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Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Orange Peel AleGreat Lakes Orange Peel Ale

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79
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77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
In our quest to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty spring and summer beer. Handcrafted with five specialty malts and five varieties of hops, along with just a touch of honey, we added heaps of fresh oranges and peels into the boil. A little different, you say? We sure hope so. Orange Peel Ale balances the unique flavour of oranges with generous amounts of hops to achieve a slightly fruity and refreshing taste.

(Beer added by: pootz on 04-10-2007)
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Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale deep golden colour, 1.5 fingers of white sticky head, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, fresh cut orange, light hops, citrus, very floral, but very much dominated by orange. Taste is huge orange, citrus all the way through, good bitterness, lightly hoppy, malt is way back there, dry orange finish. Aggressive carbonation, crisp, light to medium body, carbonation far too heavy. Decent brew, very different, not really my thing but I can see the appeal for some people.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 16:25:56 | More by peensteen
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13%

02-27-2014 15:51:07 | More by timiskin
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

10-23-2013 07:21:08 | More by valianes
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2013 22:59:49 | More by GoHabsGo
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civicm87

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

08-09-2013 16:12:21 | More by civicm87
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-28-2013 21:51:34 | More by KeKeKumba
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-20-2013 17:49:27 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-16-2013 13:07:14 | More by TheBeeraholic
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

05-25-2013 15:21:19 | More by nullbort
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DarkForest

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

04-28-2013 22:35:37 | More by DarkForest
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As much as I absolutely love most of the beers brewed by Great Lakes, this is not their most flavourful ale and was purchased solely to formally review it.

Pours an attractive orange with minimal white head that disappears quickly. Grain-forward aroma with only a hint of orange (marmalade?), and nearing the end of the 650 mL bottle, it is getting increasingly harder to discern. Its sweet taste lacks a lot of complexity, but malted barley provides a solid foundation. I can't detect orange pith as such, but there is orange flesh, with a mild bitterness in the finish.

An excellent transition beer that may pull the less adventurous towards the world of craft brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:49:24 | More by hopsolutely
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13%

02-13-2013 04:14:01 | More by DaPan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13%

10-07-2012 01:28:23 | More by bigox420
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, kind of sweet to dry. In the taste, dry orange citrus and a small dry hop presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy hop in the aftertaste. Dry orange citrus in the nose and a nice earthy hop flavor, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 11:20:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-03-2012 23:25:40 | More by hockeyfighter19
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-28-2012 03:43:16 | More by KrisDLSmith
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; no production date. I usually get a craving for witbiers around this time of year, but I wasn't able to find any new ones, so this seemed like a decent compromise.

Pours a light amber-orange, completely translucent, topped with slightly more than a finger of sparkling, off-white coloured head. It lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a thin, creamy, even cap on the surface. Attractive, but nothing to write home about. Rather bland aroma, which is a shame because as far as fruit beers go, the smell is one of the few aspects I will usually really enjoy. It is comprised of hints of orange citrus, with an underlying backbone of light, malty honey sweetness.

The taste is ok, but I am not encouraged to give it any more praise than that. I'm seriously having trouble coming up with adjectives to describe the taste because there just isn't anything of substance to talk about. Even the orange notes are surprisingly subdued, which makes me wonder if this is just an expired bottle or something. What little flavour there is can be placed into one of the following three categories: diluted orange citrus; lightly honeyed biscuity malt sweetness; and gentle hop bitterness (which becomes more pronounced at the end of the sip). Medium-bodied, without the heavy soda-pop carbonation I find in most fruit beers. Easy to drink.

Final Grade: 2.78, hovering between C and C-. I honestly feel bad about giving it such a low score - I like Great Lakes and I've never had a bad beer from them before, but their Orange Peel Ale is just profoundly unimpressive in every sense of the word. Stale bottle? Given the weak aroma and taste (and lack of any sort of date or code anywhere on the bottle), this seems like a significant possibility. Given that, I may consider retrying this in the future, but it would have to be on-tap or directly from the brewery. I would recommend serving this relatively well-chilled (i.e. similar to the temperature you'd drink a macro lager at).

The bottom line is simple: if this really IS expired, GLB putting a date on the bottle would have easily prevented me from buying this and posting a bad review of what may very well be an adequate beer... because to be fair, it doesn't taste *bad*... it just tastes bland. If it ISN'T expired... well, then I don't really understand why anyone would want to drink it at any price, let alone 5 bucks a bottle. As it stands, there is no way I would recommend this to anyone for anything, because in my opinion, it is neither a good fruit beer, nor a good amber. Passing this over would be no big loss.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 05:07:41 | More by thehyperduck
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batmanbach

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-07-2012 17:18:05 | More by batmanbach
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13%

05-06-2012 08:07:44 | More by Wordslinger
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass. No date.

A- Slightly hazy orange pour with a soapy two finger white head. Lacing is sticky sheets around the glass.

S- Slight biscuit, floral and citrus hops and a sweet orange presence. Slightly dry smelling.

T- Sweet biscuits, floral hops and a slightly faint orange presence. Juicier than the aroma. I get orange but it doesn't jump out at me like I thought it would.

M- Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O- Refreshing Summer beer. Not as much orange as I was expecting but not bad for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 22:49:47 | More by korguy123
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traumaqueen


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

04-03-2012 05:03:54 | More by traumaqueen
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-21-2012 03:00:17 | More by jsnoek
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2012 18:00:25 | More by RedAleMan
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

11-30-2011 16:35:47 | More by kelvarnsen
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of orange with some bready malts and light hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant orange taste with some bready malts and a bit of hops adding a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with an ok balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavours and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:13:27 | More by SebD
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Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.