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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


on tap


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
650ml bottle, hazy amber-orange hue, with an off-white head, sweet malty, kind of orange crush soft drink nose, with a tangerine, maderin, artificial orange flavored popsicle accent, with a hint of honeyed pale, toastey malt, with a zest orane peel aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a toasty raw graininess, honeyeish pale malt, zesty orange peel character, with a kind of vitamin C orange effervescent tablet flavor, with a flowery hop leafiness, leading towards a fruity, orange crush, bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
bottle from Oakes and beershine. Pours a orange color with a white head. Aroma smells of fresh tangerines. Flavor hits with a nice dose of oranges and the orange peel imparts a really nice bitterness in the beer. This was a nice change and well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Blankboy. De couleur orange et claire. Nez d un léger houbleux herbeux aux notes florales et citriques, moyen de grains de malt pâle, légèrement fruité (agrumes et zest) et avec des traces de légumes bouillis. Mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-fort et une texture légèrement aqueuse. Léger goût fruité (léger zest d agrumes, notes d agrumes, traces d abricots) avec de faibles traces de légumes bouillis lors de l entrée en bouche suivi d un léger-moyen goût de grains de malt pâles ainsi que des traces de pain puis en finale l on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées) légèrement asséchante. Post-goût plutôt court et légèrement asséchant, aux notes amères de houblon herbeux et de zest d agrumes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strangebrewer (1183) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours light copper coloured with frothy off-white head. light aroma of oranges and malt. Low carbonation. A medium alcoholy apricot mouthfeel, mostly malty with a short mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Vibrant orangey colour. Orangey, apricotty aroma. Full of bitter orange peel flavour with slightly firm malts in the background. Finishes quite dry. Had on tap - maybe the bottles aren’t as good?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Draught at Victory cafe, Toronto. Lovely orange color with haze. Nice off-white head, served in pint glass. Fresh aroma is more spice than fruit but does have a dry orange aroma. Crisp hoppy finish that accepts and integrates the orange peel bitterness exceptionally well. Incredibly refreshing, surprisingly so. Soft, silky mouthfeel. Hits the spot in many ways, had no idea what to expect from this. Becomes juicier with every sip. Really enjoyable, oozing with zest. Sessionable quaffer that hits the H-(hop) spot without going overboard. This was one of the big surprises on the trip to Toronto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
Pours a nice deep amber colour almost a faint brown, with a nice rocky tan head. Nose is pretty tame, mostly caramel malts, and a tiny bit of orange. There’s a nice undertone of grassy hops too. Flavour is very similar, very malty and sweet, with pretty strong hop bitterness. There is some nice orange peel, it’s not overpowering, but it is stronger than you might imagine, and it’s pretty nice. Carbonation is low, which I’ve been enjoying more and more lately, and it’s reasonably chewy. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
(650ml bottle) Purchased at the LCBO Rideau in Ottawa for $4.95. Pours a copper body with an almond-coloured head. Nose of orange and mild honey. Flavour of spiced malt with a tart citrus base. Not really that bad but a tad expensive for the quality. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) Une biere de couleur blonde orangé avec un mince collet moyennement collant. Odeur de crush a l’orange, oranges, vanille, un peu épicé, Gout d’oranges, poivre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid

App.: Deep clear orange poor with a thin frothy off-white head

Aromas: Ginger, hint of tangerine, orange zest, cloves, honey

Palate: Faintly sweet start with an average yet nice bitter mouthfeel, good carbonation, zesty all the way

Flavors: Tangerine, pepper, good maltiness...

Notes: Very drinkable, unique but not unpleasant

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