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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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168 Ratings

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | 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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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
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

05-06-2012 08:02:56 | More by Wordslinger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2012 05:42:40 | More by WeissBoy
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-11-2012 03:14:54 | More by traumaqueen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2012 23:47:19 | More by fostachild
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-28-2012 05:18:21 | More by ThinkAgain
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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
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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)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-31-2011 22:58:45 | More by 80b
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

1/5  rDev -73%

12-19-2011 07:24:01 | More by djcreepshow
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-06-2011 18:30:41 | More by Calder316
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-05-2011 00:43:24 | More by oldp0rt
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:34:58 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-30-2011 16:35:05 | More by kelvarnsen
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +35.1%

11-28-2011 07:06:50 | More by bigox420
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-28-2011 06:59:38 | More by EskimoDave
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-21-2011 01:12:04 | More by RedAleMan
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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)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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, toffee, and even a touch of chocolate, 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.

[Updated May 2 2014]

Another can. I haven't had this one in a while, but this glass has reminded me why I rated it so highly last time. This beer reminds me of a brown ale crossed with an IPA - two of my favourite styles, so it's no wonder I am enjoying it so thoroughly. This is probably Great Lakes' best year-round offering, and a solid strong amber ale all around.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+.

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
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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
Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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