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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 10-02-2009

Formerly known as Bloody 'L Pale Ale
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by hopsolutely:
Photo of hopsolutely
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent light but hoppy British styled pale ale. Preferred on draught, but can is still excellent, with a low enough ABV to enjoy a couple...

Pours a beautiful amber, slightly hazy, with a small whitish head that disappears fairly quickly. Impressive citrus and "west-coast" hops in the aroma, with a caramelized malt backbone. The flavour is well balanced with an initial sweetness and more typical British malted ale transitioning into an American hopped finish. Citrus, resin and tropical fruits with a base bitterness that remain British (Fuggles?).

An absolutely excellent session ale. Well done, Great Lakes!

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at The Rhino. Grapefruit colour, absolutely no head. Served at the correct room temperature. Medium mouthfeel, no carbonation which is fine. Some hops,though understated, and just a tad astringent. Decent taste and drinkability. No hop aromas.

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lasts for a minute or two before it films out. Dark gold almost brown color. Unfiltered

S- Nice hops here. Good malt.

T- Rather nice and light. Good sessionable ale. Crisp grapefruit.

M- Dry and tart. Good English pale ale. Touch bitter at the very end

O- Very good beer. Nice one for a mid summer day.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer would go very well with...... BBQ'd hot dogs! Love them just plain in a bun

Enjoy

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry cereal notes. Taste is also a mix between dry caramel malt notes with some light citrusy hops. Body is light with OK carbonation. Not bad but fall a bit short in terms of character.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated A1513 (January 15, 2013) poured in to snifter.

A - Medium orange with some darker amber colors towards the middle. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - Floral hop aroma up front with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Typical English pale ale nose.

T - Light to moderate bitterness with floral and grassy flavours. A big sweet caramel malt backbone provides excellent balance. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light body, creamy. Some stickiness.

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reading the can, I see that the brewery made their twist on this classic style by using an American ale yeast and new world hops, resulting in an English Ale in name only. Pours a deep amber color with a nice creamy head and decent lacing. The nose and taste have subtle toasted, caramel malt notes but it's light for the style. The bright citrus and pine hops are still the main event in this beer which is tasty, but overpower the malt character. The body is light and refreshing and lacks the creamy, smooth character I was hoping for. This is a decent American session ale, not an English style aple ale.

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ssmack
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can bought at the brewery store.

A bright orange brown colour. Slightly cloud. Two inches of thick beige head. Well retained lacing from top to bottom.

A sweet molasses aroma which slightly steely. The malt comes through strongly in the smell.

Cascade hops dominate the taste. Citrus, grapefruit, piney favours. The hop taste is solid but not overwhelming. A toffee malt taste is there in the taste but only shows up at the end.

A medium mouthfeel that could use more weight.

A real paradox. An all malt aroma coupled with an almost all hops taste. More hoppiness than most English Pale Ales.

Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SillySir
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hmmmmmmmmph... a brown amber with a head that's as thick as a black man's cock. Lots of lacing, I can tell it will be quite sweet. Mild cloudiness.

Aroma: Yep! Smells very sugary and hoppy. Honey?

Taste: Toasted bread with, sweet orange marmalade. Detecting some grapefruit tang and orange peel aftertaste. Excellent balance with the malt and hops. What a treat.

Palate: sticky, and well carbonated, but soft.

Overall: fantastic. Not sure what the difference is between English Pale Ales and India Pale Ales, but from this sampling I'd guess the latter are more bitter than the sweeter EPAs. Perhaps some research is in order. I'd be curious to know which hops were used for this ale because I found the sticky malt to be quite nicely counteracted by the citrus hop flavour profile. It's got quite the bright profile.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, listed as the Pompous Ass ESB at 4.6%, but I'm not sure it's a different beer - rather a revamping of an older beer.

Poured ruby red, with hints of chestnut in the body. Offwhite head and moderate retention, excellent lacing. Nose has bright citrus zest, and some cracker-y bready malts. Quite floral. Taste this to the next level, brilliant hopping right off the bat - tangerine is the most prominent flavour, with some flesh and some 'spritziness' that you get when you peel one of those things. Orange, and some general "Five-Alive" type citrus notes. A bit of mango, some dankness and a touch of grapefruit. Malt sits well in the background and still resembles some cracker/breads. A touch of sweetness. If this is an ESB, it lacks the malt complexity of some world-class brews in the style, but as a pale ale (more American than anything...), this is pretty awesome. Medium feel, carbonation is a tad high. Lots of residual citrus lingers on the palate. ONly a bit of bitterness. A solid drinkable beer, jam-packed with hop flavour. Real tasty pint and I could certainly hit this up several times over.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had one at the Royal York in Toronto on the weekend. Went and bought two more cans the next day.
I would term this a "session" ale, low alcohol, full flavor.
Could become a regular in the fridge.

Photo of ludachris
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a deep and rich amber red. There's a bit of haze to it. An inch of light but tightly knit off white head gradually lessons to a ring.

Pithy grapefruit and grapefruit skin mesh with a piney and leafy edge. Wholesome bread and toffee lie just beneath. Pleasant, balanced, and very inviting.

It starts dry with a blend of grapefruit skin and prickly pine. Earthy and leafy hops quickly take over. A subtle bready sweetness peaks out in the middle. Biscuity in the finish with a soft, lingering grassy, leafy bitterness.

Its dryness is quick and cutting. Combined with its prickly level of carbonation, it almost has a feel of being oxidized. Light bodied and quite quaffable.

Overall, a decent offering from GLB but not my favorite. For me, although its dryness added to its drinkability, it took away from the flavours in the taste and made it more one dimensional.

Photo of SebD
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury

Appearance: It has a nice murky orange/brown color to it. It has a nice frothy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, bready/biscuity malts, floral hops and some citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel upfront with bready and biscuity mats, floral hops with a grassy bitterness and a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Yoozeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged on December 2 2014 (at least, I think - it's hard to read). Listed at 4.2%, and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy copper-amber colour, producing just under an inch of soapy, off-white froth that gradually recedes over the next few minutes. A foamy cap survives, along with some scattered, messy strands of lace. The aroma is comprised of toffee and nutty malts, with marmalade, pineapple and pine giving it a distinctly fruity, North American vibe - though hints of floral, leafy hops suggest that at least one traditional English strain was also used.

The flavours in this one are extremely well-balanced - perfect for a light, sessionable pale ale. Citrusy orange and grapefruit mingle surprisingly effectively with the malt backbone, which consists largely of toffee, slightly biscuity malts and some toasted, nutty notes. A hint of pine and a grassy, mildly floral hop bitterness wind things down nicely, with a citrusy flavour left briefly clinging to the palate. Light-bodied, with a soft, smooth feel in the mouth, aided by the relatively delicate carbonation. This ale is absurdly easy to knock back, but its tastiness does not suffer for it.

Final Grade: 4.15, a solid A-. Pompous Ass is an impressively well-made pale ale - its English roots are noticeable in the sturdy malt bill and slightly floral, bitter finish, but the North American influence is undeniable. While I would not consider this much of a 'traditional' EPA, it's still a fabulous session ale that does not skimp out on the flavour at all. Superb stuff - I like this a little more than their Canuck Pale Ale, and will continue buying cans as long as it remains in stock.

Photo of kinguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of KyleMcD
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Picked up from LCBO for good price of $2.50 CDN.

Appearance - hazy dark honey brown coloured ale that poured a soft fluffy two fingers of head. Big frothy finish and lots of sticky lacing left behind. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell - some hops pickiness mixed in with a very solid malt foundation. Peppery is probably the word I'd use to describe the nose at a point before the malt aromas start to take over.

Taste - mild hop bite to start on the earthy and leafy side of things too before some toff and caramel makes a brief appearance and then finishes leafy. Very yummy and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - medium light body, well carbonated but it's a soft carbonation and makes this easy to drink and relaxes the mouth. Really good feel here.

Overall - a very good English ale that's eminently drinkable, light and not gassy but full of flavor. Could easily sit in a pub on an afternoon drinking multiple pints of this while enjoying myself with a game of darts and some spirited conversation. Just as an added plus the cost is among the best for a craft beer in all of Ontario.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like it was canned March 6, 2013.

Beer is orangey-brown in colour, with a smallish off-white head.. Head fades quickly but not entirely.

Nose consists of English hops (grass, floral notes) and caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste is like the nose. Well-balanced, with the grassy hop flavours mixing with caramel and biscuit. Goes down very smoothly, but quite flavourful.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Too much. I have had this on cask previously, and prefer it that way.

Overall, quite good. Needs to have the carbonation toned down, but otherwise a great session beer.

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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