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Great Lakes Lackey's Cask | Great Lakes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What.

Beer looks great. A cloudy dark gold with a nice, big white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell is weak but pleasant. Hoppy, grassy and a bit floral.

Taste is all hop focused. Citrus, pine, grass and a bit of a soapy flavour. Biscuity malt underneath. Moderately bitter. A simple but very fresh and nice taste.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium body, moderate natural carbonation, and that excellent feel of a beer delivered from cask. Really a pleasure to drink.

Overall, I find this to be quite a simple beer but very well done. I expect that it would not be nearly as enjoyable bottled, as there is not really anything exciting happening, but it is a great example of a good cask beer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery "Lackey's Flask"

Deep hazy copper, two fingers off white head, lots of lace on the glass. Smell is dry and hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, big citra hop presence, some malt is there, pine and floral notes too. Taste is floaral hops up front, light biscuity ,alt, dry hops, bitter with a citrus grapefruit finish and aftertaste. med carbonation, thinish body, light feel, somewhat cask like. Nicely hopped pale ale, solid stuff, a little more bitter than the cask version.

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Photo of liamt07
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Bryden's, into a pint glass.

I've kept passing on this over the past few months, and am I kicking myself for it now. Pours a hazy tangerine orange, with a couple fingers of super creamy white head that laces in waves. Nose is all tropical fruits, mango, orange, tangerine. Citra hops perchance? Sweetness sits just underneath these juicy hops. Taste is half a step back, and follows the nose without being as bold. Mango, some sugary cookie/biscuit, a hint of lemon and some mild pine in the finish. Optimal cask feel, super smooth with a gentle bitterness. Addiciting and surely poundable; had half a dozen pints of this, and would've had another half a dozen if the bar hadn't closed down around us. A great offering (dare I say my favourite?) from Great Lakes. This needs to stay on year round.

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Photo of kwjd
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at C'est What. Pours a light orange with about a finger of head that doesn't dissipate at all and lacing down the glass. Smells of tropical fruit hop flavour and not too much else. Taste is of juicy fresh hop bitterness with some sweetness in there too. A very nice pale ale that showcases the hops. Great Lakes for me is hit or miss and this is a huge hit.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off cask at C'est What?, in Toronto.

The beer's sheeny copper body seems to glisten in the light even despite the fact that looking through it offers about as much visibility as the center of a Nor'easter. And its head, especially considering this was poured from cask, is impressively tall and bubbly; it looks like a float from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

And it smells just as 'American' too! This kind of expressively tropical fruity bouquet is more typical of an IPA and neither the types of hops nor the quantity of them is commonplace in standard Canadian offerings. The scents stack up like moving boxes: grapefruit above pine above orange peel above hydroponic grass. It's definitely speaking American.

With every sip it's as if Great Lakes takes juicy, plump (and festering) slices of orange and grapefruit and shoves them in your mouth. The wedges, more like giant balls of fruit flesh, are so big they lock your jaw and, stunned and lightly sedated, the seething citric juices drip down your throat while you, in a state of stupor, sit there drooling.

That's right: this is tasty enough to drool over. And it's made especially so because it has an appropriately matching mouthfeel that enhances its tropical fruity flavour with a dry pithiness and stinging acidity. The grassy dimension is also augmented by a most herbal, earthy pungency; the IBUs, correspondingly, would seem more at home in an IPA.

But alas, off cask the beer drinks like a dream. The beer's sprightly hoppiness, weightless malts and feather-like carbonation make this (a North American, particularly American) pint man's fantasy. To call Lackey's Cask a delight to drink is a simple, but perhaps understated, way of summing up just how pleasurable I found it to be.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Ontario craft beer week Project X. (This one seemed fresher than the previous one at Volo, which I thought was a little lackluster compared to their usual projects).

A: Amber-orange with an off-white head, light retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit, grass and hints of pine.

T: Nice American hopping, but not overdone considering the strength and weight. Grapefruit, nectarine, grass, pine, balanced bitterness, hints of peachy esters from the yeast and underlying grainy biscuits from the American pale malt.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity.

D: I think this is under 4%, which makes it a very sessionable American Pale. I'd be happy drinking this all night.

I wonder if they've considered growler fills?

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at the brewpub. Cloudy grapefruit colour with a notion of white head. Hoppy aroma, easy mouthfeel. Dry hopped. Decent pale. Bitterness is there, its understated, as malted down taste.A little citrus in finish. Worth a try as an introduction cask.

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Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery (a 'flasky')

Pours a turbid orange-amber, smallish cap, laces well enough.

Aromas of caramelized cereal, citrus, succulent fruits and pine resins, light mustiness.

Medium bodied still has sharp mouth feel.

Flavor much like the aroma...caramel malts, grapefruit-orange-peach tones in fair balance...clean finish goes bitter.

Decent offering, better than other APAs they've done...this one has some character and is drinkable.

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Photo of bobsy
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Had this again at the Cloak and Dagger, where it was on phenomenal form, without the bizarre aftertaste and the diacteyl, so I've upped the aroma and taste scores up a notch.

Second pint of the cask crawl evening at Volo.

Hazy orange with a bubbly off-white head that dropped to a film. Decent retention and some lace spots. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel and brown sugar.

The flavour brings a decent bitterness, and its got some great grapefruit and pine notes. There's a large malt body backing it up, though, and this brings a light breadiness and a lot of sugar. Unfortunately it had a bit of a strange aftertaste to it which vaguely reminded me of bad breath. There was also a mild touch of diacetyl, which seems to be a recurring theme in some of these GL brews. They weren't huge distractions, but they do hold it back from the upper echelons. Medium body and low carbonation are true to cask form.

A pretty decent APA, with a nice bitterness. I actually preferred it to their EPA, but I think this one isn't quite as well made.

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Great Lakes Lackey's Cask from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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