Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale
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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 #28,290
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
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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
Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had one at the Royal York in Toronto on the weekend. Went and bought two more cans the next day.
I would term this a "session" ale, low alcohol, full flavor.
Could become a regular in the fridge.

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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 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 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 mick303
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had from the can into a nonic pint. Medium dark brown with a nice cap of head. Aroma is pleasing with roasty caramel, toffee notes, earthy notes, some mild florals. Taste is smooth to start with some robust malt notes, some citrus, I'm grassy and pine hop notes, butterscotch, and a nutty character, long dry finish. Nicely drinkable and has some robust malt character and overall is quite an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. 4.2% abv. nearly-illegible code on the bottom rim of the can -- the first and last numbers look like "10" and "14" so i'm going to guess that this was canned some time in october of 2014. enjoyed on january 2, 2015

a: opaque burnt orange body capped with three fingers of tan head. minimal lacing. very nice

s: caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, ripe orange, pineapple. slightly floral

t: follows the nose. biscuit, bread, and grapefruit up front. mid-palate exhibits subdued caramel flavours, some pineapple, and a floral quality. a piney, slightly spicy bitterness arises on the back-end

m: light-bodied, medium carbonation. a bit watery

o: good stuff. quite flavourful with a good balance of malt and hop

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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 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 jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like it was canned March 6, 2013.

Beer is orangey-brown in colour, with a smallish off-white head.. Head fades quickly but not entirely.

Nose consists of English hops (grass, floral notes) and caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste is like the nose. Well-balanced, with the grassy hop flavours mixing with caramel and biscuit. Goes down very smoothly, but quite flavourful.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Too much. I have had this on cask previously, and prefer it that way.

Overall, quite good. Needs to have the carbonation toned down, but otherwise a great session beer.

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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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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 SebD
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury

Appearance: It has a nice murky orange/brown color to it. It has a nice frothy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, bready/biscuity malts, floral hops and some citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel upfront with bready and biscuity mats, floral hops with a grassy bitterness and a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent light but hoppy British styled pale ale. Preferred on draught, but can is still excellent, with a low enough ABV to enjoy a couple...

Pours a beautiful amber, slightly hazy, with a small whitish head that disappears fairly quickly. Impressive citrus and "west-coast" hops in the aroma, with a caramelized malt backbone. The flavour is well balanced with an initial sweetness and more typical British malted ale transitioning into an American hopped finish. Citrus, resin and tropical fruits with a base bitterness that remain British (Fuggles?).

An absolutely excellent session ale. Well done, Great Lakes!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 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 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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Great Lakes Pompous Ass Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 131 ratings