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Great Lakes Lake Effect - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Lake Effect
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BA SCORE
89
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
84 IBU

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 12-03-2011)
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TaylorK

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-14-2012 00:36:01 | More by TaylorK
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-30-2012 00:12:44 | More by beerhunter13
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a nonic. A hazy orange-copper brew, with a thin head that quickly recedes into a thick ring of foam.

Nose is pure tropical delight. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, leafy hops, candied orange.

A great-tasting tropical flavored IPA, with big pineapple and grapefruit, and a bit of coconut, pine and caramel. Very flavorful.
Medium bodied, slick. Mild carbonation.

I first had this on tap about three days ago and have been drinking almost nothing else since. Great summer offering, highly recommended.

06-13-2012 02:24:31 | More by JohnnyBarman
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-27-2012 01:44:32 | More by RDW
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3%

Post-IPA challenge. A big IBU, big bitterness, very tasty. Neutral aroma. Backed up by a decent malt backbone. a reddish tinge to this one.Good citrus taste, satisfying finish.Average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.In a word, solid representative of the style.

04-24-2012 02:34:09 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours an attractive orange. Loose bubbly head.

Rather light zesty aroma.

Laid back aroma doesn't hint at the rather strong flavours in this one. Big zesty citrus fruit, grapefruit but with a decent amount of fruity orange. Some honey malt sweetness in there, but hops carry the day.

A straightforward IPA with juicy tropical fruits if you get it fresh enough.

11-22-2013 23:14:53 | More by CanuckRover
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4.74/5  rDev +17%

served in an IPA glass

A - pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a 2 inch off white (tan) head, great retention, and the glass laces beautifully. the frothy head dissipates into a slightly rocky covering on the beer.

S - strong hoppyness, citrus, mango, grapefruit, strawberry & pineapple esters, tropical fruits, light malty breadiness, biscuity sweetness, maybe even some red cherries. this has got to be one of, if not the best IPA i've ever smelled. i was smelling the bottle still two hours after i'd finished the beer. WOW!

T - bitter hoppyness off the start with a slight sweetness from the malts that melts perfectly together. citrus, piney and grapefruit definitely present. a light caramel mixed with fresh biscuits becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. tropical fruit and passionfruit tastes all lead to the bitter, hoppy finish that leaves a nice citrusy, piney, fruity taste lingering.

M - smooth, slightly creamy feel, mostly bitter but a nice fruity sweetness makes things interesting. medium body, dry & bitter finish, low alcohol present

O - I love Great Lakes! I'm always blown away by their beers and this one was no different. One of the best IPA's I've had and definitely takes a run at Canada's best. This was my last of six bottles and there doesn't seem to be too many left floating around out there so i'll probably have to wait a while to have it again, but ill be licking my lips the whole time. Bring it back soon! :)

11-26-2013 00:18:21 | More by randallpink
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney hops is quite dominant with bitter citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix of piney hops with light citrus notes with medium bitterness and light sweet residual sugars notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Wonderful mix of piney and citrus aromas makes this an IPA that should makes it into regular distribution for GLB.

01-14-2014 20:31:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Project X bottle courtesy of Soods. Thanks a lot for this one!
6.5% ABV and 84 IBU. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured orange/yellow with a big golden glow and a small amount of bubbly white head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big tropical fruit aroma up front that is fresh and juicy. Pineapple, mango and peach. Some grapefruit notes as well with almost no discernible malt sweetness.

T - Grapefruit, orange rind and pine are the dominant flavours. That amazing tropical fruit aroma is almost non-existent in the palate with the exception of some very light pineapple notes. A nice sharp bitterness is present that lingers considerably in the finish. The malt profile is non-existent. This is a pure hop bomb.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation. Some nice tongue-coating hop oils. A little bit thinner than I would have liked.

O - A very good beer. With a little more body and just a touch of malt sweetness, this could be excellent.

01-26-2012 03:43:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A deep straw color with an orange hue and clear as a bell; Big cloudy head, very persistent settling slowly to a creamy collar leaving massive lacing.

S: Big fruity nose with lots of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines) and notes from classic American bittering hops (spicy and piney).

T: First are the big sweet, juicy citrus hops that burst with sweet oranges, tangerines and some tropical fruits as well as some sharper grapefruit. There is a nice malty profile balancing out (but overpowering) the hops. The finish is long and dry with a pleasentbittering hop punch at the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and still light considering the 7% ABV.

O: Wow, great balance and highly drinkable. Well done GLB!!

11-27-2013 18:19:34 | More by mtomlins
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-10-2013 00:57:43 | More by dipso123
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricot, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and resiny hops. There is also some grapefruit and a touch of apricot.

Overall - Needs a touch more of a fruity flavour to be truly great. Still a very solid and very hoppy beer worth trying if you're an American IPA fan.

11-22-2013 02:34:01 | More by spinrsx
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-15-2013 02:45:59 | More by RedAleMan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

On tap at Volo, 400ml pour into a tulip.

Pours a fairly clear gold with some orange highlights. A nice white head with some modest retention and good lace. Nose is quite nicely hopped, lots of citrus and fruit notes. Some peaches, nectarine, mango. A light malt character and really juicy on the whole. A touch of herbal pine. Taste has some bitter pine, juicy mango, peach and peach pit notes. Light caramel/butterscotch sweetness and pale malt, that takes a big backseat to the hops. Solid flavour and great profile. Lighter medium feel and medium carbonation. Good bitterness in the finish - quite nice all 'round.

12-03-2011 18:28:50 | More by liamt07
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%

Its unfiltered honey amber body is topped with just over a finger's worth of fluffy off-white head. It doesn't stick around for long but it does leave thick legs of lace as it recedes. A standard looking IPA.

Oh wow, the smell took me by surprise. This is bursting with fruitiness. Fresh and juicy mandarin orange, fleshy grapefruit, and a smell that I can best describe as fruity pebbles, and there's heaps of that. Odell's Myrcenary came to mind right away, and that sits right next to Heady Topper for me in the DIPA category. There's a light breadiness backing the extremely fruity hop forward body. This is an incredibly smelling IPA.

The more bitter, pithy sides of the fruitiness come forward in the taste. Grapefruit and orange are equally prominent. Resinous pine notes come into the picture as well, pasting themselves at the back of the palate. That "fruity pebble" character situates itself at the center of everything, helping to maintain the sweet fruity character without imparting any further bitterness. There's a flash of biscuity malt midway through. It does well at being a counter balance and at no point does it take away from the hoppy goodness.

What I first notice about the mouthfeel is how clean it is. Its void of any sticky, resinous, or sappy feeling that can come with IPA's, especially as the creep up the ABV ladder. Its fruit forward hoppiness is wrapped up in a crisp package that goes out almost as fast as it comes in. Its dryness is clear but not biting, making it quite refreshing.

This is the best LCBO bought Ontario crafted IPA I've had to date. I've always heard that the small batch beers Lackey and the rest of the team produce at Great Lakes are much better than their more mainstream offerings. This beer for me attests to that. I'm so happy to see Ontario crafted beers such as these making it onto the shelves. Huge thumbs up!

11-21-2013 02:34:13 | More by ludachris
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-22-2013 02:07:22 | More by cfalovo97
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

On-tap at Sessions 99 festival.

Beer is dark amber with a big white head. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

Smell is full of citrus. I get orange, grapefruit and mango. Nice smell, quite strong.

Taste is bitter. Grapefruit and mango both noticeable. Some light caramel malt.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, some oily feel from the hops.

Overall, quite good. Not up to par with GLB's Karma Citra, but a good one for sure.

06-27-2012 02:35:43 | More by jrenihan
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-12-2014 20:45:34 | More by Mattias
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-18-2013 15:17:38 | More by KeKeKumba
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Bomber bottle pours a semi dark, hazy golden orange with good carbonation. Tastes of slightly tropical fruits with some pine and a slight citrus hoppy finish. A nice mouthfeel overall and it would be a very sessionable beer. Definately a quality beer from Ontario. Glad to see the times are changing, just with availability would improve.

06-23-2012 03:28:24 | More by WeedKing4
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/6/12 cheers liamt07 for shipping me the bottle

A murky dark orange with just enough clarity too see some bubbles feeding a solid three finger cream colored foam that quickly falls to a thick film and stays as such, a few partial rings of lace

S mango, pineapple, canned peaches and a little pink grapefruit, slight pine and caramel malt but its mostly a tropical hop bomb and I love it
some sweet orange comes out as it warms

T heavy on the grapefruit rind but not everything else I smell is there, pine resin comes out a little stronger and there's some very faint booze still very solid but lacking a little the nose had going for it

M fairly full for the color with creamy carbonation, has a nice bitter bite too it and leaves a fair bit behind in your mouth, as a result there's a lingering finish and no heat shes smooth

O great example of the style that's going down a little too fast, its a bit of a enamel stripping hop bomb but I'm more then OK with that

I'm pretty stoked I have several more Project X beers to drink through thanks too liamt07, it would seem this brewery is underrated or perhaps just unknown to us Westerners

05-29-2012 00:16:46 | More by wordemupg
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Served in a pint glass at the Victory Cafe in Toronto, this is from notes.

Glowing peach color with some haze and frothy bone colored cap. Swathes of lace coat the glass. Big tropical, mango, apricot flavor in the nose. Grapefruit is in abundance along with the tropical notes in the taste, as is a slight herbal dill, nearly garlic flavor. Its very light and doesn't detract from the taste. I've also tried it in bombers and picked up the same flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated. The finish is moderately bitter and fruity, with some malt sweetness.

This is a good IPA, lots of interesting hop flavors going on. It kind of reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA with a similar savory flavor from the Summit hops. I'll definitely try it again.

11-28-2013 02:32:17 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle into pint. Special thanks as always to TheSevenDuffs for the awesome Project X releases.

Bottled 6/15/2012
Drank and reviewed 6/20/2012

A- Slightly hazy golden pour with orange highlights. Two finger, super soapy, egg shell head. Lacing is incredible.

S- Massive hit of tropical fruits; Mango, pineapple and strawberries. There is a pine bitterness than is quickly followed by a mandarin and grapefruit citrus blast. Sweet malt backing.

T- Huge bitter kick in the teeth. Citrus and pine with a sweet malt finish and a dry bitter finish.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- These Project X beers are impressing me more and more with every new bottle. Thanks to Marcus for being my Great Lakes hookup!

06-20-2012 23:09:31 | More by korguy123
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-17-2013 00:13:06 | More by Cramshawbar
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-20-2012 00:47:22 | More by hopsolutely
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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.