justsayswell (281) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle. Foggy amber pour. Thinnish white head with almost no lacing. Nose is pine, caramel, citrus. Medium body. Resinous hop, nice caramel malt, and a little peach pokes through. Finish is slightly sweet. Tasty old school APA. mambossa (337) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Pour from bottle, clear amber with fairly robust head that bubbles away with ease. Nose is malt and bright floral hop. Classic Great Lakes taste, showcasing both the malt and hop profiles, not letting one override the other. Very crisp, floral, gentle grapefruit atop a lucious malt presence, yet still a very light and refreshing body. Certainly not a new-era hop bomb, but a tasteful balance and nice drinkability. Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Not a shockingly original pale ale, but a pretty good one. Pours bright orange with a lot of carbonation and average head. The aroma is citrus and malt. The flavor is citrus and malt, too, with slightly herbal/grassy notes. The finish is a little too sweet, but not enough to ruin it. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Tap from source. Orangey gold with oatmeal head and decent lacing. Smells a little tropical to me, like ripe pine apple plus pine. A little grainy, bit then a nice light bitterness comes in. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2015
12 oz bottle.
Pours with an over sized foamy head that won’t allow me to gently pour the entire 12 oz bottle into into a 18 oz mug. The foamy head lingers on and on, with some settling that leaves it looking like a fitting topping for a vanilla float. The aroma is more earthy, English hop than I prefer but also has an attractive malt aroma that is bolder and darker than expected. The taste follows, with the darker malts coming out in the finish and aftertaste.
O: nice but should revisit with a fresher bottle.
bubblehouse (1570) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2015
One of the better great lakes I have had. Good and hoppy with a descent aroma. Pretty good. ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
nice aroma with both malt and hop notes. golden in color with a light head. nice balanced flavor of caramel malts and citrus aroma hops bpar73 (1176) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Gold pour with a white head. Pine and citrus hops with malt in the taste and aroma. A nice APA. Dacrza (1023) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Date: July 2, 2015... Glassware: Barley Creek pint... Occasion: week one of camp year five, in the books... Appearance: clear, golden amber body with steady, singular streams of bubbles... thick, two-finger off-white head rises over the glass’s lip before settles a coliseum-evoking lacing; more sporadic lacing as the glass drains... Aroma: beautiful resin and pine cone, with orange peel and caramel slicing through the expected pale ale complexion; surprisingly, toasted cereal malts make for a rounded, balanced promise... Palate: frothy, creamy, slightly brackish--and smooth to the finish; drinkable, dry at the finish but crunchy at the sip; worth savoring...Taste: grapefruit, orange peel and pine resin early and easily; caramel malts and some spices--clove, vanilla?--develop a desirable complexity; not as much floral flavors, suggesting the hops were not added at later stages to produce an overwhelming effect on the aroma; a joy to sip and savor, with enough alcohol to develop the evening...Overall: in my second straight experience, Great Lakes takes a famous Ohio entity and crafts a beer that is a champion in its field; easily a top-five among standard six-pack pale ales I have had in my two decades as a beer drinker; enough nuance and texture with drinkability to satisfy even the most fickle or fearful ale drinkers... I love the body, its cohesion with its flavor, and the enjoyable return on its strength---a different take on the Sierra Nevada model but as big and tasty for an American pale... joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass, pours slightly hazy deep gold. Two finger off white head, some lacing, slight retention. Aroma pine and caramel. Taste is nicely balanced moderate malty sweet, moderately bitter. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet. Tasting notes of grass, caramel, nectarine, pine and toast. A very good APA.