Beer Review – Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale

February 5th, 2015 by in Beer Reviews

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”  Martin Luther




A few weeks back, while on a tour in the metropolis of Toronto, we stopped at a LCBO, and picked up a lot of random beers.  Pretty much anything we had not seen at our local LCBO, and then proceeded to drink them, one after another after another after another after another etc.  There were several that were really tastey and stood out above the rest, then there were the few that one was more than enough.   The Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale was one of the better ones for sure.


Great Lakes Brewery is located in Etobicoke, so somewhat local.  The Pompous Ass English Pale Ale is one of the newer lines that have been released from Great Lakes Brewery.  The beer is rated at 4.2% so not very high at all compared to some of the other beers tried and reviewed.  Similar beers to the Pompous Ass Ale are Boddingtons Pub Ale, Fuller’s London Pride, or Old Speckled hen.  If you have not tried those ones, maybe you should, then you will understand the similarities.


Now for the more important aspects, the flavor!

I was a few beer in at the time, so my taste buds may have been skewed a little bit, but nevertheless.  When you take a sip, the first thing that I noticed that it was a lighter beer.  One taste you do notice is an almost citrussy tone.  Some people get a grapefruit taste, but definitely citrus for sure.  There was a huge hop kick or anything like that, much more subtle.  All in all the mouthful was good from start to finish, with no real bad aftermath taste or anything.


Quick Facts:

IBU:  38

Alcohol Percentage: 4.2%

Calories:  126 (per can)



Rating:  4.13 out of 5

Was the Beer hoppy?  There was a little hop note, but nothing overpowering

Would you recommend this to a friend?  For sure.  With a name like Pompous Ass, there would be a select few I would recommend it to over others….

Would you buy a case of this beer?  I would, but LCBO only sells them in single cans…..

If I were to Bang my head against the wall, how long would I need to do it to burn the same amount of calories from this beer?  You would need to do so for a little under 1 hour.



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