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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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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 133 | 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 Tbn2

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with a one finger head that quickly retreats to a ring on the side of the glass and leaves some lacing.

My nose is treated a good hop aroma of fresh citrus. The malt smells of toasted bread and some sweet smells as well; comes off almost like burnt sugar.

My tongue enjoys the fresh taste of a citrus hop flavor off the bat; probably Cascade. This taste dominates throughout but isn't overbearing. The malty sweetness comes in to balance the hops and has a sweet, bread, and toasted flavor. The carbonation and maybe the alcohol gives the beer a good tingly feeling as a swallow.

This is my second beer from Great Lakes and I have enjoyed both of them immensely


Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 19:10:55 | More by Tbn2
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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

beautiful polished copper in color. small white head, fades rather quickley.
malts, heavy in the nose, mixing well with the citrus load of hops.
heavy on the palate, very well balanced. pungent hops wafting the nostrils as I drink this beer.
I gotta tell you, I am loving it. Sweet maltiness makes this a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 18:58:50 | More by dmamiano
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into European pint glass.

pored a nice light orange copper color, slightly hazed with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass to a nice creamy head. Head hold for several minutes before leaving behind light lace around the glass.

aroma is hop up front with lots of citrus, light pine and maybe a hint of grapefruit and a slight boozy finish.

taste is heavy hop across the middle of the tounge with a bitter bite to the back. Very little malt which I love about this beer.

drinkability is great. Could drink these all night until my body rejects.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:52:52 | More by djwilson
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz to a Sweetwater Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Golden-orange and slightly hazy when held up to the light, but clears up when sitting for a few minutes. One finger head disapates fairly quickly. Light lacing. A very appealing looking brew.

S: A rather sweet floral scent is the dominent smell, as expected from this type.

T: It tastes like an American IPA should. Nothing offensive here.

M: There is a rather thick feel to it. I prefer my IPA's to maybe have a bit more bite. After a few minutes, I can still feel it on the roof of the mouth. Still...not bad by any means.

D: This is a tough one to rate. Tonight, I don't think I could have much more than one...on a good day, maybe two. The ABV catches up on you here. There are better IPA's out there, but I definitely won't have a problem going through the sixer, that's for sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 03:34:53 | More by ddtprm
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with very little head. Smell is very bright with grass. Like a freshly mowed lawn, minus the lawnmower exhaust. Taste is a hop punch in the front. A little of that grass taste is there, then mellows to a sweet malt. This is a very interesting IPA. Very different, and very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 01:16:17 | More by whoneeds8
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to tulip glass, pours a golden orange shade. Creamy colored head hangs around, good carbonation

smell is of hoppy citrus zest, slight biscuit maltiness behind

taste is of sweet herbal hops, nice bitterness, malt is creamy biscuit, great balance, hops overpower malt but not by a lot, carbonation brings out creaminess even more, dry, grassy, slight astringency, alcohol is present but blended well, yum!

mouthfeel is of lingering bitter hops, sweet, creamy and very drinkable - a delicious ipa!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 21:03:16 | More by drxandy
Photo of Greggy


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

A- Pours a 1 finger white head with decent retention. The body is a light orange color and has a nice appealing fine yeast sediment in the body dancing around. Some lacing rings the glass.

S- Kind of tight nosed for an IPA. I get some marmelade aromas, as well as some balanced hopiness. A pick up a graininess as well.

T- Starts out with a floral maltiness then the hops kick in but they're very balanced. I get some light notes of apple, and pineapple, and some herbal tea notes. The finish has some of that residual fruitiness and some dryness from the hops.

M- Although this has good carbonation and big mouthfeel it really lacks the cut that an IPA needs.

D- This just wasn't a tremendously well done IPA. It lacked a big hoppy presence and was instead to balanced. Probably won't drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:06:27 | More by Greggy
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber share with my generous friend Jason. I realy enjoyed this one.

It pours a light pale amber color with a small white head the stays and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, hop resin, and toffee.

The flavor has a good malt foundation but the grapefruit and pine really comes through well.

And a dry bitterness lingers.

Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 07:44:10 | More by hoplover82
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of oranges, grapefruit, and hints of pine. However, all these aspects seems to clash with each other. The taste is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an IPA that just doesn't do it for me. I would try it again, but I won't go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 01:12:02 | More by KarlHungus
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from a great brewery. Pours a golden color with a minimal head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste is bitter hops. A very refreshing beer that is quickly becoming my summer staple to have in the fridge. The alcohol is completely hidden so be careful with these.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 14:18:31 | More by FtownThrowDown
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours as clear as a magnifying glass. Half finger of foamy head. Glowing golden; scant but huge bubbles.

The smell is oak and oily pine. Like Pine-Sol actually. A little smoky in the malt. Definitely woody.

The taste -- like the smell -- is oily and woody. Tons of pine, but in a floor cleaner way rather than a hoppy way. Really a classic overhop; astringent and heavy, and teeming with apparent alcohol.

The feel is oily and thick; it's a slow sipper to be sure. Overally, it's very heavy and loaded with a massive amount of hops. But unfortunately, there isn't a shred of malty balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 04:35:59 | More by williamherbert
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours a translucent reddish golden color with a small off white head. Very good looking beer.
S- Citrusy hops dominate the aroma with some sweet maltiness as well.
T- Much sweeter than most IPA's. The hops are very fruity (lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors), but as opposed to most IPA's where they would dominate the taste, the sweet malts are almost equal in how much of the overall taste they make up.
M- Medium bodied, good carbonation.
D- At 7.5% and as sweet as it is, this is not the most drinkable IPA out there.

Definitely not a typical IPA, but worth a try. I've bought this several times and plan to continue buying it in the future when I feel like a different IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 06:34:36 | More by Shumista
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Grapefruit and pine along with some underlying caramel malt

Taste: Sweet malt up front, but quickly displaced by the grapefruit and pine; after the swallow, the malt bellies back up and dare I say it challenges the hops with a biscuity sweetness; there is plenty of bitterness in this beer, but it is balanced out by just a bit too much sweetness for my tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although slightly sweeter than I would prefer, this is still a fine IPA

Thanks, rhinos00, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:42:49 | More by brentk56
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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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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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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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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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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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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


Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 20:33:38 | More by UDbeernut
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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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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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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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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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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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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
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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