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Great Lakes Devil's Pale AleGreat Lakes Devil's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released in the fall of 2006, this was our first seasonal ale. However, the incredible response prompted us to make it available all year long on draught and in 473 ml cans. Brewed with 6 select malts and 4 premium hops, it has a rich mahogany colour, reminiscent of early English pale ales. The wonderful hoppy aroma is revealed even before your first sip, followed by a hearty malty body, and culminating with a pronounced bitterness. Prepare yourself for a devilishly good time…

Added by Viggo on 08-12-2006

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Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - dark mahogany color capped by a nice fluffy two finger tan head. Too dark to see much inside the beer in term bubbles or clarity. Good retention and some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - mild caramel malts balanced by a leafy hop aroma dominate. It's pretty straightforward, but well executed.

Taste - leafy hop flavours that turn into a grapefruit citrus flavor with some lemon. Some caramel mealtimes in between but this is fairly hop forward for an English ale.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Reasonable well carbonated and great feel overall.

Overall - this is a beer that isn't outstanding in any area but is just really solid across the board, highly drinkable, with enough hop forward presence for hopheads but a nice balance that will appeal to newer craft beers drinkers. Really solid and should be a staple in my fridge going forward.

Update - Re-reviewed December 6, 2014. Comments are largely the same, but overall, this was even more delicious than the last time I had it. Most of the time when revisiting beers they can only meet (or sometimes fail to live up to) whatever rating I had previously given them. This is one that has a great big flavor bomb especially as far as English ales go. Nothing subtle about it, but really great for my taste buds.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

A canned craft beer with a Satanic theme, references to the number of the beast (666). Should we be playing some Iron Maiden before we open this can?

A tan big, bubbly head forms, good enough retention to get by. Dark tawny color, but not so dark that the clarity is hard to see. Smells of caramel and a bit of butterscotch, a little grainy with a slight woody herbal hop as well. High level of smoothness with a creamy, slick full body. Maltiness is thick on the palate with lots of toasted grain throughout, malt sweetness kicks in with tones of caramel and cake batter. Hint of buttery and pear-like fruitiness from the yeast and alcohol. Hops show some balance with a mild bitterness and thick leafy herbal taste which does not last long as the toasted grain finishes with a semisweet toasted, almost roasted flavor.

Two words, "Malt Bomb." Malty and sweet but still somewhat balanced, it sort of reminds us of what Bass Ale used to taste like ... sort of. A decent English Pale Ale with or without a nod from The Devil.

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Photo of gingerbread
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R_Kole
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Dalia
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RastaRhino420
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer with a cool concept and a nice fruity smell that feels good in your mouth. Not to big a fan of the extremely bitter after taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked this one up after passing by it so many times at the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. Very dark amber, almost pushing into red ale territory. About a centimetre of white head, dissolved quickly into a ring. A few scattered flecks of lacing.

The nose is a bit muted, but I get mostly caramel and malts. Maybe a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

A nice, bitter ale. Sweet malts, bread and caramel mix well with bitter hops in the finish. Ended bitter, but not powerfully so. A very balanced brew, I quite enjoyed it. Similar in some respects to Mill St. Tankhouse.

Moderate body, carbonation is light and balanced.

A winner from Great Lakes. I'll definitely pick this one up again!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Ontario goodness in a can. Cheers to biegaman. Pours with a nice head. Not much smell. Thick and creamy. Nice malt taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. A drinkable brew. Good "gimmick" with the 666. I am not too familiar with the English pale ale style but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Very nice pouring beer! Beer pours with a decent amount of cascading of the head then slows down to about a solid 3 inch light brown head. Beer is a nice deep auburn colour with a decent amount of carbonation. Solid amount of lacing does occur.

Smell - I can smell a slight amount of caramel and a nut based brew. There is a decent hope smell as well to this beer.

Taste - Nice tasting beer with a decent amount of character. the beer offers a nice hint of nuts to the tasting as well as a lasting taste. Slight hint of caramel in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - Decent amount of carbonation on the mouthfeel. The beer is very light on the palette, however, offers a nice light creamy feeling. The aftertaste tends to linger more after the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A solid beer that i would look for again. This is a nice beer that brings a decent amount of nuts to the tasting. Very good choice on a cool night like tonight!

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Photo of wjimson
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at C'est what. Decent standard dark brown colour. The nose is not that noticeable, but then the taste is above the average brew. Even though it does have the characteristics of a dark pale ale, the flavours were a bit subdued. Not bitter. Decent hop flavour that blends in very well with the alcohol, which is not noticeable. Refreshing and very drinkable. I wish they serve this at more places in Ontario. Will likely drink this again.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the can and description on this, and I’m quite impressed they were able to brew the beer with all of those 666 statistics- very cool concept. Pours a clear copper with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malts, citrus, floral notes, and earthy notes. Flavor of pine resin, floral hops, caramel malts, citrus, and wood. Bitter finish. Light-medium bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and above average carbonation. The devil made me drink it.

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Photo of pwoods
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grub for this extra at DLD.

16oz. can poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Very deep amber pour, nearly opaque. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Mostly malts and they're odd. Very sweet and they remind me of an aged English Barleywine, though not nearly as potent or alcoholic. Some toffee notes as well as some defined butterscotch.

T/M: Butterscotch is much more pronounced in the taste. Bittersweet and rich. Hops are completely gone. More of toffee notes but with an added medicinal or metallic taste. Body is medium and carbonation has survived.

D: Not a terrible brew but not something that I'd be interested in again. Glad I got the opportunity to try it, though. Thanks, Russ!

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of clocktower
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend went on holiday to Ontario and brought this back for me to try.

Poured from 500ml can into a standard pint glass.

Produces about 2 fingers of off dense off-white foam that dissipated somewhat quickly to a thin cap that lasts the duration.

The first thing that comes to the nose is malt. Carmel malt, and lots of it. beyond that is a some sourness and hops and some fruity esters that I couldn't quite identify and some diacetyl.

The first thing I tasted was bitter carmel malt in near perfect balance with the hops, there are some spicy and sour esters lurking within and again diacetyl and a unidentified fruit aroma.

Thick and heavy almost too heavy, but there's a lively fizz to this beer and a nice warming sensation.

Overall this one is slow going, but that's juts fine as it allows you to better enjoy it. It's really a shame that it's not being brewed any more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What.

I've had a few cans of this before, mostly because I dig their follow-through with the whole 666 theme.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves some thin webbed lace around the glass. It smells of caramel malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, and somewhat acrid, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body average in weight, with some thinning acidity, and it finishes with a ramp up of the hops, the soapy, piney flavours increasing noticeably.

This seems like a cross between a basic American and English IPA, hop-wise.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for korguy123 for this one. Poured from a 473ml can into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy brownish/tan color. Very little head which dissipated quickly.

S: A slight hop aroma to start which transitions into a much maltier overtone.

T: Much maltier on the palate than on the nose, some caramel as well. The hops are there, but a bit more subdued. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Fuller bodied than most Pales I have had. Has good drinkability. Overall I am very happy with this beer. Love the fact that it is in a can and the cans design as well.

High level of smoothness with a creamy, slick full body.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a brown or scotch with molasses and licorice in nose. Lots of lace on a brown body. On tap at Volo. Dry, with the above flavours, lots of different malt variety, caramel and hops kick into the finish. Best Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario) by a football field.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprising dark red with oodles of bubbly foam. Loads of sticky lacing, I can still see my first sip.

Aroma is almost all fruity malt, beautiful.

A very malty brew. Dark fruit, fresh brown bread, molasses and burnt caramel. Linerging lightly toasted grain. Slightly disapointing finish, a little wattery going down and nothing where you would expect the hops to provide some sustained bitterness.

Great mouth feel. Low carbonation and chewy in the mouth. Drinkability, I could go for another right now, but I can see getting a little sick of them after more than a couple. A great, surprising beer, will become one of my go-to's.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bubbly amber brown, two fingers of tan head retained very nicely,
S - mild earthy and grassy notes with some grainy and nutty accents
T - front is surprisingly malty with nutty and toffee flavours, followed by earthy and peppery hops with very faint citrus, definitely balanced
M - medium body, somewhat creamy, just a touch of bitterness
O - a very tasty and drinkable pale that is built on hop-malt balance, could use a little more hop prominence in my opinion but it definitely works as is

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Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of heebes
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with lots of head. Dissipates at a normal rate without much lacing.
I could smell the pale ale upon opening. Nice strong scent of fruits; oranges and either malts or hops.
Tastes much the same, bitter beginning which lasts awhile.
Very smooth to drink, kind of feels watery though. The hop flavour lingers tastes bitter the whole way through.
Overall I have to say I'm fairly impressed by this Canadian brewery. Its certainly a good start/offering for a bland Can. market, but I can't see myself returning to it often.
I believe the recipie for this brew has been altered recently, not sure if this is the new style or olde. Marked with an E on the bottom of the can.

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 194 ratings