Great Lakes Engine 20 Ale
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Hoppy American Pale Ale with smokey undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The beer has a nice color, and head, witha full body. At first smell the beer was really strange. and after the first taste, it gor even more strange. but by the bottom of the pint I was loving it. the beer has a very strong smoky aroma and flavor. It is very close to the Great Lakes Burning River, but like they brewed it at a camp fire. Once I got used to the smoky flavor, I really really liked it, and wanted another one. But I never leave the brewpub without drinking at least one Burning River.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Draft. Cloudy golden yellow color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of smouldering fruit and bread dough. Taste is full bodied candied fruit with a burned edge. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (575) - - NOV 3, 2013
Had a glass as part of a sampler at Reverend in BG. Interesting, slightly smoky, not super hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Draft at Sugar Maple. Orange-brown, unfiltered. Smoky, but relatively balanced. Medium bodied, well executed. Mild hop balance. The smoke shines, but it remains drinkable. Well done, true to style despite the obvious differences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volsconti (21) - - APR 21, 2012
Very tasty but extremely dry. This is a one and done beer but a must try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkrischke (3) - - MAR 1, 2012 does not count
Good spicy flavor with smooth finish. Drank on cask. Aftertaste of pepper gives a nice finish. Good orange cloudy color and right amount of bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC (803) - - OCT 20, 2013
At Snallygaster. More and more weíre seeing beers that donít precisely fit Ratebeerís style categories. This is none of those. Both light smoke and hops come through in equal measure. Clever, exceptional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Orange pour from. Draft. White head. Crazy smokey flavor. Lacy white head. Pretty good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Draft from Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. Pours clear dark straw with off-white head. Nose is rauchy pale malt, hopcitrus. Tastes crisp with a well balanced smoky flavor paired with a nice hopcitrus and pale malt backbone. This one is smooth and flavorful, with a clean finish. The crew at Craft Ale House enjoyed this one, as did the King of Crambone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
10/3/07 on tap @ the brew pub: Chestnut brown w/ a lasting light beige medium sized head. I was a bit put off by the aroma @ first w/ a bit of a smokey phenolic that when combined w/ the cascade hops is not all that pleasant to me! Sort of a spicy (not in a good way) plasticky mess at first... Ah, but wait until it warms! Caramel and toasted malts come through as it warms, and the hops and smoked aroma intermingle pleasantly w/ the malts, and become quite appealing when warmed after 10 minutes. The hops, also slightly soapy at first, loses itís soapy character. The flavor is well balanced in the bitter/sweet, but has a bit of the soapy hop flavor when chilled. It dissipates as it warms to lightly citrus, smoked malt and a lightl toasted caramel malt flavors that evenly balance each other. The finish is dry and smokey, crisp, and has a lightly smoked malt/citrusy hop flavored aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, again a crisp, yet smooth m/f. Very well used smoked malt. A little more than an undertone IMHO, but stilll well used. I was a bit apprehensive @ the start w/ using smoked malt with citrusy hops, but as it warmed, it worked extremely well. At first I thought I was a bit put off by the "fake" smokey phenolic, but it improves in a hurry!

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