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: 128   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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markas101 (2490) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
65 cl bottle, Toronto. Light amber colour, malty aroma, balanced hop flavor. No orange peel coming through for me, except perhaps on the aftertaste there is a slight citrus burn. Not bad but for the price there are many options as good or better.

barncatmatt (2287) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 bomber from the LCBO. pours orange with a nice tan head. aromas are nice and malty and not at all what youd expect from the appearance. flavours are mostly malty with orange rind and a slightly hoppy finish. not bad but not what i was expecting. a dry hopped cask version of this could be something special.

Blasphemies (45) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
bottle: I thought it was a picture of a snake on the front of the bottle..anyway...Amber, perhaps orangey colour. Malty aroma. At first, just tasted like a regular ale. After a bit an orange rind taste definately comes in. I’m guessing the draught is worth trying.

Ported (67) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
650ml Bottle. Nice pale orange with a decent white head. Biscuit malts are dominant with subtle hops and a orange finish. I was expecting the orange to come through a bit more, but it is there. A nice brew, tasty and refreshing.

JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
650ml bomber from the LCBO. Pours a nice deep orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is really nice, biscuity malts, with citrus hops on top, a hint of orange. Flavour is even better, perfect malt backbone, and a zesty hop bite followed by the orange citrus finish and aftertaste. It’s delicate sweetness is delicious. I’m glad it comes in a larger format! The effervescence combined with the citrus is reminiscent of sprite, but it actually works well. The honey comes through more as it warms, and it’s actually very well balanced with the orange aspects. Well done!

garthicus (2942) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle - LCBO: Golden colour, small white head, very little visible carbonation. Aroma: Lemon sherbet, slight orange, some mild hops too. Flavour: Definite orange in there, some bitterness, a little malt hinting in the finish. Mildly fruity, the orange flavour is only evident during the swallow to me. Nice, I think it deserves better ratings than what it’s been getting in my opinion :-)

Spab (4006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
Draught at the 2008 bottle release party at Victory Cafe in Toronto. Beer poured translucent amber colour with fairly frothy white head. Aroma malty with a hint of fruit. Pleasing malty flavour with readily apparent orange notes (stronger than I recall from 2007). All in all an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
650ml bottle
5.3% ABV
I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent orangy-brown with a thin white head. The aroma was some sweet malt, some citrus, although not really all that orangy, and some hops, although I was expecting a more hoppy assault from a beer with 5 kinds of hops in it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and leaves a dry feeling. The flavour had a little malt in it, and some bitter hop tones as well to round it off. A very enjoyable beer.

Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Lagerish bland ale, with some orange flavoring that seemed natural enough in this 08 release at Volo. Hops have an effet but do not add to taste. Sweetness is OK. Overall not so drinkable.

daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
Bright amber colour with a small amount of fizzy white head. The nose is sweet with malt and surprisingly very little orange peel notes to be found. The fruity character of the nose comes out a bit more with a swirl of the glass. The body is light with a touch of fruit and a boring malt presence. A novelty beer that fails to do anything exciting.

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