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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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174 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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 boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

boszormeny, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

timiskin, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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.

biegaman, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

valianes, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

falconxman, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tom10101, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - dark mahogany color capped by a nice fluffy two finger tan head. Too dark to see much inside the beer in term bubbles or clarity. Good retention and some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - mild caramel malts balanced by a leafy hop aroma dominate. It's pretty straightforward, but well executed.

Taste - leafy hop flavours that turn into a grapefruit citrus flavor with some lemon. Some caramel mealtimes in between but this is fairly hop forward for and English ale.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Reasonable well carbonated and great feel overall.

Overall - this is a beer that isn't outstanding in any area but is just really solid across the board, highly drinkable, with enough hop forward presence for hopheads but a nice balance that will appeal to newer craft beers drinkers. Really solid and should be a staple in my fridge going forward.

DenisKolkin, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jeffo, Sep 09, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

IdeaSpeeder, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Daffron24, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mick303, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Coreynezy4, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

KeKeKumba, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

DrinkSlurm, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

GoHabsGo, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tomdavistoronto, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Xithyl, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Packs a punch. Deep, opaque amber body with amble carbonation. Inviting, hopped, malted nose; a sign of things to come. Rich, weighted, balanced body full of hops that refines not defines, malt and coffee; never overwhelming, very slightly watery that never gives up its ABV. Smooth, unintrusive finish thing lingers into buttered burnt toast.

HATS4BATS, Jan 05, 2013
Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.