Tasting: April 11, 2011
I’m kind of obsessed with the things I can’t have — and as far as I know, Great Lakes beer isn’t sold in New Jersey. The combination of the “tease”; positive reviews and a posting on Facebook (from one of my wife’s friends) – pushed me over the top for a case on a weekend trip to PA.
The pour is a lightish orange and the head vanishes to nothing in no time – no lacing. I get an orange rind on the nose. To me, this ale strikes me is a very unique IPA. It really isn’t hop forward and has a mild malty/grain up front followed by the fruity yeast flavoring you’d expect from a Belgian ale. It has a moderately bitter finish. I don’t know what the IBU’s come in at, but I would guess around 60 – 65. The easiest description on this is that it’s a Belgian abbey’s take on an IPA. It’s really fairly well-balanced presenting equal parts malt, hops and yeast. I can’t offer a comparable beer but I can really see this as a favorite on a hot summer day — when other IPAs won’t quench your thirst. I give this 87 points based on it’s unique quality.