Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery
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3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-28-2013 18:38:53 | More by smakawhat
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-25-2013 19:39:13 | More by biegaman
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
09-09-2013 20:23:45 | More by Jeffo
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
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
08-30-2013 21:40:05 | More by IdeaSpeeder
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-25-2013 22:47:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from tap into nonic pint at the merchant ale house in st catherines Ontario. Deep dark amber color pour with creamy head. Huge pine hop aromas and a tad of roasted malts. Great piney hop and roasted dark malt flavor...its a borderline black ipa but deff not an english ipa. The only thing that makes this English, is the big malt presence. Super smooth..wow what a drinker. Overall a great brew...although not an English pale ale...so for the style it stinks...
05-29-2013 22:45:45 | More by DrinkSlurm
Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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