Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Devil's Pale AleGreat Lakes Devil's Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bendythumb
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark as sin. Pours with a small thick head. Similar consistency to a stout. A muted smell of hops is present, nothing too unorthodox or particularly distinct for a pale ale. The taste of hops is present at once as the devil's brew enters my mouth. A heavy, heavy taste of malts sets in immediately afterwards, providing balance to the hops. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sublime - more carbonated than I would have expected for a brew this dark, but quite smooth none the less.

A great local Ontario brew for those that enjoy the more traditional pale ales but aren't afraid to try something different.

At first, I didn't understand why this brew was named the Devil's Pale Ale. After all, it's magnificently balanced and doesn't have an extreme kick, nor does it throw any curveballs. But after kicking back a couple, I noticed that I was rockin' quite the buzz. Perhaps it's smooth feel and balanced taste was more insidious than I had thought; perhaps the Dark Lord was truly behind this splendid ale.

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Photo of hunterjames
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 473 ml can of this from a beverage store in Niagra On The Lake, Canada when my wife and I went there a few months ago. This can has been sitting in my fridge ever since because I knew when I first picked this up that because it has 666 in its title, I wanted to save this beer to drink and review for my 666th beer review for and now that time has arrived! Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark amber color with a slightly tan/off white head that is about 1/2 inch thick or so when first poured. It eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice big cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface. The color is certainly darker than just about any other pale ale I have had before. Aromas of some toasty toasty caramel malt sweetness along with hints of brown sugar and molasses and some piney hops. The flavors pretty much follow suit, with nice roasted caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses sweetness upfront that gives way to a good piney hop bitterness along with some grapefruit citrus. A very nice mix and balance of flavors. The bitterness really lingers after each sip. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, slightly chewy, slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of my mouth and hangs around for awhile after each sip. Easy to drink, and you really just want to sip the hell out of this one and feel a bit regretful upon realizing the glass is almost empty. The devil made these guys brew a damn good, solid beer here!


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Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Well hopped. Hint of caramelized malt. Taste of nuts. Looks like a brown ipa.

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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 Jerboat
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark red in colour, big frothy head.
Smell - Hoppy indeed. Spicy.
Taste - Again, spicy, tasty, hoppy, citrus, all of ‘em.
Feel - Medium-to-full bodied. Smooth.
Overall - I always liked this one. Please keep it around. Was retired for a while.

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Photo of Finner80
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of yancot
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of JasonThaler
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of duimie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stevergca
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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