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

Added by Viggo on 10-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of BeerELI5
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Look: lil' darker
Smell: grapefruits
Taste: like a grapefruit
Feel: smooth
Overall: grapefruit

Disclaimer: I don't like grapefruits

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Photo of mortsbrews
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.

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Photo of JPNesker
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Yet another in the parade of over hopped beer as hot sauce microbrewery insults to a beer style. Meh.

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Photo of swim
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.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 portwood
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

refreshing but nothing special.
(canned 05/03/16)

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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 boszormeny
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Simon212
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
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.

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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 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 Jaisell
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lwadd
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 kinguy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
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.

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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 KellyGaudreau
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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