Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Orange Peel AleGreat Lakes Orange Peel Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
In our quest to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty spring and summer beer. Handcrafted with five specialty malts and five varieties of hops, along with just a touch of honey, we added heaps of fresh oranges and peels into the boil. A little different, you say? We sure hope so. Orange Peel Ale balances the unique flavour of oranges with generous amounts of hops to achieve a slightly fruity and refreshing taste.

Added by pootz on 04-10-2007

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3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As much as I absolutely love most of the beers brewed by Great Lakes, this is not their most flavourful ale and was purchased solely to formally review it.

Pours an attractive orange with minimal white head that disappears quickly. Grain-forward aroma with only a hint of orange (marmalade?), and nearing the end of the 650 mL bottle, it is getting increasingly harder to discern. Its sweet taste lacks a lot of complexity, but malted barley provides a solid foundation. I can't detect orange pith as such, but there is orange flesh, with a mild bitterness in the finish.

An excellent transition beer that may pull the less adventurous towards the world of craft brewing.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, kind of sweet to dry. In the taste, dry orange citrus and a small dry hop presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy hop in the aftertaste. Dry orange citrus in the nose and a nice earthy hop flavor, not too shabby.

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2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; no production date. I usually get a craving for witbiers around this time of year, but I wasn't able to find any new ones, so this seemed like a decent compromise.

Pours a light amber-orange, completely translucent, topped with slightly more than a finger of sparkling, off-white coloured head. It lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a thin, creamy, even cap on the surface. Attractive, but nothing to write home about. Rather bland aroma, which is a shame because as far as fruit beers go, the smell is one of the few aspects I will usually really enjoy. It is comprised of hints of orange citrus, with an underlying backbone of light, malty honey sweetness.

The taste is ok, but I am not encouraged to give it any more praise than that. I'm seriously having trouble coming up with adjectives to describe the taste because there just isn't anything of substance to talk about. Even the orange notes are surprisingly subdued, which makes me wonder if this is just an expired bottle or something. What little flavour there is can be placed into one of the following three categories: diluted orange citrus; lightly honeyed biscuity malt sweetness; and gentle hop bitterness (which becomes more pronounced at the end of the sip). Medium-bodied, without the heavy soda-pop carbonation I find in most fruit beers. Easy to drink.

Final Grade: 2.74, a lame C-. I honestly feel bad about giving it such a low score - I like Great Lakes and I've never had a bad beer from them before, but their Orange Peel Ale is just profoundly unimpressive in every sense of the word. Stale bottle? Given the weak aroma and taste (and lack of any sort of date or code anywhere on the bottle), this seems like a significant possibility. Given that, I may consider retrying this in the future, but it would have to be on-tap or directly from the brewery. I would recommend serving this relatively well-chilled (i.e. similar to the temperature you'd drink a macro lager at).

The bottom line is simple: if this really IS expired, GLB putting a date on the bottle would have easily prevented me from buying this and posting a bad review of what may very well be an adequate beer... because to be fair, it doesn't taste *bad*... it just tastes bland. If it ISN'T expired... well, then I don't really understand why anyone would want to drink it at any price, let alone 5 bucks a bottle. As it stands, there is no way I would recommend this to anyone for anything, because in my opinion, it is neither a good fruit beer, nor a good amber. Passing this over would be no big loss.

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3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass. No date.

A- Slightly hazy orange pour with a soapy two finger white head. Lacing is sticky sheets around the glass.

S- Slight biscuit, floral and citrus hops and a sweet orange presence. Slightly dry smelling.

T- Sweet biscuits, floral hops and a slightly faint orange presence. Juicier than the aroma. I get orange but it doesn't jump out at me like I thought it would.

M- Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O- Refreshing Summer beer. Not as much orange as I was expecting but not bad for what it is.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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