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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 22
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 08-12-2006

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…
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some medium notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some medium caramel malt with a slightly bitter ending. Hops presence was more subdued then what I had expected with some medium carbonation. Interesting but not necessarily something I would go back to very often.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint sized can received from dyan in our latest trade, just in time for review number 666. Fucking metal. Consumed while listening to the new Miley Cyrus album, the most unholy music I could find.

Appearance: Dirty crimson, like bloodied water. The head is enormous and long-lasting, leaving gobs of lace all over the glass.

Smell: Smells extremely metallic - appropriate enough I guess. There's fruity sweetness beneath the overbearing mineral-like quality.

Taste & mouthfeel: A bit watery up front. Light malty sweetness with fruity overtones. Chocolatey. Mineral/metallic flavors detract quite a bit, and the finish is overhopped. Not such a great beer, but the gimmick is pretty fun.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sixteen ounce can that was acquired in a trade a good bit ago. Been sitting in the fridge since, just waiting for me to grab it. Served in a pilsner glass and consumed on 07/24/2008.

Grabbed the can out of the fridge and poured it into the pilsner, releasing a very nice looking reddish tinted brown liquid. Some light haze, but mostly clear on this pour. A rich looking two inch head of off white foam then came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin layer that then covered the entire top of the glass. Nice carbonation coming up and a good amount of side glass lacing as well.

Rich malt profile here, loaded down with caramel and cereal grains. A light nuttiness to the aroma with a touch of bitter floating around in the back end of it. The flavor was very rich, and loaded down with malts. Not much in the way of hops in here really, tough call to say it was a pale as it was just way too thick and creamy to be that. I was impressed though, as this was quite different then what I was expecting it to be to be quite honest. Started out with a rich, rush of caramel that then quickly melded into a bready, musky malt profile. Nice balance here, but leading towards the caramel. Nuttiness comes in again in a few minutes with a rich, almost semi sweet kind of pecan like taste, that provides a touch of bitter to it and some needed depth. Long creamy and smooth finish with a nice carbonation and a medium body. Easily session able, though a pale ale this was not.

Overall I am pretty sure that the style is mixed up here and this would be much better suited as almost a bitter or some kind of strong ale. Definitely not a pale though. Very good beer though and I would have no issue at all in trying this one again as I thought it was really holding up well and a very nice ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the trade Grub - My 777th review. Shared w/ Tenderbranson69, poured into a willybecker chilled.

A - Deep copper w/ 2.5 finger rocky light tan head. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ spacious bubbles from a vigorous pour.

S - A pleasant aroma of fruit, english yeast and piny hops w/ a caramel malt note

M - A mild blend of light sweetness and hops which are more flavored w/ woody texture than bitter w/ a light sweet finish

T - Very good English pale flavor w/ fruity yeast and piney hops, the malt is slightly caramel w/ a nice toast element . the hops have mild herbal flavor.

D - A very good pale w/ malt slightly higher in the flavor appropriate to style, but the flavor are well balanced and the taste is very drinkable in the ale. Thanks for the trade Grub

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
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.

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Photo of biegaman
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Medium brown colour with a hint of amber and half a finger of white head.

S - A good balance of bready malts and citrus hops up front. Neither is is dominant and the overall nose is light to moderate.

T - A good hop bite up front - some citrus and floral notes. A nice crisp bready malt backbone that provides a touch of sweetness to balance out the hops. A bitter citrus hop finish.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - A very good pale ale. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% ABV. I'd classify this as an American Amber.

A: Deep amber-brown, light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Incredible brown sugar aroma, with a hint of citrus, caramel & bready malt.

T: Treacle, dark caramel, dark fruit, dark bread, hints of chocolate, light orange-citrus, light spicing; balanced slightly to the bitter side. Alcohol is hidden under the plethora of malt. I think it's too dark & malty for a pale ale... but it's a great amber.

M: Heavier than moderate body, strong malty backbone & not too syrupy, moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable & balanced, but a little big to session.

Why not call it Devil's RED ale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark and clear, sort of a reddish copper colour with a solid cap of fine beige bubbles. Good head retention, some lacing. The aroma leaned heavily on malt, some caramel, bread, with some citrus hop character. Bitterness hovered between mild up front and being a little more forward towards the finish. Lots of sweet malts throughout, some fruitiness, plus a little alcohol at the end. Citrus hop flavour was fleeting. Texture was alright, light and getting close to watery, but the carbonation held things together. A little dry. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into pint glass jan7 2010

A clear reddish bronze with a thick thumbs worth of head that fell quickly leaving only a few patches of lace

S quite nutty with some mellow hops and a fair bit of toffee

T again very nutty but I get lots of bread to go along with the hops and sweet caramels

M quite creamy even with low carbonation, a very smooth beer indeed

D went down pretty quick so that has to say something, I would drink this again if I could find it

I love the can this comes in, I don't worship the devil or anything like that but I'd drink his beer if given the chance. I gotta thank adil for shipping this one my way

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown/red, thick off white head forms, settles down to a ring, but laces on the glass. Smell is sweet, very malty, some floral hops, little bit of chocolate graininess. Taste is sweet up front, toffee and floral hops, grains, some citrus, tiny bit of chocolate, I was under the impression it would be hoppier, but the malt was nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad although not a pale ale in my opinion, more like a hoppy brown ale. Best beer from Great Lakes however.

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

I bought a couple of cans of this 1 month ago in Toronto, and now I'm drinking the first one. The beer is dark reddish-copper color, no haze but sort of translucent, with an off-white lacing foam. Tasty aroma, a little fruity but more from hops than esters I'd guess. Very nice malty base is evident in the aroma and taste, sweet and biscuity and a little bitter after-taste. Actually, after half the glass I'm starting to not like the slight chalkiness in the aftertaste, I'm knocking some points on drinkability for that. There should be a category for marketing creativity, as this would score perfect (666kg malt + 6.66kg hops, boiled for 66.6 minutes).

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Photo of spinrsx
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - dark amber/red. Large foamy/fizzy beige head that hangs around for a while. Great lacing. Average carbonation.

Smell - Hops, citrus notes, roasted malts and nuts

Taste & Mouth - hops up front, lots of carbonation on the tongue, bitter finish - slightly sour even. Slightly metallic.

Drink - A good beer that is worth a try. Something doesn't seem quite right though, and I can't put my finger on it. Seems like it's missing something, or maybe has too much of something

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can received from Viggo in the Heavy Metal BIF. Thanks Eric! Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Pours darker than any APA I've seen, a crystal clear crimson with a gorgeous, long lasting dirty white colored head with solid retention and a ton of lacework. Not much visible carbonation

S: On the nose lots of sweet malts with a citrus hop aroma that leans towards the sweeter side of things. Tons of malt in here, there's caramel, figs and a hint of wood. A little too syrupy for my liking. OTOH, as an amber, this is quite nice

T: On the palate, this beer starts off with a some citrus before a good bit of caramel malt, candied fruit and other malt flavors kicked in. Drying on the finish with a mildly bitter finish

M: Rather light and watery but solid carbonation and a nice finish

D: Paired with some Twilight-era Gorgoroth, this beer goes down perfectly. Now, if I only found a way to keep the burning witch in my closet quiet, I'd be able to enjoy this more

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Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently they changed the recipe for this. It's from the OCB Summer Sampler so I can't tell if I'm getting the new or the old.

A - Murky, reddish brown colour with a head between tan and white of about one finger that has serious staying power and is nice and creamy. Head leaves crazy nice lacing all the way down. Carbonation is medium to heavy but hard to see b/c of the colour.

S - Really fragrant hops. Nice and fruity aroma with a some really great malt backing it up. Lot's of balance in the aroma. Spot on for the style.

T - Nice hops for the most part. Bitterness is really present with a little sweet malt there too. Less balance than the aroma.

M - Appropriate for the style. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - High if you want bitterness all night. A little bit too high in the abv area for a sessionable EPA but I could give 'er with this one.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came from grub.

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue with a nice creamy white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Muted aromas of caramel malt, toasted malt, and grass.

T: Malty up front caramel and roast mostly. Sharp bitter hops pop up in the middle and carry through the finish. Very grassy very herbal, borderline astringent.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, bitter finish.

D: Not too bad, overall a pretty good beer.

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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