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Great Lakes Lake Effect - Great Lakes Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
84 IBU

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 12-03-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of randallpink
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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! :)

randallpink, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

RDW, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Finner80, Tuesday at 03:29 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Groulxsome, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. no date code on the bottle, but i'd like to think it's rather fresh as it hit the shelves recently. 7% abv and not 6.5%

a: a hazy tangerine-y mango-y hue coming with two and a half fingers of very frothy and fluffy off-white head. fantastic lacing, looks like the head is trying to draw me some sort of map on the inside of the glass, or spell something out to me. such penmanship

s: whoa. lemon, pineapple, mango, sweet malt. some pine scents, and a shy note of passionfruit. reminiscent of their canuck pale ale -- an excellent fruity and sweet aroma

t: follows the nose in terms of the fruits. a huge pop of lemony pineapple, mango in the front, but then the middle exhibits this kind of strong dank, resinous, piney, 84 IBU hop bitterness that battles with sweet malty caramel flavours. the bitterness comes out victorious on the finish, drying the palate with its medium-plus strength for the next sip, but with subdued tropical fruit flavours hanging around too

m: medium body and sub-moderate carbonation gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. slightly sticky on the finish

o: a phenomenal, delicious, big but balanced IPA that teases you with a big fruit presence, then sabotages your palate with an ample and appropriate amount of bitterness. try it!

kevinlater, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

liamt07, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

korguy123, Jun 21, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

mtomlins, Nov 27, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lake Effect, befitting to its name, pours with a misty complexion and a tsunami of head that leaves waves of lacing on the glass. Sure enough, this ultra-citric, tropical fruit-laden beer looks like a glass of pineapple or pulpy orange juice. This beer makes describing itself easy.

The aroma has zingy, exotic citrus fruit flavours that include guava and gooseberry as well as the more familiar orange, papaya, and grapefruit. It's also got a brushstroke of pine glossing and remarkably vivid mintiness. Malts provide notes of burnt custard and toffee biscuits.

Lake Effect tastes like a citrus fruit that's been turned inside out; it's like eating the peel of an orange instead of the flesh. It features the acidity, the pith, the skin - all but the juicy flesh of the fruit. Still, it has enough mango, papaya, and pineapple taste to be extremely agreeable.

Drinking the beer is incredibly reminiscent of drinking mango or peach puree; it is pulpy and tropical. There's also a strong acidity, like someone spiked the smoothie with grapefruit juice. Big globs of caramel are tasted too. But it's not all sweet: there's a drying, pithy, leafy bitterness and also occasional shots of a pinesol-like alcohol note.

For years I had to drive from Toronto to Buffalo to find IPAs; I spent many afternoons and evenings on that same Elmwood Avenue stoop that inspired this beer (which really should have just been called "Cole's IPA"). Fond memories aside, it's good to know I no longer *have* to go all that way for a hop fix anymore. This is exactly the kind of IPA this market needs year-round.

biegaman, Dec 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.25) A: Hazy amber with a tall, creamy, and dense white head. Long lasting retention with ample lacing.

(4.5) S: Tangerines, pineapple, dry pine, butterscotch/toffee, quite a mix of spices, and buttered bread. Very fresh and vibrant.

(4.25) T: Pine, juicy grapefruit, slight tangerine, richly buttered bread, and finishes with a peanut brittle taste (like nuts & toffee). Mellow and smooth. Fairly bitter with a slight dryness but there’s enough bready malt to provide nice balance.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy with a slight resiny bite.

(4.25) D: This is outstanding across the board and very happy to see these Tank Ten releases in the LCBO (this being my favourite to-date). Would love to see this in a year-round small can format – it would definitely cut into my weekly Red Racer quota.

Digimaika2, Nov 16, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml draught
6.8% ABV

I tried this beer on draught on June 8, 2012 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a slightly hazed medium gold with a thin creamy cap that laced well. The aroma was grainy malt, grapefruity hops, and some mango/pineapple notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour is very citrusy with the grapefruit hops up front, and the tropical fruit tones less pronounced, but still there.

cyrenaica, Jun 09, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

ludachris, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

RedAleMan, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

maltyb, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Littlewilly70, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bf_89, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 13, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

wordemupg, May 29, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very fine brew. Lots of fruity hoppiness happening. Orange and passionfruit, some earthiness and pine. A fascinating mouthful. Nicely gentle bitter finish. Nose is orange and fruit. Quite appetizing across the board. Decent looking, soft hazy gold and a steady curtain of fine lace.

This one is definitely worth a try. Pleasurable drinking.

TerryW, Nov 09, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head, decent retention, good lace. Smell is a full on attack of tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus at the front, some light malt tucked behind all the hops with some points of alcohol. Taste is hoppy and fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, some pine and some tangerine/ornage, light toasted malt witha bitter aftertaste. Light-Med carb, oily and fairly slick, medium body. Solid IPA here but thats no surprise considering who brewed this, different than the current Ontario lineup but in a good way, hope this sticks around.

peensteen, May 11, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 26, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Bloor/Runnymede LCBO. Served in Cantillon tulip.

A - Big, creamy, foam settles to a chunky cap, leaving behind copious lace. Hazed peach body.

S - Loads of tropical fruit, with melon, papaya, pineapple and passion fruit over top of a sugary malt backdrop. Perhaps a touch of grapefruit rind to keep things from getting overly sweet.

T - The taste has a bit more earthy and bitter hopping, with less fruit juiciness and a bit more citrus zest to it. Malt is a bit more bready and peripheral here as well; perhaps a tad crackery.

M - Medium body that seems a tad light for the listed 7%. Pleasant, moderate carbonation, with a bit of grit to the texture. No perceptible alcohol, and some mild residual oiliness on the palate.

D - Nice IPA. Hope they make it regularly, as it's a step up from other Ontario offerings in this category. I'm a bit perplexed by the 750ml format though; seems like it would be better in pint-sized cans.

MasterSki, Thursday at 01:59 AM
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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
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