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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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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 18
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 beachbum1975
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this one with DrewOSU on the back porch. Thanks go out to mjohnston for this in-person EXTRA from DLD '09.

Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany with a nice, thick off white head. Maybe instead of mahogany, I should say blood red.

Smells of orange, maybe light butter and light sweet, caramel malts. The nose is pretty light overall.

Malts are prominent on this one. I get traces of floral hops... High, prickly carbonation and this one finishes lightly bitter.

Nice, sessionable pale ale with no frills , despite the name.

beachbum1975, May 03, 2009
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 TheHammer
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Got this one courtesy of ludachris, thanks man. Came in a black can with three sixes on it and a whole bunch of 666 associations that have to do with the brewing of the beer. Anyways, the beer itself pours with a good thumb of head, and modesty retains and laces quite well. The beer itself is a dark brownish orange, that seems a bit cloudy to me.

Smell - This beer took a while to warm up for the smell to kick in, but when it did a lot of malt character with some fruity characteristics. I think I'm catching a bit of almond as well, but it did take some time to happen.

Taste - Definite mineral taste, throughout the experience which I'm not a fan of. Starts with a well balanced bitter and sweet malt taste, then shifts to a somewhat watered down fruit flavor and then ends with a solid kick of drier hops, which hits a bit too harshly and lingers a bit too long.

Mouthfeel - As I said, the bitterness at the end of the beer lingers for quite some time. The carbonation is exceptional, but the metallic and dry taste also leave something to be desired.

Drinkability - Well, this beer does refresh and doesn't cause any stomach issues. However, I wouldn't say it goes down that smoothly as that kick at the end really hamstrings it.

Final Thoughts - An interesting brew, although I don't think it's quite as good as it seems to have been made out to be. I suppose the brew is true to it's namesake. Like the devil, at first it starts tempting and pleasant, but once you sign on that dotted line and commit to a drink, you end up suffering at the very end. Good, not great, worth one try not much more.

TheHammer, Mar 30, 2009
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).

TurdFurgison, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking can...thanks to Bobsy for this baby.

Impressive look. Rich color, big off-white head. Good retention. Not sure I'd call the color blood crimson although that would have been cool. Kind of a cross between copper and reddish maghagony.

This beer I could smell from 2 feet away while it sat waiting for the head to settle a bit. Rich, sweet, fruity malt, slightly raosted with a floral hoppiness in the background.

Not lacking in flavor. Sweet roasted malt big up front followed by a strong wave of citrus hop. Lot's of metallic twang that is sort of unpleasant as it really wants to coat the tongue. Finished hoppy, slightly dry, and with a nice revisit of malt.

Smooth, carbonation seems to fit my idea of a sessionable EPA.

Interesting brew. Would love to try it on tap & fresh @ the brewery to see it that annoying metallic taste is from the can or not.

Shadman, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

largadeer, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of atomicbolt
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a tallboy can of this. Neat story on the side about how they use 666 kg of malt, 6.66 kg of hops, and 66.6 minutes of boiling to make a 6% beer that was conceived on 6/6/06. They're not kidding, this really is the Devil's beer.

Pours a dark amber body with a medium-sized tan head. Big, nutty, malty smell to it. A bit of a sour hoppy smell, but overall sweet and caramelly.

Big, malty, nutty taste hits right away. Recedes into some sharp roasted flavours, with a bit of fruity sweetness. The big malt character dies down into a dry, bitter hoppiness, not a huge hop character but still pleasant. Nice and complex taste. The mouthfeel's a bit thin but nicely carbonated, and goes down smooth. Definitely drinkable. The extra 1% of alcohol isn't even noticeable, which can sneak up on you.

Good ale from a good brewery, but I'm not sure what's "pale" about this pale ale, it's a pretty dark, malty experience, not to mention the aforementioned Satanic connections.

atomicbolt, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can acquired in trade with Samm - thanks!

Poured a deep orangish color that had kind of a reddish tint and a larger sized off white head. Slightlly hazy too. Aromas of toasted malts with lighter caramel and citrus. Tastes of the same overall toastiness with lighter caramel. Some lacing left on the glass.

hopdog, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a creamy soft head that reduces to a film on top of the beer. Not a lot of lacing.

Subtle aroma of malt, some nuttiness, and faint citrus hops.

The taste is mostly malt but is not overly sweet. The hops are mostly there for bitterness and not a lot else. I'm not sure I'd call this a typical pale ale because of the maltiness to it. Maybe this is closer to a brown or red ale. Not what I was expecting, but I'm not dissapointed.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with a medium carbonation.

EatsTacos, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

DrJay, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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

DefenCorps, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One, thanks Derek for the can. Two, there is no way this is a pale ale despite the "label". Three, I'm not going to review this as a pale ale. It isnt one. Its quite brown with amber highlights. A nice looking brown ale though, with a decent one finger pale tan head that has decent retention despite the low level of carbonation. Its leaving nice and sticky sheets of lace that gradually breakdown to more intricate designs.

The aroma hints at nutty malts, cocoa, more bitter and roasted espresso, and hops. The hop bitterness is fairly clean, but there are woody and citrusy aromas present, hinting at a mix of bittering and aroma hops.

This is a tasty brew. Nutty flavours of hazelnut as well as toasted malts rise above bready malts and are accented with hints of cocoa and the more roasted flavours as hinted at in the aroma. A decent level of hop bitterness as well, woody with hints of grapefruit, has me guessing something along the lines of goldings or even a cleaner bittering hop along with some cascade or other high alpha acid hop for aroma. At any rate this is one tasty ale, even though it is anything but pale.

Not quite medium bodied but quite flavourful. This is a good ale but is not a pale. A nice balance is reached between the malts and the hops, and a slight creamy character manages to show through.

Pretty damn drinkable ale. Nicely balanced between the malts and almost assertive hops. Reminds me more of an aggressively hopped dark mild than anything else. The abv is well hidden, making for a nice session ale that ends with one falling on their face. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this is dangerously drinkable. Thanks to Derek for the brew. Gotta get the LCBO to bring this one this far out west, as its something i would enjoy returning to on a regular basis.

demcorhip, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Voonder
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber in colour with nice tan head. Lots of lacing. Smell - yeasty, hoppy, some caramel perhaps. Taste - pretty offensive, but not as hoppy as I would expect (still pretty hoppy though). Nice bitter aftertaste. Well carbonated, thick and rich. Nice solid brew, goes down very well and has it's own character. Would definately have more.
Thanks to Viggo for including this in trade!

Voonder, Dec 04, 2008
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 Med
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Pours a clear dark copper with a frothy white head into my Duvel glass. The head recedes to a this white coating but the lacing sticks nicely and gives a defined line after every sip. Smell is faint while cold, but as the glass warms some raisins and bread crust come through with a little molassas pulling it together. Tastes sweet with hints of prune and green apple with a nice bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation mild with nice tiny bubbles. All in all a nice little beer and joins that short (but growing) list of good craft beer in a can.

Oh and the name's pretty cool, too. :)

Med, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for this can. Part of the Secret Halloween shipment he sent me.

This one pours pretty dark for a pale ale. Deep brownish amber color. Decent sized light tan head forms but quickly fades. There are some lacing rings left behind to remember it by, though.

The aroma is a bit different for a pale ale, as well. Toffee, dark fruits, nuts, grains and a slight bit of citrus bitterness on the back end.

The flavor goes down the same road. Malty, with hints of the dark fruits and grains with just a little bitterness. Different, but quite good.

Mouthfeel of this medium bodied brew is nice and creamy. Moderate carbonation. This one is going down pretty easy. What may have started out as a gimmick beer turned out pretty damn good. Thanks, Derek!

Imstillthegman, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has deep amber body. There is nice head but it went away fast and the lace was minimal.

Smell: It had a sweeter than usual Pale Ale aroma. Very candy like and was not as hopped as I thought it should have been.

Taste: There are so many different flavors it has a sweet malty toffee like flavor to start but becomes floral, citrusy, grainy with some nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has average carbonation and it is a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: It is a nice beer overall.

MTNboy, Aug 31, 2008
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 27, 2008
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 markaberrant
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - dark red, clear, dense tan head. Leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

S - Got a quick hit of DMS when opening the can. Bready, caramel malt, fruity English esters, hops are almost undetectable.

T - hop flavour cuts through the malt sweetness, but not in a good way. Hop flavour is best described as metallic. Really dry biscuit finish (I'm guessing a touch of roasted malt was used).

M - med body and low carbonation is good for the style. Finish is very dry and astringent, like cardboard. Alcohol warmth is excessive for a 6% beer.

D - There are some flaws in this brew, the smell is the only part I'm enjoying, but it smells nothing like a Pale Ale.

Smells and looks like an English Strong Ale, but both are totally out of whack for something marketed as a Pale Ale. Flaws detract from enjoying the brew. I'd give the appearance and smell an extra 1/2 point each if this wasn't called a Pale Ale, because it is the furthest thing from it, English or American. I had to dump the last half of this down the sink.

Thanks to Mattt for the can!

markaberrant, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark orange/red with absolutely no head. Only the barest bubbles clump on the surface. Disappointing.
Smells like dark fruit, hints of alcohol, grains, and toffee. Something vaguely roasted or coffee-like ties the odours together. Tastes like toffee, roasted grains, only the faintest of hop notes adding bitter on the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, nice body to it, low carbonation. Quite drinkable, the alcohol doesn't come through in the taste, so watch out if you're quaffing.
I like this beer, though I'm not 100% certain about its Pale Ale categorization. Based on the description, maybe it's coming in on the Brit end of the equation? I'll have to research (and drink) more deeply.

nighthawk, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It gets 4.0's from me because, even if they slapped "pale ale" on the can, it's more like a scotish 80 shilling to me.

Pours a unusualy dark cooper, redish hues and a soft white head that dissipates down to a medium film. Some lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts and sweet sugar candy. Flavor is a good balance of dark malt and neutral hops. I reeks of "cloying sweet" but taste like a relatively balanced beer.

A almost good example scotish style 80 shilling, but definately NOT a american pale ale.

bloberglawp, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of pwoods
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grub for this extra at DLD.

16oz. can poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Very deep amber pour, nearly opaque. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Mostly malts and they're odd. Very sweet and they remind me of an aged English Barleywine, though not nearly as potent or alcoholic. Some toffee notes as well as some defined butterscotch.

T/M: Butterscotch is much more pronounced in the taste. Bittersweet and rich. Hops are completely gone. More of toffee notes but with an added medicinal or metallic taste. Body is medium and carbonation has survived.

D: Not a terrible brew but not something that I'd be interested in again. Glad I got the opportunity to try it, though. Thanks, Russ!

pwoods, May 23, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"473ml can
6.0% ABV

I first tried this on December 30, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. First, allow me to write what is on the side of the can

666 kilograms of malt
6.66 kilograms of hops
66.6 minutes of boiling
6% alc/vol
6.6.06 Date of Conception

This beer poured a translucent dark red, it was beautiful. The head was white, very thin, and disappeared quite quickly. The aroma was sweet malt, a little hops, and a faint touch of licorice. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, salightly creamy, and mildly carbonated. The flavour is primarily malts, with a little bit of sourness. There was no detectable hop presence in the flavour.

cyrenaica, May 12, 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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