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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
randallpink (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
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! :)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head and tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet pale malts, light caramel, guava, passionfruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a light touch of grass in the background. Taste is an extremely well balance of tropical fruit hops, sweet pale malts and bitterness. Nothing harsh is found up front or in the finish and just an absolute pleasure to drink!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1085) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
Pours a hazy golden-amber with suspended solids(looks like some hop sediment) and a nice creamy dull white head with a pretty good amount of lace. Aroma is tropical fruit, zesty citrus, light pine and a nice light sweet Marley back. Flavour is zesty citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruit, medium bitterness, moderate caramel and a somewhat dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
550ml draught
6.8% ABV
I tried this beer on draught on June 8, 2012 at "C’est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a slightly hazed medium gold with a thin creamy cap that laced well. The aroma was grainy malt, grapefruity hops, and some mango/pineapple notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour is very citrusy with the grapefruit hops up front, and the tropical fruit tones less pronounced, but still there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours cloudy deep gold with a big frothy white top. Aroma is big grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Taste is a beautiful boquet of tropical fruits and grapefruit hop bitterness with a small sharp finish. Great grains to balance this beast off. More.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (8070) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (275) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
Really juicy aroma, full of tropical fruit and tangerines. A hint of sweet caramel sweetness as well. Smells great. Hazy golden/yellow, long lasting white head. An IPA definitely on the bitter side, but it works. Upfront you get the tropical fruit present in the nose, followed by a really piney, bitter, cat-pee like finish. Bitter on the whole tongue. Medium bodied, average carbonation. A unique and very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2206) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Clear copper with a large frothy white head. Pleasant bitter grapefruit hop, wine gum aroma. Flavour of peach and fizzy gums. Crisp texture. Would like more body but a very nice crisp delicious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7030) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT9 shared by joes. Murky orange colour with a small off-white head. Smells pineapple, fruity, hops, fresh, apricot. Tastes bitter, fresh, fruity, pineapple. Medium body, soft to medium carbo and a bit dry.


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