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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The weather channel describes Lake Effect snow as a “mass of sufficiently cold air moving over a body of water creating an unstable temperature profile in the atmosphere.” Who cares. This beer, however, has nothing to do with that drivel. It was inspired by a summer spent drinking heaps of IPAs on a stoop on Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, NY.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014

Bottle 650ml. @ home.

[ As Great Lakes Brewing Lake Effect IPA ].
Light unclear medium to dark orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, orange - citrus, mango, pine - wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, orange, fruity, hoppy, pine - wood, medium dry. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140702]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13140) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Hazy blonde. Thin head. Clean biscuity malts, blueberry and grapefruit, smooth real tasty beer. Fuuu...toasty, biscuity, but clean moderate citrus bitterness. Real good IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
A lightly hazed IPA with a thin white head. In aroma, a pungent floral oily hops with light musky notes, sulfur, nice. In mouth, a smooth grassy malt with catty floral hops, grapefruit pulp, decent. Cask at Ontario Cask IPA Challenge, April 21, 2012.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9437) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT 9 thanks to Joes. Hazy orange color, decent sized white head that leaves fair lacing. Aroma has malts, hops, fruityness of mango and pineapple. Taste malts, hops, bitter, fruity. In the end there’s more bitterness than fruityness. Nice though!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9203) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 a reddish tinge to this one. A big IBU, big bitterness, very tasty. Neutral aroma. Backed up by a decent malt backbone. Had this on nitro, which lessened the bitterness gave it a lace sheet, more drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8991) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sample at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. The beer is a mostly clear yellow-gold color with a medium thin bone white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of hops, citrus, pine and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hop aftertaste. Decent overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Tap at Volo. There is a tight white head over a pale golden beer. There is a lot of orange peel and mango tropical fruit. Peach and a touch of light pale malt. Hoppy and a little bit of flinty malt flavour that works really well for me. A touch of soft fruitiness in addition to the fairly lean malts. A little bit of lingering moderate bitterness. Damn tasty brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 2012-04-21. Lightly hazy orange body. Big aroma, odd funky grapefruit, pith, bit odd but enjoyable. 7+ Flavour has a good amount of grapefruit, but of tropical fruit and modest bitterness throughout. 7+ Average to light bodied palate, light carbonation. Enjoyable, this was one of the better ones of the day but I think it is much better presented on tap. 7+/3/7+/3/15+ Blind Tasting on Cask at Volo IPA Challenge

2011-11-25. Crisp orange body, small white head. 3+ Lovely hoppy bitterness, nice citrus character, orange and tangerine, light resin touches. Yumm! 9+ Modest aroma, mild citrus notes. 7+ Average bodied palate. 3+ Lovely IPA. 8/3/9/3/18 - 4.1 On tap at Volo, Toronto

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7389) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, and Ian; sent to me by Sammy. The bottle leaked a little in transit, so I was kind of worried about this little fella. My fears were unfounded, as the pour was lively with brisk carbonation and excellent head formation. Beautiful perfumey grapefruit and mango hop character, very fresh and zippy. Intensely bitter finish. Light caramel malts allow for supreme expression of hop character. A really terrific IPA-- thanks Sammy!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
[4154-20111125] Tap. Citrus grass and peat hops aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head and some spotted lacing. Bitter lightly buttery grassy hops flavour has a long lemon skin aftertaste. Medium body is quite bitter. Great bitter. (8/3/7/4/16) 3.8
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)


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