Great Lakes Independence Ale
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed to celebrate the birthday of our great nation, our American Red Ale starts with a crisp hop flavor and ends smooth and sweet. IBU 45.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Just had this last night on draught at Dexter’s Pub: Poured a well carbonated amber colour with small white head. Decent amount of sticky icky lacing circling the top of the glass. Aroma is decently hoppedas well. I love that fresh floral aroma of a West coast style amber. Some subtle biscuit but noticeably hoppy taste with a touch of spice near the finish. Really nice beer. Looking forward to this in sixers hopefully sometime soon."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Draft. Poured reddish amber with a big foamy head. More hops than expected in the aroma, with a nice bready/caramel backdrop Incredibly drinkable with a smooth malt flavor backed-up with decent hoppiness. Perfect carbonation - not nearly as syrupy as a lot of ambers. Very nice example of an underappreciated style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Growler. Coppery amber with a thin white head. Tangy hop aroma and taste. Earthy malt backbone with a clean finish. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2009
FCBF 09. Was an amber color and a pretty ok head. Flavor was a little malty and some hops were present in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2640) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2009
FCBF 09. Was pleased these folks had a new beer to showcase. A bit of crackers in the nose along with the hoppy aroma, something unusual in there too that I couldn’t identify, but it added to it. The palate was surprisingly hoppy and dry. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2009
(draft @ 2009 Flour City Brewer’s Fest - Frontier Field - Rochester, NY) Clear orange pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is loaded with dry and floral hops. When I first smelled it, I thought it was an IPA. Flavor is incredibly floral and bitter with some mild citrus. Mainly dry hops. Tastes exactly like an IPA. Finishes dry, bitter, and cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Draft. Clear golden/amber pour with almost no head. A lot of malt and hops on the nose and in the flavor. A few minor secondary flavors- floral notes, bread, and some earthiness. Light body and bitter on the palate. Not particularly unique, and feels a little too common compared to most of Great Lakes’ offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
grebs (71) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
On tap at Winking Lizard. Malty and hoppy and brown. Good, not special. I’m usually looking for something more curious from my seasonals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Lightly hoppy with a medium bodied maltiness. Pours a fair amber color with a half inch thick off white head and good lacing. Some citrus and faint pine hop aroma coupled by mild sweet malts. Middle of the road ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2009
tap at coles- i was not thrilled with this great lakes offering- strong malt flavors dominate, along with some faded, oxidized hop flavor way in the background- unpleasant bitterness. i was looking forward to switching to something else after my first sip.

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