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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
Pretty decent summer beer. The orange taste is quite noticeable at the beginning, and it’s interesting enough to be worth the try! I’m not sure if I’d have it again, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AWS9 (646) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
Carbonated. Sweet and sugary orange taste, with some orange peel bitterness. None of the flavours are fully borne out and just lacks anything special about it to make worthy of a "limited edition" beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
650ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange / amber, with a thin white head. Very faint orange oil on the nose. Kind of expecting more, since well, it’s orange peel ale. Mostly caramel malt aromas, with some vanilla, and pink bubblegum. Flavour starts with orange candy, quickly turning to malt, faint wood and orange / citrus in the bitter finish. Has an aftertaste that is very similar to the aftertaste of oranges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
650 ml bottle sampled 6/5/08. Golden amber colour with a mostly diminishing creamy and fizzy white head. Grainy, bready, floral, and citrus aroma. Bready and lightly orangey flavour with a fruity, lightly perfumed, and earthy bitterness. Faint underlying orange and pithy character throughout. Medium bodied, firm but juicy mouthfeel. Perfumed bitterness grows as it warms and is a bit unpleasant. An interesting experiment, but not to my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bomber. Poured medium orangey-golden with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet candied oranges and Circus Peanuts (more of those actually, now that I think of it).. quite a bit of honey too.. not a bad combination of stuff, but it didn’t work very well. The flavor opened with orange tanginess, with sweet honey and pale malts following.. light, grainy orange bitterness and light floral notes around.. finished with candied orange zest and honey. Light-bodied and dry on the palate.. too watery and tacky at times (different times), so the flow wasn’t that good.. I didn’t enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decimator (51) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a hazy gold and orange colour with a 1" head. The head slowly dissipated and the lacing was good. Aroma is sweetness, of oranges and of faint hops. The oranges are not overpowering giving this an overall pleasant aroma. Taste has some sweetness upfront, very mild citrus notes, then it’s the bitter orange peels followed by the hops. It’s well balanced but nowhere near as sour I was expecting. The flavours also improved as the beer warmed up. It’s a similar orange flavour compared to that a good orange liquor. Average carbonation. Average feel. I didn’t know what to expect when I cracked this one open but I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
650mL bottle. Tasty beer, but not mindblowing. Amber colour with white head. Orange rind nose, taste is malty with more orange flavour. Bit of hops in the finish, overall easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle from LCBO (Toronto, ON). Pours a clear golden with hints of amber and thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of orange, funk, wheat, honey. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of orange peel, light citrus, wheat, honey, light spice and hints of caramel. Generally light to medium body with a thin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (5084) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2009
Light amber color. An unbalanced ale with some artifical organe flavoring thrown in. Pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Bouteille de 650 ml achetée à la LCBO (Peterborough, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de céréales avec une pointe d’oranges et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’oublons avec une pointe d’agrumes et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de zestes d’oranges en arrière goût. (Rating #2599)

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