Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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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

Added by Viggo on 10-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of kestik
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fortyfield
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, listed as the Pompous Ass ESB at 4.6%, but I'm not sure it's a different beer - rather a revamping of an older beer.

Poured ruby red, with hints of chestnut in the body. Offwhite head and moderate retention, excellent lacing. Nose has bright citrus zest, and some cracker-y bready malts. Quite floral. Taste this to the next level, brilliant hopping right off the bat - tangerine is the most prominent flavour, with some flesh and some 'spritziness' that you get when you peel one of those things. Orange, and some general "Five-Alive" type citrus notes. A bit of mango, some dankness and a touch of grapefruit. Malt sits well in the background and still resembles some cracker/breads. A touch of sweetness. If this is an ESB, it lacks the malt complexity of some world-class brews in the style, but as a pale ale (more American than anything...), this is pretty awesome. Medium feel, carbonation is a tad high. Lots of residual citrus lingers on the palate. ONly a bit of bitterness. A solid drinkable beer, jam-packed with hop flavour. Real tasty pint and I could certainly hit this up several times over.

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Photo of KyleMcD
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can bought at the brewery store.

A bright orange brown colour. Slightly cloud. Two inches of thick beige head. Well retained lacing from top to bottom.

A sweet molasses aroma which slightly steely. The malt comes through strongly in the smell.

Cascade hops dominate the taste. Citrus, grapefruit, piney favours. The hop taste is solid but not overwhelming. A toffee malt taste is there in the taste but only shows up at the end.

A medium mouthfeel that could use more weight.

A real paradox. An all malt aroma coupled with an almost all hops taste. More hoppiness than most English Pale Ales.

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Photo of hunterjames
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 RQuigley
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

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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 Bughee
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SillySir
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.

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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 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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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 Bf_89
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zweird
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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