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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Georgiabeer, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

stevergca, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

nhaimes, Apr 28, 2014
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.

dcmchew, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TheRicker, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

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.

First sip is lightened pale ale body, with a nearly wet but controlled and coating mouthfeel. Large hop steely grapefruit character on the palate and quick hop pine bitterness. More of the citrus angle lingers but also get a bit metallic twinge a bit with hints of faint smoke. Repeat sips bring more of the hop action coming, with zest and oils.

Overall, a big surprise and not what I was expecting after first appearances and smells. A real fun pale ale, and easy drinker also.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2013
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randallpink, Dec 18, 2013
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MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Devil's Pale Ale belongs to the dark side, that's for sure; it is as dark as a beer can be without turning opaque. Its bubbles looked from the pour no stronger than what you'd get from a can of Coke but ended up churning out a decent amount of foam.

The beer smells as 'amber' as it looks: it oozes loads of darkly toasted, caramelized crystal malts and piny, resinous hops. There's also a great deal of roast pecan-like nuttiness, maybe even a dash of cocoa powder. It's a flavour straight out a toffee-glazed sponge cake.

Devils Pale Ale has a hoppiness that is resiny and vinous, reminiscent of pine or spruce serum. It's like being whacked over the palate with a tree branch and the aftertaste tastes as though it contains clumps of wet grass clippings. It has some citrus too, but is not terribly bitter.

In fact, there is a nutty, faintly nougat-like sweetness courtesy of the malts that distracts from those pithy, earthy qualities. Combined with the light roastiness, one easily forgets about the initial rush of bitter herbals and the mind quickly turns to dessert. Or at least another sip.

Devil's Pale Ale is not devilishly hoppy nor sinfully delicious, but enough of both to make it a solid, sessionable beer, especially for those that like the combination of toasty amber malt and Pacific Northwest-style hopping. It's not one I buy often, but it's one that's never disappointing.

biegaman, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

valianes, Oct 23, 2013
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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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