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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn
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BA SCORE
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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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.

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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at the brewery and thought it was special. Little did I know it would see massive LCBO distro. Sorry Matt and Emma...

From a bomber into a snifter
Project X Series version
IBU: 58

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orand with lover levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definitely Belgian in the yeast profile. Much like a stronger blond ale. Pale malts, spicy notes of tijm, coriander, with notes of apples as well. Floral aromas for sure, as well as some bubble gum. Quite interesting, but not really a Belgian IPA.

TASTE: Very much like a overly hopped strong blond, like the nose had suggested. Pale malts, spicy coriander and tijm, then some apples and bitter floral hop notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is bitter and spicy with floral notes and yeasty spices, with some sweet bubble gum as well. Follows the nose well, but not my type of Belgian IPA.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is flavorful and definitely Belgian, but it's not really what I've come to understand a Belgian IPA to be. This is more like an overly hopped strong bold ale. It's an interesting take on the style and there's nothing wrong with the beer per se, but if I'm looking for a Belgian IPA, this is not something I'd want. Not bad, just not my thing. Pass.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Great Lakes Audrey Hopburn from Great Lakes Brewery
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