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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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Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Vyronian, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

MattPS, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of joefinnigan15
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

joefinnigan15, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of NV9
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.

NV9, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

WeissBoy, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Yeoman9459
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.

Yeoman9459, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

traumaqueen, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

fostachild, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ThinkAgain, Feb 28, 2012
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.

EgadBananas, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of NForr
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.

NForr, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of karait95
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.

karait95, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of bryehn
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.

bryehn, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of 80b
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

80b, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

djcreepshow, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Calder316
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Calder316, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

oldp0rt, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous clear autumn reddish colour with a creamy two-finger head. Very good retention and exceptional ample lacing.

S: Sticky pine, buttered biscuit-like malts, earth floor muskiness, and toffee. Very enticing with aromas coalescing well.

T: Similar to smell but with a less-intense hoppy pine element than what aromas were indicating. Smooth and buttery malt backbone complimented with that earthy-fungi element and a grapefruit rind taste. An overall satisfying bittersweet taste.

M: Medium body with a medium-low carbonation. Smooth and velvety texture, with a sticky quality.

D: A good English Pale Ale that I'll be picking up again. The high quality of the appearance and aroma really surprised me, and the tall-can packaging is great to see.

Digimaika2, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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