Great Lakes Lake Effect | Great Lakes Brewery

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4.13/5
Exceptional
138 Ratings
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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:
#3,073
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
138
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weswideman
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Maverick25
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer that GLB has put out (IMHO). Great flavor,

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

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly floral, pleasant bitterness, some alcohol warmth. There are some tropical hop flavours, but I could go for more hops and a bit less booze. Good brew, but not their best IPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillT916
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JahTurbo
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, finger of head, some retention and sporadic lacing. Nose is super sweet, candied citrus, nice toffee and caramel malt backbone. Flavours are much the same on the palette, juicy citrus, hints of mango and pineapple. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish. These guys have this style dialed in, super tasty and a fantastic rendition of the style.

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Photo of byronic
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaddog
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Lake Effect from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 138 ratings