Beer Profile: Lake Effect IPA by Great Lakes Brewery

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ABV 7% IBU 80Great Lakes Brewery - Lake Effect IPA

The term “lake effect” is a weather term relating to cold winds passing over water, picking up moisture, and then dumping big amounts of snow on the other side. This is behaviour unbecoming of a world-class city, but it’s out of our hands Buffalo!

Lake Effect IPA is a New England Style IPA that’s hazy, juicy, strong and delicious. Perhaps someone should send a case or two down the QEW to all the New York Staters who get our lake effect snow.

The appearance is a hazy golden with an orange tinge and a frothy white top. The aroma is fruity, lots of citrus, notably grapefruit. Its got a medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. The mouthfeel is almost stout like. This may be because of the high ABV or it could be that the beer is brewed with a high percentage of oats along with typical grains. The taste is juicy with a citrus note and bitter finish.

Lake Effect IPA is the first beer we’ve featured from Great Lakes Brewery. They are Toronto’s largest craft brewery and situated in south Etobicoke. Check out their website here. Great Lakes Brewery won the title of Canadian Brewery of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

Keep an eye out for Lake Effect IPA in your local LCBO or on tap at various restaurants and pubs around the 416.