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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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 27
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zimm421
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler filled on 10/19/2013 at the Daily Growler, Columbus. Poured into a standard pint glass. Appears a beautiful dark amber color, that is perfectly clear. The head is about 2 fingers thick, off-white, and has great retention, and good lacing.

The nose is full of smoke, and some caramel, with a bit of citrus coming through on the back end. Not as powerful as I expected here though. The taste is very complex, with a lot going on in the background. It is fairly well balanced, with good bitterness upfront, then the smokiness coming through, along with caramel, in the middle, and followed up with good citrus at the end. The aftertaste is dominated by the smokiness, and the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty sticky, with good carbonation, and is right where I'd expect. Overall, this is very interesting and complex brew, but not something I would call excellent. Definitely glad I was able to try this, and not something I would turn down in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Very cloudy and dense. A darker shade of orange. Pours a thin head with a skim of retention. Only a few specks of lace.

It smells pretty nice: orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Clean, wet grass. Pleasant amount of biscuit and sweet cracker. The taste has a juicy citrus quality (orange and tangerine) with a penchant for grassiness. Toasty grains and some bread round it out. Mild bitterness on the finish. Medium light body with ample carbonation. Not exactly crisp, but focused.

Overall, well balanced and easy to drink. Worth a shot.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Engine 20 Smoked Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 100 ratings