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Great Lakes Independence Ale
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft from Party Source. Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Good malty and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2009
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit accents along with some malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character. Notes of citrus and bready malt as well. The finish is citrusy hops and mild malt with a lingering bitterness. Above average overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6502) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa nice amber orange. Aroma is caramel, light soap, butter. Taste is bready, caramel sweetness, bitterness in the finish. not a big fan of ambers but this is decent

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Draft at Dublin Pub in Dayton. Bright but dark copper with a pleasantly rolling bubbliness. Nice rich caramel malt forms the basis of this, but there’s also a nice crisp hoppy bite to bring it together. Yummy. (#3576, 7/4/2009)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Imperial draft served on tap at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a sunny clear copper, decent offwhite head that sticks around laces well, decent carbonation liveliness. Aromas are some nice floral and grapefruit hoppiness, grass, caramel and toffee malts. Initial is smooth caramel english malts, nuttiness, good bitter floral hops. This is an ESB by the book off the bat and a very nice one at that, more intense than it’s so called "Amber" tag. Good bitterness balanced by toasty English malts, drinks very well with sweetness and bitterness in harmony. I can applaud any ESB that is served in honor our nation. Finish a bit of toffee sweetness with moderate bitterness. Top effort bya brewery that does ESBs very very well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Draft at GL. Pours an amber body with a white head. Sweet and malt with hints of hop bitterness. Decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Draft @ Party Source. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma was floral and citrus with some caramel malt there as well. There was a slight soapy hint to the nose as well. The flavor opens with a soft bready malt, mild caramel, and citrus hops. The finish has a nice bitterness with more toasted malt coming through. I didn’t get much sweetness from this. Medium bodied, decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at Great Lakes in July 2009 as part of Christmas in July. Sampled side-by-side with the Christmas Ale. Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate amber color with a bit of a stronger reddish character when light hits the glass. A bit of a light head that dies down a bit too quickly. The nose brings some citrus and pine hops as well as some very lightly-toasted malt with a bit of bread and biscuit. The taste is mostly bready with a small spattering of hops. Good body and slight bitterness; a bit plain, but drinkability is nice. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Sampled on draft at Johnny’s Wife’s Place in Jeannette PA this beer poured a medium amber color with a huge yellow-white head. The aroma was moderate floral and light fruity hops. The flavor was lightly tangy and bitter with a nice amount of fruity and floral hops and a nice malt backbone. Good balance though a bit thin in substance. Nicely Enjoyable.


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