Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-09-2010 13:29:33 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Far from pompous, I find this beer to have a quiet, unpretentious beauty. Its deep amber colour preserves the clarity of a golden ale but sheds the flashy highlighting; its toastiness imparts a dusky tone without making it tenebrous like a stout. Even its head is ethereal, the lacing dainty.
The bouquet resembles those plastic-wrapped creamy caramel squares and something like I imagine citrus bubblegum would smell like. Its fruitiness is breezy and its sweetness moderate, one seemingly tempered (but entirely untroubled) by the presence of the other.
The beer's maltiness is relatively gooey, with a faintly treacly, dark, plummy fruitiness and firm notes of hard toffee and chocolate-coated nuts. The taste also features tangier, citrus-driven flavours that includes orange and grapefruit as well as distinctly earthy notes that include peppermint and pine serum. It's at once like something out the oven as well as the forest.
The mouthfeel exemplifies a pacifist's mentality: it has a non-aggressive texture that encourages hops and malt to live in perfect peace and harmony. Both citrus peel and toast, pine resins and caramel, all elements both bitter and sweet are equally sanctioned, no favoritism given.
Contrary to what its name suggests, Pompous Ass is actually a well balanced and mild mannered beer, one not at all suited to snobbish quaffing but rather simple everyday drinking. In fact, I can't think of a recipe more complaisant than this - it generously provides both malt and hops, happily obliging simple, easy to please palates as well as more discerning, difficult ones.
05-23-2013 05:54:07 | More by biegaman
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
On cask at Volo.
Pours a lightly hazy copper brown, big thick off white head forms, slowly drops down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, few lace spots. Smell is nice, very malty, some bread and caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, light bit of yeasty fruitiness, touch of tangerine like citrus. Taste is similar, big malty character up front, some caramel sweetness, biscuit, corn syrup, toast, floral hops, bit of fruit, solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth and drinkable. Real nice English pale.
10-02-2009 17:12:59 | More by Viggo
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
03-03-2012 17:41:26 | More by liamt07
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-02-2013 23:35:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
Had a pint of this at Brothers Beer Bistro on New Year's Eve. From notes.
A - Poured reddish copper and cloudy. Half finger of creamy dense head of an off white persuasion. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.
S - Piney, minty, some caramel, pineapple.
T - Nice and piney. Some toffee, citrus, candy. Good hop character.
M - Good carbonation, light body, nice bitterness. Not too aggressive, but enjoyable.
O/D - A very sessionable pale ale. Malt character provided proper balance for the otherwise aggressive hop profile. Nice stuff.
01-09-2014 00:18:40 | More by tbeckett
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
On cask at Volo during the cask crawl weekend. At 4.2% this was a nice pint to start with.
Poured a hazy orange-brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing and decent retention complete a great appearance. Aroma has some caramel and biscuit malts with floral hopping overlaying it. Taste is good, with a nice hop bite. Bit bready, and biscuity with some cookie dough. Lemon, floral and herbal notes have English hopping written all over them. A hint of diacetyl grows as the pint goes down, but isn't too much of a detraction. Moderate body withvery restrained carbonation.
Pretty decent cask. After all the whacky ones they've been putting out, its nice to see Great Lakes put out some in more 'normal' style like EPAs and APAs. This one worked - well done!
05-09-2010 17:21:44 | More by bobsy
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-27-2013 00:12:40 | More by jrenihan
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-18-2013 19:17:14 | More by SebD
3.91/5 rDev +1%
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!
02-10-2013 23:09:20 | More by hopsolutely
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to a buddy for picking up a can. Was fairly suprised by this one, considering the lower alchohol %. Pours a reddish clear orange colour. A good amount of hops, slightly citrus, floral. A earth pine taste in there with a slight caramal mouthfeel as well. I was quite suprised and excepted this to not be so good when I started pouring. But it suprised the hell out of me and I would gladly drink quite a few of these in a session.
03-16-2013 04:03:28 | More by WeedKing4
4.18/5 rDev +8%
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.
03-16-2013 01:47:47 | More by ssmack
Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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