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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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2,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 67
Gots: 125 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured half finger head with patchy lacing. A light golden honey colour. Liquer consistency and clarity.

Huge citrus hops, peach, and herbal (weed) scent.

Taste is spectacular, grapefruit, papaya, sweet malt, well balanced, pepper, floral, herbal hop note.

Mouthfeel is bitter on the back end, medium body, some carbonation, smooth for the style, nearly perfect.

One of the best brews I have had. Incredible taste that is very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:44:44 | More by Stocean1
Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Nachojon


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes is pretty new to me but I have likes what I have tried so far.

A- Clear, golden. Completely transparent. Light, white head that barely grips the sides of my shaker pint.

S- Just slightly bitter to the nose.

T- Grassy, barley hops stick to the back of the throat. Orange marmalade aftertaste lingers with fruit. Hides 7.5% very well.

M- A bit sticker than I like my IPAs, not as dry as advertised.

O- A good, not great IPA. I won't reach for it often but would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:22:42 | More by Nachojon
Photo of jsprain1


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden-orange with a thin white head.
S- Heavy on the noble hops. Earthy, a bit of citrus (indicating some American hops) and a good malt balance.
T- There was a bit more American hop here, with a citrus hop flavor in the beginning. I found it's better a touch warmer than most IPA's. There's definitely a spicy character to it. A sweet malt base. The alcohol in the finish isn't really what I like though.
M- Full body. Active carbonation at first bit it still sits on tongue longer than most IPA's. Not quite the dry finish that is a common aspect of the style. The alcohol is a bit too warm in the gullet though.
O- A good enough beer, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:45:04 | More by jsprain1
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well as I pour this beer, Megatron scores to make 7-0 on MNF! Pours a golden translucent reminiscent of Yuengling Lager. Thin head that kind of doesnt stick around.

Smells of citrus, piney, and noble hops, but mostly bittering hops. Definitely think this is what an English IPA is all about.

Ok the taste is totally different fresh. I get alot of juicy fruits. Oranges, lemons, and mangos. Theres a dose of bitter from Simcoe, but the Cascade hops take over and dominate fresh Commodore. This thing is amazing fresh, and competes with Two-Hearted.

It has a light body, and sits lightly on your tongue. Very drinkable, and still bitter. What a balance!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:36:06 | More by VncentLIFE
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep amber color that borders on copper with a smallish white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of earthy, citrus and piney hops with a solid caramel and bread malt backbone. The taste holds no surprises that the nose couldn't ferret out. Caramel and bread assaulted by earth pine and citrus. I was a bit surprised to see this listed as an English style IPA as I saw lots of American in there. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet honey like mouthfeel. Great IPA, I wish it were a bit easier to get in my corner of the planet.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:33:51 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful clear gold with a nice puffy white head that sticks to the glass like grim death. The nose offers light aromas of citrus and pine. It's not as strong a nose as some other IPAs I've had.

The beer has a very nice, dry, hoppy flavor with an underlying creamy malty sweetness. There's nothing new or earth-shattering here. Nobody's getting too fancy. It's just a simple, well-executed American IPA. Not the best I've had, but very good and a terrific bargain where I shop. Bravo!

Serving type: growler

10-06-2011 23:24:36 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.
Price: $10.99
Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a mostly transparent, light orange/ golden color. A one finger head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing on the side of the glass after drinking.

S - Not as hoppy smelling as some other IPAs I've had. A sweet, citrusy smell is the dominate aroma.

T - Different than most IPAs Ive had lately but very good. A sweet tasting beer that offers a nice balance between the hops and malts. Not a hop bomb at all. Hints of caramel and grapefruit. Actually the more I drink, the more I'm gettting into the subtle taste that dosen't overpower you with bitterness like some IPAs do. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A thicker consistancy. A nice sweet yet slightly tangy and bitter aftertaste.

O - I enjoyed this beer. It isn't my favorite IPA by any means but it is a really smooth, easy drinking IPA. It's a welcomed change from the IPAs I've had recently which tended to be on the "hop bomb" side. Recommended for those that are seeking a more mild tasting, easily drinkable IPA.


Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:53:02 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of soulfly1492


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Beautiful floral hops as soon as the cap is popped. Turns a bit piney after some time. Floral, perfume, grapefruit, pine, a little bit of everything in the hop aroma. Very little malt in the background, some caramel and lighter malts. Little alcohol.

Appearance: Pale gold. Crystal clear. Pours a moderate white head with some of the smallest bubbles I've seen. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Floral hops, grapefruit, smooth caramel and pale malts, then some pine and malts at the finish. Super smooth!

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy feel to it. Just a slight drying sensation associated with the hops and alcohol.

Overall: Bold, complex, smooth, and well balanced all at the same time. Just a masterpiece. Heavier on the malts for sure than the West Coast varieties, that's obvious for sure, but not to the point where it encroaches on the English IPA. Could down a sixer of this in no time. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this IPA.

Note: Tasted on 1/20/2012. Freshness date 3/15/2012.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:29:48 | More by soulfly1492
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/7/11
*From notes

A: A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and nice lacing. It's brilliantly clean and pale sunset amber.

S: Decently fruit forward, yet it's by no means a West Coast style IPA. It's also quite hearty and bready, something that I assume is to be enjoyed not just in the throws of summer, but also the biting Cleveland winters.

T: A touch juicy up front, which fades quickly to a warm, toasted, bready earth. The richness comes through on the finish, which is pretty bitter and dry.

M: Not as creamy as the better AIPA's out there. It's got a sharp edge to it, like it could use a bit of love around the edges.

O: Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA is a solid entry into the AIPA category. It isn't something that will unseat the juicy fruit bombs within the style, yet if you're looking for a rich, bitter and slightly earthy AIPA, you've found your beer.

Well done, Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 16:39:05 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of birchstick


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden yellow color with a nice one finger head that retains itself well

S - faint nose that includes grapefruit hops and some toasted caramel malts

T - taste opens up with some really nice caramel malts. These fade to a nice grapefruit hop flavor. This has a nice sweet flavor that holds throughout. Nice American IPA with a solid hop profile and a great tasting malt base taboot.

M - good carbonation with a full body

D - this is a pretty solid IPA. Even though it was past it's freshness I thought it still packed a hop punch that would have been there if it was fresh. This is only the second beer I have had from GL, but I have been very impressed from what I have thus far...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:30:24 | More by birchstick
Photo of soju6


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with a subtle spice mixed in. Not overpowering like some IPAs.

T: Has and initial bitterness with some sweetness. A bit of biscuit and a nice bitter finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced.

O: Very easy drinker. Good example of this style. Another excellent beer from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:32:01 | More by soju6
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden/copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and freshness date on the label.
Nice frothy one finger head from a slightly aggressive pour that dissipates fairly slowly.
Aroma is high on hops, floral and piney with hints of citrus (grapefruit) and malt.
Taste is surprisingly hoppy for an english IPA. The hoppiness is evident upfront with hints of malts and sweetness (fruity esters) in the middle only to be taken over by the hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lingers on for a long, long time...seems like forever.
The ABV is well masked, and it is well advised to keep a count, since this IPA is very drinkable.
Very good lacing along the inside of the glass too.
Great Lakes have not disappointed so far, and this is another example of a good brew.
Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:17:18 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Has more of orange or apricot hue, great lookin and crystal clear. Strong lacing that hangs for some time.

Citrus in the nose and a bit of sweetness and pine. Not a hop bomb by any stretch. Taste follows on with really nice malt and a bit of sweetness but it all works very well.

Solid beer (no surprise from GLBC) and a nice change from in your face IPA. I wish they sold in Indy so I could buy regularly.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 18:18:02 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a standard GLBC pint glass.

A - golden. Crystal clear clarity. Wonderful bubble like effect rising from bottom to top. Thick snow white head with nice lace. Simply stunning how extremely clean and clear the color of this brew is.

S - loads of hops. Spices along with a citrus aroma. Citrus reminds me a lot of grapefruit. The hint of pine is a work of art and really set it off for me. A somewhat floral note in here as well.

T - huge hop flavor from the start. Taste resembles the aroma with some citrus and fruity notes. I get a good amount of grapefruit. Wonderful spices that kept me wanting the next sip. A toasty and just the right amount of bitterness that goes well balanced with everything else.

M - a medium to medium heavy bodied brew. Nice smooth carbonation. The alcohol is a little noticable at 7.5%, but it's not over powering. I found it very smooth and refreshing.

O - I've said it over and over again.. The guys at GLBC really have it together. The image of creating just one world class brew is one thing, but for a brewery to hit the world class mark in a variety of styles is something to hang your hat on, and it's something for me to tip my hat to. This IPA can stand up to any in the world. Europe and the U.S. Atlantic coast to the pacific, and everything in between. One of the best IPA styles I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 13:37:32 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of spitInTheOcean


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gold color. crystal clear. big head retention. creamy white head. good lacing.

smells of hops. big hop aroma. spicy, floral, citrus, maybe a little piney even. i dont smell malts.

hops immediatley on the palate. again citrus and pine with maybe a little bit spicy hop flavor. a tad sweet at first. finish is all hops. taste leaning towards bitterness. no real malt flavor to be detected but sweetness is apparent.

medium/ medium heavy mouthfeel. soft carbonation.

this is a very well made ipa. definitalely a celebration of hops. not what i would call perfectly balance, nor sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 04:13:00 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Old Gold with a wake of slowly rising bubbles trailing upwards to a 2 finger natural vanilla head that leaves contrails of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: a spicy fruitiness, Mango? Pear?

Mouthfeel: smooth and silky.

Taste. A Broad maltiness paves the way for a zesty, peppery & sweet pineapple essence that leaves a slightly warming alcoholic aura before it finishes with a floral/ herbal bitterness that carries a hint of unsweetened cocoa in it's wake.

Notes: This beer is not a clone of anything. It is one of a kind as if Great Lakes decided not to just assemble a by the numbers grapefruit and pine IPA. I am not a Hops expert but did they assemble their own unique blend for this beer? This is a craft beer drinker's beer, meaning an experienced drinker will recognize the thought that went into it's construction. In general I love Great Lakes Brewing (along with Brooklyn Brewing) as being my favorite brewery. I'm not sure however I love this beer. Certainly it is not love at first sip. I think my relationship with this beer needs to develop...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:44:30 | More by fx20736
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and medium gold with lively, cascading carbonation. A thick, foamy, spongy white head leaves behind some clumps of lacing behind. The nose shows citrusy, grassy hops over pale caramelized malts. Flavors turn a bit more resinous, with substantial grassy hops and sharp grapefruit outweighing a basic caramel malt background. The medium body is smooth, dry, and spicy in the mouth. Finishes with biting bitterness as the sharp hops surge forward on the close. A bit basic though.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 20:39:14 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
Photo of cosmonick


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an English pint glass

Appearance: Uncloudy medium gold ale, with a thin white head

Aroma: Nice citrus aroma with orange, lemon and sweet grapefruit

Taste: Very nice dry citrus flavor with grapefruit and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Watery with light carbonation

Overall: This easy drinking English IPA is easily my favorite example of the style so far.

Eis Igian,

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:01:15 | More by cosmonick
Photo of thydarkprevails


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can't say much that hasn't been said already. one thing about this beer is it is remarkably sessionable, which is kinda scary considering the 7.5 abv. The beer feels rather thin for an ipa, and i think that's what makes it go down so easy. get a 6 pack, stay home, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 05:03:28 | More by thydarkprevails
Photo of BoozySmurf


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber pour with decent lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine needles. Taste has a caramel sweetness to it, and a good amount of citrusy hops as well. Not over the top hoppy for a big boy IPA (7.5 abv), sorta balanced actually. I suspect this beer has some age on it. Oh well. Mouthfeel is thinnish, carbonation may have faded a bit along with the hop profile. Finishes sweet. Overall a good IPA, and if I see this on tap somethere I'll certainly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:50:39 | More by BoozySmurf
Photo of tdexterc


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As they say, when in Rome… I suppose after 2 weeks in my new Ohio home it’s about time for me to sample my new state’s seemingly most widespread IPA.

A- Sternly poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer develops a decent 1 finger head. Bright white and loosely packed, it disappears quickly and hangs tight in a ring to the edge. The body is a crystal clear light amber.

S- The smell is slightly fruity and inviting. The hops presence is reminiscent of light citrus. It smells both appetizing and refreshing.

T- Relatively well balanced between hop and malt flavors. Could stand to see a bigger hop taste. As it warmed however it began to develop, a more prominent floral hop flavor.

M- A very solid bitterness on the back of the palate grows. This beer is more aggressively bitter than anticipated, and that’s (usually) just fine in my book.

I can see this being a decent stand-in for my Northeast staple IPA’s like long trail, harpoon, and my all time favorite mayflower. Though all that bitterness makes it a bit less sessionable than what I like to see in widely available, standard pub IPA such as this.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:07:03 | More by tdexterc
Photo of russwbeck


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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1.63/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nice light golden color - not what I'd expect in an IPA but nice anyway.

It had a funny fruity smell - I guess because it's trying to be English style maybe. But it tasted awful! Bitter blast of dirty not coolness. Not cool hoppy bitter, but metal dirty rotten hops dunked in glue.

A bad bottle? My friend gave it to me from his six pack which he said was fine, so I dunno.

GROSS! I dumped it while frowning.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:16:25 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a translucent light pale amber color with a solid finger of white head. Retention is decent as it recedes into about half a finger leaving some sticky lacing.

S- not a super aromatic bouquet but one displays some interesting notes. Starts out with a subtle dry pale malt. Spicy hearbal hop aromas blend with a orange zest. Finishes with a little alcohol and a bit aspriny.

T- floral leafy hop flavor at first that transitions into some citrus fruity notes of orange and lemon with a touch of pine. Big hop bitterness in the middle with a biscuity malt flavor on the finish.

MF- slick quenching mouthfeel with a lighter medium body. Bright spritzy carbonation.

D- average drinkablity

Overall a solid IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:54:34 | More by Viciousknishs
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