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Great Lakes Audrey HopburnGreat Lakes Audrey Hopburn

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by liamt07 on 08-20-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 55
Photo of SSS
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice bright golden yellow with a white head that is a good thickness and lingers
S-I get some banana and candy aroma from the Belgium yeast I assume they used to call it a Belgium IPA. There are also dank hops and an acidic spice smell
M-High carbonation a signature trait of Belgium beers that I dislike
T-I get an acidic punch from the get go, not pleasant for me. There is an attempted sweet and bitter balance that is totally overpowered by the carbonation that is high and peppery
O-Just not my kind of beer. I find it a little too acidic and over carbonated.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber served cold into a pint glass. Purchased the latest from Tank X at GLB from the LCBO for $5.95 CDN.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yeloo / orang / copper colored beer. Great big head of a finger and a half is poured with impressive head retention. Some curtains of lacing left around the glass. Minimal carbonation is visibly present.

Smell - Big citrus hop aroma as we've come to expect from these guys. Mandarin orange, lemon zest and pineapple are the biggest aromas. Some earthy dankness, but that kind of lays in behind everything else. A hint of kiwi and passionfruit combination upon repeated whiffs. Some bready yeast aromas, although subdued relative to the funkiness of many a Belgian IPA.

Taste - Medium to strong bitterness, flavors of orange and lemon are strongest with a dash of grapefruit and passionfruit. Some subtle sweetness throughout. Malt bill is low but there's a buttery quality that permeates throughout the beer in a pleasing manner. Funky yeast flavors come through after repeated sips. Some overrpipe fruit shows up in small quantities at the end and detracts a bit for my taste buds.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly buttery texture. Carbonation is expressive yet body is light.

Overall - Another very good to great IPA from these guys, it seems like they can't miss. Given the reasonable price (by Ontario standards for a bomber anyway) and good well rounded flavors and smells, this is definitely worth a shot for the Ontario contingent.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery for $2.80 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out within seconds. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops here.

T- Grapefruit galore. Super wet hopping on this one. Very enjoyable malt base. Malt is subdued and laid back. Not like typical IPA's of this nature. There are more than just citra hops here and they are perfectly blended for a medium alcohol level brew.

M- Creamy good!

O- Me likie this one! Will buy every time I see it. Super refreshing and not sweet or syrupy at all. Just a well blended all around good brew

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew did not go well with....... The pig roast the brewery had in the parking lot. 1st annual pig roast for them with Food & Liquor providing the roast pig. IPA and smoky pork just did not go well together. This one would go well with something spicy like a pizza with hot Italian sausage, hot peppers and pineapple.


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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished gold with a Tripel-esque rocky white head that's enormous and lasts a very long time. The glass is draped in lace ridges and trails on the way down. Orangey hops mix with a candy sugar sweetness and some phenolic, estery yeast character. Lemon rind and some tropical fruit take the lead first sip. Chewy pale malts and herbal notes mingle in the back. Fruity Belgian yeast adds an extra layer of complexity. Brash, somewhat coarse bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rather full bodied for the style with a moderate carbonation level.

A nice Belgian IPA. The hop profile could be more intense and complex, but still nice.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Audrey Hepburn said "there is more to sex appeal than just measurements". Nevertheless, Audrey Hopburn sure measures up - its head is extremely thick and spatters the glass in white goo. And if that's not innuendo I don't know what is! In all seriousness though, the dense but bright orange complexion and excellent retention reflect an aesthetic and well made beer.

The aroma smells like a heaping compost pile comprised solely of the skins and rinds of grapefruits and mangoes especially, but also pineapples, papayas and lychees. It is wonderfully, fragrantly citric. Belgian yeast sure is quiet, a little too quiet if you know what I mean...

You see, Belgian yeast usually make a lot of esters and phenols. No esters or phenols suggests no Belgian yeast. The taste, like the nose, is summarized by tropical fruits and, much less so, by lightly toasted cereal malts. Overlooking faint rose-like florals, this definitely registers more as a straightforward IPA as opposed to a hoppy Belgian ale.

Indeed, six and change percent alcohol may be average for an IPA but it practically qualifies as table beer strength for a Belgian ale. Moreover, the beer has a trace of resinous pine and more than enough of that candied, bubblegum-like fruit to register as an American IPA. But as for the pledged 'Belgian' characteristics I can't seem to find much of anything.

Audrey Hopburn is indeed a fairly obvious beer pun but it's also a pretty good one, as is the beer (provided you enjoy at face value, for what it is not what it claims to be). Great Lakes' Tank Ten offerings are generally well worth buying and this one is no exception, particularly if you have the chance to try it on-tap. This is a good beer from a consistently good brewery.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at the brewery and thought it was special. Little did I know it would see massive LCBO distro. Sorry Matt and Emma...

From a bomber into a snifter
Project X Series version
IBU: 58

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orand with lover levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definitely Belgian in the yeast profile. Much like a stronger blond ale. Pale malts, spicy notes of tijm, coriander, with notes of apples as well. Floral aromas for sure, as well as some bubble gum. Quite interesting, but not really a Belgian IPA.

TASTE: Very much like a overly hopped strong blond, like the nose had suggested. Pale malts, spicy coriander and tijm, then some apples and bitter floral hop notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is bitter and spicy with floral notes and yeasty spices, with some sweet bubble gum as well. Follows the nose well, but not my type of Belgian IPA.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is flavorful and definitely Belgian, but it's not really what I've come to understand a Belgian IPA to be. This is more like an overly hopped strong bold ale. It's an interesting take on the style and there's nothing wrong with the beer per se, but if I'm looking for a Belgian IPA, this is not something I'd want. Not bad, just not my thing. Pass.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Cloudy electric orange pour. Good carbonation, one finger fluffy white head. Half finger retention, spotty lace.

S - Orange, yeast, sweet malt, nice noble hop note, citrus. Nice stuff.

T - Noble hops less present. Yeast, herbal, leafy, vegetal. Stronger Belgian yeast character. Musty and dusty with some orange in there too. Nice and complex.

M - Nice strong carbonation with a medium creamy body and a snappy bitterness.

O/D - A good representation of one of my favourite styles. Complex and drinkable while being able to hold your attention for the whole bottle, and probably another if the desire strikes. Great Lakes can be proud of this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, apricots, coriander/clove, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, apricot, and some herbal notes. It ends with a herbal hoppy bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A very solid beer. Reminds a bit of the BIPA's from Dieu Du Ciel. A nice dose of hops and and a flavour that will keep you going back for more sips.

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Photo of randallpink
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy orange colour with a nice thick two finger head. the head has a pretty decent retention and the lacing is excellent by the end of the drink

S - smell is great right off the pour and slightly fades as its exposed to the air longer. nice citrus and floral smell with spices. the fruit smells like grapefruit to me and there is a definite hint of cloves in there.

T - The hops and belgian yeast are very prominent in the taste and i absolutely love the way the taste of the grapefruit mixes with the bitterness of the beer. a great example for me of this style. there is just a great overall distribution of the different aspects in this beer. nothing is too overpowering for me.

M - Its got a light body and great carbonation that stays throughout. one of my favourite parts of this beer is how it feels going down. very smooth and the aftertaste that slightly lingers there makes me licking my lips waiting for the next sip.

O - this is one of the best beers ive tried in general this summer. will be picking up more as soon as possible. i recommend it to anyone looking for something new or to anyone who loves the IPA styles. great beer from Great Lakes!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. From their Tank Ten series.
Poured into my Duvel tulip. A hazy peach caramel brew, with a good 3/4 inch head of thick foam, which recedes into a generous ring with lots of typical Belgian ale swirls. Clouds of lace line the glass.

Nose is peach, orange, citrus, mild Belgian yeast, herbs and spices.

One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had recently, because although there is a markedly "Belgian" quality to this brew, it certainly ain't no Belgian pale. The yeast is subdued, giving the brew a musky dryness, while the citrus hops are allowed a largely uninterrupted performance. Grapefruit, citrus pith, orange and caramel.

Belgian mouth feel with its fine but zippy carbonation, good thickness and dry finish.

There has been a Great Lakes renaissance going on here this summer, and boy am I digging it. Definitely a beer I will be going back to again and again this summer, especially for the price (just under 6 bucks for the bomber). Great work again from Great Lakes.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is quite dominant with light floral undertones. Taste is a satisfying mix between some floral hoppy notes dominated by citrus and piney notes. Dry caramel malt is pretty discreet and finish is quite bitter. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not sure I can pick-up the Belgian style in this IPA but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of korguy123
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another wonderful gift from TheSevenDuffs
Bottle into tumbler.

Hazy orange and gold pour. Two finger soapy, off white head. Lacing is excellent.

Bright citrus, and a slight pine up front. Sweet tangerines, a touch of peaches and a little grapefruit. Wet grassy hops with slight malt finish. There is a touch of pepper in the nose from the Belgian yeast.

Spicy Belgian yeast, tangerines and grapefruit. Strawberries and some bitter pine. Slightly sweet finish.

Light body, good carbonation and dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA, had on draft at The Rhino. Cloudy yellow, with 1/2" of retained foam. Above average mouthfeel. Good hop aroma. Smooth IPA flavour, bold orange citrus. Lots of lace lines.Mouthfeel Cushioned by the yeast, with the IPA flavour dominating.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy orange.yellow. Small white head, good sticky lace.

Belgian yeast in the nose, Quite floral. A bit of pine and citrus. A bit muted overall, but nice.

Belgian yeast most prominent in the taste, like the nose. Strong hop presence. Some pine, citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit) and a bit grassy. Fairly bitter. Good.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall. a pretty good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from the brewery. Poured in to GL 25th Anniverary tulip.

A - Hazy yellow with a darker orange hue toward the centre. A thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - A good bitterness with some grapefruit and pine notes and a noticeable Belgian yeast presence that adds some clove and peppery spice aromas.

T - Bitter and dry right away. Some fresh grapefruit, lemon and pine flavours are present from the hops and they are joined by a noticeable but not overwhelming Belgian yeast profile that adds spice, cloves and some yeasty esters. The finish is bitter and peppery.

M -Light to medium body with a good chew. Dry throughout with some sticky hop oils.

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewer's Note: this was my last beer of the night after about three pints. I'd had the beer before last night and enjoyed it just as much as I did while reviewing it. That said, my hand writing got a little sloppy at this point so here are my notes ver batim minus the expletives.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish, *** orangish, it's orange.

Smell: Hoppy with citrus notes and slightly grassy undertones

Taste: Good, if a bit heavy. Bitter with a nice finish. A great complexity and depth of character that begs for another sip.

Overall: I really love, enjoy, want to explore this beer. There is a lot to explore here and it's worth splunking to the depths.

Sober me would like to apologize for the use of the word "splunking" but it seemed appropriate at the time.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken last week while on tap at "The Kick-Off" in Waterloo.

Pours a murky golden amber with limited white head, but beautiful lacing left down the glass. A wonderful hop-forward, pineapple aroma with very mild Belgian yeast undertones. The flavour has an initially sweet body, including tropical fruit and citrus, before it transitions into a decently bitter finish. That finish lingers for an impressive length of time and highlights tangerine and grapefruit elements. The Belgian yeast is a nuance rather than overpowering. As that’s not a flavour I'd personally choose, would consider this my favourite Belgian IPA!

May not be biblically true to the style, but a great name and a real pleasure to drink. A beer I'd recommend and would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde colour with a ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is tropical and fruity with lots of spicy Belgian yeast, big hoppy nose, citrus, mango and orange. Taste is fairly spicy and yeasty with lots of juicy hops up front, fruity, grapefruit, lightly sweet but with a drying finish. Mouthfeel is oily with a medium carbonation, medium bodied, fairly nice weight as well. Awesome hoppy belgian IPA here, of the few of the style popping up around Ontario this is probably the best one I have had.

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Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BarHop, into a GL stange.

Hazy golden orange on the pour, white head with great lacing and decent retention. Nose has some mild tropical notes with dominant citrus and Belgian yeast. Some spice and light sweet malts; great hop aroma. Taste is just the same, lots of citrus and subtler tropical fruits. Drying yeast character, some pine/herbal character with modest bitterness. Lighter body for the style, but this only aids the drinkability. A really nice Belgian IPA, excellent drinkability - Lackey really knows how to make a great smelling beer.

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