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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 119
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 neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 473 ml can of this from a beverage store in Niagra On The Lake, Canada when my wife and I went there a few months ago. This can has been sitting in my fridge ever since because I knew when I first picked this up that because it has 666 in its title, I wanted to save this beer to drink and review for my 666th beer review for Beeradvocate.com and now that time has arrived! Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark amber color with a slightly tan/off white head that is about 1/2 inch thick or so when first poured. It eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice big cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface. The color is certainly darker than just about any other pale ale I have had before. Aromas of some toasty toasty caramel malt sweetness along with hints of brown sugar and molasses and some piney hops. The flavors pretty much follow suit, with nice roasted caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses sweetness upfront that gives way to a good piney hop bitterness along with some grapefruit citrus. A very nice mix and balance of flavors. The bitterness really lingers after each sip. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, slightly chewy, slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of my mouth and hangs around for awhile after each sip. Easy to drink, and you really just want to sip the hell out of this one and feel a bit regretful upon realizing the glass is almost empty. The devil made these guys brew a damn good, solid beer here!

Eric

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Well hopped. Hint of caramelized malt. Taste of nuts. Looks like a brown ipa.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - dark mahogany color capped by a nice fluffy two finger tan head. Too dark to see much inside the beer in term bubbles or clarity. Good retention and some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - mild caramel malts balanced by a leafy hop aroma dominate. It's pretty straightforward, but well executed.

Taste - leafy hop flavours that turn into a grapefruit citrus flavor with some lemon. Some caramel mealtimes in between but this is fairly hop forward for an English ale.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Reasonable well carbonated and great feel overall.

Overall - this is a beer that isn't outstanding in any area but is just really solid across the board, highly drinkable, with enough hop forward presence for hopheads but a nice balance that will appeal to newer craft beers drinkers. Really solid and should be a staple in my fridge going forward.

Update - Re-reviewed December 6, 2014. Comments are largely the same, but overall, this was even more dleicious than the last time I had it. Most of the time when revisiting beers they can only meet (or sometimes fail to live up to) whatever rating I had previously given them. This is one that has a great big falvor bomb especially as far as English ales go. Nothing subtle about it, but really great for my taste buds.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Medium body and carbonation, just a bit sticky and oily. Fits the bill.
Quite the hop bomb, a bit of a one trick pony. Still, I found the roughness of it to be bearable and really enjoyed it.

Photo of TheRicker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.