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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle from my secret santa. Dull auburn pour with a decent head. Nose is predominantly coriander with limited orange and some sweet malt. Mostly spice and astringent malt with no orange to be found. One dimensional and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GRM (3762) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Brown bottle, 650 ml, produced in F2008, purcahsed at the LCBO on July 11 2008, savoured on July 20 2008; eye: copper, clear, slight effervescence, white head that turns rapidly into a tiny ring; nose: malt, light honey, slight orange; mouth: malt, a bit of honey, finale in grainy honey with a hint of orange, slightly bitter, lightly sweet, rather carbonated, medium body, thin; overall: so? FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, produite en F2008, achetée à la LCBO le 11 juillet 2008, savourée le 20 juillet 2008; œil : cuivrée, claire, très légère effervescence, mousse blanche qui se transforme rapidement en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, léger miel, très léger orange; bouche : malt, un peu de miel, finale en miel granuleux avec une petite pointe d’orange, très légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, plutôt carbonatée, corps moyen, texture mince; en résumé : bof!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
A nice amber via trade with matt7215-Thanks! Aroma was middle of the road. A slight funky aroma of stale caramel malt with just a hint of orange. Pour was a nice medium amber with a one finger off white head. Taste was nice and basic. Caramel malt with old hops in the aftertaste. No orange at all in the taste. Decent carbonation, though. Not groundbreaking, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours an absolutely clear orange with a very brief head, and a sweet but funky aroma with light notes of orange peel. Tastes very watery and weak with an artificial orange flavour. Well carbonated, thin body. Ewww...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2008
From bottle. Fresh aroma of citrus hops and fruit. Clear orange in colour with a thin lace. Refreshing ale. Crisp and clean texture. A little weak in flavour. Expected to hit with orange but gives a subtle flavour of orange peels. If you like orange peels that’s a great thing but I wasn’t to sure. Overall, a drinkable beer and so happy to find it in NS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a good size foamy head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with not as much spices as was advertised on the label. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light bitter hops. I still can’t believe five varieties of hops were used and that the taste is not more pronounced. Would have enjoyed this one a lot more of it had more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
A golden ale with a thick receding white head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, and german hopping. In mouth, a good fresh malt with light residual sugar, a bit of vanilla. Not much in terms of orange, but a good quaffable ale. Bottle from LCBO, tasted May 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
65 cL bottle courtesy of matt7215. Thanks Matt Orange-ish amber pour with a large white head. Moderate retention and little specks of lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Very sweet, but not overly so, with the orange subtly coming through. Caramel notes as well. Grainy malt taste shows up first followed by a big hit of orange. Slight hop finish. Interesting beer and a good effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanrassel (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
Orange blossom aromas with a touch of vanilla and honey. The flavour started malty and sweet, with tart oranges coming in the middle. A dry, dusty finish made for an overall subtle and refreshing effect. (This rating is for a 660 mL bomber — I found the draft version more cloying and less enjoyable and was pleasantly surprised with the bottled product.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
65 cl bottle, Toronto. Light amber colour, malty aroma, balanced hop flavor. No orange peel coming through for me, except perhaps on the aftertaste there is a slight citrus burn. Not bad but for the price there are many options as good or better.

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