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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
24th July 2009
hazy amber beer. Crisp and a little dry. Light malt with soft orange riding underneath. The orange is a little marmalade and surprisingly subtle. Cant taste the honey of much of any hops. Smooth finish with the orange getting a little sweeter. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (17093) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Vibrant orangey colour. Orangey, apricotty aroma. Full of bitter orange peel flavour with slightly firm malts in the background. Finishes quite dry. Had on tap - maybe the bottles aren’t as good?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14956) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle from matt7215. Thanks once more! Pours a slighty hazy orange amber with a rapidly diminishing white head. Aroma seems a complex blend of malt and orange. Near medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is orange zest and nicely roasted malt. Not so much a fruit beer as an interesting pale ale, if you can accept using orange oil in place of hop. Not saying there are no hops, just that theres a lot of bitter orange oil. And bitter is what its all about. Finishes mildly astringent and highly tasty. Surprisingly good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
A golden ale with a thick receding white head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, and german hopping. In mouth, a good fresh malt with light residual sugar, a bit of vanilla. Not much in terms of orange, but a good quaffable ale. Bottle from LCBO, tasted May 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
65 cL bottle courtesy of matt7215. Thanks Matt Orange-ish amber pour with a large white head. Moderate retention and little specks of lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Very sweet, but not overly so, with the orange subtly coming through. Caramel notes as well. Grainy malt taste shows up first followed by a big hit of orange. Slight hop finish. Interesting beer and a good effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (11949) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
bottle from Oakes and beershine. Pours a orange color with a white head. Aroma smells of fresh tangerines. Flavor hits with a nice dose of oranges and the orange peel imparts a really nice bitterness in the beer. This was a nice change and well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010

2010-05-13. Hazy orange body with a modest white head and lace. Pleasant aroma, sweet orange, tangerine, light hops. Flavour is similar with sweet orange citrus up front, bitter tangerine/grapefruit character, modest bitterness throughout. Average to light palate. Decent. 7/3+/7/3/14 - 3.4 Cask "Hop A Peel" dry hopped with Magnum hops and additional orange peel, at the brewery

2010-05-13. No notes, more hops and significantly more orange flavour, more punchy all around, significantly more flavour after a recipe change with more orange peel added throughout the process. +1 Flavour, +1 overall. On tap at the brewery.

2007-04-XX. Pours orange-amber body with a moderate head. Aroma is on the sweet side with a light malty character accented by sweet orangey citrus. Flavour is similar, with moderate sweet malt showing mild sweet orange around the edges. Average to medium palate is appropriate for the beer. Pleasant enough, and fairly quaffable but its a bit too mild and unassertive for my tastes. Enjoyable but does not set itself apart from others enough to make it a regular tipple for me. 6/3/5/3/13 - 3.0Draft at Cest What.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (10139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Medium golden color, clear, with a finger- thick white head. Aroma and flavour both consist mostly of lightly toasted malt with just a hint of orange. No bitterness. I liked Amersterdams summer sasonal orange wit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - 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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