Aloha Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a little grainy, and notes of citrus hops and earthy. In the taste, mellow malt and notes of orange citrus hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lighter malt and small note of citrus hops in the aftertaste. A nice refresher beer with small citrus hops.

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Photo of cnagle28
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tylermains
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4oz pour at Ollie's Place in Centerville, OH. Served in a small tulip stout style tasting glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Plenty of fine persistent lacing.

Smell: Peaches with a hint of tropical fruit and citrus.

Taste: Peaches, citrus, fresh cut tropical fruit, a bready/honey malt middle, and a bitter finish that was citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit sticky on the teeth. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and it did remind me of a tropical evening despite it being cold outside in the blustery fall tonight. If I didn't need to leave and work tonight I would have requested a 16oz pour. I think this would have gone quite well with food as well. I hope this beer makes it to Ollie's again so I can try it, as I understand it isn't commonly seen outside the Cleveland main location for Great Lakes. A very nice no frills, but solidly crafted tropical style and not excessively hoppy beer.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release
Growler fill, no real idea of exact age, but assuming fairly fresh

Appearance- Pours a bright golden color, transparent. Two finger thick, frothy and creamy head, sticks around awhile. Lots of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Sweet fruitiness, peachy, pineapple, citrus, flowery and herbal notes. Good amount of bready, doughy sweetness.

Taste- Sweet fruitiness, doughy malts, sweet honey, pineapple bread, citrus zest, and a dry herbal hop finish.

Feel- Light bodied, crisp and clean. Good amount of sweetness up front with a nice creamy quality, but finishes dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Super drinkable with tons of flavor. Sweetness comes forward up front, lots of fruits, and then a crisp, dry finish. There is a certain doughy, bready quality throughout which is real enjoyable.

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Photo of Ejsheaffer
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a perfect blend of hoppiness for sunmmer!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another on-tap only "pub exclusive'" from the fine folks at the GLBC. Served to me in a pint glass, this beer draws a very clear, light to medium golden color with a white head that's initially in inch thick when first served to me that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with several small to medium sized cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface. Has pretty good lacing. Aromas of crisp, somewhat grainy, slightly sweet malts that gives way to a nice floral hop smell. The taste is pretty much the same, wiith a slightly sweet, grainy malt flavor that gives way to big floral hop bitterness. Although the bitterness dominates here, it is mainly a refined bitterness that doesn't punch your that's tenure in the face. There's also a bit of a peppery spice flavor here too than follows the floral hips and that lingers on the tongue and the inside of the mouth. This is a very nice touch as far as I am concerned. Has a fairly crisp, yet also smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and a fairly sry aftertaste. An interesting and overall enjoyable offering from the GLBC.


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Photo of still_thedragon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TheDuvvv
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Gkguliani
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jaketothemax1000
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went up to glbc for lunch and decided to get a glass of aloha cause what the hell. this beer is clear yellow with meduim head retention. smell was citrusy to match lots of aromatic hops. This beer is especially hoppy for a blonde ale; its almost like a light american pale ale. It had medium to light body and suprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of kirchy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of fullmoonbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayKay412
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Great Lakes around the end of August.

The beer is golden in color with a small head and some notable cloudiness. The head becomes a film quickly and there's just a bit of notable lace.

Smells of light citrus hops with a nice caramel and crisp malt base. This is certainly an Americanized version of the beer as the hops really give some nice fruitiness and citrus instead of the traditional noble hops.

"Aloha Ale" sounds like it should contain some coconut or something. While it's a relatively lighter beer in terms of flavor, it does pack some focused citrus and sweet malt into a nice little package. Orange, pineapple (is that the Aloha? makes sense), and a touch of grapefruit. Bitterness is light and finish is clean.

Nice carbonation, refreshing body, and a wonderfully clean finish. This beer is a pleasure to drink and I would certainly try it again next year. Another really good offering from Great Lakes, this one steps just a bit outside the box and makes it memorable.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. This was the best of the 3 samples I tried.

Pour is bright yellow, thin white head. Smell is light. Hints of grassy hops and a light malt backbone.

Taste was very balanced and light. Flashes of grassy hops, very light typical Great Lakes grainy malt bill, and a smoothness. I really like the drinkability here. Theres still a good amount of flavor, yet its light and drinkable.

Great Lakes answer to BMC!

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Photo of AHeaston8
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Aloha Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 26 ratings