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Great Lakes Brewery Orange Peel Ale

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Deep orange appearance. Orange is vaguely present in both the aroma and flavour, but works in a subtle way to offer lively refreshment without bogging down the palate in cloying sweetness. Beyond orange, you get notes of malt, nutmeg/spice, a slight floral quality, and a good wooden bitterness on the finish. A restrained, artful fruit beer that utilizes the fruit to accent rather than overwhelm. However, still a little overpriced ($4.95 CDN/650 mL) considering the final product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Clear gold with an amber tinge, large lasting white foamy-creamy lasting head (3+). Pretty standard generic grain malt aroma, some clover and citrus peel sharpness - clean (no corn) but nothing special. Mild grainy aroma, again I get heather, and maybe some orange pekoe herbal bitterness, but nothing out of the ordinary here, maybe a slight hint of citrus/orange in the linger. Average to watery body, nicely carbonated, good soft almost ESB astringency, no aftertaste. Went down nicely after a long skate, but I see no reason to drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Ugh, glack! I canít believe I drank this thing... Hints of orange peel on the nose and tongue. But thatís it, a very slight bit. The rest of it is your generic lager. It tastes just like a macro, but with a bitter front which makes this even worse to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
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Gold amber, medium creamy head, some carbonation noticed.
Medium sweet, fruity, light hints of citrus fruit with hops placed at the back.
Clean, medium bodied citric-hop in character. This ale left neat soft smooth finish. Gentle, clean ale with sparkle in curiosity. Different but in good way. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magtek32 (76) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
650ml bottle. Amber color with an off white head. Sweet malt aroma with notes of orange and caramel . Subtle orange flavor is overtaken by sweet maltiness and spicy hops, decent bitter finish. Medium bodied, fairly smooth and well carbonated. Definitely expected more orange, but overall a decent beer, although its kind of overpriced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 A silk screened bottle wrapped in an orange foil cap. This beer pours deep amber, leading to a decelt frothy white cap, The lacing is steady, and nice looking. The aroma is subtle orange peel, caramel, lemon zest, wheat, some burnt malts. Pretty sweet, yet enjoyable while sitting on my patio in summer heat. Very citric and acidic, some wheat, bread crust, rye bread, suragy koolaid. Pretty refreshing. The hops are here and so are the malts. Finishes bitterly with hops, citrus, and semi sweet from sugary malts.Very good. This is a good effort from this brewer, but from thier scores, it seems Ontario raters are not behind. Shame on you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
Bomber from the LCBO, shared with Phil, served cold in a tulip glass. MA11/07.

App.: Deep golden, clear, medium-full, off-white head, some lacing. Aroma: Sweet caramel/toffee malts, some citrus notes Ė like C-hops minus the bite; light peach/apricot fruitiness, light butterscotch. Palate: Medium body, somewhat silky smooth, medium carbonation. Flav.: An assault of orange hard candy with other citrus notes Ė maybe some lime and grapefruit; malt is slightly biscuity but very much in the background; dry, mild bitterness; finishes with cereal and the nasty orange flavour hangs around.

No way. If I want orange flavour, Iíll add a slice to my wheat beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoR (950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Not a bad beer at all. Was expecting something fruity but this one is not too pronounce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 9, 2007
Strong golden colour, with a thin fizzy head. Weak honey and orange aroma with even weaker notes of nuts. A relativley well balanced beer, enjoyable, and refreshing with a orange flavored finish. Interesting beer, but I probably wonít buy it that often/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2007
Very light orange, mostly just deep gold. Little fizzy white head. Nose of grass, traces of honey and some orange oil along with a bit of tangerine hop. The body is a little thin, but being lighter is what they were going for with the season. The flavour is more or less like an amber ale with the some American Hop influence. The strongest point this beer provides is that it isnít terribly sweet, not tasting like orange syrup was added to the beer afterward. Itís hard to fault but itís not an earth shattering experience either. It is balanced, modestly spiced, and in the end tastes nice. Certainly there are other notable beers that taste more "orangey" which do not advertise that fact. I am guessing that this will probably be redirected into the fruit beer category at some point. Like many others Iím sure that the attractive bottle sold this.

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