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Great Lakes Truth Justice And The American AleGreat Lakes Truth Justice And The American Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 117
Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a refreshing, uncomplicated, summer's day pale ale - and it is exactly what I am looking for in a pale ale. This is not the most amazing pale ale I've ever had - but it is like a good sli ce of pizza: how can anyone complain about it?

I think it carries a slight grapefruit aroma, with some nice bitterness and a touch of citrus and pine. Poured nicely from my keg with the perfect amount of carbonation. Autumn colored with nice clarity.

I was surprised at how little I paid for a sixtel of this. This could be a go-to beer for me

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a great session ale.....ranks with founders all day, etc. The golden clear ale had a nice white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries pine and orange peel. The taste carries the pine and slight spiced citrus through the drink and it finishes bitter but comes off the pallet nicely. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall.....YUMMY!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 06/08/2015. Acquired this through the mixed Spring variety pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a typical golden / sienna orange body with one finger of short-lived bubbly white head that fades to a ring. Some decent sticky scattered strands of lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A pungent, herbal, floral, hoppy aroma. Slight horseradish type aroma. Bready cereal / wheat / crystal malts.

T - Taste is much more bitter than I would have imagined, especially since it bears the tag "Session IPA" on the label. Herbal & floral hops, with good crisp bready crystal malt backing.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied with good carb. Moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

Overall, a fairly average 'Session IPA' from Great Lakes. Has a bit more of an earthy , bitter hop aspect to it that I don't normally find in a lot of other session IPA's. Worth a try, especially if you pick up the variety pack.

Great Lakes Truth, Justice And The American Ale -----3.5/5

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not my favorite session ipa, but not one I would refuse if offered to me either. its GLBC all the way. I am looking forward to trying the mosaic hopped session launching in January 2016

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Superb clear, bright orange, short white head, with some lacing.

S - Moderate pine, some minerality, slight sulfur note.

T - A strong bitter bite throughout, with a bright lemon citrus note, powerful herbal quality, with a nice cracker malt element to support the hops. Close narrows down to mild bitterness.

M - For a beer below 5%, this is a burly brew, with good carbonation, and a certain drying hit in the close.

O - Nothing small here, with a bright hop profile and a full, punchy feel. Solid.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is amber with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of eggshell head.

I get some bitter, earthy aromas. It smells metallic and of stewed greens.

The taste is strong mineral, dank, and earthy. There is bitterness and hints of citrus near the end.

Medium mouthfeel

The hop profile of this beer does not match my palate. It's decent, but there is just something that makes it off for me. It does get better as I drink it though.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/8/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, peach, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, peach, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Pours a nice honey amber color. There was almost no head on the pour. The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and the best by date (06/07/15)

S: [3.50] The nose is subdued but what I can detect I like. I am getting some tropical fruit scents.

T: [3.75] The taste doesn't exactly follow the nose. The overall flavor is nice. I am getting light pine, some nice tropical fruit in the middle. The finish is semi bitter but not prolonged.

M: [4.00] The carbonation is perceptible but not overdone. There is surprisingly a little body on this (surprised due to the low ABV). It is in the medium body range. There is a bitter finish but it is not harsh or cloying.

O: [3.75] I find this to be really pleasant. I like lower ABV beers that still have body and taste. This one fits the bill. The nose is a bit weak - but the overall flavor is really nice. I would definitely drink again in the future.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium amber color with some nice streams of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. Has a fluffy looking white head that is about 1/3 inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a big swirl of film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with some nice grapefruit, citrusy hop notes with some mango and pine hints as well. The taste is pretty much the same, with piney, grapefruit, citrus, and mango hop notes followed by some crystal caramel malt sweetness. Good balance of flavors, but the hop profile is a bit stronger. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth, somewhat frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Easy to drink in the good way, and a good choice on a very warm spring night here in Cleveland.


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Photo of TequilaTom
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Part of a Spring Variety Pack from Great Lakes. This one was probably my favorite. Light bodied with a nice tropical mango hop profile. Good beer to have after work. 4.8% abv won't knock you for a loop after the first one (unless you're a real lightweight!) Would like to try this on tap when I go to Great Lakes Brewery next weekend. Not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 6/10/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Glowing light orange with a one-finger head
S: Fresh hops (grapefruit/pine) with hints of caramel and malt
T: Pretty straight-foward ale, pine-forward hops along with some grapefruit rind and again hints of caramel and malt
M: Light-bodied, crisp and bitter
O: Nice session ale, my only minor issue is the pine is a bit strong and could be better balanced with a touch of sweetness or more citrus

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Co's Truth, Justice and The American Ale last week for $1.69 at The lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a session IPA today and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by June 10th, 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it goes with the info on the label and it's a little eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber color that took a slight orange hue when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end, but it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and it's the fruity hops that stick out the most imparting some citrus, tropical fruit and berry aromas with some green and slightly earthy hops showing up in the background. Up next comes some doughy yeast followed by the malts which impart some grainy, caramel malt, cereal malt and light toasted malt aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like the hop profile and it's more balanced than I expected.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they seem to the flavors that stick out the most in this beer. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast followed by the hops which are lighter this time and they impart more of a green hop flavor this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of sweetness with a malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I thought the malts were a little too dominating for the style.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, dry on the finish, medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation, The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty average for the style, the hop profile was nice, but I felt like the malts covered them up a little and I didn't get that nice hoppy punch that my favorite session IPA's have. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I would get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and hop profile, they were the highlights of this beer. What i like the least about this beer is that the malts stuck out a little too much for the style. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's many more Session IPA's that I would rather have, but I wouldn't turn one down. I can't say I would recommend it since I don't think it's a great example of the style. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but I was expecting a little more hop flavor and that made it just a little bit of a let down. It's not a favorite Great Lakes beer and I think it's average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this could use just a little work.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber with a quick dissipating head. Quite clear.

Smell- Quite floral and citric. Grapefruit, as well as pineapple aroma. Sweet malt as well.

Taste- Lightly toasted malt that takes a bit long to arrive. Watery flavor comes first. Following the mlat comes the citrus grapefruit taste. The finish is hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium light in body. Intermediate carbonation.

Overall- Fitting of the niche for an session "IPA" but lacking of flavor. Still has a hop profile. The water flavor preceded the malt. So so.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hops taste is like a saccharine, grassy, grapefruit taste. That probably sounds worse than it actually is. Still the taste lingers in the mouth and I find it hard to want two of these back to back. It's an interesting part of the latest sampler pack by Great Lakes but not the highlight.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The new Great Lakes sampler is quite good, showing off what can be done with various lighter styles. Its easy to have big taste in a big beer, but these do it well with little brews.

This one pleases all the way. You open it to a deep golden red color. Fine bubbles linger as a minor but lovely head.

The aroma is a big advertisement of a hoppy experience to come. The taste is fresh, hoppy, bitter, and clean. As expected, it is not at all malty.

The aftertaste is clean. It says, let's have several.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I never did like Superman... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises candied grapefruit peel, honey, and light powdered sugar. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, leek, light Connecticut tobacco, and chlorophyll-lacking greens (you know, the pieces of iceberg lettuce your parents try to avoid because they don't have the nutritional value of spinach and the like). The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly crisp finish. Overall, this "session IPA" just didn't do it for me. The hops run too far to the vegetable aisle, and the body makes sure nothing lasts for long regardless.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not a bad looking ale very clear orange yellow tint with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Good lace ring.
S - Very citrus strong herbal hops smell. Malts are their but mild. Almost IPA like.
T - I quite like it very herbal but balanced hop to malt taste with no lingering bitterness afterwards.
M - Quite good balanced body light to medium and easy to pound.

Overall great beer I would get again I also see this as a pale ale not an IPA and because of this it is stellar.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 06/07/15, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear bright golden-orange. Fine strands of persistent lacing. Thin white foam ring.

Smell: Very hoppy. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, floral, pungent.

Taste: All hops - if there is malt in here I can't taste it. Fresh cut tropical fruit, pine, citrus rind, leafy, tart. Bitter lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a watery mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a hoppy beer, but I need more malt with my hops. Still, enjoyable and I could see myself having another one another night, but not in the same sitting.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 6/11/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that fades slowly leaving solid retention and okay lacing. The aromas have hints of sweet grapefruit along with some greasy malts. Cracker is in the mix. Pretty floral as well. The flavors are pretty bold for such a small beer. Malts are there. Tons of citrus. More grapefruit along with hints of orange. Very floral. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's light, but very creamy and fluffy. Extremely smooth. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink. Refreshing stuff.

This is a solid Session IPA. It can also pass as a classic pale ale. It's nothing flashy, but simply well executed. It's like a lighter version of Commodore Perry or Rye of the Tiger.

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Photo of sdface
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a full tasting session IPA! I was surprised at how full the flavor is as I have been let down by many session IPAs due to the watered down taste...this offering from Great Lakes is quite good as they found a way to keep the alcohol low by not compromising the IPA flavor. The aroma is amazing and the balance of hops and malt is perfect. This should be in a 12-pack as it is perfect for any occasion!

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Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 06/11/15

Crystal-clear gold with an off-white head of frothy foam. Bright, oily hop aromas: leafy dankness, spicy citrus, pineapple, and marijuana. Leafy, resinous flavor with a slight metallic twinge. Herbal greenness, pine, bitter fruitiness, and crackers. Crisp, easy-drinking feel, finishing oily yet dry. Solid.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty ambae color with a beige head. The head was medium sized and pretty dense. It lasted a long while.
The aroma was all over the place no doubt due to the amount of hops used.
It has a dankness in the aroma but inside one can smell grapefruit, passionfruit, tea, pine and much, much more.
Drinks on the bitter and dry side, with a sweet clean ending. It is slightly hoppy in taste and mildly malty. It drinks like most session in the style but this one foregoes the watery washed out feel.
I liked this beer it was very good.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Truth Justice And The American Ale brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., with an ABV of 4.8% This brew pours out deep amber color, with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with hops and grain and malts. There is a bitter sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is bitter sweet. There is a sweetness at first, then a smooth bitterness at the end. You can pick up on the hops in this brew. The mouthfeel of is rich and smooth. There is a lot going on in Great Lakes Truth Justice And The American Ale. There is nothing overpoweing about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You Great Lakes Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truth, Justice and the American Ale:

Great Lakes Website Description
A light session beer with an heroic amount of hop flavor and aroma.

ABV: 4.9% ABW: 3.9% IBU: 35

My Review:

Enjoyed this brew on tap over Thanksgiving weekend at the Brewery. This is a brew pub exclusive limited release.

A gorgeous session pale ale, with an excellent floral-citrus nose, a juicy hop flavor, with a kiss of bitterness, and fully balanced by the bready malt. A hazy orange color. Possibly brewed with a small amount of wheat suggested by the softness of mouthfeel. A great brew that I would love to see bottled and distributed (to Philadelphia)!

Once again Great Lakes delivers a superb brew. It reinforces my opinion that Great Lakes is one of America's best breweries. Every beer in their line up displays the brewery's superior skills at crafting exceptional ales and lagers. Give GREAT LAKES a try and you'll see!

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Great Lakes Truth Justice And The American Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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