Great Lakes Lake Effect | Great Lakes Brewery

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
84 IBU

Added by liamt07 on 12-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,068
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
137
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
24
Trade:
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of mshkut
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and clear with lots of small bubbles, and topped with a finger of white head.

Smells of tropical fruit, mangos, papaya, orchids, pine and caramel.

The taste follows the nose but is much richer in tropical fruit, floral notes and pine. Amazing taste. Catnip and green herbs, as well as a solid but not overpowering bitterness.

Medium body, medium carbonation, and covers the ABV very well.

Got at LCBO, really loving this brew March 30th 2018 in New Hamburg, ON. Reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks, and Phantom Bride.

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Photo of jhodgert
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSmall
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brought a four pack of cans with me from my last trip up to Canada, and very glad I did! Hazy golden with a thin stream of carbonation - a pretty beer. Thin head and mild lacing on glass. Very nice beer with a bit of sweetness and fruit, blended with nice hops and pine and a very smooth finish. Not too bitter, not too sweat, not too funky - just nice balance and great mouthfeel and aftertaste - leaves you wanting more. Really great blend of piney/fruity flavors in a New England IPA style. Flavor just as good in my warm last sip as the first (I was doing other things while enjoying). Hope I can find it in the States - this one is worth looking for.

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Photo of knowyourown
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jesterr44
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent Ontario IPA. Pours golden with a medium frothy white head which fades moderately quickly. Aroma and taste of grapefruit/citrus & tropical fruit, pine & spice. All fairly mild & well blended. Not a ton of taste here but pretty nice for what it is. Edit: 2nd time around I'm getting a little more sourness & while mouthfeel is still good, taste has been downgraded.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lake Effect IPA from Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario. 7% alc. 80 IBUs.

The beer is a cloudy golden colour and the head a frothy white. Lots of ascending bubbles and substantial sediment.

The smell is predominately pine as well as faint tropical fruit. The taste attributes mirror the aroma, plus underlying hop bitterness that is quite nice.

Mild carbonation and somewhat smooth, the beer is medium bodied and the finish dry.

This is a delicious beer that has everything going for it. I highly recommend trying. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of eberesford
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale golden amber with a slightly frothy off white head and moderate lacing. Aroma: Fresh and clean bitterness lightish hoppy citrus notes and some pine notes - light tropical fruit. Flavour: Layers of hop bitterness from light aromatic citrus notes to slightly grassy bitterness in the body. Layers also of fruity malt pinaple, mango, apple. Outstanding length and body. Another fine contribution from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Photo of Iron_Tusk
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very unique tasting IPA. Hoppy, floral and sweet, I love it!

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Photo of bixby1971
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jshugart
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only got 5 stars because more are not available. So hoppy fruity delicious. Great IPA, love glb.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexSergeevich
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great classic IPA. Balanced bitterness and hoppiness.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LilSipper
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank these IPA from the tall boy, and very much enjoyed it. As opposed to the Karma Citra IPA that preceded it, the Lake Effect is a bit drier. It's very crisp, perfect for a winter evening.

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Photo of stotch
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 473ml can into my trusty Great Lakes pint glass. New printed can this year looks great! Date on the can is Jan 6 2017.

L: Pours a light orange-gold colour with about an inch of white head that has great retention and lacing throughout.

S: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine and a bit of floral hops underneath. Such a lovely, complex tropical aroma.

T: Follows the nose but with the grapefruit being more pronounced with lemon, orange and fresh as hell hops. The finish is pleasantly bitter and dry, but not quite as much as some of their other beers like Canuck and Octopus which I feel go kinda overboard in that department. It's just the perfect amount of bitterness to cut through the sweet, tropical flavours.

F: Medium body and medium combination. Could be more full-bodied but this is still a big, juicy American IPA.

O: An amazing American IPA and my second favourite offering from Great Lakes after Thrust. So glad this made it to the LCBO close to my work this year.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJKerr
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 137 ratings