Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale
Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale AleGreat Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #28,294
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
131
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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale AleGreat Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Bloody 'L Pale Ale
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 131
Reviews by SSS:
Photo of SSS
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of matt_hill
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry cereal notes. Taste is also a mix between dry caramel malt notes with some light citrusy hops. Body is light with OK carbonation. Not bad but fall a bit short in terms of character.

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

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at The Rhino. Grapefruit colour, absolutely no head. Served at the correct room temperature. Medium mouthfeel, no carbonation which is fine. Some hops,though understated, and just a tad astringent. Decent taste and drinkability. No hop aromas.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo.

Pours a lightly hazy copper brown, big thick off white head forms, slowly drops down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, few lace spots. Smell is nice, very malty, some bread and caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, light bit of yeasty fruitiness, touch of tangerine like citrus. Taste is similar, big malty character up front, some caramel sweetness, biscuit, corn syrup, toast, floral hops, bit of fruit, solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth and drinkable. Real nice English pale.

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

Photo of psweendogg
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Far from pompous, I find this beer to have a quiet, unpretentious beauty. Its deep amber colour preserves the clarity of a golden ale but sheds the flashy highlighting; its toastiness imparts a dusky tone without making it tenebrous like a stout. Even its head is ethereal, the lacing dainty.

The bouquet resembles those plastic-wrapped creamy caramel squares and something like I imagine citrus bubblegum would smell like. Its fruitiness is breezy and its sweetness moderate, one seemingly tempered (but entirely untroubled) by the presence of the other.

The beer's maltiness is relatively gooey, with a faintly treacly, dark, plummy fruitiness and firm notes of hard toffee and chocolate-coated nuts. The taste also features tangier, citrus-driven flavours that includes orange and grapefruit as well as distinctly earthy notes that include peppermint and pine serum. It's at once like something out the oven as well as the forest.

The mouthfeel exemplifies a pacifist's mentality: it has a non-aggressive texture that encourages hops and malt to live in perfect peace and harmony. Both citrus peel and toast, pine resins and caramel, all elements both bitter and sweet are equally sanctioned, no favoritism given.

Contrary to what its name suggests, Pompous Ass is actually a well balanced and mild mannered beer, one not at all suited to snobbish quaffing but rather simple everyday drinking. In fact, I can't think of a recipe more complaisant than this - it generously provides both malt and hops, happily obliging simple, easy to please palates as well as more discerning, difficult ones.

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Photo of Mit
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep browny red colour with a decent head.

Smells like an english pale....spicey hoppy smell. Very pleasant.......slight malt flavour.

Slightly hoppier than i would have expected.....spiceiness still prominent.

Mouthfeel is good for abv

Overall its very good. Will get this again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged on December 2 2014 (at least, I think - it's hard to read). Listed at 4.2%, and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy copper-amber colour, producing just under an inch of soapy, off-white froth that gradually recedes over the next few minutes. A foamy cap survives, along with some scattered, messy strands of lace. The aroma is comprised of toffee and nutty malts, with marmalade, pineapple and pine giving it a distinctly fruity, North American vibe - though hints of floral, leafy hops suggest that at least one traditional English strain was also used.

The flavours in this one are extremely well-balanced - perfect for a light, sessionable pale ale. Citrusy orange and grapefruit mingle surprisingly effectively with the malt backbone, which consists largely of toffee, slightly biscuity malts and some toasted, nutty notes. A hint of pine and a grassy, mildly floral hop bitterness wind things down nicely, with a citrusy flavour left briefly clinging to the palate. Light-bodied, with a soft, smooth feel in the mouth, aided by the relatively delicate carbonation. This ale is absurdly easy to knock back, but its tastiness does not suffer for it.

Final Grade: 4.14, a solid A-. Pompous Ass is an impressively well-made pale ale - its English roots are noticeable in the sturdy malt bill and slightly floral, bitter finish, but the North American influence is undeniable. While I would not consider this much of a 'traditional' EPA, it's still a fabulous session ale that does not skimp out on the flavour at all. Superb stuff - I like this a little more than their Canuck Pale Ale, and will continue buying cans as long as it remains in stock.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Electros
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smirks
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a great beer, but could be more hoppy! Seems to lack body and robustness.

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Photo of bobsy
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo during the cask crawl weekend. At 4.2% this was a nice pint to start with.

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing and decent retention complete a great appearance. Aroma has some caramel and biscuit malts with floral hopping overlaying it. Taste is good, with a nice hop bite. Bit bready, and biscuity with some cookie dough. Lemon, floral and herbal notes have English hopping written all over them. A hint of diacetyl grows as the pint goes down, but isn't too much of a detraction. Moderate body withvery restrained carbonation.

Pretty decent cask. After all the whacky ones they've been putting out, its nice to see Great Lakes put out some in more 'normal' style like EPAs and APAs. This one worked - well done!

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

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a deep and rich amber red. There's a bit of haze to it. An inch of light but tightly knit off white head gradually lessons to a ring.

Pithy grapefruit and grapefruit skin mesh with a piney and leafy edge. Wholesome bread and toffee lie just beneath. Pleasant, balanced, and very inviting.

It starts dry with a blend of grapefruit skin and prickly pine. Earthy and leafy hops quickly take over. A subtle bready sweetness peaks out in the middle. Biscuity in the finish with a soft, lingering grassy, leafy bitterness.

Its dryness is quick and cutting. Combined with its prickly level of carbonation, it almost has a feel of being oxidized. Light bodied and quite quaffable.

Overall, a decent offering from GLB but not my favorite. For me, although its dryness added to its drinkability, it took away from the flavours in the taste and made it more one dimensional.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint of this at Brothers Beer Bistro on New Year's Eve. From notes.

A - Poured reddish copper and cloudy. Half finger of creamy dense head of an off white persuasion. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Piney, minty, some caramel, pineapple.

T - Nice and piney. Some toffee, citrus, candy. Good hop character.

M - Good carbonation, light body, nice bitterness. Not too aggressive, but enjoyable.

O/D - A very sessionable pale ale. Malt character provided proper balance for the otherwise aggressive hop profile. Nice stuff.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a buddy for picking up a can. Was fairly suprised by this one, considering the lower alchohol %. Pours a reddish clear orange colour. A good amount of hops, slightly citrus, floral. A earth pine taste in there with a slight caramal mouthfeel as well. I was quite suprised and excepted this to not be so good when I started pouring. But it suprised the hell out of me and I would gladly drink quite a few of these in a session.

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 131 ratings