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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,647
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 101
Gots: 421 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of btorsdog
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the local "ACME" on sale for $7.49
WHAT a BARGAIN! This is an exeptional IPA ! This stuff totally Rocks. Great Lakes has always done a outstanding job of "balance" in their brews and this is no exception. Do yourself a favor and try this one out for all your citrus,hops and taste desires. An extremely good brew!

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Photo of aficionado224
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly great beer, a shining example of the brewmaster's art. It has all of the best qualities of the style in abundance, and flavor that never quits. When I have a glass of this I want my mouth to never be empty. Yes, it's smooth and easy to drink, but more importantly it's bursting with flavor that's not only devoid of unpleasant aftertastes, but actually leaves behind a subtle craving for more. Can't get enough!

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Photo of westy66
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ive had so many of these, i drink em right out of the bottle. this is in my top five. maybe because i live in Cleveland, but also because this is a great IPA.

pours into a glass with a pretty orange color with a tiny bit of haze. the smell is hop and citrus, my favorite smell.

the taste is almost just what you smell. huge hop notes with a citrus aftertaste. i can see this being a love hate beer for some. these go down really well.

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Photo of otersen73
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Lakes stout glass. Beautiful two-finger head with a deep, rich, caramel color body.

Very fragrant with hints of fruits and citrus. Also, some piney aromatics poked through.

Exactly what you'd expect in a Double IPA, but packed into a regular IPA without as much alcohol content. Beautiful caramel malt up front with hops balancing the sweetness through the middle and finishing with a long dry hop-filled aftertaste.

Well carbonated but easy on the palette.

Would definitely have another, although, take caution as this one can sneek up on you in a hurry.

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Photo of maddamish
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap: Large white creamy head with staying power. The lacing is excellent. Medium Copper in appearance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very dry and oily. Perfect for an IPA. The carbonation was lively and finishes with a light astringent finish.

Smell: A pine/hoppy bouquet with strong grapefruit notes. Slight bubblegum.

Taste: A heavy bitter hop presence with dough, toast and grapefruit notes. This is a true hop head beer. Finishes with a bitter toastiness that lingers for a long time.

Drinkability/Notes: This is amongst the best IPA's on the market and I wouldn't argue with you if you thought it was the best.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is an impressively clear copper color with a full thick two finger head.

The smell is a great floral hops scent with a hint of orange.

The taste is definitely citris, but seems a little more like grapefruit than orange. Of course, there is a nice kick of hops.

I love the creamy mouthfeel.

The is a very drinkable beer. I could drink many, even though it is a 7.5% abv.

This is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of nortmand
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crisp golden and clear with a sustained, frothy white head.

Orange zest aromatics mingle with a slight bread yeastiness. Not overzealous, but mighty appealing.

Sweet grains and tingly lemon-lime hoppiness up front leads to a resiny bitter aftertaste.

Light-medium body, a very refreshing, beautiful beer.

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Photo of yesthatguy
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: An orange-ish glow with not a bubbly head.

S: Orange is the overwhelming smell. Some other fruits in there as well, though.

T: An orange flavored malt with some other fruit tastes. There is some hop to sip, but nothing overwhelming and the bitterness sits just long enough. The aftertaste is fruity.

M: The carbonation was seemed spot on and wasn't too much. It let the malt flavors really come out.

D: Definitely one of my favorite beers to drink. It has a pleasant smell and taste that goes down smoothly. For me, at least, it's a top-notch IPA.

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Photo of Adamdc
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Lakes strikes again!

Picked this up while I was in Ohio a few months back. Poured into pint glass.

A: orange/amber light carbonation, minimal head. More carbonation would be nice.

S: is this an IPA? Very caramel malty nose with orange hops. You'd never guess this was a modern day American IPA!

T: A quick hit of sweetness followed by a nice, subtle bite of grapefruity hops. As mentioned above, not your typical 'hoppy' IPA. Just enough hoppiness, in my opinion. Finish is very smooth with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: despite low carbonation mouthfeel has a little crispness to it and it's not too thin. Definitely medium.

D: A little too drinkable! For a 7.5% ABV IPA, neither the hops nor the alcohol are aggressive. Very smooth and clean.

Even though this is clearly less hoppy than most American IPA's I really enjoyed this. Very drinkable! This one's a keeper!

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Photo of bigfoot13
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is always in my refrigerator.
Always consistently brewed.
Never any unwanted surprises.

Great Lakes has a winner here and they know it.
This beer is very near my perfect IPA and I drink at least a 12 pack every week.

You can smell the hops when the glass is still several inches away from your nose.

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Photo of aaronh
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit less orange than the typical big IPA, this beer pours a nice golden-amber with a creamy white head. Big aroma of both citrus and malts, with a touch of caramel in there as well. The flavor is fantastic, with assertive bitterness, strong citrus notes, bready, biscuit maltiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Big and assertive yet a ton of malt backbone to back it up. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but finishes just a bit dry in the back of the throat. Drikability is fantastic, and I really can't believe this is an 8% ABV beer. Hides the alcohol really well. I am continually amazed that Great Lakes makes such a wide range of really solid offerings. As much as I like GLBC, this one caught me off guard. Nice.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured half finger head with patchy lacing. A light golden honey colour. Liquer consistency and clarity.

Huge citrus hops, peach, and herbal (weed) scent.

Taste is spectacular, grapefruit, papaya, sweet malt, well balanced, pepper, floral, herbal hop note.

Mouthfeel is bitter on the back end, medium body, some carbonation, smooth for the style, nearly perfect.

One of the best brews I have had. Incredible taste that is very well balanced.

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Photo of witster18
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Intended on buying some GLBC brews on my way back from PA... last stop for any selection was Charleston, WV. Went in looking for Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitz-porter, or my fave. Eliot Ness, but none were available... they have a few sixes of Burning River(see review), and Commodore Perry.. a relatively newer GLBC release(at least for the regular line-up anyway - only been readily available in the midwest for 2 or 3 years... )... While all of my Cbus pals consider this beer to be just another 'normal' beer from GLBC - I remembered that no GLBC beer is normal.. they're all good... it's called being spoiled,.. and all of those who have access to GLBC are exactly that..spoiled...
.. this one will probably be around for a while, and if it's not, it will just be another retired beer that GLBC fans will turn into a cult-hall-of-famer.. I think the results are in... this one is a keeper...!

poured into a fat-goblet wine glass(very important! - regular glass the smell is faint - in a goblet this is hell in a glass beer strong in smell).

.5" head... looks nice n clean with a golden amber/orange hue. Head lasts about 30 seconds, but the high abv here doesn't do much for the head or the lacing - that's to be expected.

one swirl of the glass and 'nose-in' reveals one of the most unbelievably smelly brews on the planet. Reeks of Curry powder, clove, pepper, mint/menthol,cured onion and lemon.dae I say a tad of calamata-olive-brine/sulfur...this is rotting good like a fine kim chee... and it's near burn the nostrils strong to the nasal passages. You could smell this beer for a day going wow... wow... there's clearly a presence of alcohol here too... almost as if glbc isn't scared to show you it's there, but how will it taste?

um... exceptional...

it smells like a 9 percent beer, and the heat from the beer is more like a 9 percent brew.. but the taste,... the taste is incredible, with all the nose shining through with the earthy malt and yeast flavors that kinda show it's Dortmunder ingredient(buttered-honey-bread) roots, with more malt, more alcohol, and a tart yet sweet citrus.. orange and honey... mint... dried, over-ripe banana and a booziness that's not over-whelming, but almost pleasantly cloying... it's like it wants to be an absolutely HUUUGE beer, but isn't...

Up front is that smell bomb of piney hops and citrus, bit the yeast and this beautiful Hungry Man Biscut with butter and honey lies at it's base with a sweetnes.. a creaminess that belies this brews power and style - just as soon as you thought every pale and ipa was the same... at least when it comes to the good ones... a revelation for sure...

underrated here at A-/B+

very, very good IPA... It's out-of-the-box originality with the malt, earthiness, incredible viscosity/mouthfeel, and that good-stink-bomb smell make this a standout.

I've had Masala Mama and Bell's Two-hearted, as well as many others... but this is better... no bias.. just taste... Tagline says,"Don't give up the sip"... don't worry I wont GL... I can barely get the last few drops to fall because they are quite literally sticking to the edge of my glass - taunting my bloodthirsty tongue.

Strong, original, and that weird funk that u can't seem to get enough of.. At 7.5, buy a six pack here and job done.. N then some.. You'll want more, I promise, but don't.

One of the best beers I've ever had. Great Lakes has added another flagship to the fleet, and its' Commodore is Perry.

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Photo of brow1901
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really like every IPA ever made so take these reviews with a grain of salt.

A- Standard deep yellow with white head IPA nothing fancy. Nice lacing and decent retention.

S- Really resinous smell to it. Really wish I could name the hop but I can't, clearly not west coast style but I like that. Hops I'm guessing are chinook or Columbus. This is weird but I keep smelling corn on the cob, probably just the glass because I didn't notice it in the other bottles.

T- Very well balanced. Nice rich malt character, good bitterness to maltiness ratio. Seems like they used a lot of late hop additions/dry hops because I can't imagine the IBU's being over 60. Beer has a little sugary sweetness to it which is typical of some IPA's I've noticed, I'm still trying to figure this out for my homebrews.

M- Perfect mouthfeel for me. Nice and dry finish with a perfectly smooth beginning.

D- Really drinkable beer, good ABV IMO. This beer is da bomb with any food really, washes the pallet like a dry cleaner.

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Photo of CitizenGenet
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly worthy IPA. Not overwhelming on the hops, and Great Lakes Brewing has combined the loud hoppy section of the symphony with the respectable and balancing flavor of the malt to create a delightful performance. Other notes were floral, brown sugar, and a suggestion of citrus. I will return to this beer.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

7% ABV ~ 80 IBU Commodore Perry commanded a ship in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie...from what I remember.....
Served draught at Great Lakes with a nice full 2-finger white head that reduced and maintained well to the bottom. Left a beautiful sticky lace down the sides of the glass. The body was a orangish gold color that was very cloudy. I'm pretty sure this was served unfiltered, which made it that much better. The smell was pretty much hops & hints citrus, as well was the flavor. Along with the great flavor of hops, there seemed to be some kind of little bursts of pine & bitter orange rind. This brew finished crisp, clean, & dry. Overall a great beer that, like all Great Lakes brews, seemed to stay pretty true to the style.........

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Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a mild hazy orange color with a massive off white head. Holds three fingers at first and then settles down to a thick blanket of foam and chunky lacing. The head retention stays until the last sip.

The aroma is full of citrus and floral aroma, with a nice balance of bread like malt and mild alcohol sweetness.

the first flavor to hit the palate is the rich citrus notes. Grape fruit and orange hint from a complex mild sour flavor with a sweetness from the malt. The alcohol does have it's role in bringing a balanced flavor.

Medium bodied and easy to drink, but take it slow at 7.5% ABV

Over all this is one of finest IPA's in America. I would buy this ale again and again!! Cream of the crop.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was a bit old. 2 weeks older than the 90 day enjoy by date of 5/27/13.

The beer pours out in an orange color with a big white head. There’s tons sticking to the glass.

The aroma has just huge sweet orange, citrus, and pine. There’s not really that hop dankness, but it’s so sweet and juicy. There’s also some caramel malt there too.

The flavor is of orange, grapefruit, citrus. Then a sweet bready malt backbone. The aftertaste takes a bit to hit you with a grapefruit and pine bitterness. There very earthy and piney on the end. The bitterness really does linger around for a while.

The mouthfeel is really good and medium and full with the carbonation.

If you didn’t tell me, I would think this was a Double IPA. I guess at 7.5%, it maybe could push towards that, but the maltiness I guess confuses me. This is a fantastic beer for the style. It’s hugely hoppy, but there’s also a great malty breadiness about it. I really love this beer for doing what it does despite being 2% ABV under other Double IPAs I can compare it to, like their Alchemy Hour.

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Photo of elmore
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. pale golden-orange opaque color with a thick fluffy head and great retention that eventually settles to a nice ring around the edges of the glass. Leaves thick sticky lacing.

S: citrus, floral hops, a little sweetness. not as strong as DIPA, but perfect for the style.

T: A little malt up front, but mostly hops with a nice crisp bitter aftertaste. IMHO - the perfect combination for an IPA.

M: creamy head combined with oily hops that coat the tongue and and nice moderate carbonation give this an excellent mouthfeel.

D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is relatively balanced and not too over the top with the hops.

I love this beer. Just a great IPA. It is readily available nearly everywhere in Columbus including most chain grocery stores and has saved me from BMC so many times. Long live GLBC.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gorgeously clear body of mellowed golden amber with a mighty grown cap of dull white foam slurps its way to about an inch tall and stands there for a bit before mashing itself down to a heavy skim and lots of sheeted cob webby lacing.

Clean, brisk aroma that's sweet, bready, dryish, and candish of crisp lemon cookies, lemon jam filled biscuits, and caramel candy. Damn nice!

Taste is a big dose of yummylishiousness! Adequate hoppyness thats crisp, semi crunchy, big on floral whole hop cone brightness with a excellently handled sweetened lemony bittering twist above a heavily caramel drizzled biscuit. The balance is lovely. The bite of bitterness and dryness matches amazingly well with its candyish sweet breadyness and biscuity flour touch. The finish is outstandingly nice to behold as it all comes together to make a dryish bittered coin sucked, lemon filled biscuity flower of blooming perfection.

Body is clean, crisp and medium bodied with a well controlled balance of sweet, dry, floral, and bitterness that sweeps in and takes over quickly on the palate.

Far beyond drinkable in my book of yummyness! Wow! Its clean profile and balance is immaculately woven perfectly together for some heavy imbibing! Enjoy some Commodore I say! Yum!

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Photo of Atron67
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at around 45-50 F

A- has a clear light amber with whitish head that didn't build up but lasted a reasonable amount of time

S- lots of floral hops with a strong malty undertones as well, cirtus scents are strong

T- out standing a strong hop burst all over the place, citrus flavors are great, there is a great malt flavor present as well, a great maltiness underneath the hops

M- light body, with medium carbonation

D- a great IPA, hides the 7.5% alcohol exceptionally well

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a small one finger head and great lacing.

Smell isn't as strong as I wouldve expected for an american IPA. Very citrusy with orange peel and lemon.

Taste: Tangerines, lemon and orange peel, bready, bisuity, buttery malt. Caramel sweetness matched with a grapefruit bitterness. The finish is completely bitter grapefruit.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation makes this beer so damn drinkable.

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Photo of pubstar77
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting ipa.I believe I will look for this beer again.Excellent citrus aroma and strong hops flavor.Not surprised though it was the last of its stock on shelf.the hops flavor was near perfect bitter,that I enjoy. but also just sweet enough to compliment a great steak.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Has more of orange or apricot hue, great lookin and crystal clear. Strong lacing that hangs for some time.

Citrus in the nose and a bit of sweetness and pine. Not a hop bomb by any stretch. Taste follows on with really nice malt and a bit of sweetness but it all works very well.

Solid beer (no surprise from GLBC) and a nice change from in your face IPA. I wish they sold in Indy so I could buy regularly.

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Photo of SeussMD
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been more than 12 years since the last time I was able to enjoy a Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer. That's way too long. Luckily, their fine brews are sold in greater Buffalo, N.Y., the Greatest City In The World. So I picked this one up at a Wegman's on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a honey gold color with an offwhite head that blows up to about one inch then retreats to 1/8th. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: I'm getting over a cold, but even so I can detect honey, slight evergreen and citrus -- maybe orange.

Taste: More honey. More sweetness than you find in a lot of IPAs and it really balances the hop bitterness at the back very well. Slight nuttiness that I can't put my finger on, almost reminds me of a fine cheese (though without the tang). Caramel, some grapefruit (I think hops must taste like grapefruit to my buds).

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with some of that telltale hop dryness at the back end. Delightful.

Drinkability: Very. Let's put it this way: Mrs. Seuss, who does not typically like IPAs, downed two of them the other night. She was right happy about it, too. At 7.5 ABV, not out of the question to have more than one. Or two. Or three.

Excellent. I'm at a crossroads here -- do I like this as much or more than my favorite local IPA, BBC Lost Sailor? (Hardly a coincidence that great IPAs take on nautical themes, since the whole point of the style was to survive long sea voyages!) I don't want to choose between the two or besmirch one or the other, so I won't -- but they're both in the discussion as my favorite IPA. Period.

At any rate, an excellent brew. Highly recommended.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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