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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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
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, Yesterday at 01:59 AM
Photo of biegaman
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
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 TheSevenDuffs
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
Photo of wordemupg
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
Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

spinrsx, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours cloudy golden with floaty bits. One finger of fluffy off white head. Good carbonation coming up. Good spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Nice fruitiness, mango, pine, pineapple.

T - Quite piney. Lot's of citrus and pinesol. Sweet malt but a good bashing of hops. Orange present.

M - Good carbonaiton at the lighter end of medium. Medium to full bodied. A farily gripping bitterness.

O/D - This was a pleasant surprise from Great Lakes and another step in the right direction for hoppy Ontario beers. Not the craziest IPA, but it hits the spot.

tbeckett, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -2%

tom10101, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jrenihan, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -2%

Molson2000, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.5%

cfalovo97, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of peensteen
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
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -2%

hopsolutely, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of TerryW
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
Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bomber into tulip, gave off a large effervescent head, with lots of curtain lacing. Colour is a bright orange with some suspended sediment, quite cloudy. 3.75
S – dank wool, funky grapefruit aromas, weird smokiness, very herbal, literally wet wool blankets and weed mostly. A bit of wet dog. Not at all expected. Very intense but a bit out there. 3.75
T – pleasant citrus and raspberry, grapefruit, melon, apple fruitiness, tends toward a pear dry crisp finish. A light fresh fruity minerally (mild) flavor, honeydew crispness, and a bit of almond nuttiness, not much bitterness until a little hoppy bite on the finish. Good balance. A bit of a fruity funky bitterness. 4
M – quite effervescent, with a moderate balanced body then a lively and bitter finish, finishes crisp and quite dry. Good. Light and dry presence and it is crisp on the end. 4
A pretty sessionable and serviceable IPA but a bit of weird fruit flavours and lack of depth leave it short of great. A typical IPA, fresh fruit and citrus notes, balance is quite good and it drinks nicely, lack a definite hop punch to it and the finish could be cleaner. More of the citrusy side than anything with some lemon notes, mild biscuit malt body. Good complexity though as it develops, some of the tartness and dark wool meld to the fruit in interesting ways and a sharp bitter finish. 4

mick303, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mattias, Mar 12, 2014
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
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -2%

yancot, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

RedAleMan, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

beerhunter13, Aug 30, 2012
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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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.