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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn
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86
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 08-20-2012)
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Photo of randallpink
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy orange colour with a nice thick two finger head. the head has a pretty decent retention and the lacing is excellent by the end of the drink

S - smell is great right off the pour and slightly fades as its exposed to the air longer. nice citrus and floral smell with spices. the fruit smells like grapefruit to me and there is a definite hint of cloves in there.

T - The hops and belgian yeast are very prominent in the taste and i absolutely love the way the taste of the grapefruit mixes with the bitterness of the beer. a great example for me of this style. there is just a great overall distribution of the different aspects in this beer. nothing is too overpowering for me.

M - Its got a light body and great carbonation that stays throughout. one of my favourite parts of this beer is how it feels going down. very smooth and the aftertaste that slightly lingers there makes me licking my lips waiting for the next sip.

O - this is one of the best beers ive tried in general this summer. will be picking up more as soon as possible. i recommend it to anyone looking for something new or to anyone who loves the IPA styles. great beer from Great Lakes!

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of AddyCanuck
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. From their Tank Ten series.
Poured into my Duvel tulip. A hazy peach caramel brew, with a good 3/4 inch head of thick foam, which recedes into a generous ring with lots of typical Belgian ale swirls. Clouds of lace line the glass.

Nose is peach, orange, citrus, mild Belgian yeast, herbs and spices.

One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had recently, because although there is a markedly "Belgian" quality to this brew, it certainly ain't no Belgian pale. The yeast is subdued, giving the brew a musky dryness, while the citrus hops are allowed a largely uninterrupted performance. Grapefruit, citrus pith, orange and caramel.

Belgian mouth feel with its fine but zippy carbonation, good thickness and dry finish.

There has been a Great Lakes renaissance going on here this summer, and boy am I digging it. Definitely a beer I will be going back to again and again this summer, especially for the price (just under 6 bucks for the bomber). Great work again from Great Lakes.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken last week while on tap at "The Kick-Off" in Waterloo.

Pours a murky golden amber with limited white head, but beautiful lacing left down the glass. A wonderful hop-forward, pineapple aroma with very mild Belgian yeast undertones. The flavour has an initially sweet body, including tropical fruit and citrus, before it transitions into a decently bitter finish. That finish lingers for an impressive length of time and highlights tangerine and grapefruit elements. The Belgian yeast is a nuance rather than overpowering. As that’s not a flavour I'd personally choose, would consider this my favourite Belgian IPA!

May not be biblically true to the style, but a great name and a real pleasure to drink. A beer I'd recommend and would definitely purchase again.

Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Cloudy electric orange pour. Good carbonation, one finger fluffy white head. Half finger retention, spotty lace.

S - Orange, yeast, sweet malt, nice noble hop note, citrus. Nice stuff.

T - Noble hops less present. Yeast, herbal, leafy, vegetal. Stronger Belgian yeast character. Musty and dusty with some orange in there too. Nice and complex.

M - Nice strong carbonation with a medium creamy body and a snappy bitterness.

O/D - A good representation of one of my favourite styles. Complex and drinkable while being able to hold your attention for the whole bottle, and probably another if the desire strikes. Great Lakes can be proud of this one.

Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde colour with a ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is tropical and fruity with lots of spicy Belgian yeast, big hoppy nose, citrus, mango and orange. Taste is fairly spicy and yeasty with lots of juicy hops up front, fruity, grapefruit, lightly sweet but with a drying finish. Mouthfeel is oily with a medium carbonation, medium bodied, fairly nice weight as well. Awesome hoppy belgian IPA here, of the few of the style popping up around Ontario this is probably the best one I have had.

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BarHop, into a GL stange.

Hazy golden orange on the pour, white head with great lacing and decent retention. Nose has some mild tropical notes with dominant citrus and Belgian yeast. Some spice and light sweet malts; great hop aroma. Taste is just the same, lots of citrus and subtler tropical fruits. Drying yeast character, some pine/herbal character with modest bitterness. Lighter body for the style, but this only aids the drinkability. A really nice Belgian IPA, excellent drinkability - Lackey really knows how to make a great smelling beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is quite dominant with light floral undertones. Taste is a satisfying mix between some floral hoppy notes dominated by citrus and piney notes. Dry caramel malt is pretty discreet and finish is quite bitter. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not sure I can pick-up the Belgian style in this IPA but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, apricots, coriander/clove, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, apricot, and some herbal notes. It ends with a herbal hoppy bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A very solid beer. Reminds a bit of the BIPA's from Dieu Du Ciel. A nice dose of hops and and a flavour that will keep you going back for more sips.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished gold with a Tripel-esque rocky white head that's enormous and lasts a very long time. The glass is draped in lace ridges and trails on the way down. Orangey hops mix with a candy sugar sweetness and some phenolic, estery yeast character. Lemon rind and some tropical fruit take the lead first sip. Chewy pale malts and herbal notes mingle in the back. Fruity Belgian yeast adds an extra layer of complexity. Brash, somewhat coarse bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rather full bodied for the style with a moderate carbonation level.

A nice Belgian IPA. The hop profile could be more intense and complex, but still nice.

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy orange.yellow. Small white head, good sticky lace.

Belgian yeast in the nose, Quite floral. A bit of pine and citrus. A bit muted overall, but nice.

Belgian yeast most prominent in the taste, like the nose. Strong hop presence. Some pine, citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit) and a bit grassy. Fairly bitter. Good.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall. a pretty good Belgian IPA.

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Audrey Hepburn said "there is more to sex appeal than just measurements". Nevertheless, Audrey Hopburn sure measures up - its head is extremely thick and spatters the glass in white goo. And if that's not innuendo I don't know what is! In all seriousness though, the dense but bright orange complexion and excellent retention reflect an aesthetic and well made beer.

The aroma smells like a heaping compost pile comprised solely of the skins and rinds of grapefruits and mangoes especially, but also pineapples, papayas and lychees. It is wonderfully, fragrantly citric. Belgian yeast sure is quiet, a little too quiet if you know what I mean...

You see, Belgian yeast usually make a lot of esters and phenols. No esters or phenols suggests no Belgian yeast. The taste, like the nose, is summarized by tropical fruits and, much less so, by lightly toasted cereal malts. Overlooking faint rose-like florals, this definitely registers more as a straightforward IPA as opposed to a hoppy Belgian ale.

Indeed, six and change percent alcohol may be average for an IPA but it practically qualifies as table beer strength for a Belgian ale. Moreover, the beer has a trace of resinous pine and more than enough of that candied, bubblegum-like fruit to register as an American IPA. But as for the pledged 'Belgian' characteristics I can't seem to find much of anything.

Audrey Hopburn is indeed a fairly obvious beer pun but it's also a pretty good one, as is the beer (provided you enjoy at face value, for what it is not what it claims to be). Great Lakes' Tank Ten offerings are generally well worth buying and this one is no exception, particularly if you have the chance to try it on-tap. This is a good beer from a consistently good brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA, had on draft at The Rhino. Cloudy yellow, with 1/2" of retained foam. Above average mouthfeel. Good hop aroma. Smooth IPA flavour, bold orange citrus. Lots of lace lines.Mouthfeel Cushioned by the yeast, with the IPA flavour dominating.

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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn from Great Lakes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.