Great Lakes My Bitter Wife IPA | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes My Bitter Wife IPAGreat Lakes My Bitter Wife IPA

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 11-30-2009

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 85
Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber. Solid head of sticky, fine bubbles.

S - Nose is pungent orange and grapefruit hops.

T - Bitter, yep. Big grapefruit flavour. Good balancing sweetness and a long, lingering aftertaste of grapefruit rind.

M - Smooth body has some heft. Not too fizzy.

O - I like this but it's far too bitter to drink a lot of. Good flavour and balance.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. Great to have a bomber IPA in the LCBO, and a damned good'un at that. Angry old crone graces the bottle, with a hatchet, a bible and a scowl that could peel the paint from the walls. Looks like a character out of a Maurice Sendak illustration.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Lovely amber-ruby in colour, with a generous half inch of head that was both creamy and sturdy. As the temperature rose, this became even more pronounced. Dandy of a beer.

Nose is earthy and quite bitter, with notes of tropical fruit, pine and resin.

Very bitter beer, with a long resin hop finish. Some tropical notes as well - guava and mango, perhaps. A study in citra as well it seems. A highly enjoyable IPA that was tasty throughout the whole bottle. Creamy mouthfeel, very nice carbonation.

GLB is the Harvey Dent of craft breweries - pale and inoffensive (and frankly, terrible) entries that regularly graced the LCBO shelves for years, and a massive underground closet industry of intriguing and tasty brews that get limited release. No more of this, I say! Lead with the strong foot forward, and keep more of these brews on the shelves please. I've aboutfaced on this brewery by now, and so I'm jazzed to see brews like this without having to hit up Toronto.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

80 ibu cita hopped beer for project X at The Rhino, on tap, called Burt Reynolds IPA. Retooled by the team of brewers from their basic IPA recpe. Hops in the face, in the nose. Good drinkability and bitterness,only a little palate shredding. good taming of the citra hop. Cloudy grapefuit coloured body, only a little head.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with nice citrus notes and light piney undertones. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with some nice citrus notes and some light caramel malt notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very solid IPA that should be made available more regularly.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 5/20/11.
Project X bottle obtained from the brewery. Very fresh.
Poured in to Founders Tulip glass.

A - Translucent light to medium yellow colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Robust bitter hop nose up front with grapefruit, orange rind and pine. Some sweet caramel malts in the background but definitely a hop forward IPA nose.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that dominates the palate. Some light citrus and pine notes come through but not nearly to the degree that was expected from the nose. Seems like the hops were used predominantly for bittering and I wish there were more hop flavours coming through the nose. Some light caramel sweetness but overall a very bitter IPA.

M - Medium body. A little light at times. Light carbonation.

O - A decent IPA but I would have liked to see more flavour contribution form the hops.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kp2517
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ssmack
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle into a pint tumbler.

A golden wheat colour that blends to a toffee brown. Medium cloudiness with fine carbonation. Inch and half fine foamy head that last to the beer is gone. Nice fine lacing.

Shapr citrus hops aroma with slight bit of toffeeness. Tells you what is to come next.

A very earthy hops taste. Lives up to the 88 IBUs on the label. Grapefruit is the dominate taste along with oregano and pine. The bitterness is not sharp but nicely rounded.

A medium feel with a bit of creaminess.

There is enough hops here for the most diehard hophead but it is not overwhelming. Great variety in the hops flavours.

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Photo of Derek69
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The extremely hoppy IPA trend seems to still have life, and I couldnt be happier about it. This has an IBU of 88, which is pretty darned bitter. 650mL bottles for $6 are a real value in my opinion. Pours into a glass very nicely, perfect finger and a half of head and then the citrus aromas just hit you. Your mouth waters before you even taste it.

Very nice lacing around the glass, not an overly heavy beer either, you can drink more than one, but not too many more, i'm sure. The carbonation is far from overpowering. To me it seems like a sessionable early patio season type of beer.

Im also a fan of the marketing and packaging. Great Lakes Brewery has put a caricature of Carrie Nation on the bottle, a very nice touch. They have also announced that they will be releasing this beer every spring, something special to look forward to!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper hazy, no carbonation, 4 fingers of white head, chunky lacing.

S: Fresh pine, onion, citrus, battery acid, almost an air freshener in freshness.

T: Grape as in white grapes, pine, big bitter quality, white grapefruit, fruitloops. Light breadiness.

M: Medium thick resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really well crafted IPA. Drank June 7, 2014 in Uxbridge where I bought it. Loved going on this brewery’s tour last year with my brother. Great beer, well thought up title in honour of a prohibitionist.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to hopsolutely for including this in her canbif box.

A: Pours a clear golden orange hue with 1-2 fingers of head that settles to a think layer.

S: Upfront notes of grapefruit followed by fresh pine sap. Slightly floral and lightly sweet pale malts that have hints of orange juice. Mineral notes on the finish. Becomes more floral as it warms.

T: Taste is opposite the taste with front forward acrid pine followed by grapefruit bitters. Middle notes of pale malts that are followed by drying bitterness on the finish.

M: Moderate body with medium level of carbonation.

O: A solid IPA with great grapefruit scents but that would benefit from some more hop flavours

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Photo of Stripeymonkey
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden/amber with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricots, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and apricots and lots of bitter resiny hops. It ends with a dry bitter citrus pith hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely better after it warms up a bit. The scent is fantastic but the flavour was a little bit disappointing. It's not bad by any means, it just doesn't taste as good as it smells. It needs just a touch more sweetness and fruitiness to make it compete with the big boys from the states.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Project X bottle from the BRewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Pours an orange with some lighter amber highlights. Hazy body and sticky, foamy and solid white head. Great retention and sticky lace. Nose has sweet citrus, juicy orange, tangerine, a hint of grapefruit and a touch of pine. Milder tropical fruit notes as well. Sweet malt component. Taste has bitter orange and pine notes initially, more orange and some tropical fruits meld with a lighter sweet toffee component in the midmouth. Thins to a mildly bitter finish, not overpowering but effective. Decent mouthfeel that feels more malt dominated on the back end.A nice solid, everyday kind of IPA.

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Photo of ludachris
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its body is a hazy peachy golden hue; the one for whatever reason I associate with IPA's. Just over a finger's worth of sticky white head forms on top after a quick pour. It doesn't take long before fine legs of lace paste themselves to the sides of the glass.

Boat loads of grapefruit burst from the glass. It's both pithy and fleshy. Sticky notes of pine and resin go hand in hand with its unfiltered look. A twist of lemon peel furthers its citrus quality. A sturdy graham cracker sweetness adds some balance to this classic smelling IPA.

Pine needles and pithy grapefruit waste no time pasting themselves to the back of the palate where an intense flash of bitterness asserts itself. It's more raw, leafy, and earthy with plenty of lingering power. On the exhale comes a soft and comforting chewy breadiness. You have to dig through its raw and bitter quality to find it however. Its grapefruit quality plays a role throughout and that's something I enjoy.

I'm left sticky lipped after each sip, and I appreciate it for that. Its body was not nearly as full as I expected and could use some fleshing out to better support its bitterness. There's a soft creaminess in the middle with an assertive dryness in the finish.

Three years ago, I would have been much more impressed with this IPA coming out of Ontario, especially from an LCBO shelf. Judging it by today's standards, it's good through and through but in my opinion, there's better out there. It comes across as an IPA that's bitter for the sake of being bitter. 88 IBU's is incredible but I don't think the body supports it enough.

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Photo of Yoozeo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; dated March 25 2014 and listed at 7%. This is an OCB IPA that I've been wanting to try for years now, so I'm thrilled that it has finally managed to make its way to Sarnia - aka, Ontario's armpit.

Pours a foggy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, white, relatively short-lived head. Looks ok I guess, but the aroma is where things start to get interesting - extremely citrusy, with lots of pink grapefruit, mandarin orange and floral notes. Very fruity and fresh-smelling, with some light caramel malt sweetness underneath the hop notes.

Not bad, but this one isn't really blowing me away. The citrusy elements - grapefruit, orange pith and lemon - are by far the most dominant facet, with additional hints of peaches, pine sap and pineapple. The malt backbone leaves much to be desired, however, as the light notes of caramel are barely even noticeable through the torrent of bitter hops. Bitter finish, with the resiny astringency lasting well into the aftertaste. Medium in body and slightly oily, with relatively mild carbonation and a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable IPA I've ever had, considering the abv and IBUs, but tasty nonetheless.

Final Grade: 3.93, a solid B+. My Bitter Wife is an excellent IPA, with more citrus-hop goodness and piney bitterness than you can shake a stick at. That being said, it's relatively hefty for the style, and it's definitely not something I'd be interested in drinking all night. The limp malt bill is also a bit of a let-down, but it's one I can live with. All hopheads should absolutely consider this one worth a look, although I'd hesitate to place this one near the top of its class.

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Great Lakes My Bitter Wife IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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