moderate body. Malty finish but not too sweet, like dark chocolate. Some herbiness too. Very organic, some diacetyl. Alcohol is noted but by no means overpowering.

Packaging describes the flavour very well 'hoppy aroma, hearty malty body, pronounced bitterness'. Someone sold their soul to the devil for this one - 4s all around. This is a very tasty APA, very distinctive. I hope this retiree comes back in the future.

Antilochus, Mar 02, 2008
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
Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of an OCB 4-pack tall can summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a very appealing dark copper brown with a finger of beige off-white head, with solid retention and noticeable lacing.

S - Scent is rather mild, but more noticeable as the pint clears. The caramel malts dominate the scent, though the citrus hops nicely balanced the flavour.

T - Again, rather suprised by this offerng, with the caramel and toffee notes dominating the flavour. These were very nicely complemented by the bitter lemon hops and spices of cinnamon and brown sugar, making a delicious offering.

M - Light, bubbly and smooth. Nothing to complain about here. I was expecting something a little on the dry side, but the flavours and offerings balanced it nicely, making for a delicious balance.

andrenaline, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this out of the cask at Volo's Cask Days, final session; this is the Devil's Pale Ale 666 out of a can. Dark brown, mahogany in colour with a tan head. Nicely carbonated and with good lacing. The smell on opening is malt, toast, vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, tasty hint of bitter dark chocolate, almonds. The can messaging tells of 6 select malts and 4 premium hops having gone into this recipe and I can tell you, it shows. The hoppy presence is really entertaining. Very nicely balanced bitterness and malt, like it was on cask, but here with a lingering chicory finish and the odd flash of sweetness, like a fleeting coffee liqueur. As it was in the cask, it's exceptionally well balanced and a pleasure to drink, I score the appearance and smell higher today giving it a higher overall score. As the brewery says, I found this 'devilishly good' on both occasions.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of headstash
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

headstash, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin ring around the glass

S- Dark malts, bready, caramel, grains, hint of butterscotch

T- Creamy, caramel malts, sweet, buttery, light fruits, biscuits, herbal bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight alcohol feel, oily finish

D- Definitely worth getting again

This was a very different pale ale that was packed w/ an interesting combination of flavors. But all those flavors somehow worked very well together.

iceball585, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of beerbuddah
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from the liquor store, in a can, poured into a pint glass. Simple can, good design, liked the 666 devil stuff.

A - deep, dark brown, some hints of red. Looks delicious. Nice head that recedes to a respectable layer after a bit. After a few sips, I notice that the lacing is quite good.

S - hoppy. some caramel smells coming through.

T - malty at first.Sweet hints of the caramel, and a bit of molasses throughout. The finish is hoppy, but not overpowering. It's a well balanced ale. A full flavor, the bitterness stays on the back of the tongue for a bit.

M - The beer feels good. Good amount of carbonation. As I said, a good well balanced ale is going to feel good, and the taste stays on the tongue - but not forever.

D - good. It's sessionable, the alcohol isn't particularly present.

Recently had a can of Fuller's London Pride, and I think this beer is far and away more superior. Will be picking this beer up again, love that it's a Canadian brew. Give it a try if you can pick it up.

beerbuddah, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Yeoman9459
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a pint glass out of a 500mL can.

Appearance - nice looking, great head, quite dark but you can see the light through it.

Smell - smells good, lots of hops, brown sugar.

Taste - brown sugar comes through, less hop taste than smell but its definitely there. Although i dont think this can was super fresh because i remember more hops the first time i had it.

Mouthfeel - think mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Not too much carbonation which i find suits this beer well.

Overall - great beer, love the stuff coming out of the brewery.

Yeoman9459, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from Bobsy in a recent trade.

A: Dark caramel color, almost brown. Creamy heads.
S: Malts, Caramel. Malt could be slightly roasted.
T: Caramel with a dry, bitter finish.
M: Medium body. Warm in the mouth which suggest the presence of alcohol.
D: Awesome session beer, this is what we should all have in our fridge for day to day!

ZorPrime, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of bryehn
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first Ontario-brewed craft beers I reviewed when I started blogging in the spring of 2010. Let's see how it holds up. I bought it because my local store was out of Crazy Canuck.

Pours a deep and hazy ruby-copper colour with a monstrous and frothy beige head that settles as a rocky collar while leaving some heavy lace behind.

Fresh, piny and citrus hop aromas can be smelled from the second you pop the can and are backed by a toasted caramel base. Floral and soapy notes, along with a hint of raisin in the aroma as well.

Well-balanced taste that's hop forward with a solid toasted malt backing. A cracker or biscuit-like tone and a slight chocolate note can also be detected. Solid bitterness to the finish.

This ale is a bit thin in the mouthfeel with a moderate to heavy carbonation level. A nice oily sensation rolls over the tongue after a pop at the front. The aftertaste is dominated by a bitter citrus flavour, but is also crisp.

It seems like they changed the recipe a bit from when I first tried this beer. It's slightly lower in ABV (6.0%) and has more hop to the aroma. Ironically, after going back to it, I think I like it more than the beer I bought it in place of. People that think Ontario has no good pale ales really ought to try this one.

bryehn, Jan 10, 2012
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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.