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:
121
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hop Bar in Toronto, served into a nonic. Pours a very slightly hazy apricot orange, with a minimal head and minimal lacing. The nose is full of summery fruitiness -- light pineapple, sweet orange and some melon...maybe a touch of piney resin, too. Once it hits the tongue, it gets even more interesting...there's a nice biscuity backbone that is there throughout, and maybe a little honey too. The melon is there at the end,,,it actually reminds me of 2 hearted, though the feel on this one is a little better (for me)...it is a little cleaner and has a little more of a hoppy kick at the end. This is the best IPA I had while north of the border.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can from the 2015 release. No production or bb date but I suspect it's pretty fresh.

A very light pale ale colour. An inch of foamy head. Nice lacing.

Grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit are the dominant aromas at work here. There's a little bit of west coast pine, too.

A whole lot more of the grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit from the hops. It's not especially bitter, but not especially malty or sweet either. The hops are doing most of the work here, which is more than fine by me as long as it's super-fresh.

Fizzy with a remarkably dry finish.

A solid IPA. Drink it fresh. It doesn't age very well.

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Photo of akdo
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark gold body and moderately unfiltered water. It is possible to see through the glass just a little bit. The beer produces a white head that is two-finger high. It recedes to a creamy crown.

Smell: Floral. Not sweet on the nose, has notes of dry hops. There is a noticeable hint of pine woods. Obviously, Cascadian hops were not used for making this beer. Slight notes of peach and kumquats.

Taste: The beer is on the low spectrum of bitterness. The palate tastes like peaches, orange zest and Middle Eastern kumquats. Afterwards, the finale has a taste of pine woods. There is no trace of spices.

Feel: The texture is smooth and medium-bodied. There is no astringent bite. The alcoholic warmth is very subtle even when the beer is lingering in the throat. The finish is dry and clean.

Overall: This is a good example of a light IPA, which must not be confused with session IPAs. Unfortunately, the ABV, which is at 5.2%, falls under the bare minimum for an IPA (5.5%). Despite a few flaws, I would recommend that beer.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 boszormeny
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatChar
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SSS
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden yellow with a white head that remains on the surface
S-Dank, pine and herbal aroma with a little cara-'something' malt
M-Light mouthfeel and carbonation does not get in the way of flavour
T-Dry, crisp and peppery upfront with an assertive bitterness that lingers on the palate
O-I quite enjoyed this beer, definitely a grapefruit bitterness and smooth west coast feel, I recommend.

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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 kristinc
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yasky
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ultrarunner100
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Logan12321
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden, 1 1/2 head with moderate retention. Smells very tropical, mango seems to be the dominant smell , little bit of citrus there as well. Flavorful taste, the citrus and mango really comes out. Bitterness is not overwhelming and there is a slight soothing from the alcohol on the finish. Not overly carbonated, definitely can see myself buying this beer for another occasion.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hunterjames
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy, cloudy amber orange. Soapy white head.

Smell: Citrusy. Pine and grapefruit standing out the most.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, mango, grassy hops, apricots, and some peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Overall: A fantastic IPA and one of the best I've tasted out of Canada. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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