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: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1115) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2007
Very light orange, mostly just deep gold. Little fizzy white head. Nose of grass, traces of honey and some orange oil along with a bit of tangerine hop. The body is a little thin, but being lighter is what they were going for with the season. The flavour is more or less like an amber ale with the some American Hop influence. The strongest point this beer provides is that it isnt terribly sweet, not tasting like orange syrup was added to the beer afterward. Its hard to fault but its not an earth shattering experience either. It is balanced, modestly spiced, and in the end tastes nice. Certainly there are other notable beers that taste more "orangey" which do not advertise that fact. I am guessing that this will probably be redirected into the fruit beer category at some point. Like many others Im sure that the attractive bottle sold this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jaymack (3) - Oakville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007 does not count
This was a good example of why most ales should not be ice-cold to get the full flavour value. From a bottle, first drink was nothing special, tasted honey more than orange, nothing in aroma and finished more like a crisp lager. Walked away from the glass for 7 or 8 minutes and tried again. Definitely got the orangey kick on after taste, pleasant not too much. Nice orangey/light amber colour with great head retension. May buy again, but it wont be my summer session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Draught @ West 50, Mississauga, ON: The folks at West 50 pumped this guy up quite a bit; no fewer than three employees billed it as a great beer. Mind you, they were also suggesting Rickards White, so perhaps I got what I deserved? Came orange/brown in colour, almost no head, and an aroma of off-putting malt and alcohol. Four at our table tried it, not a single one of us could detect any orange. In fact, we were almost positive theyd poured us the wrong brew. Turns out they hadnt. Great Lakes is rapidly joining Trafalgar in my "dont bother trying" pile of GTA beers. Boo-urns.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2007
On tap at Cest What. Was expecting more orange flavor but I like the balance they achieved. Fairly refreshing beer but not a big fan of the spicy hops and yeast notes. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (6247) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Pours golden with lots of carbonation and a dense off-white head. The aroma has orange and diacetyl. Medium / thin body with a touch of carbonation. The flavor starts orangy with wheat aspects. The finish is light with some spicy hops. An okay beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
white head with a slight citrus aroma. Expected a bit more from the citrus but it never came. Had a light bitterness finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1257) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 On tap at the Victory Cafe, Toronto. This beer is much better on tap then in the bottle. The orange flavour is much fresher and stronger then in the bottled version. The flavour of the underlying beer is also not as grainy as the bottled version and the body is much thicker. Bottle. Grainy aroma with very light orange. Body was a pale orange and a large white head. Grass, grain flavour with muted citrus. It was light in body and flavour. I didnt like it that much. Old rating 2.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 [2865B-20100513] Cask. Orange peel aroma has light fruit and mild ginseng soap notes. Slightly hazy, light brown orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Solid bitter hops flavour but muted and delayed, planty and dry. Medium body has a dry and bitter aftertaste. Wow, interesting profile. (6/3/7/3/15) 3.4
(Project X @ brewery, Toronto, ON; Called "Hoppapeel" dry hopped with Magnum hops and additional orange peel)

[276-20070421] Tap @ Cest What (Toronto, ON). Grainy yeast aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Flavour continues grainy yeast, has some citrus notes and is slightly bitter after. Medium body is gravelly. Good, nothing fancy, was expecting more orange. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (1127) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
This ale pours a light orange colour with a nice foamy head. To the nose there is scents of oranges and grapefruit. Very citrusy. First taste was slightly creamy with a smooth flavour of citrus with the finish hoppy. The palate was a little bitter but a good amount of bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerWeg (1616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
650ml Bottle. a pleasant enough ale with some decent body to it, a bit of assertiveness in the blended hops and not overly sweet from the pale malts (I figure you dont want the orange effect to come across too candy-ish.) It might benefit from being a touch drier, but the degree of orange flavoring was about as appropriate as one could expect.

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