Great Lakes Green Tea Ale - Great Lakes Brewery
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3.05/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
As mentioned before, Great Lakes does have a very good seasonal program. Their pumpkin, winter and orange peel ales are all an attractive bunch and something to look forward to. This one though is a bit of mixed bag.
It starts off quite well. The pour is a very deep golden colour that's pleasant to look at. The head is white and foamy in the beginning but dissipates to a small blanket at the top. Initially the smell is dominated by grassy notes but as you drink more of it the smell starts to resemble the taste - and that's a fairly reasonable blend of beer and slightly bitter green tea. Constant throughout is the light smell and taste of butterscotch or microwave popcorn however. Many people find it's overwhelming to the point that they can't finish their beer. I didn't think it was that strong. And I had no trouble finishing off my bottle.
Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability rates as average. Seasonals rarely get put away in numbers.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2009 21:32:45 | More by Ralphus
4.63/5 rDev +43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: The body is cloudy, of orange/straw colour. The off-white head is foamy and has nice retention. The lacing is quite impressive, too.
S: A sweet fruity, moderately hoppy aroma, with notes of pear, apple, ginger, and caramel malts.
T: A unique taste. Starts out sweet, with a lovely pear/apple fruitiness going into a more dry, hoppy green tea flavour. The finish is very balanced, with some lingering green tea notes. Overall, an exceptional complexity for such a light ale!
M: Medium-bodied, surprisingly full for a 4.2% beer.
D: Very easy-drinking and refreshing. The bomber bottle took no time to be drunk. A very impressive seasonal brew! Strongly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2009 18:41:14 | More by NightINgale
Great Lakes Green Tea Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.