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Great Lakes Brewing Orange Peel Ale

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Fruit Beer
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
In our quest to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty spring beer. Handcrafted with five specialty malts and five varieties of hops, along with just a touch of honey, we added heaps of fresh oranges and peels into the boil. A little different, you say? We sure hope so. Orange Peel Ale balances the unique flavour of oranges with generous amounts of hops to achieve a slightly fruity and refreshing taste. We are proud to offer this limited edition beer as we celebrate our 20th anniversary of brewing excellence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quevillon (2748) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2013
650 ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Hawkesbury (Ontario) on June 6, 2013. Honey orange, small head. Light aroma of malted barley with a touch of orange. The taste is quite the same, but very dry, itís like eating dried oranges, and an unpleasant finish bitter barley. Not for orange lover!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
650 mL Bottle. Gold body with a foamy-rocky white head settling to a thin but tenacious layer leaving stringy lace. Oranges and orange peel are noticeable in the aroma along with light sweet malts, floral and earthy notes, and tangy hops. Orange peels make their presence in the flavor along with light sweet malts, citrus aftertaste, and an orange peel finish that gives it an astringent character. Nothing super sensational but different in its own interesting way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours a clear, light amber colour with a short head. The nose is impressively fresh oranges with some grainy notes but not much else. The flavour really leaves a bit to be desired. The orange, hops and malt just donít jive properly together.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Not a particularly exceptional fruit beer. The orange peel comes across as astringent, not sweet, with very little aroma. Picked this up in Toronto in 2013.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
Blahh..Pretty gross..Pours a cloudy amber color..notes of synthetic orange..Nothing worth trying here!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1948) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours light clear orange. Solid head. Aroma of fake orange and malt. Taste is sweet sticky caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Freaky_tiki (894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
I like when citrus mingles with my liqour so why not in my beer? Two finger foam cap that descends into lake-like valley. Nothing much on the nose & subtle on the mouth. Got a bit of that funky skunky mud water after taste that so many southern Ontario brewers canít seem to shake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RicherPhoto (5) - Val Caron, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
Poured clear golden, nice small clean head. A small distinct citrus aroma. Not overbearing smell. Aeroma matches clean look. Taste is a bit of a disapointment as i was expecting a slightly stronger taste. Was a bit too weak. Beer might have been too cold. Overall, will drink this again!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
djjodskins (28) - CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Nasty artificial orange flavoring aroma, weak bodied, flavorless specialty ale. Not worth 4.95$ for a bomber. Donít waste your time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Canmoore (360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
This beer pours a clear straw colour, with a soapy white head that quickly dissipates leaving some good lacing. The aroma is of orange peel, yeast, and some light malts. The taste is packed with bitter orange peel, it tastes just like you are chewing orange rinds! Some mild malt notes poke through the orange peel flavour, but this beer is definitely living up to its name. From previous years I have heard the orange taste was lacking, this years batch is just exploding with orange peel bitterness! Quite interesting, and refreshing!

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