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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2373) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottled sample via gregclow. Light orange in colour with strong carbonation. Fairly malty aromas, with secondary notes of nuts, orange, and earthy hops. Flavor wise, the juicy orange note is nice, and the bittering level is nice, but theres a bit of an issue with the malts. The malt profile is a kinda muddled, and overly sweet. Its close, but no cigar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
Orange-amber in colour, very thin off-white coloured head, very thin lacing. The aroma is quite sugary, light orange citrus, grainy and floral. The flavour is soapy, lightly bitter, grainy, moderate orange citrus. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes lingering, the soapyness continues, long bitterness. Was the intention of this an IPA? Not bad but very gimmicky.

650ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario for $4.95.
Purchased on May 4, 2007 and opened on June 8, 2007.
No best before date.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Mild citrus nose, Wow! Orange is the colour too, wearing a tiny off-white head. Flavour is orangey, with some malt. Light bodied,bitter and sweet. Fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Well, Ive had this several times and I enjoyed it a lot more when it first came out so my score is kind of an average of all of the iterations. Sparkling/effervescent orange with a sudsy white head and sheet lacing. Orange and tangerine are evident in the aroma with a touch of biscuit as well. Nice creamy body with slight mineral notes and pleasant carbonation. Sufficiently bitter but never over the top, simply quenching. Not much orange besides what is contributed by the style of hops. Sugar coating in the middle and almost wheat-like at times. Fine balance and an overall decent thirst quencher but not something Id necessarily strive for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUL 1, 2007
draft at volo in toronto. mild fruity aroma,. it has lightt yellow hue with small white head. the aroma and flavor is orange and the finish is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
A nice enough ESB-style, but lets face it...this is sold as Orange Peel Ale, not Acceptable Amber Ale, and I like to judge beers on the standards they set for themselves. There was little-to-no orange character (some tartness, but who knows?), and I had more fun peeling off the foil before opening it than at any point after. Looks nice enough, pours nice enough, tastes okay (again, as an ale, its just fine), but I wanted orange peel. I dont think thats a lot to ask, since I wouldnt have bothered to try this beer if it didnt make the claim. Perhaps they could add more orange next time they make a batch...? As it is, not worth the price and doesnt nearly live up to expectation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
650ml bottle, 5.3% a/v Orange brown in color, with a quickly dissapating offwhite head, the nose is of the oranges, and some dark malt. The taste is of the malt, obviously oranges, honey, and even a slight note of chocolate.. The palate is smooth with a nice hop finish and more orangey chocolate taste. Not bad, more of a fall beer then a summer beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robinvboyer (4307) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
650ml, aroma is slightly orange, VERY slight, sweet malt, and a smidge of hops. Flavour is quite thin, some honey, and a tad of orange, but the honey seems to take some of the hosp away, makes it a bit too sweet. Its wattery, and not very good. meh, im not liking this very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
650 ml bottle: Looked like a golden ale with just a touch of orange food colouring. Given the name, I expected it to reek of oranges, however, the smell was of hops and sweet malts. Flavourful on the palate, some unidentified spiciness. The finish finally reveals a little hint of orange zest. There is quite a buzz around this beer in the Ontario Craft Community and I must admit, I was dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
650 ml bomber. Pale amber/golden beer with a thick white head. Rich sweet malty aroma, a bit of orange marmalade character as well, but doesnt really come across as a flavoured ale. Good fresh flavour, lightly nutty toasted malts followed by a solid dose of earthy/spicy UK hops. Moderate bitterenss. As it warms more orange and spice come to the front of the palate. The orange flavour isnt sweet, but rather bitter and fairly complex. Good balance and a beer that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would from the name.

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