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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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2,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 78
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 Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional English IPA from Great Lakes.

Starts off with an abundance of off-white, cottony foam. Not much lasting over the long haul but fluffy and pretty and lacy. Color is about right - amber, from the crystal malt - arguably a shade or two too dark. Quite clear.

Citrus and pine (Cascade) and woody (Fuggle) aroma. Spicy and prickly with an assertive sugary-biscuity malt foundation.

Softly spicy, sugar-cookie malts push forward in the taste, about slick-smooth in body, which sits in a supremely sublime range - leaning toward crisp. Not quite dry. The hops may be a little more subdued, off-balanced than they should. Crystal malt flavor and perhaps a mid-range mash temp (151-153?) have something to do with that? Maybe the bottle is a couple months old?

Really, it has a more or less ideal malt presence and body for the style with just enough hoppy bitterness and flavor to differentiate itself from an English pale ale. The hops highlight here - no edge, no domination.

Warrants buying a six-pack. A rare thing. Alcohol is only felt as a soothing belly warmth. It just takes one to put you at ease.

Bouleboubier, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful gold color with some lacing and a small frothy head.

S: Getting of a lot of pale english hops in this, definitely some decent malt as well

T: Great taste, get a good amount of malt in the taste but some citrus notes come through. Not an overly bitter taste but just the right amount.

M: Goes down very smooth, leaving a small bitterness on the tongue which is enjoyable.

O: A very good english IPA, fits the style perfectly but also provides a good overall IPA taste

Bogforce, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Pours a mostly transparent golden color with a half finger white head.

Smell: Much different than any IPA I have experienced. I like it. Very sweet and fruity, nice malt in the background. I cant stop smelling the beer, very inviting.

Taste: Well the malt in the background takes over the taste here. A slight spiciness. After the initial spiciness it smooths out and gives way too almost a roasty flavor. Good amount of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Standard for an IPA, maybe a little higher on the carbonation side.

Overall: Very enjoyable, will certainly revisit. It could even be seen as a good intro to IPA beer for those friends you are looking to get into craft beer.

OddNotion, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of hiphopipa
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and bright golden-yellow with a thin head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is primarily sweet, malty, fruity. The secondary hop aroma has hint of grapefruit.
Taste at the forefront is crisp and tingly with an alcohol burn that is smoothed over by the biscuity malts and leaves you with a bitter hop bite.
Clean and crisp. Not as hoppy as I had hoped, but a good IPA nonetheless.

hiphopipa, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of chcfan
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that's a few weeks before its best by date into Sam Adams glass

Color is on the pale gold side. The off-white head dissipates pretty quickly.

The Commodore isn't very aromatic, but the hops you can smell are definitely noble. Smells more like the skin of a grapefruit than the inside.

The hop flavors are present in the taste with a little bit of toasted flavor from the malt.

It goes down very easy for 7.5%.

Haven't had this one in about two years and I remember it not doing much for me back then. It's good, but there are quite a few other IPAs that I would reach for ahead of it. Kind of odd, because I really enjoyed Lake Erie Monster.

chcfan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy gold with a big white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Orange citrus and grapefruit hops blended with caramel malt. A hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus and hop bitterness with caramel sweetness. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Very tasty and well balanced IPA.

MattyG85, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to pick up a bottle of this for a while now and I took advantage to have it on draft when I came across it.

The body was a nice amber gold color and had a half inch head. The aroma had many citrus notes along with hops & grapefruit. The taste was smooth and well balanced. It was strong on the citrus / grapefruit end and though at the same time I was hoping that it would be a bit stronger on the hop side.

Overall it was very balanced and very easy to drink. It wouldn't be a problem to sit back and enjoy several at a time.

Dan3279, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint. Best by 5/30/11 on label.

A - Pours a clear/transparent amber with puffy, off white, 2 finger head. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Looks very light in color.

S - Blend malt. Bready malts and a mixture of bitter and fruity hoppyness. Hints of zest and orange peel, a bit light on the smell.

T - Wow, a taste that packs quite a punch, if I must say. I was not at all expecting how full of flavor this would be. Hit hard with bitter, bitter hops with faint touch of fruit. Bready malts are present, but subdued. Quite a wallop of bitterness. I'm impressed.

M - Leaves the mouth very dry. Lots of carbonation in this beer. Lives a tingling bit of stickiness the back of the throat, alcohol is hidden well

Overall - I was very impressed, actually. It's no wonder this beer is one of the best of its style. Definitely showcases a lot of hoppyness. I was impressed. Good work, Great Lakes

BeerBuckeye, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper-gold with a two finger white head, very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus and floral hops.

Taste starts bitter with the hops leading to a slight sweetness of malt ending with a grapefruit bite.

Mouthfeel was medium body with nice moderate carbonation, with a nice crisp ending.

Overall it was a very nice IPA, not the best that Great Lakes offers, however, it was good.

dtivp, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head. The head recedes into a thick ring with some lacing.

S: Orange and grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. There is an underlying caramel malt presence as well as some slight pine notes on the finish.

T: Orange and grapefruit rind up front on the tongue, followed by some pine and resin flavors. The caramel malt is there as well, but plays a very minor role to the hops. The finish is bitter and with a slight alcohol warmth to it.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but has an oily aftertaste.

O: A pretty solid English IPA. Nothing exceptional about it, but far from bad.

n2185, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow beer with a big white head and a lot of lace. Pretty nice looking.

S - Smells very sweet, with floral and grassy hops and some tropical fruit. Seems pretty malt forward.

T - Didn't care for this a ton, but after seeing English in front of the IPA it makes a bit more sense. Malt forward, quite sweet with tropical fruit notes and a sugary backbone. Floral hops are the more dominant type with a little bit of grass and some pineapple notes. A lot of "english" in there, for lack of a better term. Tastes a little bigger than 7.5%.

M - Sugary, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O - Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet for my liking. Got through it easily enough though.

AgentZero, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale straw yellow color characteristic of the style. Has some head to it, but what strikes me more is the smell. This is probably the maltiest IPA I have ever had. Has a huge fresh bready smell with some tangy ripe fruit hops in the nose. The taste is more of the same, but quite balanced for such a hoppy beer, some sweet, toasty malts but with clean bitter, grassy aftertastes. I would describe the hops as mostly herbal, slightly citric and dry almost like a pilsner. The hop profile is more English Bitter to me than APA, less emphasis on the Cascades more on the balance between malt and bitter hops; interesting. Mouthfeel is rich yet pretty smooth. Overall this is a unique interpretation of the style and a nice change of pace for an IPA in a world of Cascade infused hop-bombs.

Star80, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into GL pint glass. Best by 5/17/2011

A - Aggressive pour yields a finger of golden-white head with big frothy bubbles. Tons of carbonation can be seen. Clear light amber in color. Great head retention and lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops and some sweetness. Some grapefruit hop as well and bitterness.

T - Initially bitter with floral hops. Follows to a pungent sweet malt base. Quite soapy. Finish has some citrus characteristics.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a slightly drying finish. I really like the taste of the finish.

O - Overall a fair IPA, but not one to write home about. A good beer, but far from the best Great Lakes has to offer. Does a good job of hiding the 7.5%

greenmonstah, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you betsona for this one!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Light clear copper color with a two finger with head.

S- Nice citrus and floral hops.

T- Very close to the smell, nice malt backbone with nice hoppiness/bitterness.

M- Smooth, medium body, crisp.

O- A really nice beer that is easy to drink. I am wish Great Lakes would ship to Delaware and/or Maryland so I could get this more often. I feel this is a great everyday beer.

larryi86, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - gold/orange with a nice two fingers of white, dense, almost craggy head; good persistence and lacing

S - bread dough, bitter orange peel, cereal grains backing; hint of petrol; appealing and inviting; promises a clean palate and decent bitterness

T - palate delivers what nose promises - more bread dough, blood orange and peel; faintly floral; malt is firm and clean - not getting in the way; sweet malt emerges mid-palate and continues through finish - well balanced; good length - firms up with hops; lime zest on finish

M - crisp and clean; moderate and well balanced CO2; well done

O - very approachable; easy to drink while still being a contender in the IPA world; not shy

nezelrac, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orangish, golden color. About a finger of egg shell colored head. Recedes, leaving a curtain of sticky lacing.

S: Nice smelling beer, but a bit faint. Bready, caramel, toffee sweet balanced out by a bit of floral hops.

T: Get the bready sweetness out front, but the bitter hops soon follow. Floral mainly with a bit of citrus. There's a fruity quality to the beer as well that I can't quit place. Good balance between sweet and bitter for the most part...bitter really dominates the aftertaste though.

M: Medium bodied, actually a bit thick for a single IPA. Dry, bitter finish.

O: Fairly drinkable. The bitter aftertaste will slow you down a bit. Overall, this is a very tasty beer that I won't pass up on my next trip to Chuck's in Bowling Green.

titosupertramp, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden to light orange in color with a crisp, foamy white head to top it off.
S: Bready, some light fruit notes (maybe apricot), a little grainy and slightly floral.
T: Much like the smell, I can taste bread, and floral components. It almost is cake-like.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is smoother than one would think, almost bordering on creamy.
D: Highly drinkable, it's just so tasty!

tlazaroff, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of LacquerHead
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had a golden hazy color with an earthy hop aroma.

T: Grassy dryness at times, along with a dried fruit - dates came to mind, but without the sweetness. There was a bready malt flavor as well.

M/F: The dryness of the beer really lingers in the mouth.

D: This had a relatively light flavor for an IPA, but it was a bit heavy. This is, it was really filling, kind of bread like. This was more like a sipping beer.

Overall: I'm not sure if I would revisit this in 6 pack form, but I wouldn't mind drinking this at a bar. It didn't have a standout taste, but there was a well-defined flavor. Worth checking out.

LacquerHead, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of IPAescotch
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive head, fervent carbonation. Head fades rather quick though. Light lagery color, yellow with some darker amber hues

Fruity with lots of citrus. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Nice bready intro with spicy hop accents. Curry and once again some grapefruit.

Thin but aggressive on the palate.

A good beer at any point in the rotation.

IPAescotch, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick finger-sized head on top of a crystal clear gold brew.

Smell: pickles and cinnamon with a floral hop scent.

Taste: Thick body, notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Crisp floral and citrus hops with a lingering bitterness that is balanced well with the malts. Ends dry with a sharp bitter hop flavor.

wmtxbb, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of bigfoot13
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is always in my refrigerator.
Always consistently brewed.
Never any unwanted surprises.

Great Lakes has a winner here and they know it.
This beer is very near my perfect IPA and I drink at least a 12 pack every week.

You can smell the hops when the glass is still several inches away from your nose.

bigfoot13, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with two finger dense white head that leaves behind a few splotches of lace. Smell: pine, earth, and a little citrus peel. Malt contribution is honey-like. Taste: slightly earthy, spicy, lemon, cantaloupe, biscuit. Drying, semi-sticky honey flavored finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty good.

Best by 4/25/11.

babaracas, Mar 13, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of JAZwara
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed two Commodore Perrys from a 6 pack

Very balanced IPA, like that it isn't just a blast of bitter hops. The hops are prominent, but you also get a strong honey-like malt profile. The hop profile is pine and a little bit of grapefruit, though I didn't get as much grapefruit as other people have said Commodore Perry has.

At 7.5% ABV you get a pretty solid hit for an IPA; there is a definite alcohol taste, but it actually balances against the malt and hops profiles.

JAZwara, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Mancer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a lightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger high off-white head. The head dissipated to a thin halo of lace and lightly graced the glass. The initial aromas were of caramel malts, slight pine, slight resin and light fruits. The initial flavors were bready with light fruits, sweet malts and minute traces of pine and resin. The beer was bitter and dry, and had a medium body with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a good tasting beer. This would pair nicely with a homemade pizza. Definitely something I'll get again.

Mancer, Mar 07, 2011
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.