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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

848 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 848
Hads: 2,627
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 100
Gots: 390 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why they keep honouring people in a war they lost, but this is a winning IPA. Very good aroma, with C-hop, and smooth. Very nice orangey appearance. A touch of fruit. Had this on-tap at the brewery and its citrus aroma, and grapefruit appearance with white head were apparent. A solid IPA. (302 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some spicy and peppery hop aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but I like the way it smells more than the taste. (514 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head really on a cloudy amber orange body. Aroma of nondescript citrus and earthy hops with toasted malts. This one is really piney and grassy and some very tart orange. It takes some time to get used to. Also has a toasted malt base. Floral notes as well. Moderate to high carbonation and medium body. I like this beer it's just hard to drink for the first few sips. The pine is resilient though and you never get completely used to it. I also feel its a little over carbonated. (482 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are very light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; however, these become much stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The citrus flavors in the taste are much more pronounced compared to the smell—grapefruit stands out in particular. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and no malty flavors are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy drinking and has lots of citrusy flavors without being too bitter. (724 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a logo-free imperial pint glass. Bottle says best by 05.31.2009.

A: A darkish orange-amber color with a thick head. Mild carbonation and the head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Strong hop presence with a malt backbone. Slightly sweet and fruity, but without a distinctive presence from any single fruit.

T: Hoppy yet slightly malty at the same time. A slightly grassy taste to it--it's almost as if this were a hopped-up Vienna-style lager. Very tasty.

M: Overall pretty decent. A little too much carbonation, and some slight sour notes.

D: Quite drinkable. I'm glad that my local store had sixers of this on sale for only $6.49. I haven't been disappointed by a Great Lakes brew yet. (705 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a beer! this is the best work of great lakes i think. the pour is orange and clear, caramely and lucrative, lacey white head. dank nose, lots of fruity hops and some odd dried fruit aroma as well, maybe cherries or something more exotic, some english malt in there somewhere too, but this is a hop bomb, bordering on a fresh hop brew with high alpha and resin content. the flavor is consistent with the smell, where is all this fruit coming from, and how the hell is this beer pushing 8% abv? its so delicate and nuances it cant be that strong can it? almost acidicly bitter in the finish, but there again is that semisweet dries fruit complex that keeps lingering. enough carbonation and only a medium body i could drink this until the saturation point without much trouble. i think easliy the best great lakes offering ive had the pleasure of tipping back. a real treat, and something different finally in the american ipa world. (936 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Grapefruit and pine along with some underlying caramel malt

Taste: Sweet malt up front, but quickly displaced by the grapefruit and pine; after the swallow, the malt bellies back up and dare I say it challenges the hops with a biscuity sweetness; there is plenty of bitterness in this beer, but it is balanced out by just a bit too much sweetness for my tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although slightly sweeter than I would prefer, this is still a fine IPA

Thanks, rhinos00, for the opportunity (641 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing was sticky and held a good retention. The smell of the beer has a more earthy hop aroma than a citrus one. The taste is like the nose, it's a much more mellow IPA since it's heading in the English direction. The mouthfeel of the beer remains drinkable and well carbonated. Overall this beer is a good, I feel that it's not my favorite IPA out there but I like something with a little more kick to it. I feel this is a good IPA for someone who might be looking to try this style to get a feel for where they can go from there. (607 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer available in Central Kentucky. Being a lover of IPAs, I couldn't wait to try this one. A typical copper / amber hue with nice head retention and carbonation. Aromas are slight, both with the malts and hops--pleasant, but light. Tastes sweetly of malt at first, but then a decent kick of hop bittering to follow. The pine, grass, or spice flavor of the hops are a bit lacking, but lightly present. Flavors create a detergent-like flavor just before the finish. Body is rich and firm throughout. Finishes bitter with a hoppy dry finish. The alcohols are ver controled and contribute nicely to the beer. (622 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention but low lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with no discernable citrus notes of floral notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with a dry finish and some weak caramel malt. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Slightly below the standard for the style and not the best from this great brewery. (388 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense foam and sheets of sticky lace. High clarity orange color, with zippy upward carbonation.

Citrus in the nose, daffodil or similar floral scent.

Sweet grapefruit upfront, leading to a malty middle. Mildly astringent on the back end as the hops linger. A distracting metallic note keeps it from getting higher marks. Pale malt is revealed in the aftertaste as the bitterness subsides.

Malty with a medium body, ample carbonation really contributes to a fullness when sipping. Dries the mouth. ABV is well hidden as others have said. It's standout qualities would be the fruity character, and pleasant body. Cheers!

BB: 9/16/07 (645 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent amber with a generous splash of tangerine juice. I had hoped to see a hop leaf haze, but the only thing disturbing the glassy body of the beer is a sparse collection of fine bubbles leading up to a great looking head of pastel orange-tinted ivory. The foam crown is impressively, resinously sticky so it's a mystery why the glass is only partially coated with lace. [Note: the glass is filthy with crusty lace in the end and easily earns the next highest score as a result.]

The beer has a tremendous aroma of pungent, juicy grapefruit, orange and pine. This is the nose that I expected on my brewpub pint last year and didn't get. I wish the brewery was a little more forthcoming with their ingredients because I'd love to know the Commodore's hop bill. I'm guessing one or more of the 4-Cs and either Simcoe or Amarillo.

This is a great IPA! I think the reason that I haven't been overly thrilled with the beer on my (admittedly few) visits to the Great Lakes brewpub has to do with the difference in mouthfeel between their tap beer and their bottled beer. It matters because the more lush, full-bodied beer from the bottle allows the flavor to stick around, to sink into the taste buds and to be appreciated in all its glory.

There's plenty of malt on hand, with a little too much caramel for my tastes. It isn't a problem, though, because a significant number of rip snortin' American hops ride to the rescue and pound the underlying sweetness into oblivion. I've had much, much hoppier beer, but there isn't a hophead alive who wouldn't be satisfied with this IPA.

As in my brewpub pint, the alcohol isn't masked as completely as it could be. If my memory is accurate at all, it's covered over to a much greater degree in this bottled version and isn't the least bit intrusive. Perhaps because the beer seems hoppier in the bottle? Sugar-crusted white grapefruit pith is especially prominent and is giving my tongue a solid thrashing.

I don't know that I'd go so far as to describe the mouthfeel as lush, but it's definitely creamy and is as smooth as possible given the buzzsaw nature of the hops. I knew that one of the best 'mouthfeel breweries' in the world, if not *the* best, wouldn't let me down. Again, I'm struck by the superiority of Great Lakes's bottled beer in comparison to what is available at the brewpub. That doesn't mean, of course, that I wouldn't be a fixture there if I still lived in Cleveland.

For as long as I've been a BA, I've lamented the lack of an IPA from my favorite brewery. Now that it has arrived, I have to say that I'm impressed. They've used a kick ass combination of hops and have added enough of them to satisfy this sometimes hard to please hophead. I would ask for a DIPA next, but Commodore Perry is most of the way there already. (2,809 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, one-finger head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of hops and some fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted strongly of hops. A very smooth toasted maltiness with a bitter kick. Slight fruit taste, as well.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very fine IPA. It is so hoppy it almost seems like a DIPA. (384 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this one when I was up in Ohio, and had been waiting to try it. Poured a very nice, crystall clear light amber, with a big frothy white head of foam that quickly subsided and left behind a nice thin film across the top and a decent amount of side glass lace. Very nice carboantion profile could be seen in tons of bubbles streaming up towards the surface throughout the session.

The aroma was decentm albeit a touch lighter then I would noramlly like for an IPA. Veyr crisp and clean with hints of pine coming through along with some orange tones and a touch of light grass. Some grain in there as well. The feel was very light bodied and highly carbonated with a very crisp clean feeling. Light flavors again but they seemd to work well together. Light floral hops mixed with earthy light cereal grains gave a very nice overall light bodied ale. Not too shabby. Highly drinkable, this was an instant session ale for sure.

Overall not bad, a very good IPA, though more of a pale ale to me, but still very good. I could easily see myself throwing down multiple bottles of this with ease. Really a good call and something everyone should try. (1,152 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see my local Consumer beverage in Orchard Park with a new growler station and this one of 17 taps to choose from.Poured a clear medium gold with a thinner but well retained white head American citric hops in the nose grapefruit and lemon really stick out with a very light caramel malt note but just a hint.True to form the hops prevail on the palate but a cereal grain like maltiness underneath the resiny grapefruit-like flavors shows thru even more so as I drink more in the finish.A well put together IPA has nice hop flavors but is somewhat balanced as well,nice job here by Great Lakes. (600 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for sending this one my way.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A sharp citric note to the nose is noticeable immediately. There's a touch of alcohol along with some nice pine and quite a lot of floral hops too. The more I smell it, the more grapefruit juice I get out of it.

T: Candied grapefruit along with just a touch of pine. Some other sweet citrus notes to go along with a nice breadiness. Some mild caramel and toffee. A nice floral hop flavor that provides a bit of a perfumey character.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation that fills the mouth nicely.

D: One of the better English style IPAs that I have come across. (728 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Basic pale malts paired with a fragrant, fruity blend of fresh melon, pine, and an assortment of various citruses.

Taste: Starts with a modest pale maltiness and light, standard sweetness that is, perhaps, a bit simple, but it gives a good white canvas over which to exhibit a range of hop flavors - a drop of melon juice, a drizzle of pine resin, and a platter of sweaty, pithy citrus rinds. Medium-high bitterness. Further hints of grain return for the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable, quality India Pale Ale charged with plenty of hop bitterness but, thankfully, refrains from being overbearing. (750 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

What, no love for big brother Matthew and his forcing open of Japan? I say boo, sir! Anyway, this younger sibling pours a clear light amber topped by a fairly short-lived cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine, flowers, light greens, and subdued toffee. The taste ups the ante with the flowers and pine, adds a decent amount of orange peel, and tightens the leash around the neck of the toffee. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty good EIPA, but it's way too one-sided for my liking, with the hops coming off as a tad harsh. (639 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerhan for this one.

Clear amber orange color with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose brings nice reddish amber malts, earthy malts with almost a carrot like aroma, juicy malts and hints of light fruity hops.

Taste nice toasty malts, reddish caramel toasty malts, light caramel, tons of red malt flavors, earthy grassy, bit herbal hop kick with grassy almost floral hop flavors, a decent bitterness makes way for light fruit flavors from the yeast i think. finishes drier and toasty malts, slight bitterness with earthy grassy hops, herbalish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, drinkable, nice malts blended with a nice grassy earthy hop but light bitterness. A much lighter drinking beer than i expected. (777 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from mcallister so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. The date of Sept. 19, 2006 clearly marked on the label.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: There’s a very intensely sweet hops smell with a heavy citrus background, but I found it to be a bit pungent.

T: The taste is malty and fruity with only a mild hops background. A little too sweet for my liking and it also didn’t seem like the hops bitterness and malt sweetness blended together as well as they should for the style.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry & sticky finish.

D: It isn’t filling and hides the 7.50% (as listed on the bottle) ABV well. I suppose it would go down easy if you like the taste, I, however, did not. I’ve liked the other beers that I’ve had from Great Lakes (Nosferatu & Edmund Fitzgerald) and this is one of my favored styles, but I just didn’t like this beer. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Two fingers of head holds steady, perfect clarity with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Herbal, minty and a little citric in this hoppy nose ... a bit fruity with some esters and a smattering of toasted bread in the back. Smoothness has depth, thick-ish medium body. Bitter, yes and a bitterness that sticks. The malt is big enough to stand up to this somewhat brute-like hoppiness and the alcohol / fruitiness stakes a swing at the hops as well. While the bitterness and stodgy hop flavor prevails in the end it did have a tough battle to push through. Malt is an even wall of toasted sweetness and the alcohol is quite noticeable with fruity and peppery esters. Finishes bitter/sweet with more bitterness obviously.

A perfect example of "no coast" IPAs that don't get enough attention. Damn tasty and bold enough to rival both coasts. (891 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper amber with a very sizeable off white head from too firm a pour. Nose is basically like sticking your nose in a can of pineapples. Just thick pineapple syrup. Flavor is very tangy on the start. Then you get a very salty hop hit with slightly vibrant citrus tones. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is even. Drinkable, yes. Even though it leans heavily towards the salty side, it still has a decent leve of balance that keep things going. (470 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to pwoods for this, thanks Patrick!! I always dig beers with ties or allusions to history..

Pours amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Floral & citrus hops, a little biscuitty malt. Pine sneaks in as this warms

T: Grapefruit, flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt up front. Grapefruit & pineapple show as this warms along with a touch sulphur that contributes nicely, a kiss of booze. Finishes with nice hoppy crispness, & some dryness. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Slightly heavy body up front, along with some warmth. Nice balance

Good drikability, I'm sure the ABV would get me after awhile, but the first bottle goes down pretty darn easy. A solid AIPA (712 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Commodore Perry." Clearly identifies as an IPA on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 09/10/2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Could be more frothy. Smooth even consistency. Complexion is a bit soft, but not as much as would be ideal. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

A generally appealing look for a beer, but it's not unique or special for an IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it. Doesn't have any egregious flaws.

Sm: Mango fruit and accompanying esters, nebulous tropical fruit, pale malts, floral hop character, and some pine. White grapefruit. I have trouble finding specific notes on account of my broken nose - all apologies, lads.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength. Hop bitterness seems to be partially untamed, which is disconcerting.

T/Mf: Plenty of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit - along with an accompanying untamed bitterness that betrays the beer's lack of balance. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Some pine. Has a strange sweetness up front. I'm really not a fan of the sticky boozy nectary fruit character. Not at all a gestalt build, nor a particularly cohesive one.

Has some fair complexity, but it's unimpressive. Not particularly subtle, intricate, or nuanced. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. I do find some light alcohol presence that goes beyond a pleasant warming sensation and ventures into distraction.

Smooth and wet. Zesty. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy and full-bodied. Filling - even overbearing - for an IPA. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically for it. Lightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I expected far better from Great Lakes, and maybe it's fallen off quickly with a bit of age, but overall I'm pretty disappointed. I'll plan to revisit this one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends based on this bottle. Honestly, I think the whole tropical fruit approach to IPA builds just isn't for me. Fans of that approach to the style will likely enjoy this beer. I'll chalk this up to personal preference.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I never thought the day would come where I could pick up a sixer of a Great Lakes IPA right in the Ohio Valley, recently the microbrews have come into the Steubenville/Wintersville OH areas in specifically the two Kroger grocery stores. With Great Lakes products came Erie Brewing, Magic Hat, Atwater, and more. I'm happy to see this happening here's the IPA and the bottle states 7.5% abv when I visited the brewery back in 04 it was listed at 8%. Appearance has a light bronze copper appearance even a pale peach lighter in color than the Burning River Pale, large off white creamy textured head forms thick and dwindles slow clinging to the edges of the pint leaving even rings of lace with each sip. Aromatics contains heavy grapefruit peel action with a sugary coating much sweeter smelling than actual grapefruit, the malts used here are mildly toasted with somewhat of a spicy rye note even though I now none of that was utilized here. Flavors a bitey somewhat acidic wave of high alpha hops grapefruit peels, pine, and grassy components all dive onto the palate with some initial sweetness quickly gets wiped away. Not as diverse and well balanced as some standard IPAs but at 7.5 this one is on the border of a DIPA definitely some assertive alcohol noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light slippery textured hop oils gliding on the palate definitely sticks to the tongue and carbonation feels natural and carris the brew well pretty moderate. Drinkability is great I could handle a few of these but really I've been enjoying one out of the sixer at a time, spreading them out has been an enjoyable experience between finishing nursing school this week and catching up on cutting the grass this brew is substantial enough to fill my hophead cravings. I believe in my last review on tap I yearned for this beer to be bottled, well I guess I owe a thank you to the folks at Great Lakes, goo job guys. (1,929 characters)

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.