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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2,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,401
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 83
Gots: 235 | 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 VncentLIFE
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!

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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!

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
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.


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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

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...

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.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
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.

Photo of DAllspaw
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.

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.

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.

Photo of fx20736
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...

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of dedrinker
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.

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

Photo of BigDRS
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Pour yields a finger or so head ... not a lot of retention. Color is a pale apricot and the beer is very clear. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell - A bit of citrus and pine hops with some sweetness. The nose is good, but I'm expecting just a bit more punch out of it than I'm getting.

Taste - It starts out a bit light and malty, but opens up to some pine and citrus hop flavors plus just a bit of melon/mango that I occasionally pick up. This isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavors are just so smooth and good.

Mouthfeel - GLBC never disappoints in this category. Another awesome mouthfeel on this one, especially on the back half of my palate. Carbonation is great.

Overall - A great IPA. Around here in Ohio this can be found for ~$8.99/6-pack, so compared to other out of state brews, this is not only a good beer but a pretty good deal as well.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear bronze coloration, moderate bit of head that settled to a thin layer. Some spotted lace left behind.

S - Biscuity malts and fresh peaches come to mind. Not overly complex, but quite enticing.

T - Earthy, medium bitterness, good malt structure. Mild citrus notes are also present. Simple, yet tasty.

M - Light body, mellow carbonation, and a slight graininess. Finish was semi-dry.

D - Disappeared quick, wish I would have brought more back home with me. Great rendition of a delicious English style that is under-appreciated here.

Photo of Marty30
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Very clear orange copper,A 2 finger off-white head appears and reduces to a nice cap. Great lacing all over the place.Good carbonation.

S. Your average Ipa Scents of pine and grapefruit.some floral qualities a touch of grain.

T. Nicely balenced,You get the hop bite at first with grapefruit then in the end is a nice biscuity malt flavor.

M. Mouth is medium kind of thin,well carbonated.Dry finish leaves a hop after taste.

Overall I enjoyed this and would recommend.I will buy more.I think great lakes is a very solid brewery.

Photo of musicforairports
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in Cleveland.

Comes with one-finger, fluffy head, golden in color. Head leaves nice lacing.

Smells like herbal and piney hops.

Taste is dominated by hops, very piney with some grapefruit rind. Some malt sweetness, but not much. Doesn't taste like your typical American IPA, though; I'm guessing it's because of the hops used. Kind of tastes like an overload of lower alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and fitting for the beer.

A rather unique IPA. Distinct and hoppy, and while I love hoppy beers, this isn't really quite what I look for in them.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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