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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Reviews: 862 | Ratings: 2,751
Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brew with an off white head. Spotty lacing left behind. Aroma is sweet malt with citrus and pine. The taste is similar with a bit of orange and pine. Nice finishing bitterness. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Cloudy golden orange, semi translucent, big 2 finger head, decent lacing.
S-Malt, citrus, yeast, alcohol, overripe passion fruit.
T-Like a sweet yeast roll with overripe passion fruit preserves on it, but mixed with a mild bitterness that lasts pretty well throughout. A bit of alcohol.
M-Good carbonation & quite creamy.
O-It's interesting complexity of sweet flavors mixed with bitterness is enough to make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap 03/25/16 at Jet Rock in the Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia PA

Appearance - The brew is golden orange, and served up in a pint with white, half-finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing consists of broken sheets and a few clusters.

Smell - Floral hops with a hint of honey and citrus. Biscuity malt sits beneath the hoppy aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hops dominate the profile, with lesser orange and grapefruit notes. Sweet, bready malt backbone. A touch of pith bitterness and astringency from the alcohol lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Dry, boozy finish.

Overall - Decent, but a bit hot all things considered. With the sheer volume of good to great IPAs on the market, this is simply one that I wouldn't care to try again.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle chilled to 42 degrees, poured into large wine glass. Best by date of 4/4/16, just a little old but my fault for letting it sit in the fridge

Look: Pours a clear Amber gold with a 1/2" off-white head that eventually left a nice foam coating and decent lacing. Modest carbonation.

Smell: Bready and sweet, citrus and herbal notes

Taste: Very much like it smells, malts and hops blend together well, nice balance. Citrus fruits and light pine, bitterness lingers then a faint grassy taste late. Lots going on here

Mouthfeel: Oily silkiness that lands crisply, if that makes sense. Medium body. As it warms it thins out a bit but that's ok.

Overall: Easy to drink and forget there is a 7.7% ABV. to contend with. I want to revisit this one to see if a fresher batch would make much of a difference but I am sold on this one and I'll look for this again.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark gold. Smell is of hops and fruitiness. Taste of strong hops with fruitiness coming through in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light. This is a good IPA for a widely available beer.

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Photo of PhilipFoster
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I rated the taste a bit lower because it has a sharp hoppy bite to it. If you like a hoppy beer with teeth - this one might be your style. I prefer less hop bite - but this is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wilibecher.

A- Crystal clear brass color. One finger off white head. Foamy, but dense. Decent lacing.

S- Great balance of hops aroma: piney, citrusy, juicy.

T- Well-balanced. Sweetness, toasty malt. Hops bring a nice piney/earthy note.

M- Bitterness is strong, and there's a long finish. Medium body.

O- A little knock on mouthfeel. A little strong on bitterness. Overall really great. Taste and aroma are nice.

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Photo of Smk54
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pour into tulip glass. Color is between amber and copper almost tea colored. One inch white heard that dissipated quickly leaving a lot of lacing. Mild yeast and citrus notes. More hops in the taste than on the nose. Minimal bitterness. Very clean enjoyable IPA. I feel this will satisfy most palates as this is a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the reviews on this were a little shy of the mark. In joyed this every bit as much as The Calling and Big Eye. Quite good. Subtle hops do an IPA and I mean that as a compliment. I agree with citizen genet except I got a good bit of grapefruit here.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Comes out a nice amber dark orange/light yellow. Excellent clarity, you can see right through it and it glows when you hold it up to the light. Eggshell colored head mostly small bubbles with good lacing.

Smell is good, smells bready with some floral and herbal hops, a bit earthy.

Taste is a slight step down, it's more bready/yeasty than I would expect an IPA to be. Still I think it has a strong backbone in the malt department. You can still taste that this beer recipe had a lot of care put into it for an IPA, not something that was just thrown together and then they hopped the crap out of it. There are some lighter hops at the end that are herbal, earthy but even a little sweet at the end like a biscuit with butter and honey.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A heavy medium feel. good carbonation level. Starts sweet, bitter in the middle then gradually goes to sweet at the end. Has a somewhat sticky finish with lingering flavors. Nice drinkable anytime IPA, a lot of different foods could be paired with this. Probably a more traditional English IPA or maybe a slightly hoppy ESB than the typical 2016 IPA we tend to expect. Still this is a solid beer by an excellent brewery.

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Photo of gopens44
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice white frothy head over an otherwise ordinary looking clear yellow IPA. Very involved lacing, as after the head receded, we have a full curtain of lace all around.

Nose is really muted. Only thing I'm getting is maybe some malts and grainy bitter smells.

A fairly long pull of a first swig invites immediate bitterness in the form of something between olives and corn. Not my favorite IPA signature, but it seems solid in effort so I get it I guess. A few more swigs in and I discover a biscuity characteristic that isn't huge but it's there hiding behind the bitter and slightly earthy exit.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and very dry throughout. Sheet of bitter solidly resting on the tongue.

Not my cup of tea, but it's not poorly crafted by any means.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Crystal clear amber/copper color
Smell - Floral, candied orange, sweet malts, hints of citrus
Taste - Follows the nose. Florally and malty.

Overall - Tons of floral and sweet malts. Decent but not my thing.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear amber with light head...very little lacing

Aroma - couldn't really grab a strong aroma from this beer...I'll blame it on the environment.

Taste - sweet malt with tropical flavor...nice balanced flavor...can't call the fruity aftertaste but it's not bitter

Feel - light to medium body, light carbonation

Overall - it's ok...a got and move on

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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 brianwsnyder
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter so I had high hopes for this IPA. 70 IBU's and 7.7% ABV had the makings of a winner. However, I was a tad disappointed. Too much of a citrus taste and smell for my tastes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 08/28/15, 7.7% ABV
A - amber colored body capped with a tall, creamy white head that holds excellent retention
S - floral and tropical hop nose, pale malt, a bit fruity
T - fruity flavors of grapefruit and mango, slightly earthy, pale malt and a touch of light caramel, faint toasted coconut and apricot
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes moderately bitter and very dry with puckering grapefruit lingering on the palate
O - it had been a few years since I had this one. I notice the ABV went up a touch, so maybe a slight recipe change since I had it last, but regardless, it was better than I remember. Solid IPA - English or American.

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Photo of Suds
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach-Amber in color with an off-white head. The smell is of fruit, with flowery hops and soft pale malt. The taste is balanced, with fresh and herbal hops. Sweetness is underneath throughout. Nice east coast IPA.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 7/19/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Classic IPA - pine, grapefruit and orange
T: Matches the nose- pine, citrus, a bit grassy
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: Nothing striking, just a very solid example of the style

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Photo of Raider89
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a feisty bitter that fights for you to love it and does a pretty good job. Aroma pretty good and taste generally invites you back for more. Head disappears quicker than I like, but overall a really good brew.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An awesome ipa that's too smooth for it's abv, be careful it's dangerous! A very balanced brew with continuously deep hop notes, citrus-y, mango-y start with an earthy and grassy finish. Never dulled out and was continuously crisp. Yum!

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Photo of mozart4898
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - 12 oz bottle poured to glass. Pours 1 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Nearly crystal clear golden color.
S - Fruity, slightly earthy and maybe even a little funky hop nose. Maybe a touch of honey aroma. Not an overpowering nose in general, but very pleasant.
T - Bitter, grassy, slightly earthy. Crisp malt only just barely shows through in the mid palate, with a touch of alcohol warmth on the aftertaste. The fruit on the nose takes a backseat to the grassy and earthy flavors.
F - Crisp, dry, nice carbonation. Can't find fault here really.
O - This is a difficult one to rate honestly as I haven't had many English IPAs. I love this beer, and compared to style descriptions this seems spot on. Yet it's quite different than your typical American IPA - probably why opinions seem to vary pretty widely. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but very good for what it is. I actually wonder what this might taste like with some age on it, like a historical IPA would have had - I should hide a few bottles from myself for 6 months and see...

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/27/15. Oops. Had some sediment floating in bottle, poured into Spiegelau. In any event, got what GLBC was going for here, nicely balanced English IPA with a tiny bit of "bite" in the aftertaste. Would probably meet its billing if fresh.

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Photo of heytomcat
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if this bottle is old or went bad, but I really don't like the taste of this beer. It's got little things floating in it. I'll finish it but don't think I'll buy it again. Maybe if I find it on tap somewhere I can get a taste and compare.

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a huge fan of IPAs unless the bitterness is well balanced and doesn't overpower the brew. For 70+ IBU, this was surprisingly drinkable. Perhaps not as juicy or complex as some people like their IPAs, but the maltiness really tames the hops and makes this beer quite smooth and easy drinking. Just hoppy enough without a bitter aftertaste. Would buy again.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3-27-15. Water goblet. BB 5-6-15.

Appearance: Bright orange/copper. Almost no carbonation. 1/2 finger off-white head. Very nice lacing; few islands of bubbles.

Aroma: Earthy, resiny. Citrus/lemon. Clean malt. Now that you mention Simcoe, I can smell that dank, gasoline-like character, just barely.

Taste: Malty, ever so slightly sweet hoppy arrival - citrus. Malty mid-palate turns to resinous slow-burn bitter. Slight lingering slickness. Not a fruity hop, but piney, resiny, and earthiness rides just below the surface throughout.

Mouthfeel: Midweight, slightly slick. Low-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall: In my mind, this will forever be what an IPA should taste like. Yes, there are many better, but this is comfort beer. Strangely, less malty than Nugget Nectar, but it seems more balanced somehow. This does not rate as highly, but I can see myself buying this again before Nugget Nectar.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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