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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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2,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 160 | 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 corby112


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a hazy dark ruby red/ copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring that lasts throught, leaving minimal splotches of lacing here and there.

Piny hop aroma with a touch of citrus peel and a nice biscuit/ caramel backbone. Resinous hop oil, lemon and grapefruit. Very earthy scent

The citrus notes from the aroma are not as prominent in the flavor. Medium body with a slightly chewy resinous hop forward mouthfeel. There is only a slight bit of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. The hops are very earthy and plant like not crisp and floral. The malt backbone provides a decent balance with some nice biscuit notes. This beer is a decent session beer that is kind of one dimensional. Pretty good but not something I would drink regularly.

08-31-2009 17:46:05 | More by corby112
Photo of ndekke39


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Decanted into a pint glass. 12 oz bottle, with an enjoy by date of 10/23/09.

Pours a rich golden amber with a thin white head. Can see some lines of carbonation. Very active.

Aromas of citrus and pine hops. Light breadiness to it.

Begins with a sweeter hop, as from the citrus. Some bread in the center. Lingering bitterness that's a little unpleasant and cloying.

Good mouthfeel - just right for the beer. Little bit of fizz on it.

Fine example of an IPA, just a little too bitter on the aftertaste for me.

08-31-2009 14:07:35 | More by ndekke39
Photo of mwa423


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

A standby beer when I am in the mood for a good simple IPA. I'm a bit shocked I haven't rated this along with the rest of the Great Lakes lineup, but here goes.

A - Pours the color of a brand new penny. The head is fluffy and white, decent amount that dies down to a lacing that sticks to the glass.

S - Not a strong smell, but what is there are some earthy hops, and some citrus.

T - The main taste is the pine and citrus hops, there is a slight malt backbone, but the hops are front, center, and plentiful in the aftertaste.

M/D - The mouthfeel has a slight unpleasant hop bite. I'm usually a fan of hops in all quantities, but there is a slight bitter pang that just doesn't agree with my palate. I've always noticed it, but I enjoy the rest of this beer so much I tolerate it. However, this is a fantastic go-to beer and it's an easy drinker for the abv

08-29-2009 06:34:11 | More by mwa423
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Glad to finally have easy access to Great Lakes beer in eastern PA. Freshest by 9/14/09. Poured into my nonic pint glass, the IPA appears a clear golden yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy bone white foam. The foam leaves a minimal lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor consist of medium toasted cereal grain, grassy hops, citrus such as tangerines, floral, nice amount of caramelized malt, notes of resinous pine, a bit of alcohol. The ale is approaching full bodied with ample carbonation. Welcome to the other side of the state. I plan on adding this one to my regular IPA rotation.

08-29-2009 04:20:40 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%

On tap at Rembrandt's

A: Bright gold color... active frothy head, great lacing.

S: Citrus (grapefruit, orange and lemon) and piney hops. Faint bready malts.

T: Full flavored, sweet citrusy hopes (grapefruit, orange and lemon zest). Notes of pine, bready malts and yeast and earth.

M: Medium bodied, full carbonation, semi-dry finish. Slightly sticky.

D: Very good full flavored, non west coast, non hop bomb IPA. As close as you can get to a Double IPA/West Coaster without crossing the line.

08-25-2009 14:04:00 | More by rfgetz
Photo of asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

I'm thrilled I'm able to get Great Lakes in Vestal, since I wasn't able to in Richmond. For me that's a huge plus.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A little lighter it seems than a lot of IPAs, though this seems closer to a double with its ABV. More yellow with hints of light copper and little carbonation floating, but a soapy white head and good sheets and drops of lacing bump it up rather than down.

Smell: Ripe and sweet pungent grapefruit initially, along with some strawberry, comes to fruition. Some wet malty and estery citrus bitterness mostly, more than anything else. Then as it warms some caramel and sweeter bready malt flavors come out of nowhere for a nice balance.

Taste: The balance between the bready and doughy caramel malts, along with the ripe citrus of the grapefruit and strawberry and fruit esters, really make this pungent, slightly sweet, and a bit visceral with the slightly inferred higher ABV levels, which I like a lot. Finish is slightly sweet at first before it goes into doughy and slightly dry, with ripe citrus and fruit esters lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fullness that I like, as there's enough carbonation to keep it from champagne-like territory, but it's also a bit sticky and coating, which works well for all the flavors mingling.

Drinkability: A solid IPA, one that's very sessionable but one that could easily sneak up on you with the ABV levels. Another winner from Great Lakes. I hope we get the seasonals as they keep changing and the months go on.

08-21-2009 00:50:45 | More by asabreed
Photo of kegger22


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a crystal clear golden with a modest head that quickly fades to a collar. I don't get that typical citrus aroma, not much of anything. The taste was a watered down sweet citrus, not offensive. Feel was medium bodied and a little oily. Drinkability was good. Not bad, a safe beer. This might be a good one to introduce to someone who is new to IPA's, rather than an extreme hoppy right off the bat.

08-18-2009 22:50:16 | More by kegger22
Photo of TheViolator666


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours golden, you can see right through this one. Gives a fluffy white two finger head that dissipates into 1 finger in about a minute. Leaves some trailing lacing.

S: Smells of hops and citrus fruit, nothing extraordinary.

T: One of my favorite IPA's. Very bitter, lots of citrus fruit and tons of hops up front and a definite malt presence make this a very well balanced beer. After taste is similar to after eating a pineapple. Very clean and refreshing.

M/D: This one definitely has some body to it as well as an ethanol presence, and at 7.5% it should be expected, but still maintains it's drinkability.

08-17-2009 23:49:05 | More by TheViolator666
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -30.6%

A- bright crisp golden-orange, with a thin, though relatively resilient, head.

S- bright, crisp citrus hops, on top of fainter but noticable bittering hops. The main aromas are pine, guava and grapefruit.

T- a faint, watery lead-in leads to a sudden crescendo of unbalanced, un-alloyed bitterness. The swallow has a flash of citrusy, aromatic hops, but that is quickly lost as the flavor profile swings sharply back to sharp bitterness for the lingering aftertaste.

My wife finds a much more citric flavor, if I find this to be the case in future bottles, I will revise this review to reflect that.

M- decent, sturdy, not to thin, slightly creamy.

D- this bottle, to me, is unballanced and hard to enjoy.

08-17-2009 04:00:43 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of callmemickey


4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Light orange-amber body with a nice foamy, tiny bubble head. Quickly receded. Spotty lacing.

S: Bright citrus/floral/pine notes. A little of everything here. The orange character is the most striking aroma. Slight bready malt body in the background.

T: First sip was a bit disappointing. The flavor was really muted and generic. Each subsequent sip, however, revealed new flavoring. In general it was much like the nose, orange up front with floral and pine notes carrying the remainder. The malt didn't hide, but also did not distract from the nice hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Somewhat rounded finish.

D: Pretty solid. Could easily be an easy every-day drinker. Lacking in complexity and umph to really standout however.

08-17-2009 02:19:08 | More by callmemickey
Photo of beerman207


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Poured a bright orange with some medium retention along with a slight head. Nice lacing left behind.

S: A very strong citrus aroma comes from this brew along with some pine and floral hops

T: Wow. Bitter up front, sticks around and mellows to a strong malty finish.

M: Definately has some stickiness in it.

D: This is a great offering by Great Lakes. I would prefer to have a little sweetness in this brew but I understand that the style doesn't require it. I will definately return to Commodore Perry. Don't give up the sip!

08-15-2009 01:43:21 | More by beerman207
Photo of Kadonny


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a nonic pint. Welcome to Pennsylvania Great Lakes!

A: A medium amber orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Full ring glass lacing.

S: Slight hops with floral and citrus tones. Nice sweet bready malt is picked up also.

T: Hops up front with herbal flloral flavors coupled with darker citrus like orange and tangerine. Some light piney earthy flavors are detected with a spicy body. Up comes the bready biscuity malt that holds it's own to the hops, but eventually the hops bitterness overcomes the malt sweet. Finish is prickly and bitter. Nice hop bite at at the end, much better than the bottle.

M: Medium, prickly and bitter. Much more bitter than bottle. No alcohol is detected.

D: High, these were real nice on tap, nice and fresh. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

For those that don't think this beer is hoppy, it is a different monster from draft. It had a real nice hop bite and was very enjoyable. I had it up right before a Titan IPA (which I love) and they were neck and neck in taste and hoppiness. Good beer, I have a newfound respect for it. My first tap Great Lakes was a very good experience. Keep em coming.

08-14-2009 18:29:21 | More by Kadonny
Photo of ZSimon


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%

Pours unappealingly crystal clear honey-amber with a thin, fizzy head. A nose full of off-flavored hops, with some citrus and maybe, just maybe, a touch of old cabbage. Taste is loads of tangeriney hops up front, with just enough of a malt backbone to counterbalance. Stickiness prevails in the finish, leaving me searching for something redeeming in the only meh-worthy Great Lakes offering I've ever encountered. If hops and/or Great Lakes is your thing, stick to Burning River.

08-14-2009 02:46:58 | More by ZSimon
Photo of WakeandBake


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

A nice light golden color pour with a thin lasting white head , jagged clumps of lacing left , medium carbonation .Aroma is lightly toasted grain , green hop leaf , slightly piny and floral. Flavor is reainous up front , floral , and piny , mild hints of citrus , clean toasted malt . Mildly bitter for an IPA but just right for balance here , clean hoppy finish ,slightly fruity . Medium body , clean crisp mouthfeel , very drinkable , a quality IPA from GLB they never seem to disappoint .

08-12-2009 01:18:51 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

this was one of my favorite beers when originally got into craft beer. let's take a look at it today.

beer pours a light tan/yellow with a nice head that dissipated after a few minutes.has a really nice amount of lacing.

smell reminds me of bitter citrus fruit peel with a bit of breadiness.kinda meh.

taste is mostly slight herbal/floral bitterness,but more like a combo of the two rather than one dominating. slight bready/biscuity malt backbone.

a bit thin,slightly slick on the tongue.this is an easy to drink beer,overall worth trying out.

08-10-2009 03:37:31 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle received as an extra in a trade:

Appearance: relatively golden with a touch of copper. A 1 finger white crown shos some retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong fruity malt with lots of herbal hops.

Taste: An initial wet grass hop beginning that makes a quick trip to fruit malt island and returns to a nice slightly bitter and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but quite crisp in the finish. Well done.

Drinkability: Abv has some legs and flavors are potent so I'm not going to put this one too high up on the charts.

08-05-2009 00:11:41 | More by koopa
Photo of BigMike


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

"Don't Give Up The Sip"

A brown 12oz bottle with a best by date of 9/23/09

Poured into a 20oz nonic.
A glowing crystal clear tangerine orange color. Very pretty with a thin white head of about a finger or so that disappears quickly.

Smell is very appealing. Fresh and clean with lots of pineapple,orange and tropical fruit.

Taste is oh so good. Orange and tangerine and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Light but full bodied. So smooth on the tongue and finishes with ease.

I like this beer a whole lot. Great flavor and mouthfeel with a nice amount of alcohol. This is one has it all.

08-04-2009 01:32:02 | More by BigMike
Photo of BARFLYB


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass.

Commodore Perry has a mix of copper and medium orange in color with a bright white head about a 1/2 inch up. Rings of lacing on the way down. Scents consist of citrus and bittering hops with a little malt background. It taste the same with the hops coming 1st with a small malt backing, leaving a bitter taste overall. The feel is bitter, medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A long aftertaste with some earthy things abound. Not my favorite IPA but a good one none the less.

08-02-2009 03:29:02 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Pencible


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

This poured clear gold with white head. It smelled like lemon hops and creamy yeast, with nutty and roasted barley malts. It tasted like lemon and faint peach hops, with nutty malt and bready yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly unimpressive beer. It seemed more like a Belgian blonde ale or German lager, due to all the malt and yeast. The hops were pretty weak for an American IPA. The body was decent, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy enough to drink. But otherwise, this wasn't notable or worth buying again.

07-30-2009 14:18:39 | More by Pencible
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Commodore Perry is known in Japan for the arrival of his black ships, which opened the country up to international trade, and sparked a rapid industrialisation. Commodore Perry is known in Cleveland as a fine drinking IPA.

The beer pours a radiant orange with a good two fingers of sticky white head. Nice retention and lacing round off an impressive appearance. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and the tropics in the nose, with sweet malts behind them. Piny flavours hit the tongue first, followed by grapfruit peel, grass and toasty sweet malts. I like the balance in this IPA from start to finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, and feels fuller than its weight suggests with a delightful slickness - Great Lakes always seem to nail the mouthfeel category.

This is an excellent IPA, and highly recommended.

07-27-2009 17:28:29 | More by bobsy
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Golden-orange hue with white foamy head, sheet and ribbon lace. Smells great with citrus aromas, fruit zest. Taste is hoppy, citrus carries through from the nose to the palate, strong malty middle, bitter finish, dry aftertaste. Impressive sticky lace as the glass empties, medium dense body with excellent retention. Well done.

07-17-2009 04:04:05 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of sgoodship


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Love this beer in the bottle. Feel like it is under scored on this site but to each his/her own. Wanted to try this on-tap and finallyt had had it at the Great Lakes Brewery when I was visiting my in-law's over the 4th of July weekend.

For the bottle I said:
A: Clear golden amber liquid with some carbonation visible. Nice fluffy white one finger head that dissipates to a bubbly ring and surface dusting. Great lacing.
I'd agree with this for the on-tap

For the bottle I said:
S: Slightly zesty but mostly floral hop with a touch of pine. Caramel is much stronger than I would have anticipated.
I think this was true of on-tap but the freshness and zing was just outstanding.

For the bottle I said:
T: I'm not saying this IPA is balanced. The hops (as they should) dominate. It does however have a very bold caramel malt profile that really shapes the overall experience. My personal preference is for the malt to be more submissive in IPA's. Having said that, this is a lovely beer. The malt is sweet and bold but the grapefruity hops definitely have a piney aggressiveness that bites at your palette and continues through into the aftertaste.
The on-tap hops were really dialed up a notch, so the mix was much better for me. Really enjoyed it.

For the bottle I said:
M: The nice thing about malt is that it does give a round, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium but feels quite gentle on the tongue and palette.
Agree for on-tap. Nice medium mouth.

D: Loved this beer even more on-tap. There is nothing like having a fresh IPA on-tap at the brewery. Really tasty. The hops were lip smacking.

07-17-2009 03:52:21 | More by sgoodship
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.88/5  rDev -26%

Pours a clear light golden color with a medium off-white head. Retention is decent with good stringy/spotty lacing.
Aroma and flavor are dominated by intensely citric hops. Very grapefruit like. Bitterness lingers long into the finish. You can pick up a little sweetness in the middle, but the malt is pretty thin and muddled. Tastes like grapefruit juice from a can poured into a weak beer.
Its not that bad; I'll have no problem finishing it, but it could use a little more complexity in both major areas. Hop character is one-dimensional and the malt just gets lost altogether.
Mouthfeel is nice; even a bit creamy.
Ok for the price (frequently on sale for $6.99/six pack), but certainly nothing to go nuts over.

07-15-2009 22:11:19 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Bottle thanks to moejuck. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt (some wheat maybe?), light tropical fruits, and light hops that become more garlicky as the beer warms. Flavor is more hoppy with grassy and citrus hops. Nice and hoppy, although the dominating hops make the flavor not as complex as some of the top IPAs. Still, a solid IPA.

07-14-2009 16:54:14 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Cresant


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. Enjoy by date: 8/2/09. My strong pour created only a minimal head. This faded quickly and left only a film. The body was clear and a bright golden orange in color.

Smell was citrusy hops. Pineapples.

Taste was oranges and nice grapefruit rind bitterness that lingered a long time. Organic huskiness. Very well hidden alcohol. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel was a scrubbing texture that I love. Medium bodied. This one was a pleasant surprise.

06-28-2009 15:33:01 | More by Cresant
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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