Lake Effect Pale Ale | Mishawaka Brewing Company

Lake Effect Pale AleLake Effect Pale Ale
27 Ratings
Lake Effect Pale AleLake Effect Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mishawaka Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 10-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by mwa423:
Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light clear golden color but barely any head. There is a nice soapy lacing that is given by the tiny head, but it really could have used more.

S - Mostly malt bit a tiny hop bite in the aroma. Seems like it could use a bit more hops, but a reasonably well balanced APA skewed towards malt.

T - A pretty common pale ale, mostly a sweet and nutty maltiness and a single hop flavor that is slightly bitter.

M/D - Mouthfeel is reasonably full but ends quite dry. This is a basic simple pale ale that is about average in every way.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tjthresh
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amarillo? Probably not. Tastes kind of like it though. Light but perfectly pleasing aroma. Nice golden color with ample white head and light bubbles. Pretty average pale ale. Still kind of taste the amarillos. Good bitterness. Enjoyable, but not great.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber obtained from the brewery and later consumed at a comfort suites in elkhart the night before the ND-UCLA game. I love the name of this beer...anyone who has not spent time in south bend (or buffalo or cleveland for that matter) may not understand the term "lake effect" but it refers to the snow douchings that form randomly on lake michigan and blast "michiana" every winter

appearance: I dig the label for some reason...pours into a plastic hotel-provided water glass...golden-orange body, frothy white head forms a snowy white cap

smell: light malt body drives the aroma...hops appear a bit muted on the nose, "mishawaka characteristic" appears to be present

taste: very bready, light corn malt body, faded hop presence, decent bitterness

mouthfeel: medium-light, smooth and creamy

drinkability: bomber gone pretty quickly

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Photo of alleykatking
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Pub

A- Came to me a semi-hazy yellow/orange color. Little quater inch head that died as soon as it was served to me. Lacing was the high point on the apperance of this beer which I gave an extra half a point to.

S- Bigger malt smell off the bat on the nose. A citrus hop smell along with a faint piney hop smel as well. There is a huge sour funk coming from this beer that I didn't expect. I thought I got a infected beer until I found other reviews which said the same thing. I like sours but for this style it shouldn't have that smell.

T- BIG sour taste in the front and ending of this beer. The malts come through this more than I expected leaving a sweeter undertone than I was hoping for. The hops are lacking in this beer for the most part. I can't get over the sour funk to this beer. I like it but once again it's not in the style at all.

M- Light mouthfeel to this beer. The carbonation is kind of lacking in this even though it's on tap. Leaves a sour style funk on the tounge and palate which is nice if it was a sour beer. Sadly it isn't at all.

D- This beer is drinkable but I would only want 2 before I go onto something else. But once again thsi beer is way off for the style they say it is.

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Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber of this over the weekend.

Looks fairly light and golden in the glass, with ample foam.

Aroma is white bread and peanut butter, strangely enough. The combination of malts seems to mute any hop presence. Fairly mild flavor, pale malts, very light bitterness.

Well carbonated, and goes down pretty easy, but it doesn't really hold one's attention for long.

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Photo of BierFan
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No abv or freshness date to be found on the label. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow/orange. Absolutely no head on this beer.

Smell: Really malty. Caramel and peanut butter aroma. Smells like it would be a really good winter warmer, but it's not the aroma I expect from an American pale ale.

Taste: Malty taste. No real hop flavor, but it has quite a bit of hop bitterness.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Bottle barely even went "pfft" when I popped it open. I'm not sure it even did at all. Pours a hazy orange-copper amber w/almost no head to speak of.
S-Sweet honey-like aroma w/citrusy hop bouquet and faint malt. There was something else too and it wasn't until I read the review by emerge077 that it occurred to me: peanut butter. Also some caramel, and possibly a hint of diacetyl.
T-Grainy and mealy w/a strange combination of astringency and unpleasant sweetness at the same time. A tiny bit of hops emerges in the finish with some cereal, which is the most pleasant part, although I find little if anything pleasing about this beer. The combination of flavors is odd and unsettling.
M-Hardly any carbonation, balance is off.
D-Did not enjoy, but I did finish the bottle.

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Photo of errantnight
2.42/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this as an extra from... leftmindedrighty? I think? joe1510? stfun37? Can't remember. Nor will I remember drinking this beer (no offense friendly person who sent me free extra beer!), as it's primarily non-descript.

Maybe not strong enough. This is truly a non-entity.

Pours with barely a quarter finger of head, no lacing, a little bit sticks around the edges, but this seems undercarbonated.

Despite this, the nose is alright. Mild hop aroma (seems muted, and a bit cardboardy... a bit old?) with a hint of bread and pale malt.

Taste is well balanced, although the bitterness is a little ragged. Some nice biscuit and bread flavors playing through the pale malt, moderate sweetness, finishes dry. Very clean, not real hop flavor.

If this had even moderate carbonation this would probably be a lot better, as it is it seems flat and dead on the tongue (although one wonders if increased carbonation would up the perceived bitterness and wash away the one thing this has going for it: a nice malt base).

Meh, whatever.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

While I think this is a fairly good Pale Ale, I think it could use a bit of improvements here and there.

Pours a darkish straw yellow that was bright and mostly clear. The head died within a few minutes. The aroma of citrusy hops dominate this ale, but I could still pick up a faint aroma of cooked corn. Fairly smooth, but a bit unbalanced. The lighter body does allow the hops to dominate, but the thin body is a bit bready.

Perhaps a bit of crystal malt would add just enough body to make this a more drinkable ale, as well as improve its appearance.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop flower nose with a lasting white head and lace. The initial bitterness is "in your face" and is rounded by a great pale malt backbone. It also has a crisp clean finish. Quite drinkable and great with their nachos..

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Photo of biggred1
1.91/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale straw yellow with a tiny head that quickly fades and leaves no lace. Smells faintly of hops but mostly like the arts & crafts paste little kids eat, funky. Taste is bland, very faint medicinal tasting mint and hops and not much else. Watery mouthfeel, not what I like in a Pale Ale.

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Photo of betsona
2.42/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. No brewed, bottled or freshness date on bottle.

A- Perfectly clear golden color, so clear I was able to read the label though the beer. Two finger white head that dissipates into slight covering over a third of the beer. No lacing on the glass.

S- Cereal malt with maybe a hint of caramel. There is something sweet trying come through. A minute bit of citrus hops. A huge funky sour smell however dominates all the other smells. It is mixed with some hay and grass.

T- The malt bill is present, but in extremely sour taste. Strong barnyard taste. It is really funky, which would be fine if it didn't claim to be a APA.

M- light easy to drink body. Good carbonation.

O- Never again. This is one odd tasting beer that I was told was not infected. Could have fooled me. It is drinkable, but never more than one for me.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear blonde color with average-sized soft white head and decent lacing.

Faintly sweet malt smell, overpowered by citric and floral hop aromas. Smell is pretty good overall.

Malt flavor is stonger than the smell indicates, and does a better job of balancing the solid citric hop flavor.

Medium bodied, a bit too crisp but otherwise quite good.

A very drinkable APA, definitely the best offering I have had from Mishawaka Brewing.

Tasted on 8/3/08.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a golden straw color with a thin, wispy white head.

Aroma is mostly grain with a hint of something medicinal to it.

The taste is equal parts faint caramel, bitterness, and soap. The bitterness lingers in the finish.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This one sits at near the bottom of the APA food chain. Not much to say about it on the positive side.

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Photo of cnally
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a slight head dissipates quickly but leaves a slight lacing. pale apricot dirty orange color

malty scent, alcohol sting on the nostrils

mellow hop flavor initially, with a residual bitterness on the back end. astringent flavor and aftertaste. grainy flavor.

thicker texture on the feel, sticky and dry.

a slightly underperforming flavor and feel leave this an easy to drink but not very appealing pale ale.

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Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold to orange colored ale with fluffy thick head.Aroma smells metallic and citrus.Taste is the same metallic and citrus with an unpleasant bitter aftertaste.I'm not really digging this brew and most likely will not purchase again.A definite disappointment!!

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Photo of RedBaron
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting, if ultimately not that satisfying, brew from the Hoosier state (picked up while spending a weekend in Ft. Wayne, IN).

Appearance: PALE, straw-colored, translucent beer. Nice uneven rocky head.
Smell: Just a faint whiff of hops, light sweet smell of malt.
Taste: Fruity esters up front play with a bit of malty sweetness. Decent crisp and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Pretty nice overall mouthfeel which makes you want another one. Probably the dry finish.
Drinkabilty: Although this beer tends to favor the malts (the hops are barely detectable, both in bittering and aroma), the beer is attenuated well enough that the dryness alone is a pleasant feature. This is billed as an "American Pale Ale" and although it certainly is, it reminds me more of a kolsch-style beer masquerading as an APA. Not a beer that was all that thrilling, but then again, that's OK. Might pair nicely with a bleu-cheese burger.

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Photo of JamesS
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice mid-copper color with some decent head and nice lacing throughout. Had a very nice subtle hop/bitter aroma with a decent amount of sweetness underneath from the malts. Very nice flavor, an excellent malt backbone with interesting hop attributes; had both English and American styles -- English in the nose and initial flavor with American slight citrus on the tail end. Went down quite nicely, a very good pale ale overall.

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Photo of therica
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice offering, had on-tap at the brewery, also took home a 6-pack.

A= light golden, modest head, modest lacing.

S= nice light crisp smell with a little honey, evident hops, interesting florals that reminded me a little of baby-powder, although a previous reviewer's comment of peanut butter on white bread kind of fits, as well.

T= Cascade hops presence is strong, a slight bitterness yet a honey sweetness in the finish. Not a whole lot of depth in flavors but a very clean-tasting beer.

M= evident bitters lingering with a touch of honey sweetness.

D= decent offering, probably would turn my stomach after a few but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had some of this served in a party pig at work here today. isn't academia great? Poured out golden and bubbly with a small white head. Nice fresh, mildly hoppy odor. Similarly fresh, small hops flavor, nice and smooth. No big bite, no objectionable flavors. Fine to kick back and drink several of these.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. I like the name and label of this beer. Ok, now that I got all the nice things I can say out of the way, let's move onto the review.

As this pours I'm surprised by how clear and pale the beer is and after a vigorous pour settles in an a clear, pale golden yellow with a thin white head of large bubbles that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is too sweet for me, primarily caramel and malt, mildly fruity, but not hoppy. Body has a strong biscuity/caramel malt presence and a mild hop bitterness. However there is also a weird astringent sweetness that starts halfway through and dominates the finish that ruins the experience of this beer for me and turns this nearly into a drain pour. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and is lacking a little in the carbonation department. Like I said, I like the label...

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. The beer departs the bottle a dark straw to light orange color. A light head forms when pouring and sits as a light coat after sitting. There is a moderate haze, and a moderate carbonation working out of the beer. It is not as dark as I would have expected. Aroma is mildly citrus orange with a touch of graineyness, and a bit of DMS in there as well. It is a little weak in the aroma. The flavor is very muted as well. There is a very light caramel and citrusy hop, with a cooked corn flavor, finishing with a mild bitterness. I'd like to see more in the way of malt and hop contribution to the flavor. It just seems to go right to the bitter. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. It is slightly drying on the finish. Overall, I am left longing for more in the aroma and flavor of this one. It just is abrupt bitterness without a lot of support.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I visited Mishawaka during some recent travels. I thought this beer was OK, but much more like an English-style IPA than an APA.

Lake Effect comes served at the brewery in a UK-pint glass. The beer had good head which laced nicely, and was a light amber color. For an APA, I thought it would be a bit darker. The beer was only slightly hazy.

Aroma was very faint for an APA, and was of Cascade hops.

I thought the flavor was very malty for a pale ale with mild fruitiness that was not really citrusy.

Mouthfeel was neither sticky nor watery. I thought this beer was fairly drinkable, but didn't really scratch my APA itch.

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Photo of danielharper
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Transparent yellow body, some bubbles from carbonation, but with absolutely zero head.

Smell: Much better here. Rich, malty, with caramel undertones. Strong hoppy aroma. Reminds me more of Dead Guy than any pale ale I've ever had. High marks for impressiveness, though.

Taste: Sweet with apples but quite tart, borderline sour, with a dry yeasty aftertaste. There's a lot going on here, but it's a cacaphony rather than a symphony.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but it does coat the palate on the finish.

Drinkability: This doesn't really work as a pale ale. I'd rather think of this as an amber.

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Photo of butleram4
3/5  rDev -2%

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Lake Effect Pale Ale from Mishawaka Brewing Company
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