Octopus Wants To Fight IPA
Great Lakes Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #199
Ranked #3,365
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Octopus Wants To Fight IPAOctopus Wants To Fight IPA
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had this multiple times from a bottle and draft and it is a very good IPA. It produces a strong head and a great citrusy malt flavor with a smooth finish.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in Sault Ste Marie whilst there for my son's hockey tournament . It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had dank ripe fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tangerine start and slight bitter grapefruit finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy amber/peach with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - tropical, citrus, earthy, and leafy hops, citrus and orange peel, hint of pineapple, hint of grapefruit peel, bready malts, caramel, and earthy fruity yeast.

Taste - tropical, citrus, earthy, and leafy hops upfront followed quickly into the citrus and orange peel, hint of pineapple, and hint of grapefruit peel. The bready malts, caramel, and earthy fruity yeast finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops and fruits lingering.

Overall - Another stellar IPA from Great Lakes. A highly flavourful and bold IPA that delivers on all fronts. A must try if you stumble across it!

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Jun 16, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a couple of these at lunch at Chop steakhouse.
On tap
Nice yellow orange semi haze. Nice thick white head.
Fairly juicy tropical smells and flavors
A little dry bitter finish. Pretty good beer. Nice to see in Canada

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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin, Jan 30, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a excellent IPA that any an enthusiast of any degree can enjoy. It is light enough not to gross out light weights, but IPA enough to enjoy the smooth semi-sweet taste. Aftertaste is enjoyable and the alcohol content is perfect.

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Celticvines from Ontario (Canada), Nov 30, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don’t generally love IPAs but the buzz around this one was too much to resist. Nice colour. A bit cloudy. Hoppy but not overly hoppy. This is the best IPA I’ve had so far.

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Steve0mac from Ontario (Canada), Nov 25, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed a standard 473 ml Canadian tallboy pint can. This is simply the best IPA I've had in Canada so far. Its flavor hits my bitter-citrus sweet spot. Needless to say, I will buy more and may take some back to the US in December. Obviously, it has a funny name as well. Does it really have 8 different hops?

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Oct 24, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imported from Ontario on a long weekend trip. Pours a bright hazy golden bronze colour with 1-2 finger tightly packed white head. Aroma is sweet citrus, caramel malt, with hints of pine. Taste starts with orange/citrus sweetness, some caramel, pineapple with only light hoppy bitterness. Creamy medium full mouthfeel with smooth finish.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Sep 14, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice local IPA, when its fresh its a top pick, not exactly like previous versions, a little more mellow - mild grassy and fruity notes balance big bitter hit.

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JunctionCat from Ontario (Canada), Aug 30, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 473 ml. can, bottom stamped “PKGD on 06 14 18,” into nonic pint. This is one of the most interesting IPAs I’ve had in quite a while. Rather than go traditionally piney or trendily juicy, Octopus brings it with both.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Aug 27, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Puke up yer dukes as this one has 8 hands to hit you with. But does s/he pack a punch? Let's find out.
Pours well into a tulip with orange/amber finish. Would have liked a bit more collar here. Nose is orange fruity finish with sweet grassy undertones. Very balanced and not overpowering here. Tastes also fruity with very light hop so as not to overwhelm. Surprisingly light for a 6.2% so this one is an excellent summer choice. Finishes very smooth with no aftertaste. New to IPA? This is a great starter. No need to pick a fight with this one, pull up an armchair....and make him a friend. A great find!

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Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Jun 17, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly misty straw coloured with a creamy head and dense lacing. Aroma citrusy floral - flavour: tropical fruit, floral citrusy hop. Full flavoured but refreshing and sessionable.

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eberesford from Ontario (Canada), May 28, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden colour with a thick white head. Bready citrus notes and mild tropical fruit notes. This transfers to the taste. The beer is medium bodied with a smooth and wet finish. This beer is a winner.

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MichaelGennings from Ontario (Canada), May 04, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden with no visible carbonation and 3 fingers of glassy, white head.

Smells of catnip, dope, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, umami, and a light sweetness.

Tastes of all of the above, but balanced perfectly, ending in a soft bitterness.

Medium body, and low carbonation, this brew totally covers the ABV.

Got today in Orillia, ON, drinking tonight in Muskoka. Excellent brew.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Apr 06, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orangey gold with amazing torrents of fine carbonation. The rocky, giant head lasts forever with tonnes of foam clinging to the glass. Tropical fruit hops abound in the aroma. Papaya, guava, blueberry, pineapple and pine hops in the taste. A biscuity malt profile takes second place but doesn't let the hops overshadow it. Light carbonation in the light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Lots of tropical notes and a medium bitterness lingers in the finish.

A fantastic IPA showcasing the awesome Mosaic hop. A must try for any hoppy beer fan - one of the best example sin Ontario.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Aug 03, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellowish green with an ample off white head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Smells of citrus tropical fruit and soda bread.

A nice bitter citrus (grapefruit) and pine bite giving way to sweet mango and orange, peach - trickling back to a carbonated malt backbone hints of biscuit and butterscotch.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Jul 07, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow-gold with a minimal white fizzy film and fluid lacing

Smell is citrus forward, mainly orange and lemon, with a lightly dank pop and a little biscuit. Taste is much the same, but with an added but light bitter pine and cracker, and hint of Sweet Tarts.

Frothy medium-full body with a semi-wet finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jun 19, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow gold with a tall white puffy head. Aroma includes lemon & grapefruit. Taste follows with lots of citrus & some bitter pine with nice carbonation & a smooth moderately full mouthfeel. Astringency lingers on the tongue. It's a nice IPA, dominated by citrus; not as complex in flavours as some, but I'm sure I will enjoy it again some time.

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Jesterr44 from Ontario (Canada), Apr 15, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should start by saying IPA/APA is not always my favourite. I’m not a hop-head – bitterness can turn me off and often leaves a soapy aftertaste. So it was with some surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

This beer was purchased in a 473 ml can from the LCBO and poured into a crystal pint glass.

This beer pours a golden apricot colour – with a lacy white head that lingers through the glass. Hazy in appearance with plenty of small bubbles. The aroma is of grapefruit, peach, and a mild hint of pine.

The taste is superb. The grapefruit is immediately noticeable with a very pleasant and lingering mango and peach flavour. The bitterness is very well controlled. It is rated at 88 IBU, and the hopiness is straightforward – but very well balanced – seeming more to enhance the fruit flavours.

On the tongue it has good levels of carbonation and enough body to carry the flavour profile. My only complaint (very minor) was that some of the flavours actually start to meld a bit too much as the beer warms. The can recommends that the beer is best enjoyed at 3-5 °C and I believe they are bang on with this as the lower temperature definitely helps preserve many of the individual flavours the make up this enjoyable brew.

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NeilW from Ontario (Canada), Apr 02, 2017
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ZOWEEEE...I drink tons of APAs and IPAs, and this one snagged me from the initial quaff...

Pours a hazy unfiltered gold, almost resembling a darker witbier.

The nose is beautiful, balanced hop sweetness, with some sweet citrus and a piney resin backup.

This tastes like an artfully crafted, balanced beer...I get sweet mango and red grapefruit on the front, with some solid bitterness that completely compliments on the back palate. Medium finish that begs for another sip.

I've had it I the can, and it's delightful. On tap, it's otherworldly.

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cjdenomme from Ontario (Canada), Mar 27, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a few cans of this at the brewery in Etobicoke.

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 88

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly creamy off-white head with good retention. Hazy amber orange in color with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end leaving lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Tropical fruit with mango, pineapple, passion fruit and some honeydew melon. Not quite as bold and hoped but it’s still really nice and fruity.

TASTE: Melon, mango, pineapple with some sweet caramel and toffee flavors up front. Flavorful for sure. More tropical fruits at the swallow with a bold and lingering aftertaste of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passion fruit and honeydew melon. Plenty of bitterness lingers. Really nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Lovely. I’m a huge fan of this hop profile, which is either Mosaic or one of the other new hops that it has influenced. Lots of wonderful tropical fruits and just the right amount of bitterness. Perhaps a little bolder nose would help bring this one up to the next stratosphere, but nevertheless, this is an excellent example of the style and perhaps the best IPA in the area right now. Definitely the most impressive Great Lakes IPA I’ve had to date. Give this one a shot if you see it. Highly recommended!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Aug 22, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
Canned on: Jul-28-2016
Thanks Steve!

Pours a fairly clear cold with three+ fingers of off-white, rocky, whipped cream head, stays at a steady fat little cap. Good retention; lots of solid globs of lacing. (4.5)

Zesty mixture of hay, citrus and floral aromas. Lemon, hay, grass, cracked pepper, sugar cookies and rubber, assorted yeast phenols, the tiniest bit of doughy yeast character. (4)

Dry bitterness with a light citrusy background. Hop tea with lemon zest, crackery malt, grass, light herbal bitterness in the finish. (4)

Medium carbonation medium-light body, dry finish, drinkable. (4)

This is a very good IPA.
Neither as piney as an old-school West Coast nor a cloudy juice bomb. Just a solid hoppy beer with a light malt presence.
It looks damn nice in the glass. Rich gold with a thick, hearty head, really clear. The aroma and flavor both feature floral/earthy hops with some underlying citrus/fruity aromas to brighten everything up. The malts do a good job of holding everything up. There is a little spicy yeast character that I am not sure would go well with every IPA, but here I like it. It gives a little extra spice to the beer.
All-in-all this is a good beer that I am glad to have gotten to try. Would have again. (4.25)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Aug 18, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into tulip 22/5/16 cheers billverstein for sending the can my way

A hazy golden yellow, lots of fine particles being moved around by slow bubbles, thumbs width of foam falls to half its starting size and stay there, pencil thin rings go deep down the glass, looks great

S lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, tropical notes of guava, pineapple and mango, catty and dank, lots of pine going on maybe a hint of hay smells as good as it looks

T lots of pine and citrus rind, has some of that vitamin C chewable thing going on, not the same complexity the nose had gong on but still tastes great

M medium weight, bubbles are prickly, big bitter snap, slick then gritty on the palate, big rind and pine linger strong

O I was liking this stuff from start to finish, has the intensity of a DIPA but drinks much lighter, I'd be all over these pint cans if I could buy them out here

Nice and fresh with plenty going on in something I could drink a couple of without getting bombed, this one should keep rising up the best of Canada for a while

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wordemupg from Alberta (Canada), May 22, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice citrusy floral hops with light bitter notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a mix of citrusy notes with some light bitter notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable IPA but it still ranks short of some of the other IPA made by this brewer

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), May 16, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one from Spring CanBIF 2016....thanks ckoop!

Pours with a solid white head, appearance is almost crystal clear. Nice aroma of tropical fruits. The body is fairly light. Taste is chock full of fruity hops with enough malt to balance everything out. Reminds me of a good session IPA but with a touch more body and alcohol. This would be easy drinking on a patio. Cheers!

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CurtisD from New Brunswick (Canada), May 09, 2016
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