Pompous Ass English Pale Ale: Charmed, I’m Sure

This English-based pale ale from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is light amber in colour with caramel-toned highlights. It pours with a large and creamy off-white head that settles as a rocky cap. Pompous Ass English Pale Ale has a bright, lemony smell with hints of black pepper and light fruit juices that compliment a toasty, toffee-sweetened base.

Pompous Ass English Pale
This Ale is Anything But Pretentious

There is a pleasant sweetness to the taste of Pompous Ass English Pale Ale, which carries notes of caramel, milk chocolate and raisins. A sturdy bitterness precedes a rather dry finish that has notes of black tea and wildflowers. Lemon comes forward in the aftertaste of this medium-bodied, slightly grainy and effervescent ale.

Lake Effect IPA: Snow Business

Lake Effect IPA from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is hazy golden orange colour, with a loose off-white head that settles as a bubbly collar and film and leaves long, thin streaks of lace on your glass. This American IPA is loaded with grapefruit, toasted grain and pine aromas that are accented by notes of black pepper, honeydew, coconut flesh and baked apple.

Lake Effect IPA
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The taste of Lake Effect IPA is quite bitter, clocking in at a solid 80 IBU. Unsweetened grapefruit juice is balanced by fresh and toasted light grain flavours, with an apple or pear note coming forward in the finish. This ale has a medium body with a good amount of fine carbonation. It feels creamy and a bit grainy in the mouth and also has a nice oiliness to it. The aftertaste has a lingering citrus rind tone and residual bitterness.

Saison du Pump: Pump It Up

This pumpkin ale from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is pitched with saison yeast and pours a hazy golden orange colour with a small, but frothy white head that settles as a collar and thin, moldy-looking film. The smell of Saison du Pump is vibrant with aromas of yeast and a blend of spices. A mild pumpkin tone blends with the honey-sweetened malt base to give the air of a honeydew melon.

Saison du Pump
Saison du Pump is Weird in the Best Way Possible

Saison du Pump has a fairly sweet taste that quickly yields a burst of yeast and traditional pumpkin ale flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. This ale has an earthy and very yeasty body with temperate carbonation and minor oiliness. The finish has a somewhat sour funk to it before imparting a lingering, peppery dryness and hint of gourd.

Audrey Hopburn: Two for the Road

Audrey Hopburn from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is hazy orange in colour with pencil yellow highlights and a tight, but creamy white head that leaves spots of lace and is retained as a healthy cap that climbs the glass. This Belgian IPA has strong tropical aromas of mango, tangerine and lemon zest backed with notes of wild grains, yeast, black soil, musty wood and cigar.

Audrey Hopburn
And I Said What About Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Audrey Hopburn has a dry, peppery taste that brings with it flavours of clove, fennel and citrus fruit rind, while balance is found through a caramel malt tone that is just sweet enough. This ale is very creamy in the mouth, medium-bodied and carries a fairly mild amount of carbonation. The finish is dry on the palate, with a juicy grapefruit flavour on the tongue that transitions into a pithy and yeasty aftertaste.

Green Tea Ale: Steeped in Summer

This flavoured light ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy, mango juice-like orange colour with a frothy white head that falls to a collared film while leaving a fair amount of lace behind. Green Tea Ale has a very mild, yet earthy aroma. It smells like wet grains primarily with a honey-like sweetness and a light citrus tone. The smell of brewed green tea really comes through after warming a bit.

Green Tea Ale
The Infusion of Tea Imparts a Nice Dryness

Green Tea Ale tastes like toasted malt, green tea and rice; again with a honey-like sweetness. It’s quite crisp and refreshing, not at all too sweet and the ale develops subtle berry and floral notes as it warms. The mouthfeel thin-bodied with just enough carbonation to give it some life on the tongue and the finish is quite dry.