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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
650ml bottle
5.3% ABV
I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joeís" in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent orangy-brown with a thin white head. The aroma was some sweet malt, some citrus, although not really all that orangy, and some hops, although I was expecting a more hoppy assault from a beer with 5 kinds of hops in it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and leaves a dry feeling. The flavour had a little malt in it, and some bitter hop tones as well to round it off. A very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pchiodo (27) - Barrie, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
I really enjoy this beer. I look the citrus aroma and flavour and think this is a great seasonal along with their pumkin ale. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BostonFox (26) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2009
I havenít had an Orange Peel since the summer when they brew it but I think Iíve had enough on patios around Toronto to nail this review like I had one yesterday. First of all, this beer falls into a great catagory for me - flavorful, unique and crisp while remaining extremly drinkable. The beer looks great - a bold orange - and possesses a subtle malt and orange aroma. The flavor is again subtle orange - enough but not too much - with a nice malt backing. Nicely balanced. Canít wait for patio season......this brew is under rated by some - big time. Why?

   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 itís the bitter orange peels followed by the hops. Itís well balanced but nowhere near as sour I was expecting. The flavours also improved as the beer warmed up. Itís a similar orange flavour compared to that a good orange liquor. Average carbonation. Average feel. I didnít know what to expect when I cracked this one open but I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
650ml bomber from the LCBO. Pours a nice deep orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is really nice, biscuity malts, with citrus hops on top, a hint of orange. Flavour is even better, perfect malt backbone, and a zesty hop bite followed by the orange citrus finish and aftertaste. Itís delicate sweetness is delicious. Iím glad it comes in a larger format! The effervescence combined with the citrus is reminiscent of sprite, but it actually works well. The honey comes through more as it warms, and itís actually very well balanced with the orange aspects. Well done!

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TallBrew (2) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007 does not count
Draft @ West 50. Seasonal, tart orange rind taste without being sweet like other fruit beers. Nice amber colour. Beginning to be a fan of Great Lakes brewery!

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
Orangey pour with a really thick head. The name and look make me think of a creamcicle. Thankfully it doesnít taste like one. Scent of hops and grains. Distinct Great Lakes scent. Taste is suprisingly bitter, Thick with a warm finish. Really well balanced. Slight spice aftertaste.

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