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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 timeā€¦

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Photo of bobsy
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a rocky white head, that leaves impressive lacing throughout. Sweet malty aroma is somewhat subdued and one-dimensional, but pleasant. Initial tasting reveals a large amount of caramel and biscuit, rounded off by a hoppy bitterness. Although the bitterness remains for the duration, the other flavours become a little less prominent as the drink warms. The mouthfeel is well balanced and medium, with a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation. The drinkability on this one is reasonably high and sessionable.

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Photo of jackorain
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap on a recent trip to Toronto. Let's start with this:

American Pale Ale my ass!

A-Copper, clear, nice white head fell to a nice thin bu consistent coat and laft a little bit of lace. Okay so far, lloks like an APA.

S-Here where everything falls apart. All there is a lttle carmel malt and a hint of floral hops. Bear in mind though that thr nose is very very subdued.

T-Carmel malt, a little biscuit malt. The floral hop from the nose is not presnet. There is a bit of funk on the finish. very odd, Maybe this is the Canadain interpretation of the APA, but it ain't mine.

M-Light body, quite fizzy

D- not really.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The more beer I try from Great Lakes the better they get. Devil's Pale Ale pours with a large off white head, great lacing and retention. Has a clear dark brown color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, fruits, chocolate and floral hops.

Tastes of chewy roasted malt, whole grain bread, a bit of chocolate, fruity, then the hops come in full force to balance everything. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Coffee, brown sugar, chocolate. Mostly malt dominated aroma.

Looks: Average sized head. Poor head retention. A spot of lace. Brownish, copper in colour.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, chocolate. Some lemony citrus flavours. Biscuity malt flavour.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Medium bodied. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall, it's a good Beer. Quite tasty. I's moreish.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a pretty cool looking 473ml tall can into a rhinelander glass. Big 666 road sign on the front of the can looks kinda bad ass.

A- is a murky brown with an off-white head that settles down a 1/4 inch thick layer of foam lacing all the way till the end of the glass.

S- some malts, but generally of dark fruit.

T- fairly sweet tasting malts with tonnes of dark fruit flavors(plums, raisins). Hops are not has dominant as the fruity character but lend a subtle bitterness in the end.

M- full bodied, very smooth, syrupy in some ways, moderate carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall I wasn't expecting it to be so fruity but its good. I think its only available in the fall.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an evil can purchased at the LCBO, 11/5/07, this poured a deep red, certainly not pale by any stretch, but left an abundant head and TONS of lacing, very pretty. Smell is somewhat malty, reminiscent of a Brown Ale. Flavor is unique, the initial flavor is weak bodied, but the finishing aroma is very pleasant, sweet, smooth and very subtle traces of caramel-toffee in there. I found this beer to be delightfuly smooth and very easy to drink.

Calling this a Pale Ale is a stretch, but it is a good beer nonetheless. I'd recommend this satanic offering as a cross between an English style brown ale, and a English style mild ale.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this out of the cask at Volo's Cask Days, final session; this is the Devil's Pale Ale 666 out of a can. Dark brown, mahogany in colour with a tan head. Nicely carbonated and with good lacing. The smell on opening is malt, toast, vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, tasty hint of bitter dark chocolate, almonds. The can messaging tells of 6 select malts and 4 premium hops having gone into this recipe and I can tell you, it shows. The hoppy presence is really entertaining. Very nicely balanced bitterness and malt, like it was on cask, but here with a lingering chicory finish and the odd flash of sweetness, like a fleeting coffee liqueur. As it was in the cask, it's exceptionally well balanced and a pleasure to drink, I score the appearance and smell higher today giving it a higher overall score. As the brewery says, I found this 'devilishly good' on both occasions.

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Photo of shamus
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Anything called the Devil's Pale Ale really ought to be scary bold to drink. even if it had tasted like fermented shoes hopped with rotten eggs it would have made more sense than this very ordinary beer. No head. Chalky gritty aftertaste. An interesting floral smell but no flava. Boo on you devil. You have no taste. I guess that's why the call your abode Hell. Poor Devil.

Addendum: the devil is a wily creature and after finishing this brew I'm much more enchanted by it's flava. it sneaks up on me to the point at which i would say it is not at all bad. i'll let my original rating stand however since i am clearly under satanic influence right now.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some medium notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some medium caramel malt with a slightly bitter ending. Hops presence was more subdued then what I had expected with some medium carbonation. Interesting but not necessarily something I would go back to very often.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. (The can is 6.0% alcohol - a bit different from the initial 6.6% alc draft release.) Pours a dark brown - quite unlike a normal pale ale. Aroma isn't too strong, but somewhat malty. Flavour is mainly malt. Some hops - but not a lot - are there for some balance. I wouldn't call this a pale ale by any stretch. It's a decent beer, but closer to a brown ale in style. This isn't what I was trying to buy, so I'm disappointed.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hmm. Pale ale eh? This one's more than a shade darker than pale with a sizable but loose cream colored head that drops quickly.

S - Malty and fruity for the most part, some apple and funk as well when I get my nose right into it.

T - Toasty. Has a strong roasted character with that toasty astringency. Somewhat tart up front as well, with lots of fruitiness. Definitely malt-dominated, this one. Finish is bitter, but without much in the way of hop flavour or aroma.

M - Heavy and slightly syrupy.

D - I dunno. As a rich, heavy brew it's not bad, but I would get tired of it very quickly. It gives an impression of being very heavy and blunt-instrument.

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Photo of crwills
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll review the canned version of this, although I think I had it on tap at some point.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber-gold into a pint glass, with a small, short-lasting head. Lots of lacing on this one. Aroma is on the sweet side, with strong brown-sugar presence and mild fruit. Flavour is all malt, which is not what I was expecting at all. Mild-to-medium metallic notes when first sipped. Hops are almost undetectable, and I would have liked to see them a little more prominent, although I can appreciate this style of pale ale as well. Great mouthfeel!

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% ABV. I'd classify this as an American Amber.

A: Deep amber-brown, light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Incredible brown sugar aroma, with a hint of citrus, caramel & bready malt.

T: Treacle, dark caramel, dark fruit, dark bread, hints of chocolate, light orange-citrus, light spicing; balanced slightly to the bitter side. Alcohol is hidden under the plethora of malt. I think it's too dark & malty for a pale ale... but it's a great amber.

M: Heavier than moderate body, strong malty backbone & not too syrupy, moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable & balanced, but a little big to session.

Why not call it Devil's RED ale.

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Photo of wjimson
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 pootz
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled fresh from a tap at the brewery.

Poured a deep copper-red with a tight sticky tan colored cap...looks like a Marzen!

Aroma is very interesting...some dried fruits, caramel, bready, wet hay, some mustiness..you can smell a good mix of malt types in this brew...very nice

Rich malt spine,... medium bodied,... thick silky mouth feel,...malty rounded charcater.

Up front you chew into a good dose of lushious malts, then hops, yeast-made phenols and malt mix collide mid palate and decent layered complexity is released...dried fruits, cocoa, treacle, toasted rye, citrus, birchwood...great taste...finishes wet where the toasted-caramel tastes congeal and the herbal/medicinal bittering hops show up to mix with the burnt husk astringency of the black patent malts.

Very unique as an ale...defies style stereotyping...but I enjoyed it because it has some of the great rich malty-toasty complex tastes of a bock and a bock's well rounded drinkability.

Very nicely done, I enjoyed this thick rich bock-like ale and hope to see it next year..

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last review from notes from the Toronto Beer Festival. This is the beer I was interested in the most beforehand, and was probably the biggest letdown.

It poured a dark sherry color with a small head and minimal lacing. The aroma is bready and chocolatey with just a small amount of earthy, herbal hops, a little sweet. The taste is sweet malts all the way with some dark fruits noticeable. Biscuit and grain husks mix with estery tropical fruit and warming alcohol in the finish. Hops are noticeable and very British thoughout, though they just arent assetive enough. The mouthfeel is thick with malty sweetness and lightly carbonated.

This beer is OK, though I was expecting a lot more hops, possibly even IPA territory.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown/red, thick off white head forms, settles down to a ring, but laces on the glass. Smell is sweet, very malty, some floral hops, little bit of chocolate graininess. Taste is sweet up front, toffee and floral hops, grains, some citrus, tiny bit of chocolate, I was under the impression it would be hoppier, but the malt was nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad although not a pale ale in my opinion, more like a hoppy brown ale. Best beer from Great Lakes however.

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