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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:
124
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 42
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 Jshugart
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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 StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vyronian
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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 stotch
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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 deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ThePhil
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 LarryAppleton
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

650 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased for $5.95 CDN.

Appearance - Cloudy golden color, hints of orange. Even a gentle pour yielded a giant two and half finger white head. Crazy amount of explosive and lively bubbles. As the head receded a swath of glorious white lacing left behind.

Smell - Yum! Lots and lots of pineapple, some caramel. A little bit of pine, and grapefruit the the pineapple and caramel are the stars. Passionfruit comes out to play as the beer warms.

Taste - Wow. Big pineapple flavor, some sticky caramel and toffee malt to balance everything. A touch pine and a burst of other citrus flavors including a bunch of nectarine and some orange. Almost even a mint flavor blended in. Very intense and very satisfying. This is phenomenal. Fruit comes through a little less as the beer warms and the carbonation subsides to some extent, but the flavors transition towards a delectable passionfruit.

Mouthfeel - Smooth feeling, with good carbonation. A heftier than average body, but it works here with the intensity of the flavors.

Overall - Really impressive stuff, simply had high expectations, and within two sips this vaulted to the top of my American IPA rankings, even better than Red Racer from Central City. The nectarine pineapple blend is incredible and the bitterness is present but not too intense. 80 IBU's are well hidden as well as the alcohol. Great beer.

Update February 13, 2016. Now that Lake Effect is regularly available at the LCBO (at least for a limited time), I find this is by go to beer. Looking at my ratings, I realized how much I've enjoyed IPA's in the last 6-8 months, and this has to be the best one out of the bunch and how I would rather drink this than just about any other beer on the market. Revised score to improve, feel and overall scores to reflect my true feelings about this beer.

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

650ml bottle into nonic pint. no date code on the bottle, but i'd like to think it's rather fresh as it hit the shelves recently. 7% abv and not 6.5%

a: a hazy tangerine-y mango-y hue coming with two and a half fingers of very frothy and fluffy off-white head. fantastic lacing, looks like the head is trying to draw me some sort of map on the inside of the glass, or spell something out to me. such penmanship

s: whoa. grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, sweet bready malt. some pine scents, and a shy note of passionfruit. reminiscent of their canuck pale ale -- an excellent fruity and sweet aroma

t: follows the nose in terms of the fruits. a huge pop of grapefruit, apricot, lemony pineapple, and mango in the front, but then the middle exhibits this kind of strong dank, resinous, piney, 84 IBU hop bitterness that battles with sweet malty caramel flavours. the bitterness comes out victorious on the finish, drying the palate with its medium-plus strength for the next sip, but with subdued tropical fruit flavours hanging around too

m: medium body and sub-moderate carbonation gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. slightly sticky on the finish

o: a phenomenal, delicious, big but balanced IPA that teases you with a big fruit presence, then sabotages your palate with an ample and appropriate amount of bitterness. try it!

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late-2015 canned batch is less fruity and not as vibrant as the earlier version, but still good. feb 8 '17 packaging date cans tasting great

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Photo of Finner80
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Having enjoyed pretty much all of the other Tank Ten Series beers that I've tried, this one was pretty much an automatic buy.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour, capped off with one finger of dense, resilient eggshell-white froth. It gradually seeps away, leaving behind a bubbly film on the surface and a thick, foamy collar crowned by a thin circle of lace. The aroma has a strong tropical fruit theme going on, exemplified by notes of pineapple, mandarin orange, grapefruit and apricot, overlying malty notes of brown sugar and honey. A little piney, with maybe a hint of lemon oil.

After drinking a glass of pale lager, this bold-tasting beer really woke my tastes buds up. The malt backbone is a touch sturdier than some brews of this ilk - a little biscuity, with toffee, honey and a pastry crust-like sweetness that provides a base capable of standing up to the mighty hop flavours that follow. There is a lot of apricot, but as was the case on the nose, tropical fruits rule the day here with plenty of juicy pineapple, passionfruit and citrusy pink grapefruit and orange. Toward the finish, it becomes increasingly pithy, resiny, piney, and just plain bitter, leading into a dry aftertaste that retains a touch of alcoholic warmth. Medium-bodied, with gentle carbonation that barely prickles the tongue, and an exceptionally smooth, luxurious feel on the palate. This beer is just a pleasure to sip, and dangerously drinkable because of that.

Great Lakes' Lake Effect is absolutely delicious, and easily one of the best IPAs I've had the opportunity to try in 2014. I've heard good things about this brewery and its hopped beers for a couple of years now, and I think I'm finally starting to understand why.

[Updated Jan 19 2016]

I'm comparing a few of my top-ranked Ontario IPAs - mostly to see if there's any need for me to re-adjust their relative scores. The tallboy can of Lake Effect that I picked up is drinking as beautifully as last year's batch, there's no doubt of that. In fact, I can't think of any other Ontario IPAs that I would select over this one - save for maybe Thrust! A must-try for hopheads.

Final Grade: 4.48, an A.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of leaddog
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a warm amber with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus and piney hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel, tropical and citrus fruit, bready malts, caramel.

Taste - Bready caramel malts followed up by great bitterness from the hops, pine resin, and grapefruit peel. Notes of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Slight stickiness on the palate.

Overall - I wasn't sure what to expect when purchasing this beer, as I'm more of a bottled beer kind of guy instead of aluminum cans. However, Great Lakes has proven me wrong and created something worth being in the top list of IPAs brewed in Canada. Outstanding work.

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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 Simon212
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Volo, 400ml pour into a tulip.

Pours a fairly clear gold with some orange highlights. A nice white head with some modest retention and good lace. Nose is quite nicely hopped, lots of citrus and fruit notes. Some peaches, nectarine, mango. A light malt character and really juicy on the whole. A touch of herbal pine. Taste has some bitter pine, juicy mango, peach and peach pit notes. Light caramel/butterscotch sweetness and pale malt, that takes a big backseat to the hops. Solid flavour and great profile. Lighter medium feel and medium carbonation. Good bitterness in the finish - quite nice all 'round.

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Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint. Special thanks as always to TheSevenDuffs for the awesome Project X releases.

Bottled 6/15/2012
Drank and reviewed 6/20/2012

A- Slightly hazy golden pour with orange highlights. Two finger, super soapy, egg shell head. Lacing is incredible.

S- Massive hit of tropical fruits; Mango, pineapple and strawberries. There is a pine bitterness than is quickly followed by a mandarin and grapefruit citrus blast. Sweet malt backing.

T- Huge bitter kick in the teeth. Citrus and pine with a sweet malt finish and a dry bitter finish.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- These Project X beers are impressing me more and more with every new bottle. Thanks to Marcus for being my Great Lakes hookup!

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4.17 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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