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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,395 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,395
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 81
Gots: 228 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,395 ratings.