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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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very good

2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 213 | 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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold in color with almost 2 fingers of head into my pint glass, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Hops, sweet caramel, citrus

T - Has a nice bite to it between the bitterness and the hops. Grapefruit notes for sure and a nice caramel malt sweetness as it mellows.

M - Pretty crisp and not real heavy, yet has a nice big taste that sticks around for a little while.

D - Easy going down and very enjoyable, not too high ABV so you can enjoy a few with no worries.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings in Ashtabula Ohio. Clear honey amber body with a nicely retaining vanilla head. Good lacing. Aroma boasts citrusy and grassy hops atop some bready and caramel sweet maltiness. Taste has a prevalent grapefruit like hop bitterness softened by notes of citrus, caramel, and fresh grain. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

beergod1, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Massive bubbly and frothy white head that made it take a couple of minutes to finish the pour, sitting over a nice clear, golden beer. Not much lacing but great retention.

Aroma is a nice arrangement of hops; piney, grassy, and mostly tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Slight hint of buttery and caramel malts coming from underneath.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet. Somewhat biscuity malts combined with a strong alcohol taste. Hops actually take a backseat in this one; somewhat citrusy but hardly bitter at all.

Sharp, crisp mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation as one would expect from an IPA and easily drinkable. Overall not a bad beer, but not the best example of an IPA. Normally I'm a huge fan of Great Lakes, but this one I could take or leave.

Phocion, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Imsothirsty
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, oily lacing that I like to see in an IPA, low head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Not much to talk about here, a little bitter hops, some metallic smell like iron and copper.

Taste: Bitter pine, just a tinge of grapefruit, some yeast flavor. Reminds me a lot of Stone IPA, plus some extra metallic flavor. Not much depth, nothin in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel is solid, medium to heavy, with strong carbonation, leaves a light oily film.

Drinkability is ok, I would seek out something new long before having a second one.

Imsothirsty, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with a two finger off white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has pine, grapefruit, biscuit, and sweet malt. The aroma is not very complex, and is sweeter than expected.

The taste is also sweeter than expected. Sweet malt, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit. Something seems a bit off. I think it is the biscuit taste which is not to my liking. The rest is good, although a bit too sweet.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth. The carbonation is good. Pretty good overall, but I would like this better if it was not so sweet, and if the biscuit flavor/ aroma were gone.

hardy008, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in a Great Lakes trial from a trip to Rochester NY and the great Wegmans.

12 oz bottle best by August 30, 2010.

Poured into Sam Adams Imperial series snifter.

Appearance is really quite nice, golden to light amber, a nice egg shell white head, with some good lacing that starts about an inch in height. Extremely good clarity.

Smell some citrus and pine on top of a slightly biscuity malt note, a touch of perceptible alcohol, very clean, no signs of fruity esters good fermentation characteristics. Could have a touch more hoppiness, but overall pleasant and balanced.

Very clean and balanced taste, some citrus upfront to a clean malt with touches of biscuit, slight concord grape and sugar cookie. A nice firm cleansing bitterness. No off esters or high alcohols well fermented and finishes toward dry.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and quaffable for an IPA.

As an American IPA could stand a bit more in the hop profile, but honestly that is just competing with the market and hop overload to a degree. I found this beer to be immensely better than the Great Lakes Erie Monster. Definitely would purchase again, a solid IPA worth the effort.

PBoegel, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Nice sweetness as a base, followed by a grapefruit bitterness.

Drinkability: Pretty solid, slightly heavy feel, but it's not hard to have a few in a sitting.

A new IPA for MN, so I had to give it a try. It's plenty tasty, pretty good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Almost DIPA in strength and taste. Definitely worth a try.

Mdog, Jul 01, 2010
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A foamy one finger head. Body a deep golden color and an off white nose, good retention.

S: An earthy hop aroma. Slightly weak for the overall bitterness found in the taste.

T: A bold bitterness on the front, with a smooth mellow hop finish.

M: A relatively crisp and light IPA on the mouthfeel. Good lingering taste.

D: Very light and drinkable for 7.5% ABV. Another great IPA.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Mbarnes304
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is light copper with a white head. The hops are mild in smell for an IPA. The aroma is citrus fruit smell. This beer is well carbonated and the hops/bitter is much more present in the taste. Hops are overwhelming the malt in a good way. The hops are from start to finish and beyond. Thin for an IPA but good. This is an IPA that you can still taste on your tongue in the morning. I had to drink three over two days before I realized I liked it. It grows on you. This beer is very drinkable if you know your IPA's. You're not going to get a crisp finish with this beer. I would drink it again, and recommend it.

Mbarnes304, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a very large creamy beige head. About two fingers. Good retention with some nice lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some floral hops up front with a very distinguishable citrus smell of orange. Also has some biscuity malts. A little bit soft for the high abv.

Taste: Tons of floral, bittering hops. This one packs a bit of alcohol with it. Very big. Also has that big biscuity malt backbone. Definitely a midwest ipa. Lots of citrus, orange with a mix in of grapefruit. This beer is very big.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hoppy with some alcohol showing.

Overall, I had higher expectations for this ipa. It was too big for a regular ipa and too much alcohol showed. Probably will stick to something else, even though this is in MN now.

mothman, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, clearly marked with an enjoy-by date on the label.

Pours golden, with a very sticky, patchy head. Sort of a fresh, fruity, apricot-like aroma (besides the sweet hops) with some malt as well. Taste is big, palate-curling hops upfront, with a lot of sweetness in the middle and a total bitter citrus and hot finish. Toasty as well. An absolute hop bomb.

sixerofelixir, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of carlborch
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden hue, well-developed carbonation, inch-thick initial head that dissipates slowly, the initial nose suggests much hops with clean herbal, grassy notes, very nice bitter tones on the center of my palate with lingering bitter hops at the upper rear, the malt is almost overpowered by the hops but quickly establishes a fine mellow balance, medium body, Belgian lace is very well developed and attractive, this IPA is a palate cleanser yet moreish. The ABV is not noticeable. The hoppy nose is evident to the very end. Very nicely balanced IPA that I will definitely seek out again.

carlborch, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a giant head that dissipates very slowly leaving an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of big bitter grapefruit hops. Lots of malts in the nose as well. Kind of strange in aroma.

Taste is of grapefruit and pine, very, very bitter finish. This beer is good, but not great. Kind of hard to explain, but very interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. High carbonation, the beer shine in this catergory.

Drinkabiltity is good, not great. Solid beer though, definitely worth trying.

pmccallum86, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/11/10, tasted 6/22/10.

A: Color is a hazy, tangerine orange. Poured with a small 1/2 inch slightly off white head that died off to a faint film fairly quickly.

S: Getting a decent bit of hops on the smell - citrus, mainly orange, floral, grassy. Some definite earthiness in the smell as well, maybe a touch of pepper. Almost a bit medicinal.

T: Good hop kick right up front, citrus and floral. A sweet malt presence comes in mid taste. Briefly pick up some honey before the bitterness kicks in on the finish. Bitter finish is a little out of balance and lasts for quite a while.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Typical IPA.

D: I would qualify this as an average IPA, nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding. Not something I would seek out again, but I wouldn't be upset if it showed up as an extra. On a positive note, it's fairly well balanced outside of the slightly bitter end and quite easy to drink.

oregonskibum, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not the greatest pour in my opinion. Very little head retention. However, I see some nice lacing on my glass. As for color, Commodore Perry has a rich amber gold hue with active carbonation. It's nice, but nothing new.

Smell: Spiced oranges with lots of strong hops. Definitely a strong beer. I even detect some woody whiskey tones as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate coffee malts with strong citrus hops. In the finish, the alcohol burns the sinuses like whiskey. Absolutely wonderful!

Drinkability: It's strong, but it's pleasant. Like an aged fine wine or whiskey.

Overall: One of the best non-A beers out there. Believe me, it's close and I might give this another review...

tjsdomer2, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness: Poured a bright, clear orange with a fluffy, slowly receding white-head.

There is a good blast of grapefruit and sweet tangerine with some spicy, earthy aromas.

The flavor is refreshing with a faint bitter/sweet fruity taste as well as a nice complement of malt.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with a medium body; this ale leaves a very refreshing, fruity flavor on the palate.

At 7.5 % ABV, I am amazed at how quite quaffable this one is. Even as the ale warms in the glass, it maintains its refreshing qualities. Another winner from this brewery and well priced compared to its competitors.

jkrich, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of afausser
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear and golden peachy amber with an inch and a half of fluffy, marshmallowy, creamy tan head. The carbonation on this one is rather voluminous and results in a well fed head of uneven bubbles. even near bottom, soapy and uneven at top.

Smell: the hops are rather muted in the nose and don't seem to jump out a whole lot. theres a slight citrus and grapefruit and a lot of earth.

Taste: hops are dark and bright at once, biting in the mouth, with heavy pink and white grapefruit, some pine, and plenty of honey. Slight banana and clove spice.

Mouthfeel: Nice understated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and well-masked alcohol.

afausser, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

smell of hops when you open the bottle this a good sign

pours amber nice head and lacing

if you like the smell of hops you will like the smell then kind of citrus and malt

taste hopy but has malt sweetness
very compelling
good mouthfeel coating and pleasant feel

Excellent drinkablity I would drink this all day ...

I have had this many times but felt I couldn't review it until I could do it justice

exonthebottle, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid IPA that is both very hoppy and insanely drinkable, although probably only for hop-heads- the hops are the most prevalent characteristic by a pretty large margin.

Poured Amber with a big frothy head that left decent lacing on the glass. You can smell the hops coming through, but you don't truly realize how hoppy it is until the first sip. While there is a definite alcohol taste that becomes more apparent to me as the beer warms, it's really all about the hops here! While the alcohol will slow you down a bit, I thought it was a very refreshing and drinkable beer

Baraka, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice this when I bought the bottle, but the drink by date "for freshest taste" is 4/5/10. I have not had this beer before, so I'm not sure how it will affect the taste.

A: Pours a fairly light golden-copper into a standard pint glass. A medium pour yields a half finger off-white head that disappears right away. The carbonation bubbles move with a mezzo pace from bottom to top of my glass.

S: A fairly tame citrus aroma of orange and tangerine melds with a bread aroma that I get from all of the Great Lakes brews. Pretty sweet smelling for an IPA, I am led to believe that Commodore Perry is malt heavy. Let's see what the taste yields.

T: Yup, it's a little overbalanced in favor of the sweet malts. However, I do sense a decent hop bitterness on my palate, and that malted barley is awfully tasty. If this were a solid food, it would be a sweet bread soaked in an orange liqeour. I do prefer hoppier American IPAs generally, but this also is a tasty beverage.

M: This has a full and coating feel for an IPA for the majority of the sip, which culminates in a lovely clash between that full sweetness and a subtle drying of the palate from the hops. I am a fan.

D: I certainly enjoyed this enough to have it again, and I am especially interested in trying a fresher bottle to see if there is more hop character available to the palate.

TCHopCraver, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Toffee and Caramel malts dominate the aroma. No real hop presence. No diacetyl, no esthers.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin persistent white head.

F: Malt dominates upfront and throughout the body of this beer, but it does finish with a hop bitterness.

M: A mid bodied pale ale w/ medium carbonation. No warmth or creaminess. A bit brash from all the malt. No astringency.

O: For a pale ale, I believe this beer has some significant flaws as to aroma and flavor. Where are the hops? The only real hop presence is in the finish. Highly suggest more hop presence in flavor and aroma. Style suggests moderate to high hop character and was not present. The malt character is great, just needs the hops, which are the bread and butter of this style.

adkirkish, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of beveritt
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label the battle of lake Erie with a banner bearing "Don't Give Up The Ship" underneath. Best by 07/02/10. I was somewhat surprised to notice I had not yet reviewed this one.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger of nearly white head.This settles slowly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow with hints of ruby and completely clear.

Smell: Huge floral nose with plenty of citrus in the finish. Bitter undertones.

Taste: Floral flavors upfront with a slight peppery spiciness. Hints of honey. Nice caramel malt backbone. Long, lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body.

Drinkability: A solid offering from a great brewery. Not an extreme, over the top IPA, but well balanced and drinkable.

beveritt, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with amber and orange hues. Thick head falls to a ring and coating. A nice amount of lacing.

It smells sweet and fruity. Bananas, citrus, and tropical fruits all candied. It reminds me of a Belgian beer, is there candy sugar in this?

The flavors follow the nose, but are dominated by a peppery heat. There is a big hop bite but it is in check by a nice malt base.

Its a dry heat! Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, warm, coats my tongue.

This is a very enjoyable IPA and quickly becoming my go to beer. It is more than your average IPA. It not only brings West coast and East coast styles together but also throws some Belgian funk into the mix.

sitarist, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, finger and a halfs worth of head, nice retention, orangey brown color with lots of active carbonation.

s- light citrus hopping, with some herbal notes rounding it out, maybe a hint of dry hopping.

t- really nice bitterness, nice grapefruity citrus, fruity, i'm thinking this is dry hopped for sure, the finish is somewhat dry.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- solid ipa, i would drink this again for sure, and now that it's available in my area i'm planning on picking up the mixpack soon to try out the rest of the lineup.

thecarster1, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of dkachur, split w/ afausser - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: One of the more attractive IPAs I've seen. Pours a brilliantly radiant golden amber, bright, crisp, clean, and very inviting. A gentle pour results in a flurry of foam, so I slowed it down - even the gentlest of pours results in a good two-finger, slightly ecru head, foamy, rocky, and creamy. The fierce carbonation, fine, quick, and dense, consistently replenishes the girth and height of the head, but that's not to suggest that the retention of the head is otherwise lacking - sips result in clingy blobs and streaks of dried, crisp foam.

Aroma: Spicy, sweet, mildly herbal. It's not a bad smell - it is, however, a little too faint. Some nice biscuity notes, caramel, very light toffee, and a spattering of honey-glazed golden sugar cookie, tossed with some mint, heavy citrus, faint tropical fruits, and a tingle of bitterness.

Taste: Pretty mild, but with a moderate amount of bitterness and a few interesting notes (banana, to kill the suspense). Caramel, biscuity notes, honey, and raw sugar dance about with heavy grapefruit, orange zest, mint, tons of spicy, freshly mowed grass notes, and a moderate amount of bitterness, average to perhaps a little above average for the style. It's actually pretty enjoyable, not terribly complex, but nice and easy-drinking in a flavorful, inviting way.

Mouthfeel: Fairly soft, fluffy, light, and pretty well-made, I think, though it does taper down a little as the carbonation begins to die down. It's bright and crisp, but also slightly creamy, which is what happens, I suppose, when you introduce a lot of fine, well-integrated, pinpoint carbonation to a moderately bodied beer but "sweeter" beer, such that there's plenty of residual sugar in the body.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, actually, and one I'm surprised I haven't tried before, actually - Great Lakes, get thee to Virginia! I've been continually impressed by their beers, and their lineup is consistently well-made (both qc/style wise, as well as substance/taste- & aroma-wise) and eminently drinkable. Recommended to anyone who likes IPAs or, hell, well-made beer.

CrellMoset, Jun 04, 2010
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.