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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 02-19-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
100
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Boston's Bistro & Pub, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some amber hues along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but the smoky flavors are a little stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasant and easy to drink. It's not too smoky so it would make for a good introduction to smoked beers for someone who is new to the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap last night at the Corner Slice here in GSO.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear bopper copper color with a half finger white head atop.Aromas of light smoke and light leafy hops,a bit of sweet biscuit malt is in there as well.A decent shot of smokiness up front on the palate not over done but it plays a role,sweet dough malts underneath with a finish of pine and leafiness from the hops.Not bad,a pretty subdued APA but it is what it says it is,and it went down pretty easy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Finnigan's Wake in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some faint golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of smokey malts with light hints of earthiness.

T: Moderate flavors of smokey malts with some lights hints of iodine. Light notes of earthiness. Light amounts of bitterness are present but do not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink as the smokey flavors and aromas are not too strong as well as the alcohol being well hidden. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of orangesol
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Acre for Dani's birthday. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of lightly tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Quite dark for a "pale ale" - must be the smoked malt. Hazy dark orange-brown color.

S - Smoked malts, caramel, somewhat meaty. Not a ton of hop character - maybe some light floral and citrus notes.

T - Biscuit and toffee malt character dominates. Finishes light smokey with mild residual hop bitterness. Again, maybe some light floral hops in the taste.

M - Chewy medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly resinous finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - A solid lighter smoked beer, although I prefer Three Floyds Ham on Rye for this sort of thing. A bit to smokey for sessions. Could use more hop aroma and presence.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of ample smoke and herbal hops. In the taste, pale malts and smoke, light bitterness as well. Sugary malt and robust malt notes. Smoke, hops, malty sweet and good balance. Overall, a fine brew.

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Photo of Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of corby112
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden yellow color with hazy straw edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Get good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Slightly smokey aroma with delicate earthy hops, pale malt and light fruit esters. Everything is pretty subtle in the noise with a touch of liquid smoke and BBQ followed by hints of bread, apple, pear and subtle floral hops. Somewhat bland but not offensive.

Medium body with delicate smoke and a crisp, earthy hop bite that provides some dry, lingering bitterness. Some grassy pine needle and dank floral buds with a touch of citrus sweetness. This is countered by pale malt flavors of biscuit and bread along with some light fruit sweetness. Some more smoke lingering in the finish. Wish it was heavier but this beer could be used as a good introduction to the style with a touch of campy smoke on the back end.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Sams in Durham, NC. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color with a 2 inch white head. Smell is almost nonexistent.... maybe a faint smokiness if you really try and smell it, but on first whif there really isnt much at all in terms of aroma. Taste is much different though. It's got a nice mild smokiness to it that isn't overpowering whatsoever. It's extremely well done IMO. The typical characteristics of an APA are still there, but the smokiness makes it very enjoyable. Good feel, lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried. I'd get it again if I was in the mood for a refreshing brew.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs South in Charlotte.
Orangey gold pour, couple fingers of off white that stuck to the glass pretty well.

Aroma, mostly citrus and toffee/malt. Light herbal hop and some nuttiness.

Taste, more nut here. Toasted malt, quite a bit of caramel. A slight bitter that could be smoke, but really is its the herbal pine hop bite it finishes with.

Just right of light bodied. Carbonation was nearly creamy, but that depends more on the location. Drinks easy, just need to be ready for a non-standard pale.

Reminded me a bit of Skull Coast Scallywag pale, which was brewed with almond I believe.
For a maltier pale this is good, for anything "smoke" this is a fail. I did like it however.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask version at BarleyÂ’s 5th Annual Mini RAF (04/28/07): This beer is a lightly hazed dark amber color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. Rings of lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy with smokey malt undertones. Dry, medium body with both hops and smoke flavors, neither of which dominates. Light malt in the backgound as well. The finish is mildly bitter hops, with the smoked character still lurking in the background. Interesting beer, although it does not really push any boundaries.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill. 11/22

Served on tap in glass. Pours darker amber, but still see through. Laced foam rings, and quite sticky. Light smoky malt flavor. Taste opens sweet and rolls into a woodsy fireplace flavor. Liquid smoke holds. good blend.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Beer Expo.

Poured a hazy amber with nary a head. Looked kind of dead aside from a few soapy bubbles. Oh dear me, who soaked leather and cardboard in beer and tried to carbonate it? Honestly, this is exactly what it smelled like to me. I wasn't impressed at all with this. It's like this pale ale had an identity crisis between being a pale ale an a rauchbier, but it took too long to decide what it wanted to be and got oxidized, and finally decided to just try a little bit to be a rauchbier, but ended up not going far enough to really make too big of a difference. Poorly carbonated and oily. Try again, Great Lakes, I know you can do it!

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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