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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 88
Gots: 297 | FT: 4
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of BigDRS
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -7.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for this one.

A: Pours light golden color with one finger of white foamy head on top, really dense. Nice foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of carbonation being released to the top.

S: Faint citric hops, a bit of grass and a floral component. LOTS of pale grains and a bit of caramel.

T: Faint grapefruit and lemon, some grainy malt, caramel, and a little bit of smoke, but not good smoke that you sometimes want in a beer. Finish is extremely dry.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, extremely dry.

O: This beer looked amazing, but thats where the great qualities ended for me. The smell was weak and the taste was just off. The first beer from Great Lakes that I have not liked.

Photo of witster18
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Intended on buying some GLBC brews on my way back from PA... last stop for any selection was Charleston, WV. Went in looking for Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitz-porter, or my fave. Eliot Ness, but none were available... they have a few sixes of Burning River(see review), and Commodore Perry.. a relatively newer GLBC release(at least for the regular line-up anyway - only been readily available in the midwest for 2 or 3 years... )... While all of my Cbus pals consider this beer to be just another 'normal' beer from GLBC - I remembered that no GLBC beer is normal.. they're all good... it's called being spoiled,.. and all of those who have access to GLBC are exactly that..spoiled...
.. this one will probably be around for a while, and if it's not, it will just be another retired beer that GLBC fans will turn into a cult-hall-of-famer.. I think the results are in... this one is a keeper...!

poured into a fat-goblet wine glass(very important! - regular glass the smell is faint - in a goblet this is hell in a glass beer strong in smell).

.5" head... looks nice n clean with a golden amber/orange hue. Head lasts about 30 seconds, but the high abv here doesn't do much for the head or the lacing - that's to be expected.

one swirl of the glass and 'nose-in' reveals one of the most unbelievably smelly brews on the planet. Reeks of Curry powder, clove, pepper, mint/menthol,cured onion and lemon.dae I say a tad of calamata-olive-brine/sulfur...this is rotting good like a fine kim chee... and it's near burn the nostrils strong to the nasal passages. You could smell this beer for a day going wow... wow... there's clearly a presence of alcohol here too... almost as if glbc isn't scared to show you it's there, but how will it taste?

um... exceptional...

it smells like a 9 percent beer, and the heat from the beer is more like a 9 percent brew.. but the taste,... the taste is incredible, with all the nose shining through with the earthy malt and yeast flavors that kinda show it's Dortmunder ingredient(buttered-honey-bread) roots, with more malt, more alcohol, and a tart yet sweet citrus.. orange and honey... mint... dried, over-ripe banana and a booziness that's not over-whelming, but almost pleasantly cloying... it's like it wants to be an absolutely HUUUGE beer, but isn't...

Up front is that smell bomb of piney hops and citrus, bit the yeast and this beautiful Hungry Man Biscut with butter and honey lies at it's base with a sweetnes.. a creaminess that belies this brews power and style - just as soon as you thought every pale and ipa was the same... at least when it comes to the good ones... a revelation for sure...

underrated here at A-/B+

very, very good IPA... It's out-of-the-box originality with the malt, earthiness, incredible viscosity/mouthfeel, and that good-stink-bomb smell make this a standout.

I've had Masala Mama and Bell's Two-hearted, as well as many others... but this is better... no bias.. just taste... Tagline says,"Don't give up the sip"... don't worry I wont GL... I can barely get the last few drops to fall because they are quite literally sticking to the edge of my glass - taunting my bloodthirsty tongue.

Strong, original, and that weird funk that u can't seem to get enough of.. At 7.5, buy a six pack here and job done.. N then some.. You'll want more, I promise, but don't.

One of the best beers I've ever had. Great Lakes has added another flagship to the fleet, and its' Commodore is Perry.

Photo of chumba526
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears solid gold with a small white head.

It smells of caramel malts and grassy, earthy hops.

It tastes of caramel and toffee malts. there is a strong herbal and grassy note of hops. i get a bit of a floral hop character to. there is a mild bitterness that balances the sweet malts. this IPA mostly highlights the grassy and herbal quality of the hops though.

there is thin mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall not a bad beer it is enjoyable and there is nothing wrong with it but it is not memorable.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: golden yellow; very thick head, creamy; clear; very good carbonation; good lacing
S: buttery sweet, malty
T: highly hopped, but not sharply; buttery and not sweet; bass flavor; very savory in its spicing (characteristic of this brewery); sophisticated

Overall, an excellent beer, but I wouldn't call it an IPA.

Photo of tjacobs610
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light golden color, with a two finger white head. Not much lacing or retention to speak of

Smell: A bit of citrusy and grassy aromas. Very good strength to the odor, also has hints of yeast and caramel

Taste: Very earthy taste along with a strong citrus taste. Sort of bitter taste to it, but also has some sweetness. A very warm taste overall

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very thin on the palate. Has a dry finish to it and just little bits of carbonation

Overall: This beer is fairly good overall, has a very dry finish with citrusy notes that are both bitter and sweet

Photo of backfat
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I'm worried about the beer supply. After this case, and the other case, there's only one case left!" -Barney Gumble

Got this brew from my friend randall (cosmonick) thanks buddy! Poured into my brand new chouffe tulip.

-pours a crystal clear golden honey yellow with a froathy bone with head. It quickly dissipates to nothing at all with some lace.

-smells a lot more powerful than most english styles for sure. definitely a lot of west coast/american hop influence. pleasant aromas of candied apples and sweet malt. strong and inviting.

-taste was faint. touches of sweetness and bitter throughout. some toasted bread and a bit of alcohol are noticeable. fruity

-This beer is so lively and intense with each swirl. I could drive through a six pack with no problem. juicy hop burps. mmm one of the better english style IPA's fo sho.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber with a 3/4" head that reduces to a thin lid of white foam.

Has a hoppy, malty aroma, with mild orange citrus and a hint of resin.

This starts and finishes with hops. Smooth, sweet candied hop beginning, sliding into a malt middle before ending with a piney dry hop finish. Quite the sipper!

Medium bodied, with a great dry finish leaving you wanting more.

An excellent IPA, if not a bit up-front hoppy and sweet to be considered a true English IPA. Nonetheless, tasty, and one of my favorite of the GLBC offerings. Grab one for sure!

Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Sept 22, 2011. Less than a month old. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a two finger white head that leaves a little lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is a bit of orange citrus, some pine, grass and earthy hops, a bit of peach and apricot, also a fair bit of caramel malt and bread. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is some resinous and earthy hops, a bit of pine and citrus, fairly strong caramel malt backbone for the style which leads to some sweetness, finishes with fair bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and oily, moderate carbonation.

Very good IPA although more caramel malt that I normally like in the style.

Photo of Fluke828
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> Duvel Tulip.
Has a "Please Enjoy by Date of: 08/09/11

A-> Pours a very translucent, very pale copper, a very light amber color. About a finger and half worth of head with some pretty solid and sticky lace.

S-> Very high on the citrus notes with a bit of an earthy spice to it as well. Also getting some pineapple and mango as well. Very floral and tropical.

T-> Sweet, spicy, and bitter. The citrus and tropical fruits are definitely present but evened out by a nice pine bite and floral, earthy spiciness that is almost reminiscent of DIPA octane. Bit of a warming sensation along these lines as well but nothing to a detriment, a nice departure from the American IPAs that I love. Bitter balance really shines.

M-> Medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

O-> This was a nice reprieve from my usual IPA suspects that are always in the fridge. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but this was a nice change-up. Really liked the tropical fruit with a floral and pine resin bite that was blended smoothly with a nice malt backbone. A great take on an English IPA

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light honey or wheat amber color with about an inch of head that settles to about a quarter inch with lots of cling. Somewhat cloudy, with moderate carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Not a lot to the nose of this beer: some malt notes with very subtle citrus creeping out. A very pronounced caramel malt sweetness is the first thing to register on the palate, but it’s countered almost immediately by the acidic zest of the hops. But the hops don’t really announce themselves with any of the more noticeable citrus or pine notes—the bitterness there and in the lingering aftertaste is all that really gives them away. There is also a nice roasted quality that persists in the aftertaste.

Though quite malt-centric, this beer still has a strong hop signature that lends it nice complexity. Surprisingly sweet in that first rush of flavor—there’s a lot of caramel coming through in this one. With 7.5% ABV, this beer provides a nice kick without a significant "rubbing alcohol" taste coming through. A beer that I’m sure I would come to appreciate more with further tastings.

Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Redfoot19
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of cdrogers
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

Photo of Tballz420
4.42/5  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.

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of DrewV
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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-

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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