Saturday, March 16, 2013

Orange Peel Ale

This Orange Peel Ale by Great Lakes Brewery has been standing out on the shelf at the LCBO for a couple of weeks now. I've been hesitant to buy it because the label gives me the impression it is going to have a strong orange flavour to it. I like orange, but I don't think I'd like a strong orange flavoured beer. This week, I took the bait.

Clear amber colour. The aroma has a hint of orange.

The taste was clean and definitely refreshing, but if what you're looking for is a strong orange flavour, you'll be disappointed. It made me happy.

The back of the bottle describes it as boasting a "zesty, fruity and refreshing taste". Perhaps I haven't tried enough fruity beers to make a fair judgement, but I don't think the subtlety of the orange flavouring is enough to push it into the "zesty, fruity" category.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this beer and I was really happy that the orange taste was as subtle as it was. I think if it were any stronger it would put me off.

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