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Great Lakes Lake Effect - Great Lakes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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 +15.9%

Photo of randallpink
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
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! :)

Photo of Cycle69
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of ThePhil
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kevinlater
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of korguy123
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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!!

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased for $5.95 CDN.

Appearance - Cloudy golden color, hints of orange. Even a gentle pour yielded a giant two and half finger white head. Crazy amount of explosive and lively bubbles. As the head receded a swath of glorious white lacing left behind.

Smell - Yum! Lots and lots of pineapple, some caramel. A little bit of pine, and grapefruit the the pineapple and caramel are the stars. Passionfruit comes out to play as the beer warms.

Taste - Wow. Big pineapple flavor, some sticky caramel and toffee malt to balance everything. A touch pine and a burst of other citrus flavors including a bunch of nectarine and some orange. Almost even a mint flavor blended in. Very intense and very satisfying. This is phenomenal. Fruit comes through a little less as the beer warms and the carbonation subsides to some extent, but the flavors transition towards a delectable passionfruit.

Mouthfeel - Smooth feeling, with good carbonation. A heftier than average body, but it works here with the intensity of the flavors.

Overall - Really impressive stuff, simply had high expectations, and within two sips this vaulted to the top of my American IPA rankings, even better than Red Racer from Central City. The nectarine pineppple blend is incredible and the bitterness is present but not too intense. 80 IBU's are well hidden as well as the alcohol. Great beer.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of ludachris
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.