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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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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 188 | 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 Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, grapefruit and pine dominate. The flavor also has a hoppy profile, aroma and grapefruit dominate. Malt is there in the back though, alcohol also is noticeable. I like this one.

Drew966, May 08, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured semi hard from the bottle creating just over an inch of white head. Receding quickly and leaving no real retention. Lace is sticky though with a solid coating where the head once was. Some lace rings beyond that as the beer level drops.
Color is a marmalade orange, transparent.

Bottle freshness date of 7/12/10

Aroma seems pretty mild for an american ipa. Now say this were an english ipa I'd call it satisfactory. Hops seem muted and dont really come out as much as the style suggests. Its a little peppery with a hint at caramel malt.

Taste is much better then aroma. Starting out fairly sweet, masking alcahol well. Good malt flavors, yeast driven bready esters are a little distracting though.
Hops are predominantly pine and bitters with some leafy mild mint to it.

Mouthfeel is slick, chewy almost with a good amount of carbonation bite. Finishing dry and maintaining long bitter linger.
I cant say this is my favorite AIPA, ok for the style. It was the little things that added up to a lower sore from my perspective.
Probably wont be drinking this again. But Great Lakes makes some badass beers, so drinking their product wont be a problem.

Buebie, May 07, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear straw with a nice finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some decent citrus hops, a little bit of lemon and some other floral notes. Some bready notes also on the tail end.

T- Some citrus hops with a small amount of bitterness that accompanies them. Again, like the nose some bread and biscuit type flavors. Some good malt profile in there as well.

M- Medium to thin body that has a little bitterness on the front and some dryness on the tail end.

D- A pretty basic IPA that doesn't really have much going for it. Decent flavor but pretty light body.

Wisconsinality, May 06, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Freshness date 3-21-10

A: Very clear light gold for an IPA with some orange hues. One finger head. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Sweet maltiness and hops, grassy, grapefruit and orange.
T: Starts a bit sweet then the hops come to play. Very hoppy. Some pine and citrus. Lingering hop bitterness is sticky and nice.
M: Somewhat creamy and smooth. Dry's out in the end, bitter on the tongue.
D: The high bitterness is sticky and it lingers making you want another drink. The 7.5% ABV is a bit high, so be careful.

The is a great IPA. Nice citrusy hops that I have fallen in love with. Not super balanced but I have become a hophead so this a positive for me.

jmich24, May 06, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow/orange color with a small white head..the smell is pine and citrus with some fruit smells maybe a hint of lemon and some malt...the taste is fresh pine and a crisp pleasant hop hit then it is followed by some fruit and a malty finish...the mouth feel is thin to me for an ipa kinda light..but it has high drink-ability for @ 7.5 abv they go down fast..over all a good ipa but not a top one

gatornation, May 03, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is much clearer than I've seen in most IPAs. Had a huge, white head that lingers throughout the whole drink.

Smell: Nice hop aroma that seems to have a hint of lemon or other citrus peeking through.

Taste: Starts off slightly bland, but provides a nice hop kick after a moment. It's very smooth and has a bit of a citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body, but a little thin.

Drinkability: Very good. It's something I could drink again, but there are other IPAs that I prefer.

civilizedpsycho, May 03, 2010
Photo of westy66
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ive had so many of these, i drink em right out of the bottle. this is in my top five. maybe because i live in Cleveland, but also because this is a great IPA.

pours into a glass with a pretty orange color with a tiny bit of haze. the smell is hop and citrus, my favorite smell.

the taste is almost just what you smell. huge hop notes with a citrus aftertaste. i can see this being a love hate beer for some. these go down really well.

westy66, May 02, 2010
Photo of MrStark
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes brews, available in my area for the first time.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange amber color with a massive four finger off white head that had pretty nice retention and nice sticky lacing. A good looking brew.

Smell is of citrus upfront, with some pine and a bit of hops. A fairly sweet and pleasant aroma.

Taste is fairly citric and bitter upfront, but not particularly strong with the sweetness in their as well which I think balances it out pretty well. Not as hoppy as a tend to like but still a nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. It goes down pretty easy for me and is not bad tasting. A pretty good example of the style, but if your looking for a more hoppy ipa there are others you could choose from. But still not a bad brew.

MrStark, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.Best by 6/14/10 on bottle

A- pours a monsterous head with a light amber color. Carbonation is intense on the brew. Lacing is as bubbly as a cloud

S- some citrus and pineapple themes. Tropical is the best way to describe the beer. There is a slight bread like malt scent. I wish the scent was as impressive as the initial appearance of the beer

T- some bitterness and citrus flavor are the beginning an the end of the brew. In between there is a light IPA theme. There is some sweet piney tones

M- light and crisp. An easy drinking IPA

D- For 7.5%, this goes down pretty easy. The crisp and light taste still has some bitterness. I did like the beer and I think of it as that light IPA on the market.

lovindahops, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ben68cat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great choice from great lakes!pretty good ipa clear amber color,smells decent and taste of hops and grape fruit.could posssibly be a little more bitter for me,but still very good.i drink this often and always keep it in stock.cant go wrong with anything from great lakes!

ben68cat, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of chaz01
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local pizza restaurant in a 22 ounce glass.

A: Clear amber color, nice head, good lacing.

S: Smell seemed a little skunky, not very pleasant. What beer flavor I did pick up was a lite citrus aroma.

T: Taste made up for any lack of aroma. Citrus & grapefruit and grassy notes. A little bit of a soapy finish.

M: Light to Medium bodied, a little lacking in the carbonation. Nice long hoppy bitter aftertaste.

D: Again, this was at a pizza place, not what I would consider beer bar. Some of the minor flaws may be related to the glassware or age of the beer on tap. Still, overall another solid selection from Great Lakes and certainly one I'd have again.

chaz01, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of white head. Light carbonation evident.

t - Tastes follows the nose...pine and citrus hops leading the way. Also some smooth caramel malts.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA. It had enjoyable citrus hops and smooth caramel malts in the taste and I thought it was very drinkable. Would have again.

mdfb79, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The most appealing aspect about the appearance of the Commodore is the nice, thick, white head. It starts out about 3cm, retains well, and leaves thick sticky lace down the side of the glass. The beer itself is a dark golden hue, almost transparent except for the hoppy haze. Carbonation refreshes the head from the bottom.

Smell: Very strong hop aroma - thick herbal notes, along with some lemon rind citrus on the nose. Malt sweetness takes a backseat.

Taste: Slight sweetness up front, followed by a great hop combination. Earthy and herbal hops are noticed primarily. With a biscuity malt still present, a nice spiciness pokes through and gives the middle great balance. Grapefruit hops take me home. Slightly oily finish, and it leaves a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy feel. Nice level of carbonation, with quite a dry feel. Makes me pucker a little bit.

Drinkability: I did not find the alcohol very noticeable, but this IPA certainly can push you around a little bit. Great for a short session.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Served at ~50F. Best by date of 06/04/10.

A: Deep solid golden yellow brew, 3" of billowy off-white head sticks around and coats the glass with webbing. Moderate carbonation visible. Quite appealing.

S: Nice thick malt body, moderate sweetness, pungent mixed hops spearheaded by pine. As the beer breathes the nose rounds out with some earthy tones.

T: Good dose of mixed hops supported by a backbone of biscuity malts and light caramel sweetness. Resiny pine and grapefruit rind linger long in the finish.

M/D: An odd strongly acidic note flares up in the finish and makes my mouth salivate profusely. Some tastebud on the tip of my tongue is reacting wildly. I wonder if this is typical or if it is a fluke occurrence specific to my palate (will be looking @ other reviews to investigate). Either way it is a deal-breaker, major points lost, will not be getting this again. Really weird. Aside from that, mouthfeel is moderately thick, carbonation on the light side, finish resiny.

BeerNinja007, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired thanks to hotpipes29.

Pours a very nice orange color, with a white billowy head, probably over an inch high. Leaves nice lacing and clings very well. A very good looking beer. The smell is a bit subdued, a little grassy, a little lemon zest and a bit of toasty sweet malts. Nothing too impressive, though I wouldn't say it lacks what most IPAs have. The taste comes up with a little bit of bitterness - though the bitterness is nicely balanced with some grainy malts, slightly bready, slightly crackery. The hop flavor has the taste of lemons and sour lemon rinds, along with quite a bit of grass and resins. It also finishes with this very floral, slightly estery sting, mixed in with a pleasant sweetness. Pretty good, but I think there is just a little bit missing as far as I can tell. The body is nice - medium full. The carbonation is not incredibly lively, but it's definitely there. But the weird floral feeling kind of comes back, this sticky (but not like hop resins sticky) kind of powdery floral feeling, not the most pleasant thing. The beer is nice to drink, not too incredible, but one that I could definitely see being part of a nice night, maybe one to go back to, depending on the price and the situation, but not an IPA that I'd go to if I was looking for that American IPA kind of beer.

taylorhamrick, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz from Buffalo pours a crystal clear golden orange with a finger of creamy bone head, bigger bubbles drift up to feed the head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Juicy floral and citrus hops jump out, a touch of lemon cleanness, a bold sweet caramel malt base with a hint of biscuit.

At 7.5% it's a pretty hefty IPA and it feels it, plenty of sticky pale and caramel malt, deep bitterness in the finish, some candied grapefruit, lemon and pine hops out front and a prominent sweetness. Touch of alcohol in there, a very full beer, drinks a little more like a DIPA.

Pretty darn good beer but because of its heft I'm not sure it's the most drinkable in the style, wouldn't want to be drinking too many of these on a warm evening.

ritzkiss, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of PapaGemutlich
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clearly a carefully-crafted IPA. The top-note hops come on strong, which is appropriate to the style, although sometimes I wonder where IPA hops cross the line from pushy to downright offensive. Fortunately, the underlying malt balances out the hard top hops.

It ain't cheap, but it doesn't taste cheap, either. I'm forced to admit that this is a really good beer, although I'd rather not be forced to do anything. (I know, "let it go". . .).

In words attributed to Abraham Lincoln: if you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of thing that you would like.

PapaGemutlich, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with amber hues when held to light. About a finger of white head sits atop the brew. Lots of sticky lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Some piney hops mixed with hints of sweet malt and baked bread.

T: A nice sweet malt backbone balances well with a good does of piney/earthy hops. Not too much tropical hop sweetness in this one. Decently strong bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with only a moderate amount of carbonation. Just a little oily feeling as it goes down. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

D: A solid IPA and yet another great flagship offering from GL Brewing Co.

MrDanno96, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 12/15/09

Thanks to kirok1999 for this, 12oz bottle.

A: Amber in color, off white head, fairly cloudy, decent head retention, excellent rings of lacing. Nice looking beer. 4

S: Isn't over the top with hops as there is a nice underlying dry English malt background. Earthy/spicy hop profile. Definite booze note. Not bad, smells quite balanced. 4

T: Fairly big hop profile up front, citrus, earth and a definite spicyness, fairly herbal. Decent caramel malt flavors and a dry bready malt profile. Strong bitterness nicely complements the malt. Very balanced and tasty, slight alcohol adds to bitterness. 4

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly warm booze, quite dry. Excellent. 4.5

D: Easy to drink, not overbearing, excellent balance, and in general nice flavors make this an excellent beer. Glad to try it! 4

pokesbeerdude, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Two fingers of head holds steady, perfect clarity with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Herbal, minty and a little citric in this hoppy nose ... a bit fruity with some esters and a smattering of toasted bread in the back. Smoothness has depth, thick-ish medium body. Bitter, yes and a bitterness that sticks. The malt is big enough to stand up to this somewhat brute-like hoppiness and the alcohol / fruitiness stakes a swing at the hops as well. While the bitterness and stodgy hop flavor prevails in the end it did have a tough battle to push through. Malt is an even wall of toasted sweetness and the alcohol is quite noticeable with fruity and peppery esters. Finishes bitter/sweet with more bitterness obviously.

A perfect example of "no coast" IPAs that don't get enough attention. Damn tasty and bold enough to rival both coasts.

Jason, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of alysmith4
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second Great Lakes beer. I'm excited to see it infiltrating DC's beer scene.. I see it on-tap at quite a few places around town, and it seems to be a good thing.

This beer was the second in my flight of three at RFD in Chinatown, DC. It was pretty good. Smell was a bit sour, but had a nice floral/hoppy aroma as well. Taste was bitter and hoppy, well balanced. I'd have this beer again.

alysmith4, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at brewpub. The brewmaster,Luke, had just finished this batch, but had not put on tap. He was good to me and poured me a glass. Poured hazy amber with a large rocky white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Large hoppy aroma. Medium body with full texture and soft carbonation. Very good well balanced hoppy flavor with a long smooth bitter finish.

tmoneyba, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of klkatz
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

whoa... the first sniff had me thinking something was off. second sniff had grapefruit... and I couldn't distinguish the other smell.

it pours a gorgeous honey color... very tiny bubbles ascending give it a nice carbonated look... the 1/2 inch thick off-white head clings to the glass as the liquid descends.

the taste, like the smell, is very curious. It's a good IPA with a great color, and a bitterness. It seems to start smooth and finish bitter. This bitterness gives it a decent mouthfeel. It's got a little fruitiness in there too.

If you're in the mood for a bitter beer.. this is your brew.

As a history teacher, my favorite part of this beer is the story behind the name... Commodore Perry, a War of 1812 war hero who defended Lake Erie. Well done Commodore!

"Don't give up the Sip!"

klkatz, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at a recent visit to a local bar/restaurant. They usually have a few decent craft offerings and they had just changed their kegs, so I was excited. One of the last offerings from Great Lakes that I've never tried, so here it goes!

Appearance- Comes off the tap a translucent dark amber with a solid amount of beading throughout the body of the beer and about a half finger of slightly off-white head sitting on top. Head dies back quickly to a ring around the edge and little lacing left.

Smell- Lots of rich piney hops with a touch of bitter grapefruit. Hop forward but with a detectable hint of bready malts in the background as well.

Taste- Similar to the nose. Starts out with lots of bitter grapefruit and resiny hops. More hop forward than I was expecting from an English IPA actually. However, definitely rounded out with a good deal of breadiness in the finish from the malt. Decent and well balanced despite the hop punch initially.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is solid though the carbonation initially came out a touch prickly. Drinkability is good and this one went down pretty easy.

Overall, very solid offering as are most Great Lakes beers. I enjoyed this though it was not standout amongst the Great Lakes lineup. Give it a shot if you have the chance though.

boatshoes, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of jaxl
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local grocery store on sale!

Appearance: Medium copper with 1/2 in. white head.

Smell: Not the strongest IPA but smells like one.

Taste: Pretty strong.

Mouth: Some after taste.

Drinkabilty: Extremely drinkable. I finish it almost too fast for that much ABV.

jaxl, Mar 12, 2010
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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