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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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very good

1,921 Ratings

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Ratings: 1921
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%

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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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Photo of delta490


3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A subtle IPA all around. A clear paler gold with a creamy white head with decent retention. Significant lacing. The aroma is dialed back with only slight caramel notes. The taste, while also subtle, is good. Caramel and slight floral notes. A little thinner in the palette with a slight fizz to it. A good IPA that's easy drinking despite its bigger abv.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 20:39:54 | More by delta490
Photo of charlzm


3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed June 11th, 2013 at Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland OH.

Medium light golden hue. Nicely fine white head with very sticky sheeting down the sides of the glass.

Very mild aroma. Slight peppery note.

Flavor is low on malt; mainly bitter hops on the finish. A reasonable IPA but simple and mild in flavor.

Medium bodied, drying, parching on the finish.

Nothing special at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 18:13:58 | More by charlzm
Photo of 57md


4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a orange-straw color with two fingers of fluffy head. The nose is distinctly hoppy, but also spicy as if there might be some rye in this offering. The taste and finish match the nose perfectly - bitter and spicy. This is a very good IPA that does not easily fit in the East Coast /West Coast definitions of IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 04:48:00 | More by 57md
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head had a decent level of retention but eventually fades to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of fruit and hop. The fruit is a mix of tropical aromas of pineapple and mango with hints of tangerine while the hop aromas is dominated largely by a grapefruit smell. While grapefruit is the strongest hop smell there is also a lighter earthy and floral note aroma as well. While the aroma is rather light overall for an IPA it is quite pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a breadiness mixed with some of the tropical fruit and some grapefruit hop flavors. While sweeter in the beginning, the hops start to win out over the tropical fruit sweetness and the beer begins to bitter ever so slightly. Hop flavors of an earthy nature join the grapefruit which, in the end, leaves a nice balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just above average in creaminess. The carbonation level is quite average. The creamy body is nice for the malty and the hop flavors and makes it quite smooth on the tongue.

Overall – A wonderfully tasty IPA. Very smooth flavor transitions and a great flavor profile. One to go to again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 00:23:13 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of schoolboy


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The commodore has been one of my friends since before it was widely available year round. It's a full bodied hoppy (but well balanced)
double IPA with a great in glass experience.

On tap, the commodore is even better. The head seems creamier and lasts forever in it's fine lacey perfection. One of the outdoor festivals I attend each year has had this (along with a number of other goodies) on their beer trucks. I'll keep coming back for the music and the quality draft beer. This is one to get if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 19:45:13 | More by schoolboy
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A- This beer is a slightly hazy golden orange with a slight off white head that lasts all the way down. The aroma is all hops, a lot of citrus and astringency. The taste is bitter and all about the hops. There is a ton of citrus, skunkyness, and astringent notes. The malts don't really come through in flavor but do come in nicely to the feel part of the beer. The feel of this beer is there and is quite bitter, a drinkable beer for its size. A pretty decent IPA, this is a little brother to the lake Erie monster.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 00:51:25 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of TheBrewo


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer showed a pale golden color. It held a one finger tall white head which gave medium retention. Clarity was full and translucent, with no sediment noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The nose sang with brisk hops of citrus and huge pineapple. There were notes of green apple acetylaldehyde, warm mustard seed, lightly toasted pale malts, and faint fusel booze. These all melded gloriously together, with a syrupy sweetness of honey and melon. Our first impression was that this beer was by far the best of the day, and was nicely fruity. As we sipped, pale malts and pineapple sweetness started things off. The hops exploded with herbal and citrus qualities, pulling us to the middle and the peak, which showcased more bitter hops, with spice, and honey sugars to cut. The finish of the sip was wrought with more even, spicy hops, which gave some grit and earthiness to the final flavoring. The aftertaste breathed very bitterly, of grassy, leafy hops, Band-Aid medicinals, peppery, minerals, gravel, and fusel booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip was cool, with a dry coating, leaving an astringent streak down the tongue. There was great froth, slurp, cream, and pop to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks with great ease.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the blend through the nose, and the follow through in the taste. This beer had the perfect amount of syrupy sweetness to complement the lightly toasted malts. The fruitiness and fresh hop qualities put this one over the top, with every category being stylistically sweet, even, and robust.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 14:18:49 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of AdamBear


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden, slight darkness with a stable white head

S-mostly hops. some citrus, some grains. good aroma

T-comes in with a syrupy and bitter taste of hops and citrus. it tastes as if the ABV is higher. matching after-taste with some herbs with the bitterness.

M-medium ceamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-easy drinking IPA though not worth it if others are available. worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 01:48:16 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Rhynes2


4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Great Lakes and I also love IPA's so I found this beer to be amazing. This brew has a nice straw color and nice two finger head that laces nicely down the sides of the glass. There are some light citrus notes present on the nose. The taste has a nice and light hop spiciness that fits the alcohol content very well. I buy this brew all the time and would recommend this one to anybody.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 23:20:25 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint on tap at The House of Brews in Turnersville.

A: Clear amber body with a thin white head.

S: Faint hints of some sweet citrus. Very mellow.

T: Pale malt base into a nice light citrus bitterness. Well balanced and mellow. Very easy to drink, but doesn't stand out.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation with a slight sharpness to it.

O: Easy to drink and good alcohol content for this mellow IPA. It doesn't stand out, but it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 18:21:05 | More by keanex
Photo of rogueleonardi


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous! Gold with an orange tint, light ring of white head left by the time it got to my table.

S - Can't really figure out the smell of this one. Possibly some citrus, maybe some malt, it's hard to describe exactly what i'm smelling.

T - Delicious. On my first sip I can definitely taste some citrus. Missing the maltyness I was expecting. Definitely has a bitter bite as it finishes. No real taste of alcohol to this one.

M - Very full flavored, good carbonation.

O - This a beer a will be having over and over again. The full flavor, and bitterness mix well, and have a good balance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 17:27:47 | More by rogueleonardi
Photo of Treebs


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Palmer Place in LaGrange. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with amber hues intertwined throughout the body. There is a half finger of off white head that sticks around the entire time and leaves some nice rings of lace down the glass.

S: The smell is incredibly malty with a slight piney and dank hops smell backing it up. As the beer warmed a bit some of the fruitiness showed itself.

T: The malts were the star of the show for a while with finishes of resiny and bitter hops. Once the beer warmed some of the fruitiness started to come out, but it took way too long for this to happen.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This was a little to malty for at the beginning. Once the beer warmed some of the better flavors I was expecting came out, but it took too long for this to happen

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 14:31:26 | More by Treebs
Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest head but it leaves extensive blanketing lace. Gold color and crystal clear.

First impression was of perfume. Second whiff was of crystal style malts and cream.

Starts off like a rich amber ale but then a peppery hop flavor takes over. This is smooth IPA, which I attribute to the thick body. There's a fruity sweetness that brings an interesting balance to this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 16:49:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of russwbeck


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly white pour with a nice white head. 3.5

S: Fruity hops, very sweet. Lots of citrus, perhaps some pine. 3.5

T: Wow this is a fruity beer. Hops dry out the backend a bit. A light maltiness. Not a lot of balance, just all citrus/grapefruit. 3.5

MF: Nicely carbonated, light body, alcohol hardly noted 4

O: Went down great on a nice hot day. 4

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 17:13:24 | More by russwbeck
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in Cleveland.

Comes with one-finger, fluffy head, golden in color. Head leaves nice lacing.

Smells like herbal and piney hops.

Taste is dominated by hops, very piney with some grapefruit rind. Some malt sweetness, but not much. Doesn't taste like your typical American IPA, though; I'm guessing it's because of the hops used. Kind of tastes like an overload of lower alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and fitting for the beer.

A rather unique IPA. Distinct and hoppy, and while I love hoppy beers, this isn't really quite what I look for in them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 03:26:06 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Spider889


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. I can easily say that this is the 3rd best regular offering at Great Lakes. For many a brewery, that would be an insult to the beer. For Great Lakes, that just means that Commodore Perry has very stiff competition. This is an outstanding English IPA.

Arrives with a short white head, and left an awesome wall of lace. Crystal clarity to the brew.

Smells much more citrusy than I had remembered (it's been a while). Pine mixes with grapefruit and bitter orange rind. I am thinking that there are some juicy American hops used in this English IPA.

The taste is semi-sweet with bitter grapefruit and pine bough.

Creamy mouthfeel despite the med/high carbonation.

Overall - well done Great Lakes. Yet another beer I need to stop overlooking at the store simply because I have had it numerous times.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 01:10:01 | More by Spider889
Photo of Redfoot19


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growing up originally by the Great Lakes, I was very proud of the Commodore Perry. Strong, potent, and goes great with a nice steak dinner.
It was poured in a 16 ounce glass, and looked amazing. Very dark, and rich. Smelled exactly as it looked. The taste was fascinating in every sense of the word. I will definitely look to grab a bottle next time I visit home...I have had a strange craving for one ever since I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 03:13:22 | More by Redfoot19
Photo of Dan3279


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to pick up a bottle of this for a while now and I took advantage to have it on draft when I came across it.

The body was a nice amber gold color and had a half inch head. The aroma had many citrus notes along with hops & grapefruit. The taste was smooth and well balanced. It was strong on the citrus / grapefruit end and though at the same time I was hoping that it would be a bit stronger on the hop side.

Overall it was very balanced and very easy to drink. It wouldn't be a problem to sit back and enjoy several at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 01:48:30 | More by Dan3279
Photo of AgentZero


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow beer with a big white head and a lot of lace. Pretty nice looking.

S - Smells very sweet, with floral and grassy hops and some tropical fruit. Seems pretty malt forward.

T - Didn't care for this a ton, but after seeing English in front of the IPA it makes a bit more sense. Malt forward, quite sweet with tropical fruit notes and a sugary backbone. Floral hops are the more dominant type with a little bit of grass and some pineapple notes. A lot of "english" in there, for lack of a better term. Tastes a little bigger than 7.5%.

M - Sugary, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O - Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet for my liking. Got through it easily enough though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 14:10:35 | More by AgentZero
Photo of IPAescotch


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive head, fervent carbonation. Head fades rather quick though. Light lagery color, yellow with some darker amber hues

Fruity with lots of citrus. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Nice bready intro with spicy hop accents. Curry and once again some grapefruit.

Thin but aggressive on the palate.

A good beer at any point in the rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 19:11:46 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of Jesse13713


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A clumpy white froth on top. It remains well carbonated and pours an ambery translucent orange.

Smell - Bitter and hoppy.

Taste - A deeper IPA with a slight burn going down. Very creamy and frothy with perhaps a hint of walnuts on the finish. Not sure why I'm tasting walnuts, but it was consistent through my tasting. I don't appreciate the burning aftertaste quite as much as at the beginning. It soon started to taste like I was eating a bad peanut. Slight oats as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Bitter and hoppy with light citrus. You can tell it is brewed with good-quality hops. This is definitely a sipping beer. And don't you dare give up the sip!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 15:57:42 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of Murrdogg


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the GLBC brewery itself

A: very light and golden. a lot of lacing

S: sweet smell, slight floral. Crisp, almost like green apple. definite floral hops

T: Rough up front, then a slight hop/malt taste. bitterness follows and ends the taste. Not overly-bitter as I was expecting with an IPA

M: Not too bad for an IPA (I don't like my beer that bitter)- light and clean/crisp, went down surprisingly easily.

D: I might be able to drink 2, but IPA's aren't my mug of beer, so.. As with most GLBC, you cant really feel/taste the ABV (7.5!), so could be dangerous. Another good beer for the spring/summer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 18:18:14 | More by Murrdogg
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - On tap

Appearance - Burnt orange, dark golden tan, insane 4 inch head, took me 10 minutes to get a 18oz glass full

Smell - Hops, citrus, grapefruit, oranges, some malts and spices

Taste - Wow, this was freshly tapped, and my o my was great. The hops were so sweet and strong, it was like drinking a grapefruit and pineapple fruit drink topped off with some alcohol. Its right at the point of bitterness that you allmost cant handle drinking a few, but after 1 , you must have another.

Mouthfeel - Perfect blend of bitterness and sweetness. The hops tickle and sour your mouth. Covered palette with citrus and left mouth dry, yet sweetend and ready for more.

Drinkabilty - I love this beer, and having it fresh on tap was even better. This might have been the best tap beer ive had yet. Everyone that drank it agreed it was like we brewed it in the room, then poured it in a glass. Cant wait to get more, many more. Only reason im not giving it a 5 rating, is cause well it is 7.5% alcohol and you must be careful

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 10:45:19 | More by wvsabbath
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at ujs.

A- bartender brings it to me with a small finger of off white semi dense head that settles in a bit to a solid ring and a few spots of lace. The body is copper orange yellow in color and quite clear.

S- good amount of conifers and grapefruit mixed in with a solid caramel maltiness with a bit of toasted bread.

T- opens up with a good balance of the hops and malts not to bitter and not to sweet. Nice. Hops come off with some grapefruit and pine with a little orange as well. Malts play the perfect counter part and bring in a touch of caramel and toffee. Some honey wheat bread show up at times before the brew rolls back into the hops and finishes bitter.

M- a touch less then medium in body with a nice mid level carb that keeps things just right on the tongue.

D- wow this is super tasty and a good example of the style from a Yankee brewery of all things. Easy drinking and enjoying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 02:49:01 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of taigor

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that took a little time to dissipate leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Very floral and citrusy. A lot of hops detected as well.

T - All goes downhill from here. Very bitter with grapefruit citrus and hoppy towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D - Took me almost 45 minutes to finish it so definitely not my "glass of beer" but if EIPA is your thing then definitely try it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 21:22:24 | More by taigor
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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.