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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Float_On
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

CHEKC THE DATES! Buy this one fresh. Hop aroma and flavor diminish very rapidly I've noticed. Seems anything older than 2-3weeks tastes like a bitter amber ale.
Fresh review easy 80-85. Great malty flavors balance out the fresh hop notes of pine and north-American citrus-hoppy characters. Maybe a bit of simcoe or citra? All speculation. I'm no expert. I've drank a bunch of this over the past 2 months because of the awesome $2.50/pint price point.
Hops seem a bit too west-coast to call it an English pale ale. In my mind it's more of a sessionIPA. Again. No expert. Tasty nonetheless. If you're a hop head it's something that won't knock you over. 4.2% compared to 6.5% ABV for most IPA's out there. Session IPA for me.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
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 hunterjames
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KyleMcD
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 nullbort
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Mit
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep browny red colour with a decent head.

Smells like an english pale....spicey hoppy smell. Very pleasant.......slight malt flavour.

Slightly hoppier than i would have expected.....spiceiness still prominent.

Mouthfeel is good for abv

Overall its very good. Will get this again.

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had from the can into a nonic pint. Medium dark brown with a nice cap of head. Aroma is pleasing with roasty caramel, toffee notes, earthy notes, some mild florals. Taste is smooth to start with some robust malt notes, some citrus, I'm grassy and pine hop notes, butterscotch, and a nutty character, long dry finish. Nicely drinkable and has some robust malt character and overall is quite an enjoyable ale.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473ml can into nonic pint. 4.2% abv. nearly-illegible code on the bottom rim of the can -- the first and last numbers look like "10" and "14" so i'm going to guess that this was canned some time in october of 2014. enjoyed on january 2, 2015

a: opaque burnt orange body capped with three fingers of tan head. minimal lacing. very nice

s: a big balanced punch of malt and hops. caramel, ripe orange, dank pine, mild grapefruit. slightly floral

t: follows the nose -- a fantastic balance between malty notes and citrus hop characteristics. caramel, bread, biscuit, orange, grapefruit all around. a dank, piney, slightly spicy bitterness on the back end. very flavourful and delicious

m: mild carbonation, light-bodied but creamy

o: killer stuff. massive hop flavours, but well-balanced by the malt bill. and at 4.2% abv, i wouldn't mind having a couple more of these

Photo of Bf_89
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zweird
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of valianes
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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