Great Lakes Lake Effect | Great Lakes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
9
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18
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by dreamchaser:
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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer. Gives very strong aroma of piney, citrusy hops, with flavour to match. A touch of resinous bubble gum mingles with the a softer, mellower piney hop flavour. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full and lightly creamy in the finish, and less prickly and carbonated like most other IPAs. I paired it with a Morrocan style sweet potato, raisin and tomato stew and it cut the cumin spice flavours nicely with its strong flavours and gentle mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a nonic. A hazy orange-copper brew, with a thin head that quickly recedes into a thick ring of foam.

Nose is pure tropical delight. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, leafy hops, candied orange.

A great-tasting tropical flavored IPA, with big pineapple and grapefruit, and a bit of coconut, pine and caramel. Very flavorful.
Medium bodied, slick. Mild carbonation.

I first had this on tap about three days ago and have been drinking almost nothing else since. Great summer offering, highly recommended.

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Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thteam
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Post-IPA challenge. A big IBU, big bitterness, very tasty. Neutral aroma. Backed up by a decent malt backbone. a reddish tinge to this one.Good citrus taste, satisfying finish.Average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.In a word, solid representative of the style.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive orange. Loose bubbly head.

Rather light zesty aroma.

Laid back aroma doesn't hint at the rather strong flavours in this one. Big zesty citrus fruit, grapefruit but with a decent amount of fruity orange. Some honey malt sweetness in there, but hops carry the day.

A straightforward IPA with juicy tropical fruits if you get it fresh enough.

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Photo of AlexSergeevich
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 bhenry55
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of randallpink
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

served in an IPA glass

A - pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a 2 inch off white (tan) head, great retention, and the glass laces beautifully. the frothy head dissipates into a slightly rocky covering on the beer.

S - strong hoppyness, citrus, mango, grapefruit, strawberry & pineapple esters, tropical fruits, light malty breadiness, biscuity sweetness, maybe even some red cherries. this has got to be one of, if not the best IPA i've ever smelled. i was smelling the bottle still two hours after i'd finished the beer. WOW!

T - bitter hoppyness off the start with a slight sweetness from the malts that melts perfectly together. citrus, piney and grapefruit definitely present. a light caramel mixed with fresh biscuits becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. tropical fruit and passionfruit tastes all lead to the bitter, hoppy finish that leaves a nice citrusy, piney, fruity taste lingering.

M - smooth, slightly creamy feel, mostly bitter but a nice fruity sweetness makes things interesting. medium body, dry & bitter finish, low alcohol present

O - I love Great Lakes! I'm always blown away by their beers and this one was no different. One of the best IPA's I've had and definitely takes a run at Canada's best. This was my last of six bottles and there doesn't seem to be too many left floating around out there so i'll probably have to wait a while to have it again, but ill be licking my lips the whole time. Bring it back soon! :)

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Photo of GJKerr
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery for $3.25 for a 473ml can. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out in around 3-4mins. Rather weird very light gold colour when it's in front of the computer screen (medium light) and nearly brown outside of it. Almost translucent. Unfiltered.

S- Nice heavy handed hops here. So little malt for an IPA.

T- This must have been brewed this week or something. It has a HUGELY juicy taste of hops and malt. This freshness just does it for me. Hops abound. This one is up there with the best of the best IPA's I've had and am so glad I can get there in an hour.

M- Creamy good! Just wonderful

O- Super good. This one is moving up the ranks to a top shelf grab. So good. Will definitely buy on every release as it's that good.

Food Pairing

This wonderfully tasty brew went well with...... Roasted pork! Nice pork shoulder, rub with salt, pepper, all seasoning and some garlic. Bake low and slow at 275deg F for 6hrs. Keep covered so it doesn't dry out. Take the tin foil off, move it up the rack and hit it with the boiler to get the skin crispy. Pull and mix in some of the juice then strip the skin and sprinkle. Don't let the skin get too close to the juices as it will soak it up and turn chewy!

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney hops is quite dominant with bitter citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix of piney hops with light citrus notes with medium bitterness and light sweet residual sugars notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Wonderful mix of piney and citrus aromas makes this an IPA that should makes it into regular distribution for GLB.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Project X bottle courtesy of Soods. Thanks a lot for this one!
6.5% ABV and 84 IBU. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured orange/yellow with a big golden glow and a small amount of bubbly white head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big tropical fruit aroma up front that is fresh and juicy. Pineapple, mango and peach. Some grapefruit notes as well with almost no discernible malt sweetness.

T - Grapefruit, orange rind and pine are the dominant flavours. That amazing tropical fruit aroma is almost non-existent in the palate with the exception of some very light pineapple notes. A nice sharp bitterness is present that lingers considerably in the finish. The malt profile is non-existent. This is a pure hop bomb.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation. Some nice tongue-coating hop oils. A little bit thinner than I would have liked.

O - A very good beer. With a little more body and just a touch of malt sweetness, this could be excellent.

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Photo of LilSipper
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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 WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtomlins
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A deep straw color with an orange hue and clear as a bell; Big cloudy head, very persistent settling slowly to a creamy collar leaving massive lacing.

S: Big fruity nose with lots of citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines) and notes from classic American bittering hops (spicy and piney).

T: First are the big sweet, juicy citrus hops that burst with sweet oranges, tangerines and some tropical fruits as well as some sharper grapefruit. There is a nice malty profile balancing out (but not overpowering) the hops. The finish is long and dry with a pleasant bittering hop punch at the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and still light considering the 7% ABV.

O: Wow, great balance and highly drinkable. Well done GLB!!

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Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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