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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,237 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 171 | 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 kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27%
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.

C

kojevergas, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10%

oriolesfan4, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose was slightly hoppy, but overlain with an alcohol sharpness. The color was a bright deep-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish was distinctly hoppy, somewhat citrusy, like grapefruit. It masked its 7.5% ABV well.

woodychandler, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark ruby red/ copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring that lasts throught, leaving minimal splotches of lacing here and there.

Piny hop aroma with a touch of citrus peel and a nice biscuit/ caramel backbone. Resinous hop oil, lemon and grapefruit. Very earthy scent

The citrus notes from the aroma are not as prominent in the flavor. Medium body with a slightly chewy resinous hop forward mouthfeel. There is only a slight bit of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. The hops are very earthy and plant like not crisp and floral. The malt backbone provides a decent balance with some nice biscuit notes. This beer is a decent session beer that is kind of one dimensional. Pretty good but not something I would drink regularly.

corby112, Aug 31, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

yourefragile, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2.8%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into my pint glass, it's a clear gold with a tall, white head.

This IPA is a little different than your typical face-full of pine and grapefruit. Given, it does have grapefruit, but the flavor starts mellow and then grows through the finish to a big, spicy bitterness. The aroma has more of the citrus and is pleasant, but relative for the style, it could be better. For the strength, this beer is very drinkable and a little dangerous. It's probably a good thing more 7.5% beers aren't this seemingly sessionable.

tempest, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange in color with some light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that shows very good retention properties with a thick cloud-like layer remaining over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell is dominated by the citrus hops - more of an orange/orange zest aroma than lemon but with some more subtle hints of lemon as well. Overall not too intense a smell to this beer though it does become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: This beer has a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness which is contributed by the citrus hops present (this is more of the citrus zest/rind taste). There is a very light amount of malts in this beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and a nice beer but probably too hoppy/bitter to be a sessionable beer in my opinion. The citrus hops are really highlighted in this offering.

dbrauneis, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, well balanced beer. Pours golden with a fine white head. Smells sweet and malty but married beautifully with citrusy hops. The taste is similar, but much more hop forward. Lovely notes of sticky pine, and a very nice finish. I love how everything comes together with this beer, the sum seems more than its parts. Just a great beer for sipping on the back porch on a warm spring day.

Georgiabeer, May 08, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with kirok1999.

A: The IPA pours with with a brilliant golden color, highlighting equally yellow and orange notes with a solid stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. The head neared 1.5 fingers on pour and has laced nicely all around the glass.

S: The nose is orange citrus, full of hop aromas that are mouthwatering.

T: Hops abound, leaping out from the first sip through the final swallow. Orange and pineapple elements are the dominant hop notes, giving the ale a strong citrus profile that finishes long on the tongue. Some caramel malts come through as the ale warms, breaking up the bitterness with some grainier notes.

M: The finish is somewhat muddled, losing the orange and pineapple notes and becoming more muddled. Despite that, the finish and mid-body are excellent.

D: The alcohol doesn't rear its head at all, aiding the drinkability. That abv is reasonably high though so a few bottles will do you in. Nice hop body though, especially for an IPA.

akorsak, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
10/24/07 date on bottle
A- This beer pours a light copper colored body that is crystal clear showing of the tiny bubbles of carbonation gliding to the surface. There is a sticky off-white head that last and last. The head leaves rings on the glass after each sip.

S- There is a light caramel malt hint with a pungent green hop burst at the finish. There is some note of pineapple weed as the beer warms but it is mostly pungent.

T- This beer has a hint of caramel malt sweetness followed by a big pungent pine and grapefruit bite that finishes the beer. It is not skunky like being light struck but skunky like a fresh huge hop AA flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy note as long as the head last.

D- This beer has a huge hop bitterness that overpowers the hops aroma and flavor. There is some nice support by the malt but the hops are just a bit too pungent. I really like hops but there is just something about this beer that a don't care for in the hops.

rhoadsrage, Nov 09, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

duceswild, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe at Walnut Liquorette threw this bottle into my purchase free of charge since it was my first time shopping at that liquor store. Poured into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color, the head is rocky, and it leaves whipped lace around the glass. The nose brings lemon and bitter grapefruit to the picture, and the infamous diacteyl (buttered popcorn) common in this color shade of IPA. The diacteyl goes along well with the citrus during the taste, but then a sharp bitterness and mildly hot fusel alcohol cuts into the quality of the taste.

It's not a bad effort, just a little off-par compared to the IPA's which are more widely available in my area.

DoubleJ, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brewpub across from the brewery proper in Cleveland Ohio.

Looks good but not exceptional in the glass. A somewhat small white head crowns a lovely clear golden amber colored ale.

The scent is truly exceptional. Sweet and malty with a strong but not over powering C type hop aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. What sets this apart is that both the malt and hop aspects are balanced in a quite strong IPA without one overpowering the other.

The taste begins sweet and a little bready with a tasty clean and unmodified hop flavor from the very first taste. As you drink this the citrus, pine and refreshing bitter aftertaste get a little stronger but does not really change. This never gets bitter and it never numbs the tongue, this is all tasty hop flavors.

The Mouthfeel is good.


Oh yeah this is a strong IPA that I could drink all night except the alcohol level would put a stop to it a bit early. A VERY recommended ale!

Zorro, May 17, 2007
Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a very large creamy beige head. About two fingers. Good retention with some nice lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some floral hops up front with a very distinguishable citrus smell of orange. Also has some biscuity malts. A little bit soft for the high abv.

Taste: Tons of floral, bittering hops. This one packs a bit of alcohol with it. Very big. Also has that big biscuity malt backbone. Definitely a midwest ipa. Lots of citrus, orange with a mix in of grapefruit. This beer is very big.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hoppy with some alcohol showing.

Overall, I had higher expectations for this ipa. It was too big for a regular ipa and too much alcohol showed. Probably will stick to something else, even though this is in MN now.

mothman, Jun 28, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

ejimhof, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass.

Commodore Perry has a mix of copper and medium orange in color with a bright white head about a 1/2 inch up. Rings of lacing on the way down. Scents consist of citrus and bittering hops with a little malt background. It taste the same with the hops coming 1st with a small malt backing, leaving a bitter taste overall. The feel is bitter, medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A long aftertaste with some earthy things abound. Not my favorite IPA but a good one none the less.

BARFLYB, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 07/08/11. Pours slightly hazy amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of mango, pineapple, and caramel; with some pine and bread as well. Aromas are on the weak side though. Taste of good amounts of grapefruit, pine, and spiciness; with caramel, bread, and a bit of pineapple as well. Fairly strong bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus and pine flavors. Alcohol not present in the taste but a decent warming noticed on the finish. Very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, this is a delicious and quality IPA.

superspak, Jun 03, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this one.

Pours a clean golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malt tones, and caramel. The taste is hoppy and malty, lots of caramel. This brew is nice, but just not hoppy enough to be a good IPA, but still is tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but to much on the malty side.

Wasatch, Sep 09, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for this one.

A: Pours light golden color with one finger of white foamy head on top, really dense. Nice foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of carbonation being released to the top.

S: Faint citric hops, a bit of grass and a floral component. LOTS of pale grains and a bit of caramel.

T: Faint grapefruit and lemon, some grainy malt, caramel, and a little bit of smoke, but not good smoke that you sometimes want in a beer. Finish is extremely dry.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, extremely dry.

O: This beer looked amazing, but thats where the great qualities ended for me. The smell was weak and the taste was just off. The first beer from Great Lakes that I have not liked.

mdaschaf, Jul 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle saved for an enchanting Sunday in September, opening day for the NFL. A wonderful day of (if I may compliment myself) great home cooking and (thanks to the Commodore Perry) great beer to match!

A lovely thick trim of pearl white head. It coats the sides of the glass just as thick as densely as it sits over the beer. A beautiful apricot/pear coloured body with perfect clarity. The colour is that of changing, yellow/golden autumn leaves. A small minority of bubbles set out from the bottom and lazily drift (eventually) to the top. A modest but very attractive marmalade coloured appearance.

A deliciously fruity aroma. Pear, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. C-hops dominate. Lightly intoxicating, the alcohol (while considerably modest and undetected) opens the sinuses and calms the senses. Toasty, the hops are deeply integrated with the malts, it smells like a fresh boil.

The mouthfeel is full of both malt and hops. Seamlessly balanced. The hops impart a light bitterness, crisp and assertive on the palate. It also contains a dense, bready malt presence. The alcohol is absent. A strong mineral presence to the water. It can be both quenching and tasty.

The flavour has a faint suggestion of citrus, but is largely malty. It fails to linger much and really doesn't develop much through the tasting. Don't be mistaken - it is nice, it just simply doesn't carry itself like a DIPA. And rightfully so - it isn't one...

At seven some odd percent, this is an incredibly quaffable IPA. It is quenching and full of a modest - but assertive - character. Great Lakes Brewing offer products of great quality - this is no exception. A great, textbook offering of the IPA style, I enjoyed this on its own as a nice after dinner tipple!

biegaman, Sep 09, 2007
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.