Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Bloody 'L Pale Ale

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,758
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
130
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
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8
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45
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Easton70
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of gallaghercm
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klunkerrider
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of MJ63
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smirks
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of LanceH
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelGennings
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lasts for a minute or two before it films out. Dark gold almost brown color. Unfiltered

S- Nice hops here. Good malt.

T- Rather nice and light. Good sessionable ale. Crisp grapefruit.

M- Dry and tart. Good English pale ale. Touch bitter at the very end

O- Very good beer. Nice one for a mid summer day.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer would go very well with...... BBQ'd hot dogs! Love them just plain in a bun

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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 EricPhilpott
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated A1513 (January 15, 2013) poured in to snifter.

A - Medium orange with some darker amber colors towards the middle. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - Floral hop aroma up front with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Typical English pale ale nose.

T - Light to moderate bitterness with floral and grassy flavours. A big sweet caramel malt backbone provides excellent balance. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light body, creamy. Some stickiness.

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Photo of MattCampbell
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 130 ratings