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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

2,118 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 132 | 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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AgingWarrior

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear golden color. A little lighter than I had anticipated. A hard pour produced about a half a finger of fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, although it did provide some nice lacing.

Smell is strong citrus and hops. The citrus is quite pronounced, smell like fresh grapefruit.

Tastes is fruity with a strong hop profile with pretty good balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean with a hoppy finish. Light to medium body.

Easy drinking IPA, especially for the 7.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 17:58:27 | More by AgingWarrior
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oberscrc

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden with a little orange, lighter color than I expected with the alcohol and hop content, leaves a thin lace with every drink

S: hoppy floral from the start with a sweet citrus under-tone

T: hoppy caramel flavor with an almost metallic finish

M: very light feel on the palate, strange for the hop and alcohol levels, very clean, refreshing almost

D: good beer, good starter ipa, not too complex, if you like hops you will appreciate this beer

not the best ipa i have had but not bad at all; crisp, clean, and hoppy; will drink it again but will not crave it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:35:42 | More by oberscrc
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew from raznug, Thanks Darrell!

12oz bottle served in a standard (Great Lakes) pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that left some good lacing.

S - strong citrus hop aroma, it smells like a grapefruit.

T - citrus hop taste from start to finish is not for the timid.

F - light/medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - pucker up and enjoy this beer in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:15:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just shy of one finger of sticky white, merengue head. But that scant foam sticks around the whole 12 ounces, leavningsome lacing after each sip. Glass clinging bubbling amidst a very clear, coppery amber. Mojito minty hops with some soft mangos and bread hit the nose.Very sticky mint and citrus hops mix with some powdered malt extract or the toasted kind. The finish is very oily and slick. Bitter graefruit lingers the longest.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 05:36:11 | More by scruffwhor
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 1 finger head with a light orange color and good retention.

Grapefruit comes out quite a bit with some nice citrusy/resiny hop aroma as well.

Taste is of big grapefruit hoppiness. The hop oils cover up the palae anc caramel malts attempting to balance the beer out. There is a tiny bit of alcohol astringency.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent and takes away from the quality of the beer.

Overall, this is a nice IPA with a nice hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 06:07:52 | More by jasonjlewis
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UDbeernut

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: copper color with mild carbonation and foamy 3/4" head that has excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing rings the glass.

s: inviting smell, citrus hop aroma and carmel malts stick out

t: balanced malt and citus hop flavor, grape fruit

m&d: medium body, a very drinkable and delicous IPA with plenty of carbonation

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 20:33:38 | More by UDbeernut
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ckaufman

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A: A nice clear amber color with a thin cream colored head. Medium amount of lacing with a minimal amount of head retention on top of the pour.

S: Strong hop aromas... specifically pine, herbs, and citrus. Slight trace of caramel malts in the nose.

T: Good balance between the hops and malts. Well rounded malt backbone with a dry citrus hop finish.

M: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Good quality IPA... very drinkable with the 7.5% ABV well masked by the hops flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 17:22:24 | More by ckaufman
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

Nice dark golden orange color. Fizzy head. Smells like grapefruit and hops.

Lots of bitterness and grapefruit in the taste, but not overwhelming.

Smooth and refreshing IPA. Very crisp and just around the right strength to make this very drinkable. Could have several.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 00:22:17 | More by webmanspidey
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The triple crown of my first Great Lakes experiences. With two winners in Edmund Fitzgerald and Elliot Ness kicking things off, I was ready to the Commodore a shot.

A: Golden amber, with thick creamy head, looks a lot like their Dortmunder. Boy, these Great Lakes guys sure do know how to craft a beer with a great head.

S: Smells of piney and citric American hops, pretty average for an IPA.

T: The taste is really good. Especially as it warms up, the flavors start to really coalesce. Definitely some pine, but the white grapefruit really shines here. Also some tropical fruit and a bit of warming alcohol at the end. Very balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy, you wouldn't know you're drinkin' a 7.5% beer. World class.

D: Excellent brew, exceeded my expectations by far and proved Great Lakes as a phenom brewer, one of my new fav's. Finally an IPA that isn't hop bombed, but actually shows some balance, an excellent depiction. I'd recco these guys to anyone and will make it a point to get more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 00:26:05 | More by jdg204
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A-Body is a slightly hazy bright orange-amber hue. Pours with a rusty off-white foamy 1/2 finger head that quickly fades to a thick collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is bright and hoppy. Citrus and piny hops come through along with an earthy malt tone. Sweet malt lingers in the background.

T-Citrusy hops upfront with earthy and piny tones. Some sweet malt is also present to hold the balance. More pine and citrus flavors come though for the finish. A mild resiny hop bitterness is added at the very end of the flavor.Hints of citrus, pine and resiny bitterness linger.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light body.

D- This is a nice East coast IPA...and at 7.5% is headed towards DIPA status. My last of the great lakes regular line-up to try. Solid...but I prefer most of the lineup over this one. I'm finding that I prefer the West Coast IPA style over the East Coast style...the hoppy flavor overload masks the bitterness better. I'll probably have this again sometime...and am now MUCH more likely to buy a Great Lakes variety case.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 20:59:28 | More by PittBeerGirl
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a tangerine hue. An initially fluffy white head fades quickly to a meaty ring of foam at the edges. Still with little gas.

S: A piny resin aroma. Very pleasant like walking in an alpine forest, but no depth to the aroma. Not much malt backing. Citrus and floral scents absent. No mineral or musty qualities as well.

T: Dense pine bitterness that fades to a metallic bitterness. Almost nothing remarkable from the grist or hop contributions.

M: Fairly dense medium bodied still ale with average head retention.

D: Good, not great and I expect more from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:40:08 | More by BWH3
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 16:59:25 | More by tempest
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sleazo

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a medium gold with hints of orange. A vigourous pour results in a small one finger head but what is there manages to stay there and leaves plenty of lace.

S_Sweet carmael and biscuity malt seems to overwhelm the citric hops.

T_Intially rather sweet, the hops come through in the middle as a citric punch. The finish brings it back to a caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste is mildly bitter and dry.

M_Medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation.

D_A bit too sweet for my liking but a decent IPA overall Could be a bit hoppier as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:57:37 | More by sleazo
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stewart124

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice off-white head that is close to 2 fingers thick and lingering. A nice orange amber color.

A nice aroma of grapefruit and pear seems to float up from the beer. This is not overpowering.

The first taste is of spicy/citrus hops with a big malt background. There is quite the bite with each sip but it is very tasty. Smooth and complex in the mouthfeel. The body is medium to full and blends well with the grapefruit notes from the hops. I'm almost picking up a bit of orange character too.

This is a solid IPA from Great Lakes and the alcohol seems well hidden at 7.5% but I would expect nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:21:25 | More by stewart124
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dtbr

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So ive tried oktoberfest from this brewery and thought it was very tasty, However the second 6er we got was this and let me tell you it tastes like GRAPEFRUIT juice gone bad mixed with alcohol. Very nasty. The smell was nice and wasnt expecting to be blasted by nastiness. Now I will consider trying it again because it wont be the first time I tried a beer for the first time and hated it.. Be it that I got a bad/old batch or just the taste buds werent up to it. The date on these bottles were 11/20/08 so dont know what happened. Thanks for reading.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:04:07 | More by dtbr
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PiecefulToker

Tennessee

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

A: Beautiful amber orange, slight haze, 1-finger head that dissipates to thin layer, leaves moderate lacing.

S: Smells like fresh baked bread and toast, with a mild hop spiciness. Caramel, honey, some citrus. This beer smells great.

T: As great as it smells. This comes in with strong malty sweetness, like fresh honey wheat bread. As the sweetness slips away, spicy floral hops come in at the back of my mouth and follow through in the finish. Lots of dry hop, tea flavors. This is one of the best IPAs I think I have ever had, and I consider myself somewhat of a "hophead."

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, slick medium body.

D: I could drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting easily. I don't think I would want to take down a 6 pack, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:07:26 | More by PiecefulToker
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Light reddish amber body with a fluffy, rocky mountain off-white head. Thin rings of lace left all the way down.

The hops are a little buried in the nose. Sweet, biscuit and caramel aroma followed by a grassy, floral hop background.

A good amount of grapefruity, citrusy goodness and spicy hops on the palate. Almost a reverse of the nose. Malts hang in the back, doing their job well.

Slightly chewy, oily hop feel, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is about as perfect as it gets for an IPA.

The 7.5% is hidden rather well. Very easy to drink.

A very solid interpretation of the style. Enough hops to satisfy this hop head.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 21:19:44 | More by ColForbinBC
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jaxon53

Connecticut

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

Thank you to adamharbaugh for sending me this beer in the "One of Each" BIF. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Another Great Lakes brew I've been waiting to try.

Appearance: Commodore Perry pours out a slightly haze amber color. Beer looks almost syrupy in the glass. A bit of a vigorous pour yields about a half inch of creamy looking off white head. Head fades almost instantly into a thin gob of foam in the middle of the glass. Not much lace left behind to really speak of, just some random spotty lace.

Smell: Definitely has a generous helping of hops. Strong resiny hop aroma. Nice citrus touches, grapefruit and orange peels. Almost has a slight Pine-Sol solvent aroma in the background. The malt definitely makes itself known as well. Bready and quite earthy.

Taste: A pretty massive hop blast out front, smoothed out by quite a bit of sweet malt. Brew is a little out of balance though. Hints of bread and yeast with some citrus and pine. Finishes dry with another huge, bitter hop bite. Didn't notice much of the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel on this one. Smooth with a moderate amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, the bitter hops really rule this beer, and seem to hamper drinkability a bit. Not my favorite IPA, but a solid offering from Great Lakes. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:26:17 | More by jaxon53
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orcasteve

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is dry and bitter with a fair amount of malt, this isn' bad but it isn't the best product by great lakes. but the abv is nice and this is a smooth drinking brew, the problem is that it jusd dosent stand out, i will probley only drink the outher five that i have and forget this beer, totaly avrage

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 12:44:02 | More by orcasteve
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light anber with a one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with quite a pronounced, slightly caramel, malt backbone.

T- Like most american IPA's the hops do take center stage. However the stlightly toasted, caramel malt backbone does not go down without a fight. The hopd barely win out and leave a pleasant dry finish.

M- A little on the heavy side for the style but still good.

D- Due to the great balance this pretty drinkable.

Surely, this is a very well balanced IPA. Some hopheads that are expecting a hopbomb will be dissapointed. Nevertheless I would recomend this beer to any beer geek, not just hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 22:43:10 | More by Pauly2X
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/27/08.
Thanks to brewslut for picking me up a mixed sixer during a recent trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Clear light amber/golden body with one-finger white head that settled into a thin ring of retention but left a decorative patchwork of lace around the glass. Carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

S - First whiff reveals some biscuity malt and sweet caramel followed by some grassy hops, citrus rind, and a mild lacing of alcohol. Hop aroma opened up a bit more as the liquid warmed up, but this is a pretty malt-forward nose for an IPA.

T - Aaah, there's the hops! This IPA kicks in with a hefty amount of citrus rind and some fruity spiciness. There's also a bit of grass in the back. Finishes with a nice backbone of toasted, grainy malt and some caramel sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture, yet still retains a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Finish is somewhat dry and mildly astringent with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Carbonation is spot-on for the style.

D - Pretty solid IPA from Great Lakes, and probably my favorite offering of theirs thus far. It's got a nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor, thought the aroma doesn't reveal the full extent of the hops in this brew. I'd definitely revisit this one down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:04:19 | More by ffejherb
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden orange pour with a large white head. Nice retention and copious lacing.
Some hops in the aroma, but generally understated.
The flavor is the big selling point of this beer. Good shot of citrus hops up front, but balanced with some nicely sweet malts. Not an over the top hop bomb, but definitely well hopped. The finish contains a fairly long lasting bitterness on the tongue.
Syrupy oily hops coat the tongue.
This beer goes down very easily and I could see downing at least a couple of these over a session.
This is a great IPA and another great offering from Great Lakes. Although I can't get these beers on a regular basis, I look for them whenever I can find them. Best wishes to Great Lakes on their 20th anniversary. Here's to the next twenty years as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 01:28:28 | More by kwakwhore
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a nice light golden yellow, with a good 1 finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smells heavy of floral and hops.

Taste is lightly sweet upfront then to floral hops adn fades to a slight dry and bitter finish. This asks you to drink more.

Very good brew. I am not a big IPA fan, but i can drink this very easy, not too bitter, good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:21:51 | More by GoodKnight1220
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Brew33

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in a pint glass poured from a brown glass bottle.

Great Lakes never seems to dissapoint so I figured I would give this IPA a shot. I was very happy with my choice.

I love IPA's and this is one of my favorites.

Honestly, it isn't terribly hoppy. Don't get me wrong it has plenty of hop aroma and taste, but for an IPA it doesn't kill you with hops. Actually, it is one of the most mellow, drinkable IPA's I have ever had.

There is a great balance and a good amount of malt in the taste. It is very dry but it has a unique smoothness to it. Very pleasant. This is a very good beer.

I would drink these any time. Another example of Great Lakes doing what they do best... making terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 19:55:03 | More by Brew33
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kinger

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been hunting for this seasonal offering and was able to track some down. This is right in line with the Great Lakes way of brewing beer fantastic recipe, and a great angle on a wonderful style. Emptied a bottle into my glass and was given a richly golden colored ale with a thick fluffy white head that soon settles to a nice white film. Abundant lacing is present, and a lazy carbonation can be seen. As I smell the aroma I am rewarded with a biting hop scent of grapefruit and pine. This is pleasant and unexpected and it smells wonderful. This is considerably more citrusy than the average IPA. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, not too thick so it goes down easy. The flavor is outstanding keeping in line with the aroma. An abundance of hops (cascade is an understatement) fill out this one with a real subtle malt backbone. Taste is mostly citrus grapefruits, nice and tart with an even amount of bitterness. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's and another score for one of my top brewers. Too bad it's seasonal, if you come across it grab some!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 16:43:13 | More by kinger
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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