Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by klewis on 02-19-2006

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of klewis
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on-tap at GLBC 2/18/06

A: Pours a copper color with a small but sustaining head.

S: Strong aromas of hops complimented by fruity esters and mesquite aromas.

T: This was a wonderfully balanced brew with strong hop flavors with a smooth and subtle smokey character in the finish.

M: Full-bodied and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation in this one.

D: Time permitting, I would have had several of these, but alas, I could only have one. As a pale ale, this will stand with the best of them, but the smoked aroma and flavor provides a uniqueness that makes this one stand out over any that I've had. Go get some.

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4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a trip to the brewery this past Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed a glass of this pub exclusive on-tap. I paid only $2.75 for a pint during happy hour, which is from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Monday-Friday. Served in a pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium golden color with orange/copper highlights. The head is about an inch thick when drawn and settles to a very nice film layer with a good thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Very nice lacing too. Malty and hoppy aromas are present and not much else that I could distinguish. At first this beer had quite the hoppy bitterness going on tastewise, reminding more of a good IPA than an APA. As the beer warmed however, the malty sweetness became more apparent and balanced the bitter hops very nicely. I know they claim the ABV is only 6% , but I got quite the buzz from only one glass of this and nothing else. Has a good medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way a good beer needs to be. A good, solid beer, but not one of my absolute favorites from Great Lakes. Worth a try though. I certainly wouldn't mind drinking this again either.


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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint of this brew served at the Great Lakes Pub during a road trip to Dark Lord Day.

Smell, Very earthy hop smell, with an almost musty kick to it, not quite sure where it was from

Taste, Light hints of smoke, with that earthy hop flavor. The smoke flavor is clearly present, but far from over powering. The musty flavor I smelled was obviously from the smoke, but I just love the hop flavors going on. All the flavors are subtle, yet forthcoming.

Overall, what a fantastic brew, not quite hoppy enough to push the IPA envelope, but definitely pushing the boundaries of an APA, label this a robust APA and you've got yourself a winner. I enjoyed this brew so much, I ended up taking a growler of it home just for myself.

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4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at the GLBC brewhouse.
A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that looked a bit flatter than most of the other beers they were pouring.
S: Smells like your typical IPA with a bread/caramel backbone, some hops, then a pleasant subtle smokiness.
T: This is so balanced. The bread/caramel malt, the bitterness from the hops, and the smokiness all integrate really well- quite tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth.
O: Another quality GL brew- I wouldn't mind this added to the bottled lineup at all.

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4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of craigo19
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of pints of this beer yesterday at the GLBC brew pub and loved it. Copper in color, with a slight hop aroma that an American Pale Ale is supposed to have. You can taste the smoke at the end which distinguishes it from the Burning River Pale Ale. I would like to see it in distribution.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Great Lakes Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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