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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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

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161 Ratings

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%

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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3.9/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 14:21:50 | More by dcmchew
Photo of smakawhat


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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 18:38:53 | More by smakawhat
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 19:39:13 | More by biegaman
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Bistre brown in color with medium carbonation evident. Very dark for a pale ale. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy half-wisp remains leaving some decent lacing to the glass. Interestingly dark and nice looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee with pine and floral hops. Light melon too, with some dark bread in there for good measure.

TASTE: Caramel and bready malts, as well as some toasted biscuit notes up front. Caramel and floral flavors at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of sweet caramel, a good dose of hop bitterness with some floral and pine lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This was pretty good, though the pale ale label is a little misleading. I guess it's darker because it's evil like the Devil. Pretty scary stuff, and I like scary stuff. Anyways, can't fault it on flavor and overall quality though, so this is one I'd gladly drink on a regular basis if I lived at home. Good stuff guys. Recommended.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 20:23:45 | More by Jeffo
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 21:40:05 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany-amber coloring, slightly hazed, with a frothy, dense, light tan/cream colored head that sits throughout your drinking without moving an inch. Nose of resiny hops, toffee malt backbone, and a touch of roastiness. Flavors are very balanced, with a caramel and toffee backbone, peppery and grassy hops, and a touch of roast. The aftertaste builds with bitter hops character, leaving a pronounced resiny feel in mouth. Smooth feel thanks to the carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Tasty brew.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 22:47:12 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Packs a punch. Deep, opaque amber body with amble carbonation. Inviting, hopped, malted nose; a sign of things to come. Rich, weighted, balanced body full of hops that refines not defines, malt and coffee; never overwhelming, very slightly watery that never gives up its ABV. Smooth, unintrusive finish thing lingers into buttered burnt toast.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 03:25:02 | More by HATS4BATS
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 02:19:10 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of featthebeard79beerhead

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours faomy with a thick off white head lots of lacing very soapy.

Appears very dark red almost brown very appealing.

Odour hoppy and sharp.

Taste of hops and earthy smooth going down with a hint of malt strong finish but fairly balanced.

Decent carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Easily sessionable.

Overall a pretty nice IPA not to hoppy but nice citrus taste and easy finish would definitely drink again

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 01:13:31 | More by featthebeard79beerhead
Photo of joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite dark, one finger head

Smell: HOPS! (very strong, overwhelming)

Taste/feel: if you like hops, this one's for you. Strong bitter aftertaste, but smooth before that

Overall: I'm not a hops fan, so as far as the style i'd say it works. The pale ale style is actually starting to grow on me though

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 01:15:29 | More by joefinnigan15
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Much darker than I expected from a pale ale, almost can't see through it, goood finger and a half head that doesn't go to fast and leaves nice lacing.

Smells spicy, brown sugar, almost molasses, strong hops as well.

Lots of hops in the taste, as you'd expect from the smell and composition of the beer. Definite cocoa taste as well.

Heavy carbonaton, a bit bitter aftertaste, malts afterward as well.

I was expecting a bit more from this beer to be honest, seems to be hyped a lot and it's good but not a standout, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 22:18:04 | More by NV9
Photo of Yeoman9459

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 04:52:06 | More by Yeoman9459
Photo of EgadBananas


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Does pour pretty dark. Rich dark amber, with a light tan frothy head. Tons on lace and retention. There’s a nice floral hop aroma coming off it, with a strong caramel, nutty malt aroma in the back. Light flowery hop bite, and a rich sweet malt profile. Palates a bit on the rich and syrupy side, full bodied. In the end, it’s definitely an enjoyable beer. I think an amber ale would be more fitting of a style here.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 22:00:37 | More by EgadBananas
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 04:14:35 | More by NForr
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber color almost reddish can be seen in this beer, head is big enough and creamy formed by very light brown mixed in size bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving lots of traces behind, carbonation is medium but forms a permanent layer on top all the time

S: Hops are very but maybe is the only ingredient that can be distinguished clearly and easily.

T: Hops and malts are sensed at once, also some herbs can be felt on the mouth flavor is complex of course the main part is hops and malts but in the back there are some other things moving.

M: Sensation is intense, bitterness almost since the beginning and it goes all along until the end and after it. It has a good ending that last long in the thong and on the throat.

Serving type: can

01-12-2012 03:08:16 | More by karait95
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2012 22:01:10 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this as a black India pale ale, as that's what my experience was.

Pours a very dark brown. Light gets through my glass from an angle, yet can't penetrate the body. The head is nice and retention is decent. Lacing is fair as well.

The aroma was pungent hops from the beginning. When I opened my can, it made me think that it must be very fresh, as most of Ontario's beer doesn't have the hoppiness that this does. The only other aroma I pick up is dark malt. It seems a tad simple, yet is quite appealing.

The taste is a very nice blend of malt and hops. The balance is superb and it's almost as if you can't get one without the other. The malt takes a bit of precedence in the beginning. Pine and citrus come out more in the aftertaste, while the ultimate finish is a balance of both.

The mouthfeel is Medium full and medium heavy. The finish is slightly to moderately dry and moderately sticky. Perhaps a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall, this was a surprisingly good beer from Ontario. Great Lakes has actually been represented well in the LCBO, and all my experiences yet have been very positive. I'll gladly try the rest of their selection.

Serving type: can

11-17-2011 02:05:57 | More by BBP
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tallboy can picked up from the LCBO. Pours a deep, reddish-copper colour topped with a little more than finger's worth of creamy, mostly-white head. Head retention is quite good, lasting well into the drink, and there is a ton of lacing left on the sides. The aroma leans heavily toward grapefruit-citrus and pine west coast hops; very earthy with some biscuit and caramel malts underneath.

Strongly bitter taste, with more of the aforementioned citrusy-pine sap hoppiness. The malt character is a little light, but it provides a bit of a backbone. A little biscuity, some caramel and toffee, but the hops take center stage with their fruity, earthy notes. Medium-bodied, leaning toward the light side, and a bit resiny in the mouth with lingering bitterness. Slight buttery feel. Fairly lightly carbonated so it's not especially crisp.

Tasty stuff, but not balanced like one might expect from an EPA... the hops pretty much take over, making this more of an American-style pale ale. Regardless, this is still quite good, and one of the brewery's better year-round offerings. Something I will look for again.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 23:50:56 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red, 1.5 fingers of off white head, lots of lacing left behind. Smell is full of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, pine notes, fairly big juicy hop profile, bready malt as well, light caramel sweetness. Hoppy, lots of pine up front, sweet biscuity malt, citrus in finish with a nice complimentary caramel in there as well. Med-high carbonation, lightly syrupy, thick feel, med to full body. This has been a go to choice for me for quite some time this can that I am reviewing was canned yesterday and is in top form right now and is probably the best can of this I can remember having, one of the best when fresh.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 18:15:13 | More by peensteen
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and has very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney and citrusy hops with some bready and caramely malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has caramely malt character to it with some citrusy hops adding a slight bitterness in the back. Maltier than the aroma indicated.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with somewhat of a good balance, just a bit too much malts and not enough hops.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 17:58:28 | More by SebD
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 19:24:39 | More by PatLarsen
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 09:50:27 | More by Stocean1
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep copper with a inch of fluffy off-white head that hangs around and leaves nice Brussels lace.

Smell - tropical fruit and pine hops aromas over a hint of sweet bready malt

Taste - Fruity and sweet. Initially it hits you with the hops - fruity and pine - then it presents a rich malt sweetness with a subtly bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 21:07:51 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, stamped on the bottom of the can is C0311, which I believe translates into a March 3, 2011 canning date. Had this one several times, but never formally reviewed it. Doing so now, from a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany, with a couple fingers of sticky and soapy white head. Thick lacing and a mild layer of head remains throughout. Nose has some hops here, lots of pineapple and other tropical notes, mild pine and some malt when sniffing a bit deeper. Taste opens up with the malt, some toffee and bready notes fades again into this tropical hop profile. Loads of malt here with a definite bitterness as it leaves the palate, but not one that's overpowering or potent. Relatively full mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation and a solid offering overall. Great Lakes' best year round, certainly. Definitely not an English Pale however, Lackey has been hopping up alot of stuff as of late and based on some of the other reviews here (and lack of general coherence to what I found in this brew vs. others), I doubt the same product comes out every single time. This certainly works though, and if this beer's flavour profile is maintained, this could see some serious action in my fridge this summer.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 16:06:49 | More by liamt07
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Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can purchased straight from the brewery. No best before, but is very fresh!

A - deep brown, transparent, clear ale with a tan head and moderately fluffy lacing. No obvious carbonation.

S - grassy hops and not much else on the nose.

T - moderate hoppy bitterness with not much malt backing it. Was expecting more malt, but there wasn't much to be found.

M - light carbonation and a very slightly thick body.

D - nice drinkability, goes down easy if you're down with hoppy beers.

Good Canadian Pale with solid character. Nice cool weather quaffer.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 20:28:24 | More by DoktorZee
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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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