Pompous Ass Pale Ale
Great Lakes Brewery

Pompous Ass Pale AlePompous Ass Pale Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #19
Ranked #30,033
3.77 | pDev: 9.55%
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Pompous Ass Pale AlePompous Ass Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Bloody 'L Pale Ale
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 134 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of InspectorHound
InspectorHound from Canada

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the colour of orange pekoe tea. Two finger long lasting head. Five minutes after the pour there is still a small head on top of the beer.
Smells lightly of flowers and lemon.
Tastes of tea, and orange zest.
Dry finish with soft bitterness. Nice smooth mouthfeel.
Nothing over the top with this beer, everything at play is well balanced.
A good choice session type ale, earning a strong B to weak B+

Feb 23, 2020
Photo of Alexc11
Alexc11 from Canada

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber -on the burnt orange side - with medium head and retention. Caramel and citrus flavour with a hint of malt. Aromas though are harder to detect. Light tasting and slightly bitter and carbonated. Not overly memorable but an enjoyable beer nonetheless!

Feb 16, 2020
Photo of OktoberfestHoss
OktoberfestHoss from Canada

3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1st impression: very nice presentation with "beer snob" on the can and a "brewers intent" type statement about the beer.

Appearance: kind of looks like a watery mud puddle in colour. Brown and opaque with lots of "chunks" floating throughout. Rather still with little apparent carbonation or rising bubbles. Head was very quick to dissipate in standard English pub pint glass. Some lacing on the glass, but very little true head

Nose: distinct citrus hops nose but not overpowering.quite pleasant and invites you to drink it!

Taste: Slightly bitter initially on tip of tongue but mellows as it spreads over the taste buds to a nice, smooth citrus flavour of grapefruit. Very mild carbonation and nice full mouth feel. lingering taste that dries as it spreads. low to medium pucker power.

Rezenz: Fresh crisp taste with no hint of the particulate matter that can be seen when looking through the glass. not so hoppy as to overwhelm the malt.

Overall: Very nice APA style but not what I would consider an EPA. IBU 25. Quite quafable. Nice easy finish and not too tart. I will buy this one again. Nice fall beer while watching the colours change.

Jan 06, 2018
Photo of MichaelGennings
MichaelGennings from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delicious offering from Great Lakes Brewery. Creamy coloured head and the beer is a hazy light brown.

The smell is citrus and pine - very lightly done but so pleasant. The taste is similar but the notes are a bit stronger.

The beer is light to medium bodied and the finish is dry.

4.2% alc. 25 IBUs.

I really enjoy this beer. It’s so well done.

Nov 22, 2017
Photo of patre_tim
patre_tim from Thailand

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber and cloudy, with very little carbonation. Topped with five fingers of frothy, fluffy, beige head.

It smells very fruity and very floral. It smells of citrus, lemon zest, toffee and caramel.

It tastes of tea, Carmel, burnt rubber, and lemon zest.

Medium body, with low carbonation. Slightly Tanic feel.

I got this one at LCBO in Waterloo, drinking November 18, 2017.

Nov 19, 2017
Photo of swillmeister
swillmeister from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep copper colour. Opaque, almost as if unfiltered.

Citrusy, grapefruit nose

Judicious use of hops. Well balanced..avoids the mistake that so many brewers have of overpowering their brew so that all you taste is hops

Overall a very well balwncd beer with a perfect balanceof. Hops. Would buy again

Oct 12, 2017
Photo of eberesford
eberesford from Canada

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can: Claims tobe an "English Ale" but there is some noticably American hopping. Pours slightly hazy deep copper colour with a thinnish off white head and moderate lacing. Aroma: grapefruity, floral, clover, caramelly, Flavour has, in addition, some honey. The bitterness in the body balances the sweetness nicely although there is a hint of metal in the back - not overly intrusive though and the overall impact is a fresh, well balanced, very quaffable beer.

Sep 22, 2017
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a cream colored head with good retention leaving a nice trail of lace.

Tropical fruit and citrus with a bready malt touch.

A nice quick hit of tropical and citrus fruit - peach, mango, grapefruit - balanced by a biscuit malt backbone with touch of butterscotch.

Jul 09, 2017
Photo of Easton70
Easton70 from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver I am trying some Ontario beers and this is one of the first....in a can. This has some tropical fruits in the aroma but the taste and mouthfeel are very smooth with limited bitterness. I tried this once before and remember being very impressed and it has not disappointed on the second taste about a month later. A great session ale.

Jul 06, 2017
Photo of swim
swim from Canada

2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A dark orange brown colour, nearly opaque. It's absolutely full of very large suspended particles... It's a fresh can so that's probably intentional.

S: Faint grapefruit citrus toasty aroma.

T: Somewhat deep toasty balanced flavour with a just hint of grapefruit and citrus. Not sweet or bitter, pretty boring . The taste quickly fades away leaving a clean aftertaste.

F: Rather flat, a bit drying.

O: Too boring, not much flavour to be pompous about. The only exceptional thing about this beer is the amount of chunky particulate matter in it.

Apr 23, 2017
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent had mild hop. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is a slight bitter hop finish. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Jan 15, 2017
Photo of mortsbrews
mortsbrews from Canada

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pretty disappointing. Pours a nice darker colour. Then taste profile comes across messy - some caramel, some tea, an earthy presence. Hard to get through the can.

Dec 24, 2016
Photo of Tsar_Riga
Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body, mostly hazy close to opaque, orange highlights, off white, slightly speckled, lots and lots of tight lacing. Looks great.

S - Mild tea notes, a bit of mint, caramel and bread malt. A touch of lemon.

T - Follows the nose, with strong tea notes, lemon, a bit of orange, earthy bitter notes in the close.

M - A bit sticky, touch of drying in the close.

O - A very nicely crafted beer. Balanced. Lovely.

Sep 12, 2016
Photo of Cramshawbar
Cramshawbar from Canada

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I actually like Great Lakes Brewery. They have some decent brews (with Audrey Hopburn being the favourite thus far).
It is with disappointment then that I have tasted this nondescript beer. There is really no redeeming quality here. I challenge anyone to remember the taste. I seriously doubt you can, chiefly because there really isn't any.
Other than the great name (quite misplaced as it may be), GLB should work on refining this brew.

Apr 10, 2016
Photo of Chris_r2112
Chris_r2112 from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Darker than I expected. Light brown colour. Very cloudy. About one finger of head.

Smell: Heavy pine and grapefruit. Lightly sweet. Little bit of white bread.

Taste: Earthy hops, along with grapefruit, pine, lemon, dry bitter finish. Bread and saltine crackers on the back end as well.

Feel: Light-Medium body, medium carbonation. Like I said previously, this one finishes incredibly dry. Almost too dry.

A solid English Ale. I'm a fan of the robust notes of citrus. Definitely an above average beer, but it lost points based on its okay mouth feel.

Feb 04, 2016
Photo of smirks
smirks from Canada

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tall boy can from LCBO. Chilled. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy medium amber color. Impressive inch or more of beige-colored foamy head with good retention.

Smell: Malty. Earthy. A little molasses like, and something sweet like roasted carrots.

Taste: Also malty and earthy. Pumperknickel. And very bitter hops at the finish. A little unremarkable, but serviceable. Would have liked a little more caramel to balance this one out. I would say that this is close to style, just not as exciting or drinkable as I wanted it to be.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light-bodied, with minimal carbonation in the sip. I wanted just a little bit more body here.

Overall: Fine. Pairs excellently with a beef stew or other hearty red meat based dish. Falls a little short in both flavour and drinkability for me.

Feb 01, 2016
Photo of RQuigley
RQuigley from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This tasting was opened as my Day 8th of beer in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.
Number 8 - 473ml can - 4.2% - 28IBU
Pompous Ass English Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing. It’s an English Pale Ale style (EPA). I have enjoyed this light beer for some time and it is light. rq @RorQuig

Dec 08, 2015
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo from Netherlands

3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this at the LCBO this past summer. Note that the can I got is red-orange in color and the beer is just called "Pompous." Probably because the word "Ass" is a naughty word and can't be seen by other adults in the LCBO.

From a can into a pint glass.
An English Pale Ale fermented with American yeast... *shrugs*

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, looser, foamy, off-white head with half decent retention. Head fades to a full foamy cap and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the top of the glass. Hazy rust orange in color with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving some good lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Dark bread, toffee, grassy hops with lighter earthy notes. Medium strength nose.

TASTE: Dark bread and caramel sweetness up front. A slight grassy flavor as well. Earthy finish with floral and grassy hops over a sweet caramel and dark bread base. Flavorful enough with a touch of earthy hop bitterness as balance.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. A bit lighter than expected, but it's fine.

OVERALL: Decent lower ABV beer. Enough character to flavor to make it worthwhile. Not quite as forthcoming as others in the style and some of the fruity aspects of the style could be more prevalent, but it's still enjoyable enough. I'd like to see this recipe done with a more standard English yeast strain perhaps. In any case, good stuff.

Dec 02, 2015
Photo of CHickman
CHickman from New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy dark amber color with a massive 3 finger foamy/airy beige head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes that popped and dissipated slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of toffee, sweet malt, light caramel, toasted grains, cracker, tea leaf and earthy notes. Very basic malty nose as I expected from this style.

Tastes like it smells, with a mix of toffee, sweet malt,caramel, wet cardboard, toasted grains, tea leaf, dry floral hops, cracker, earthy notes and mild spices. Sweet, malty and just enough hops to make it somewhat complex and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a medium to light body, very light carbonation and a sweet malty flavor that ends slightly bitter and on the dry side. Overall decent for the style, but just a little too dull for my taste.

Sep 13, 2015
Photo of SSS
SSS from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in colour somewhat murky with a head that leaves quickly
Aroma is malt forward
Mouthfeel is medium light with modest carbonation
Smooth taste with subtle caramel
Overall a solid pale ale

Sep 08, 2015
Photo of Tilly
Tilly from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown amber with a huge beige head that leaves a great lace.
Mild aroma of hops, some fruity sweetness.
Mild tastes also. Hoppy, mild toffee.
Mild mouth feel! Nice and dry. Some bitterness.
All around, this is a good drinker.

Aug 01, 2015
Photo of SillySir
SillySir from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hmmmmmmmmph... a brown amber with a head that's as thick as a black man's cock. Lots of lacing, I can tell it will be quite sweet. Mild cloudiness.

Aroma: Yep! Smells very sugary and hoppy. Honey?

Taste: Toasted bread with, sweet orange marmalade. Detecting some grapefruit tang and orange peel aftertaste. Excellent balance with the malt and hops. What a treat.

Palate: sticky, and well carbonated, but soft.

Overall: fantastic. Not sure what the difference is between English Pale Ales and India Pale Ales, but from this sampling I'd guess the latter are more bitter than the sweeter EPAs. Perhaps some research is in order. I'd be curious to know which hops were used for this ale because I found the sticky malt to be quite nicely counteracted by the citrus hop flavour profile. It's got quite the bright profile.

Mar 19, 2015
Photo of mtomlins
mtomlins from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reading the can, I see that the brewery made their twist on this classic style by using an American ale yeast and new world hops, resulting in an English Ale in name only. Pours a deep amber color with a nice creamy head and decent lacing. The nose and taste have subtle toasted, caramel malt notes but it's light for the style. The bright citrus and pine hops are still the main event in this beer which is tasty, but overpower the malt character. The body is light and refreshing and lacks the creamy, smooth character I was hoping for. This is a decent American session ale, not an English style aple ale.

Mar 04, 2015
Photo of Float_On

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

CHEKC THE DATES! Buy this one fresh. Hop aroma and flavor diminish very rapidly I've noticed. Seems anything older than 2-3weeks tastes like a bitter amber ale.
Fresh review easy 80-85. Great malty flavors balance out the fresh hop notes of pine and north-American citrus-hoppy characters. Maybe a bit of simcoe or citra? All speculation. I'm no expert. I've drank a bunch of this over the past 2 months because of the awesome $2.50/pint price point.
Hops seem a bit too west-coast to call it an English pale ale. In my mind it's more of a sessionIPA. Again. No expert. Tasty nonetheless. If you're a hop head it's something that won't knock you over. 4.2% compared to 6.5% ABV for most IPA's out there. Session IPA for me.

Mar 03, 2015
Photo of taxandbeerguy
taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Picked up from LCBO for good price of $2.50 CDN.

Appearance - hazy dark honey brown coloured ale that poured a soft fluffy two fingers of head. Big frothy finish and lots of sticky lacing left behind. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell - some hops pickiness mixed in with a very solid malt foundation. Peppery is probably the word I'd use to describe the nose at a point before the malt aromas start to take over.

Taste - mild hop bite to start on the earthy and leafy side of things too before some toff and caramel makes a brief appearance and then finishes leafy. Very yummy and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - medium light body, well carbonated but it's a soft carbonation and makes this easy to drink and relaxes the mouth. Really good feel here.

Overall - a very good English ale that's eminently drinkable, light and not gassy but full of flavor. Could easily sit in a pub on an afternoon drinking multiple pints of this while enjoying myself with a game of darts and some spirited conversation. Just as an added plus the cost is among the best for a craft beer in all of Ontario.

Feb 28, 2015
Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 134 ratings