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:
116
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
40
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Easton70
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 StormAles
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of binno
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of swim
2.61/5  rDev -31%
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 BeerELI5
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
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 Yeldarb92
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 KellyGaudreau
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mortsbrews
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
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 Jesterr44
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Electros
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Squeezyq
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cycle69
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of portwood
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
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 BeerOps
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justin82
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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