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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,125 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 131 | 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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orcasteve

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is dry and bitter with a fair amount of malt, this isn' bad but it isn't the best product by great lakes. but the abv is nice and this is a smooth drinking brew, the problem is that it jusd dosent stand out, i will probley only drink the outher five that i have and forget this beer, totaly avrage

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 12:44:02 | More by orcasteve
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light anber with a one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with quite a pronounced, slightly caramel, malt backbone.

T- Like most american IPA's the hops do take center stage. However the stlightly toasted, caramel malt backbone does not go down without a fight. The hopd barely win out and leave a pleasant dry finish.

M- A little on the heavy side for the style but still good.

D- Due to the great balance this pretty drinkable.

Surely, this is a very well balanced IPA. Some hopheads that are expecting a hopbomb will be dissapointed. Nevertheless I would recomend this beer to any beer geek, not just hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 22:43:10 | More by Pauly2X
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/27/08.
Thanks to brewslut for picking me up a mixed sixer during a recent trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Clear light amber/golden body with one-finger white head that settled into a thin ring of retention but left a decorative patchwork of lace around the glass. Carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

S - First whiff reveals some biscuity malt and sweet caramel followed by some grassy hops, citrus rind, and a mild lacing of alcohol. Hop aroma opened up a bit more as the liquid warmed up, but this is a pretty malt-forward nose for an IPA.

T - Aaah, there's the hops! This IPA kicks in with a hefty amount of citrus rind and some fruity spiciness. There's also a bit of grass in the back. Finishes with a nice backbone of toasted, grainy malt and some caramel sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture, yet still retains a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Finish is somewhat dry and mildly astringent with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Carbonation is spot-on for the style.

D - Pretty solid IPA from Great Lakes, and probably my favorite offering of theirs thus far. It's got a nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor, thought the aroma doesn't reveal the full extent of the hops in this brew. I'd definitely revisit this one down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:04:19 | More by ffejherb
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden orange pour with a large white head. Nice retention and copious lacing.
Some hops in the aroma, but generally understated.
The flavor is the big selling point of this beer. Good shot of citrus hops up front, but balanced with some nicely sweet malts. Not an over the top hop bomb, but definitely well hopped. The finish contains a fairly long lasting bitterness on the tongue.
Syrupy oily hops coat the tongue.
This beer goes down very easily and I could see downing at least a couple of these over a session.
This is a great IPA and another great offering from Great Lakes. Although I can't get these beers on a regular basis, I look for them whenever I can find them. Best wishes to Great Lakes on their 20th anniversary. Here's to the next twenty years as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 01:28:28 | More by kwakwhore
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a nice light golden yellow, with a good 1 finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smells heavy of floral and hops.

Taste is lightly sweet upfront then to floral hops adn fades to a slight dry and bitter finish. This asks you to drink more.

Very good brew. I am not a big IPA fan, but i can drink this very easy, not too bitter, good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:21:51 | More by GoodKnight1220
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Brew33

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in a pint glass poured from a brown glass bottle.

Great Lakes never seems to dissapoint so I figured I would give this IPA a shot. I was very happy with my choice.

I love IPA's and this is one of my favorites.

Honestly, it isn't terribly hoppy. Don't get me wrong it has plenty of hop aroma and taste, but for an IPA it doesn't kill you with hops. Actually, it is one of the most mellow, drinkable IPA's I have ever had.

There is a great balance and a good amount of malt in the taste. It is very dry but it has a unique smoothness to it. Very pleasant. This is a very good beer.

I would drink these any time. Another example of Great Lakes doing what they do best... making terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 19:55:03 | More by Brew33
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kinger

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been hunting for this seasonal offering and was able to track some down. This is right in line with the Great Lakes way of brewing beer fantastic recipe, and a great angle on a wonderful style. Emptied a bottle into my glass and was given a richly golden colored ale with a thick fluffy white head that soon settles to a nice white film. Abundant lacing is present, and a lazy carbonation can be seen. As I smell the aroma I am rewarded with a biting hop scent of grapefruit and pine. This is pleasant and unexpected and it smells wonderful. This is considerably more citrusy than the average IPA. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, not too thick so it goes down easy. The flavor is outstanding keeping in line with the aroma. An abundance of hops (cascade is an understatement) fill out this one with a real subtle malt backbone. Taste is mostly citrus grapefruits, nice and tart with an even amount of bitterness. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's and another score for one of my top brewers. Too bad it's seasonal, if you come across it grab some!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 16:43:13 | More by kinger
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, best before 8/4/08

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with orange and amber highlights and topped with a sticky looking one inch head whihc fades into a thin cap but still leaves some nice lacing on its way down the glass.

S: Thick resiny pine and grapefruit hops, very straightforward, doesn't pull any punches with only the slightest hint of malt sweetness.

T/MF: Malt is far more pronounced in the taste where it appears good and chewy with a healthy amount of caramel graininess and plays a nice counterpoint to the rather juicy, ripe mellon and pineapple like hop profile. Normally I don't like my ipas to be this malt centric but a balance is just too nicely struck here and really makes for a wonderfully balanced yet still nice and juicy IPA, though this beer does seem to show its age in places and has the slightest twinge of buttery apple but thankfully not enough to detract very much from and other wise exceptional beer.

D: Alcohol though well hidden in the taste makes itself very present later on as you are a ways into the glass, pretty thick and on the fuller side of medium bodied, one is the right amount of one of these for a night. Its been a while since a gave a beer all 4s but this is just one overall balanced good beer so...if the shoe fits...all 4s.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 03:57:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
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spointon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear, coppery orange color with a 1/2 inch tan head. The head quickly dropped to a skim, and left a nice amount of lacing down the glass. Minimal amounts of carbonation release visible.

S= This ale produced aromas of biscuit malt and hops. Though the piney-citrusy hop characteristics were dominant, the malt backbone is substantial enough to balance the beer. There was also detectable amounts of alcohol in the nose (especially when swirled) as you would expect with this abv.

T= I really enjoyed the taste of this IPA. Following the nose, there were an abundance of American style hop flavors like grapefruit and lemon grass followed by more bitter notes of pine. The malty biscuit flavors were always there, lurking behind the scenes. The alcohol was much less evident in the taste than in the aroma.

MF= I found this one to be relatively lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Still, it retained an appropriate crispness on the tongue.

D= A damn good IPA! I have become a huge fan of Great Lakes beers, and this one did not disappoint. One of my new warm weather favorites!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:59:34 | More by spointon
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased with this.

Clear light amber color, thick white head and good lacing effect.

Smells like... Holy hops, batman.

Despite the hop heavy taste, the bitterness is not over bearing. Great IPA, and normally I'm not too fond of IPAs.

Decent body, no unpleasant aftertaste; very well balanced beer.

Very drinkable. I can see myself tipping quite a few of these back in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 21:54:30 | More by donteatpoop
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange amber color with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly leaving behind some moderate lacing. Nice floral hop notes in the nose backed up by a sweet malt character. Very sweet for an IPA, which I must admit to liking. Lots of syrupy hop resins on the tongue, some great malt backbone, sweet and bitter at the same time. Very nice brew and my first from this company.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 23:56:30 | More by KeefD
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe at Walnut Liquorette threw this bottle into my purchase free of charge since it was my first time shopping at that liquor store. Poured into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color, the head is rocky, and it leaves whipped lace around the glass. The nose brings lemon and bitter grapefruit to the picture, and the infamous diacteyl (buttered popcorn) common in this color shade of IPA. The diacteyl goes along well with the citrus during the taste, but then a sharp bitterness and mildly hot fusel alcohol cuts into the quality of the taste.

It's not a bad effort, just a little off-par compared to the IPA's which are more widely available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:02:14 | More by DoubleJ
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A-Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head.

S-Moderate floral and piney hops with a little bit of malt in the background.

T-Nice malty sweetness in the front, good bitter hop finish.

M-Moderate carbonation, a little lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable. Taste is deceptively light for the ABV.

A very good beer from Great Lakes.

HV

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 15:17:13 | More by sholland119
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boogles

Kansas

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an IPA, this one doesn't do it for me. I simply needs more hops. I had this recently, but I was not hoping for much, although I was secretly hoping it would be among their great beers, but it's not. Not enough punch, hops, or uniqueness. A mainstream beer made to sell in stores like Kroger, along with some other Great Lakes beers. Nothing compared to the Blackout Stout and some other seasonal releases.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 06:06:18 | More by boogles
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is yellow with good carbonation. The head is a nice big 2 fingers, whiet foam and little lace.

The smell is a woodsy nutty hops. A nice light malt adds balance.

The taste is quite good this is a very nice tasting brew, the malt and hops work reall well. Mildly bitter hops have a woodsy and citrus taste and a nice nutty malt is very good as well.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and ok carbonation. Smooth and creamy to boot.

The drinkability is very good, I am really liking this well done brew.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:12:12 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich, dark amber with a small white head.

S- Strong upfront odor of piny, citrusy hops.

T- Great malty start with a strong hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, light, crisp, and clean. exactly what i was expecting

D- Id definitely like to have another couple of these. A great year round pretty commonly available selection from great lakes.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 17:28:35 | More by jwinship83
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Csmiley.

A-Yellow slightly hazy but not cloudy, with very minimal white head
S-Very hoopy pine and grapefruit which adds a sweetness
T-Hop pine not as much grapfruit as nose with more fruit coming through as it warms, slightly biscuity malt, quite bitter on end, little bit of alcohol in there, good taste
M-Medium thin body, OK carbonation
D-Would drink a few more but would start to look for something new. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 05:14:49 | More by hopsleeroy
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle received in a trade
Best by date of May 26 2008, drank on June 22nd 2008

A- Great Lakes' Commodore Perry IPA pours a yellow brown color with some slight haze, a very small amount of slow rising carbonation and a one inch head with lots of sticking.

S- Earthy hops and bottle funk.

T- Grainy hop profile with notes of muffled toasted malts, dead leaves, wood and dried citrus fruits.

M- Medium body, slightly coating, lack of carbonation could be due to its age...

D- not impressed, i would give a fresh bottle another go.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 01:39:55 | More by ATPete
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear Bronze, with a nice off white head. Leafy and pine hops along with some pale malt aromas. Nice crisp citrus and pine hops upfront, light bisquity malts follow thru. Crisp dry slightly floral finish with ample bitterness. This cant be 7.5% can it? Yes, its all there with this puppy. Another fine brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 02:05:01 | More by drunkmonk
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blakesell

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip/goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a substantial two and a half finger head of eggshell foam over the top and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Cascade, Centennial and Chinook resiny hops upfront with very minor malt backbone. Piney and rustic with a light earthiness. No noticable alcohol for the substantial levels that this IPA has.

Taste- Sweet malt character upfront which is very different than the smell, hops come right in afterward and provide ample bitterness. Citrus and pine are friendly to the beer and a light resin chewiness lingers drying out the finish. Light alcohol warmth also on the finish but just low enough to get someone into trouble.

Mouthfeel- Smooth but a bit rough with the ample hopping present. Slightly sticky, medium-bodied, and very nicely carbonated.

Drinkability- Very nice and affordable around these parts for the style. This is one that I will revisit again and again and not just because it's the local flavour. The balance makes the ale quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 23:26:43 | More by blakesell
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden color, clear, light carbonation and has a nice white foamy head.

The bouquet has a healthy amout of hops, citrus, medium toasted grains and earthy grasses. This translated well to the taste as there was a great balance between the lemony citrus, hops and grains. Made for a pleasurable tasting experience and with the citrus and light bitterness on the finish, quite refreshing.

This is a medium bodied beer, easy to enjoy and easy on the tastebuds, so the mouthfeel is good. Another quality beer from the boys in Cleveland.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 15:51:07 | More by garcia2a
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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

A: A bright golden color that produces a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: A good balance of citrus (lemons) and grass smells.

T: Very hoppy flavor. Pine, citrus and grass taste, good combination, no flavor is predominant.

M: Not overly bitter and dry, pretty mild.

D: Higher ABV at 7.5% but a really well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 14:16:04 | More by IronCitySteve
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Plant 5/25/08

Poured a clear golden amber with 1 finger of creamy white head, nice retention and sticky lacing. Smells of honey, grass, and citrus. Tastes of grass, honey, toasted grain, and grapes with an earthy hop finish with a touch of lemon rind tartness. Medium in body with good carbonation, good balance and nice bitterness. Easy to drink with good flavors, another nice brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 00:22:26 | More by HopDerek
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mhewes

Colorado

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

A : Poured a nice golden color with a white head

S : Citrus hops along with a little malt

T : A strong citrusy hop flavor with just enough malt backbone to balance out the flavor. A little bit more bitterness on the finish

M : Medium bodied with good carbonation

D : Another great brew from Great Lakes that I would definitely recommend

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 21:37:02 | More by mhewes
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head. Average retention.

Smell demonstartes a strong hop presence, with all malt pushed to the background.

Taste also has the hops in the front end, and are very tasty without being overly bitter.

Leaves a long dry sensation in the mouth.

A nice enough beer, Very tasty without going too far with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 23:42:25 | More by tgbljb
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.