Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by date of 04/12/13.
Great Lakes year-round IPA pours a golden color that has some hop residue in suspension. The sediment is a little unexpected, as most IPAs I've had are very celar and undoubtedly filtered. The sediment is welcome though, as it adds a definite "rawness" to the brew. CP is topped by a two-finger head of tight white bubbles that leave stringy, webby lacing down the glass. A textbook look for an IPA, I'd say.
Since this is classified as an English IPA, don't expect the burst of Cascade par for the style. While the signature grapefruit, orange, and pine characteristics are there, there's also an herbal, earthy bitterness present, as well as some fresh floral notes. The hop presence is pretty big on this one, but some bready/caramel malt hangs in the balance and provides a solid sweetness, and some fruity esters from the yeast are also there. While not a citrus bomb like many other IPAs, this is a very solid beer with its aromas.
Commodore Perry is incredibly smooth for an IPA but is bursting with flavor. The Cascade hops hit the tongue with their signature flavors of grapefruit and pine resin. A substantial malt presence of bread flavors and caramel cut this in the middle, and the finish comes with notes of floral hops and some earthy, tea-like bitterness. This beer strikes a good balance between the American and English style profiles for the IPA, and that in and of itself is a great feat. A well-balanced but assertive IPA.
With a dry and slightly fruity finish, Commodore Perry has a medium body with smooth carbonation. This is very drinkable even with a bitter finish. Also quite refreshing.
Great Lakes is just a solid brewery, period. Commodore Perry is proof that they know how to stick to a tried and true formula for a traditional style while still putting a nice twist on it to stick out from the pack. While not a mind-blowing, earth-shattering IPA, I'd rather have Commodore Perry, which can absolutely hold its own with such a great sense of balance.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2013 00:54:45 | More by Groomsy
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