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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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very good

2,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 69
Gots: 131 | 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 Spider889


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. I can easily say that this is the 3rd best regular offering at Great Lakes. For many a brewery, that would be an insult to the beer. For Great Lakes, that just means that Commodore Perry has very stiff competition. This is an outstanding English IPA.

Arrives with a short white head, and left an awesome wall of lace. Crystal clarity to the brew.

Smells much more citrusy than I had remembered (it's been a while). Pine mixes with grapefruit and bitter orange rind. I am thinking that there are some juicy American hops used in this English IPA.

The taste is semi-sweet with bitter grapefruit and pine bough.

Creamy mouthfeel despite the med/high carbonation.

Overall - well done Great Lakes. Yet another beer I need to stop overlooking at the store simply because I have had it numerous times.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 01:10:01 | More by Spider889
Photo of Duff27


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color is a mid to dark golden with a frothy two inch head. Great head retention and drink-by-drink step lacing.

S- Sweet and tropical.

T- Good caramel malt backbone to even out the hops. Grapefruit. Dangerous at 7.5%abv!

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- I don't know why I passed this up for so long, even as Great Lakes is one of my more favorite breweries. No longer. Solid, solid, solid IPA...likewise with the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:13:55 | More by Duff27
Photo of argock


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 6/25/11 stamped on the front label. Gifted tome from my Midwest bro Greg.

A: Clear amber with a 1.5-finger nearly white head with good retention and a nice, craggy sheet of lace down the glass. Extremely inviting.

S: The aroma doesn't disappoint with loads of grapefruit citrus, pine resin, and floral notes balanced expertly with a lot of pale and light caramel malitness. I would be interested to smell this beer with no caramel malts, but the light caramel, biscuit note really adds some uniqueness to this brew's smell.

T: Strong hoppy flavor up front with grapefruit and pine flavors, with more pale malt and caramel toastiness coming through with some warming. Solidly balanced bitterness, flavor, and aroma in the hopping of this beer.

M: Crisply carbonated with a fairly dry character despite the medium-plus body. Dangerous at 7.5%, which is not at all detectable.

O: An expertly crafted, exceptional IPA with excellent balance -- it does everything very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 14:47:12 | More by argock
Photo of MTNboy


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a thick rocky off white head and a bronze colored body. It is a good looking beer. For an IPA I thought it had a wonderful malty smell that reminds me of biscuits. The flavor is nice it carries the traits of the hops without an awkward bitterness. It has a medium mouthfeel with some carbonation bite.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 17:53:27 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Mosley1212


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Thanks to JohnB87 for bringing this one to me. Thanks, man!

A--Pours on the lighter side for an IPA. Golden straw-colored with heavy carbonation. Fluffy white head when poured, but it left quickly.

S--Malty. Has a straw scent. Also picked up caramel and some light hops.

T--Follows the nose. Malty caramel and heavy straw. The hops are present, but fade quickly.

M--Watery, bittery, and an overly sweet aftertaste.

O--Not the best. I like my IPAs to be hop bombs, but this was way too malty for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 13:43:09 | More by Mosley1212
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growing up originally by the Great Lakes, I was very proud of the Commodore Perry. Strong, potent, and goes great with a nice steak dinner.
It was poured in a 16 ounce glass, and looked amazing. Very dark, and rich. Smelled exactly as it looked. The taste was fascinating in every sense of the word. I will definitely look to grab a bottle next time I visit home...I have had a strange craving for one ever since I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 03:13:22 | More by Redfoot19
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Erin brought it back from Ohio.

Appearance: Bright, clear orange with a tightly bubbled, soft and creamy looking head. Very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Earthy, spicy, and citrus hops. A grainy and sweet maltiness. Smells OK, not great.

Taste: Very earthy hops, with less bitter citrus. Not enough citrus to balance the earthiness. Sweet crackery and caramel malt. Lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very soft in the mouth with a welcome resiny feel in the end that helps it feel drier than the sweet flavor would leave me to expect.

Overall: Its an OK IPA. Not loving the hops profile. Now looking at the Great Lakes website, its bittered with simcoe and flavored with fuggles and cascade. That explains it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:57:02 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of cdrogers


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a thick off-white head. Not cloudy at all.

Smell had some subtle floral notes with some very slight grapefruit (which also came through in the taste). Was not getting a lot out of this one.

Taste, as mentioned above, was citrusy (mostly grapefruit). It had a subtle sweetness as well, right before the hops nailed me. Floral hoppy notes definitely stand out. States 7.5 ABV, but it doesn't come through, seems much lighter.

Mouthfeel was smooth and those citrusy notes are all over.

Overall, it was a good EIPA. I enjoyed the sweetness in this one and for some reason would liked it to have a little more, maybe some honey?

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:04:01 | More by cdrogers
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored brew, slight chill haze but mostly clear. Medium sized white head, lots o' lacing. Has a pretty attractive scent, sweet malt along with some nice citrusy hops. Taste is bigger than i remembered it being from last time i had this. Sweet malt from followed by a number of different hops, some bittering, floral and grapefruity kinds. A bit of spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied, pretty gentle.

I was just gonna write that its a big-hopped american IPA, but then i saw it was styled as english, which would make this way over the top for that style. Maybe a hint of buttery diacetyl in there, but the level of hops in this is far more dramatic than other EIPAs i recall having.

Nevertheless, its a goodin, and should be drank by all.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:20:30 | More by Tballz420
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color that is mostly clear. Nice one-finger white head that has good retention and very good lacing along the glass.

Definite hop aroma up front. Pine and citrus lead the way. Some sweet caramel-like malt aroma in the background.

The flavor is not surprising and follows the aroma. Nice bitter hop flavor but it does have that clear "east coast" and/or English feel to it. Obviously it's the hop profile, possibly the noble hops, but leans more toward the higher malt mix as opposed to the big west coast hop-forward mix.

Medium mouthfeel with very little notice of the alcohol. Overall, not my preferred type of IPA but a solid effort and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:16:41 | More by FanofHefe
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a difference the glass makes. This is a re-review of C.P., but poured into a Nonic glass:

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a white 1-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a substantial amount of oily lacing.

S: Hop-forward aroma with some unripe citrus notes leading the way. You can almost smell the bitterness, but not in a bad way. Even still, for a brew of this caliber, the aroma is more restrained than I would expect.

T: A malty backbone supports the copious amount of hops. Mainly bittering hops, with a moderate amount of citrusy grapefruit. Cascade hops are present, but not in abundance. Some sweetness from the malt appears mid-stream, but is overtaken by the hops at the finish.

M: Creamy, perfect carbonation. A bit slick feeling. Thick body. A nice ale. Highest marks here.

O: A solid IPA. Slightly more unbalanced than I prefer. Arrogant Bastard is more my speed for a strong IPA. But overall a solid B+ for this one.

Original review:

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Following an aggressive pour, a three-finger white head sat atop the orangy-gold clear liquid. Lacing is generous. Very nice. 4.5

S: Heavy dose of noble and cascade hops. Some malt may be hiding in the background, but the hops stand out here. 4.0

T: A thick burst of a balanced mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops strike the palate first. Alcohol is undetectable, aside from a slight warming in the aftertaste. The malt sticks around for a while, but the hops take over in the end. 4.0

M: Thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Dry finish. The alcohol produces a warming finish. 4.5

O: A solid EIPA. A bit surprised at some of the low scoring reviews, I found this to be a nice hoppy brew suited more for sipping and relaxing rather than guzzling for refreshment. I'm also really enjoying GLBC's use of Simcoe and Fuggle hops. They also do a masterful job combining them in Lake Erie Monster. 4.0

Total: 4.08 A-

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:26:33 | More by DrewV
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle that has a fresh by 5/17/11 date on it. So not quite as fresh as possible, but not exactly old either. Thanks for another one MooreHopps!

Appearance - Moderate pour rate yields a smooth, light white head about 1 finger high that doesn't stick around too long, but isn't vanishing. Leaves little lace. Color is a pale, mostly clear yellow golden.

Smell - Nose is citrus hops with some lighter sweet caramel malts with a bit of floral and pine hops as well. Smell is really lighter overall. Not bad though.

Taste - Hoppy taste, in that English IPA sort of fashion. Citrus hops and sweeter hop flavors stand out to me at first. Bitterness is there, but not biting or overpowering. Nice bready malt backbone balances things out nicely. Aside from that, maybe some grassy hops, with a mix of bitterness, lemon zest, and sweet malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high consistency for an English IPA. Carbonation is medium-high and contributes to that heavier mouthfeel. Body is almost describable as full and rich for an English IPA. Finish is on the dryer side and lasts about average length. Would have liked to see a lighter feel overall. Slightly below average.

Overall - This one goes to show you that English IPAs can appease those who prefer typical West Coast American IPAs. With that said, I think my overall rating has to be about average (3). This is not something you'd catch me drinking on a regular basis, but it is a nice English IPA offering and I would have it again. Overall, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:33:19 | More by matttttYCE
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a:darkish golden color. thin white head that goes away.
s: very sweet and hoppy.
t: pine bitter then sweet malt.
m: smooth and easy. good hop aftertaste.
o: this beer is an easy drinking ipa that can be drank allday.
this beer is perfect for any bbq or bonfire or een a mow of the lawn. well priced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:06:23 | More by TwoHeartedMale
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:18:17 | More by superspak
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with white cap. PLenty of carbonation and lacing.

S: Dry malts. Juicy hops....citrusy...some pine.

T: Excellent! The taste far exceeds the smell. Big, juicy fruits here. Apricot....mango....citrus. This is as flavorful as the best I have had!

M: Nice medium body with some stickiness.

Overall: I have not had a GL beer that disappointed. This is one of the best. I was really surprised. This was a fresh bottle and the flavor rivaled that found in Two Hearted. This vaults up to my top 2-3 IPA's list and given the pricepoint, will be a regular.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 14:14:10 | More by Brunite
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for the trade. Bottle dated 3/29/11.

A: An overly vigorous pour into a shaker glass produced a huge 2 inch head. Body is a slightly cloudy golden. Nice lacing

S: Nice hop resins, with orange and papaya notes. Light bready malt notes.

T: A little sweeter than expected, but overall nicely balanced malt body with clean hops bitterness..

M: Clean, lightly astringent. Low carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. Good English-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:37:25 | More by kscaldef
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to omgshesaboy for this one!

Split a bottle into two pint glasses - pours a few fingers of puffy white head on top of a translucent yellow gold body.

Nose is earthy and somewhat herbal, a little hard to put my finger on - some slight citrus.

Medium to light carbonation plants a solid bitterness across the tongue. Subtle malt tries to balance it out and that fruity finish still has to fight the early bitterness. This is definitely an English-style IPA with that type of bitterness.

Quite quaffable, nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:39:15 | More by OldIronLungs
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into pint glass.
A. Pleasant golden color, with moderate carbonation, one finger head
S. Dominated by malt, faint hoppy smell, kind of bread-y
T. Bright, fresh flavor with an interesting combination of malt and citrusy hops, finishes with a bit of a sweet taste
M. Pretty smooth, moderately bitter, pleasant feel
O. Good representation of the style, pretty easy to drink. I prefer American IPA, but will come back to this English style IPA occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:57:22 | More by SurlyZach
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-19-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, head dissipated rather quick, light orange yellowish color. Some carbonation present

S – Citrus notes and hops with lighter malt aroma

T/M – Smooth brew after first sip but turned mildly bitter. A touch malty but the citrus taste comes through pretty well

D – Good tasting brew, lighter tasting brew than expected but still pretty enjoyable. None the less a well balanced brew that I would have again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 18:34:43 | More by FreshmanPour77
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New Jersey

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

Best-by 8 July 2011 (bottled about a month ago)

Pours a clear orange, capped with a moderate white head that leaves lots of lacing down my glass.

The hops hit the nose first, but are actually pretty mild: more pine than citrus, and a little floral. The malt is sweet and somewhat bready. Overall, the aroma is on the thin side of things, but nice.

The taste is pretty hoppy, but not too bitter until the finish. This isn't, however, by any means a palate wrecker. The malt is lightly sweet, and provides a nice backbone for the malt. The finish is a little bitter and a little bready. This is one of the hoppier English IPAs I've had, but would probably be considered balanced for their American counterparts.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy- definitely better than what I'd expect from an IPA.

Commodore Perry is a damn good English IPA, but I guess it also doesn't have anything that really piques my enjoyment of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 19:21:50 | More by Sneers
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upon a basket of bottles in a local beer/wine store so I had to try it as i had heard it was pretty darn good. I drank it after pouring into a tall pilsner glass ( that is all i had at the time )

A- poured with a strong head and a rich red-amber tone that was crystal clear. The head was thick..like cotton, stayed thick, and laced all the way down.

S- Ach du Lieber! ( Oh, Goodness! ) Excellent strong hoppy aroma...I just kept sticking my nose back in the top of the glass. Even my dog was sniffing and wagging his tail. Floral, Hoppiness, Piney and pungent.

T- Strong like a well made IPA...enough to gag a lite beer drinker. Starts very malty and heavy, a little rye like, and finishes with a hoppy bite of bitterness. Almost too strong, venturing near soapy...maybe. I say that not to criticize but to describe the bite. Carbonation was strong too.

M- Heavy and rich, full bodied, aided of course by the strong aromas. Good Carbonation gives a full mouth feel even from a small sip. Very nice.

O- I personally love a strong taste and full body to my beers and IPA's represent just that philosophy in a brew. I thought this one was excellent. It might be a touch better for some people if its Bitterness was a point or two lower, but of course that just isn't the style intention.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 17:38:14 | More by UKBeerman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:13:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a stiff bubbly head that has some very stick and pronounced lacing. Head retains throughout the beer, lightly, but retains nonetheless.

N: Definitely some nice zesty (citrus) hops in this brew. At the end of the nose there is a spiciness to it with a full 'biscuity' body.

T: Delightful. The middle is definitely filled with a really nice hop flavor without the bitterness (that comes in just after but quickly leaves). A little earthy on the exit. I did not get the "grapefruit bitterness" that everyone else got but at the same time I don't eat grapefruit very often.

M: I think this is probably my favorite part. If you take a drink you get a nice carbonation at the beginning and then the hops take over your mouth for a bit (mildly) and build and build and then slowly die down. Imagine going over a hill on a roller coaster.

Overall: I revisited this beer after actually having it at a local beer emporium on draft. I don't regret it at all. Also traded one for a Stone IPA and another for half a bottle of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA. Good beer.

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:25:50 | More by kmwood11
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah Great Lakes. Haven't let me down yet. Finally grabbed me a single dated "6/21/11" Got's to be fresh!

A - A bright clear amber in color with a lovely inch of bubbly thick head. Lacing is nice and sticky!

S - Sticky pine cone hops with a bit of pale malt or grain which caught me by surprise but it smells pretty good with a level of balance.

T - Definitely hop forward on the borderline of prickly but the malt counters this with a level of bready gram cracker like sweetness. Finishes kind of dry and almost gives a "soapy" feel of hops on the tongue that sticks to the back of the throat.

M - Wow they one upped the typical 6-7 percent clocking in at 7.5 it's very smooth and drinkable with a solid medium body.

Overall it was worth the wait to find a fresh bottle of this but I feel it probably would drink rather well even beyond the best by date. Still it may be best to find the freshest you can and I would appreciate finding this in a variety case or a six pack (fresh) for around 10 bucks. Solid IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:49:35 | More by DrDemento456
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by 06/06/11

pours bright crystal clear golden yellow with a 2 finger white head that left some spotted lacing - tons of nonstop carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass

smells of juicy hops and sweet pale malt

taste - again juicy hops that are tad piney ashy and has some lemon citrus - this is all balanced nicely with those sweet pale malts

mouthfeel was light/medium with great carbonation that was crisp smooth and creamy

overall - while i prefer american ipas to english this beer stacks up well and would be in my rotation if it was distributed in my area

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:01:27 | More by jsh420
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,117 ratings.