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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. It pours a hazy light orange color with a short lived white head. The nose is a muddled mix of stale beer and artificial orange. The flavor is a terrible mix of pale malt, stale beer, artificial orange, and an odd lingering bitterness. Light to medium body. Just plain terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
From bottle, pours an opaque brown like an inviting bitter. Hunting for the Orange on the nose left me searching, definite malt, caramel sweetness. Upon taking a mouthful there’s the malt to chew your way through balanced nicely with the hops. Good bitterness throughout. Don’t forget the Oranges as their fashionably late appearance towards the end. Some may look for a more obvious or in your face presence but I prefer the more subtle approach, they complement the ale nicely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nilz (490) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle pours a deep gold, clear, with an light head. Aroma was sweet toffee malts, some citrus notes though not as significant as I had anticipated. Taste of sweet citrus elements and mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (6791) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Smells a little citrusy. Pours a slightly cloudy brown without much head but a little lacing just the same. Tastes pretty much like a lager with a little orange peel astringency. Pretty random beer. Why bother to bottle this? 650ml bottle lcbo

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4650) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Un petit verre offert par la très avenante serveuse du C’est What. Un liquide qui présente une robe dorée avec son anneau de mousse qui s’éteint rapidement. Un nez agréablement touché par des malts sucrés et par de fins parfums d’oranges et de timides pêches. Une affaire qui ne semble jamais être dans l’artifice. Des houblons qui sont derrière mais qui sont modestes. Une bouche et un corps léger avec un pétillement assez présent. Une finale parfumée qui est loin d’être sucrée. Surprenante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1560) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
650mL bottle to wine glass Orange, coriander, and nutmeg on the nose. Colour is clear amber with a long lasted thin white head. Caramel malt taste with some bitterness and some citrusy notes, but I'd be hard pressed to call it orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (8823) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Medium golden color, clear, with a finger- thick white head. Aroma and flavour both consist mostly of lightly toasted malt with just a hint of orange. No bitterness. I liked Amersterdam’s summer sasonal orange wit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6963) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2012
pours amost clear med dark golden orange with a nice and persistent off white head. fruity grassiness, some toasted malts, orange blossom, never sweet. light peppery notes, decent bitter oranges - light to medium hopping. well balanced. quite nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hammy78 (945) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle picked up at the brewery by a friend. Pours a clear copper colour with a white bubbly head. Leaves some foamy lacing on the walls of my glass. Smell is a bit skunky with a touch of orange peel. Not there best brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Listigovers (725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
Mild fresh aroma slightly spicy. Looks pretty basic thin dissipating head. Clean taste with almost no finish. A bit of a musty sort of aftertaste. So so.

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