Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle with Jan 2010 date poured into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: Huge head upon pouring that died down to a persistent 1/8" white foam. Persistent lacing all over the glass, even after swirling. Nice transparent (no cloudiness) golden color - faint hints of orange and brown in that golden yellow color.
Smell - upon pouring I get hops, mostly a grapefruit citrus smell but that uniquely American highly hopped smell. I keep wanting to call it Bergamot since it reminds me of the taste of the oil in Earl Grey tea. The smell is strongest when the beer is first poured and then isn't as strong as the beer warms up.
Taste - this beer to me is all just about all hops and bitterness. There is a hint of malt at the beginning of the sip and then wham - strong bitterness with a citrus-like finish and still bitter aftertaste. I think this is an IPA for those who like aggressively hopped beers. It's not bad, but I'm finding it's too strong in the bitterness as it warms up. This may be one of those beers best served cold. Indeed, it recommends serving at 45F on the side and I suspect letting it warm up to capture more flavor was a mistake.
Mouthfeel - plenty of carbonation on the tongue, but not overpowering. Feels good going down.
Drinkability - I'll give it this, it does go really well with a meal (complimented a spicy sweet Asian stir fry well), but you need to keep these cold which means drink fast which also is a problem at 7.5 ABV.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2009 23:35:31 | More by damndirtyape
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