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

2,402 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,402
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 83
Gots: 237 | 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 tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, gold/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: big pine hops, caramel, and small citrus hops

Taste: orange, pineapple, citrus hops, with a light caramel bready malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweetish start--bitter middle then a big bitter spike with a less bitter finish

Drinkability: A very pleasant and well balanced IPA. I do like the citrus flavor. Two or three max due to the bitter end, but very enjoyable.

Photo of Leviathan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was immediately converted to the temple of Great Lakes after a summer trip took me through Cleveland. A few hair raising turns off I-90, through downtown's less than reputable neighborhoods, had me sipping a tasty Dortmunder Gold at their cool brewpub. I promptly bought a case of everything in stock and headed back to VA.

Commodore Perry IPA pours a hazy orange color with a one finger head that thins out, but holds up throughout the session.

Smell is very underwhelming, mostly piney, citrusy hops.

Taste is complex and well balanced. Beer starts off coating the tongue with a crisp hop flavor and then transitions to more malt, caramel flavors. The finish leaves a sweet, dry hop flavor on the palette.

Commodore Perry has a good, solid mouthfeel and beautifully balances the strong hopping with ample malt flavor.

This beer is incredibly drinkable and is a terrific example of a brewery showing some restraint with the style. They created a great IPA that does not destroy your palette after a few beers. Definitely a winner!

Photo of WholeFoodsDerek
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw yellow in color. Half an inch head retention. For an IPA, it was lacking a nice fluffy head even while pouring. It also settled fairly quickly. Slightly lacking.

S - Reminds me of a czech pilsner or even German wheat beer in the nose. Not getting a whole lot of hop characteristics. Subpar for an IPA

T - Nice taste up front, then it seems to mellow out. The bitterness then comes forward on the finish, then it fades. Quite a roller- coaster on the palate. Starts Great, then fades on the palate, followed by a great finish that slowly fades. Not very smooth. I'm getting a lot of honey characteristics with subtle hops .

M - The mouthfeel is great. This is probably the category it actually excells in. Medium bodied and and refreshing mouthfeel. If only the taste reflected the feel.

D - You could definitely drink quite a few of these. Great drinkability, but lacking in a lot of punch and complexity taste-wise.

Overall I would say this is a good session beer if you want to drink a lot. But if you are looking for a true IPA as a treat, there are plenty of better IPA's out there.

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

A pint on tap at ujs.

A- bartender brings it to me with a small finger of off white semi dense head that settles in a bit to a solid ring and a few spots of lace. The body is copper orange yellow in color and quite clear.

S- good amount of conifers and grapefruit mixed in with a solid caramel maltiness with a bit of toasted bread.

T- opens up with a good balance of the hops and malts not to bitter and not to sweet. Nice. Hops come off with some grapefruit and pine with a little orange as well. Malts play the perfect counter part and bring in a touch of caramel and toffee. Some honey wheat bread show up at times before the brew rolls back into the hops and finishes bitter.


M- a touch less then medium in body with a nice mid level carb that keeps things just right on the tongue.

D- wow this is super tasty and a good example of the style from a Yankee brewery of all things. Easy drinking and enjoying.

Photo of beerdown77
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great beer. Pours light orange with one and a half fingers of head and some moderate lacing. The smell is hops and citrus, specifically some grapefruit, with a mild floral presence. This is a good balance of sweet malts up front and bitter hops to follow. This has always been one of my favorite IPAs, and one of the first for me. My only criticism is that it is pretty sweet, but at a high proof and strong amount of malt, that is expected. It is medium bodied, and im down for another...but the 7.5% will sneak up on you.

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Ohio. Enjoy by 09/29/10. A little behind, but let's give this a go. 12oz bottle...

A: A medium clear crisp copper color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a fruity earthy hop upfront with some sugary malt and bubble gum in the middle with some faint raspberry on the backend. Decent.

T: A quick bitter fruity hop upfront. Kind of a unique flavor with some sugary malts in the middle and some banana on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation feel. Good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a good beer. Not great, but good to try for an IPA if you have access. It has a unique fruit twist on an IPA.

Photo of yesthatguy
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: An orange-ish glow with not a bubbly head.

S: Orange is the overwhelming smell. Some other fruits in there as well, though.

T: An orange flavored malt with some other fruit tastes. There is some hop to sip, but nothing overwhelming and the bitterness sits just long enough. The aftertaste is fruity.

M: The carbonation was seemed spot on and wasn't too much. It let the malt flavors really come out.

D: Definitely one of my favorite beers to drink. It has a pleasant smell and taste that goes down smoothly. For me, at least, it's a top-notch IPA.

Photo of veggiemafia
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review in quite some time for me. Happy to be back to reviewing.

12oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: Clear, vivid bronze-copper. Fluffy stark white head. This is kind of what I think beer looks like if I think of a mug of beer.

S: Pine, nasturium?, malt, orange peel. Really very nice.

T: More of the same with less of the floral quality and a lingering bitterness that lets you know it's an IPA.

M: Kind of thin, but not unwelcome. Contributes to drinkability.

D: Extremely drinkable. That bitterness makes you want to keep coming back for more.

More reviews forthcoming. Like I said, happy to be back to reviewing. Most likely tomorrow will be a review of East End Fat Gary's Nut Brown on draft from our new kegerator!

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle as an extra.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is bread, flowers and oranges. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of flower and perfume-flavored hops, some oranges and bready malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Big thanks to Onenote81 for this great extra!

A: Pours a clear light orange with a couple fingers of frothy white head that slowly faded into a thick creamy film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of tangerines and orange-cream popsickles with lesser notes of grapefruit.
T: Tastes like the nose with juicy flavors of tangerines, cumquats and white grapefruit. Malt is sweet and comes through in the finish. Aftertaste has a good dose of bitterness followed by a malty fruity sweetness.
M: Body is medium and a bit slick. Medium-low carbonation with a pretty straightforward mouthfeel.
D: Really loving the flavor of this one. Everything else is pretty standard. A great beer, easy to drink and very flavorful. Thanks again Jon for this great brew!

Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that took a little time to dissipate leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Very floral and citrusy. A lot of hops detected as well.

T - All goes downhill from here. Very bitter with grapefruit citrus and hoppy towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D - Took me almost 45 minutes to finish it so definitely not my "glass of beer" but if EIPA is your thing then definitely try it.

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

LOOKS As much head as you want. A deep gold,clear beer,cream color head. Looks very like beer should.

Big time rings of froth and lace.

AROMA Toast,fresh bread,some citrus,some caramel. I suspect a hops ambush...it's a bit too quiet. An inviting sensuous mix a bit unexpected in that the hop scents often leap out and that's all you sniff.

TASTE Leads with a flash of caramel,and some substance in the nature of bread/biscuit and flows gracefully into a hop finish that's mostly,but not totally grapefruit. The "bitter" is flavorful,indeed,yet without excess and there's a solid back to this. The aftertaste is gentle but lasting and a little pine,spruce,pineapple joins the grapefruit. All in all a nice elegant turn on an IPA that has the zing but uses the malt side to set it all up,then brings a bit of complexity in the finish.

Mouthfeel Better than average for an IPA,asmoothness,a bit of sticky resin from the hops,and a sense that things were designed with care to bring everything in at the right moment and with grace.

Drinkability....Yes,both tasty,refreshing,wet and at a price/abv that's no problem. While this can be a beer with subtle elegance in the details, it's also a good brew to just swig on a hot Ohio summer afternoon.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade.

Orangish-amber with a large lasting white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is caramel and rough citrusy and earthy hops.

Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, and bitter earthy hops, with a little bit of citrus and light fruit. A tiny hint of pine as well.

Palate is smooth with medium body and a long finish.

This is somewhat of a hybrid between an American and English IPA it seems. Well-done and drinkable overall.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a bulb style glass. best by 12/14/10.

pours a very clear deep golden color with light hues of orange showing. nice 2 fingers of head that slowly faded to a beautiful thin layer. good retention, with bits of sticky lace.

big tropical fruity hop aromas hit the nose. also some pineapple, dank skunkiness, a little minty, and a slight scent of a vegetable like aroma. hardly any malt detectable, maybe just some light toasted grains. light traces of alcohol.

the tastes follows suite with big tropical fruity hops. pineapple, resinous dank goodness, bits of citrus. a light toasty bready grain struggles to balance. bits of spicy alcohol heat.

medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel. good carbonation.

overall i really enjoyed this beer and will come back real soon. a nice big bold highly hopped english ipa with a distinctive american twist.

Photo of Lillenk
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very clear golden color. Very nice looking beer.

Smells great. Lots of hops and citrus.

Taste was not as great as I would have hoped. Basically just hops. Lots of hops. I really enjoy hops and this is not really one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel was huge and I don't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date marked for 12/03/10
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head on top. Awesome trails of sticky lacings on the side of the glass.

Major whiffs of hop bomb citrus nuggets. Malty sweet in the nose with additional whiffs of citrus fruit.

A syrupy and sweet sip with a biscuit malt backbone to match. Strong hop profile with flavors of grapefruit, orange and pine notes. Bitter and biting hop finish, but juicy sweet too. the 7.5% ABV is quite well hidden.

A very nice representation, I would rate this Commodore Perry IPA right next to Brooklyn IPA as two of the better domestic English India Pale Ales that I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Yet another winner from Great Lakes Brewing Company.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy honey colour with a finger and a half snow white head

S: Your typical IPA aroma; pine, grapefruit, soft yeast. Nothing special.

T: Grapefruit overload! A bit of yeast, but 90% grapefruit.

D: Goes down very easy. Not a bland brew in the least, but the hops are well balanced by the malt presence. Could definitely session this relatively heavier treat.

Overall: If you like grapefruit (especially the little dividing walls), then you will love this beer! It tastes identical to the fruit. It is a bittersweet treat and even though its not drop-dead delicious, it is an extremely drinkable and bold interpretation of the classic style.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Very clear amber brew, sparkling in its clarity. Fluffy fuft of pale, off-white head on top, exhibiting decent retention.

S-Herbal, resinous hop aromas, on top of a well-pronounced malt foundation of toffee-like character.

T-Immense hoppy flavors, with a bit of brighter fruity character mixing with some firmer, resinous characters, as well. The malts aren't as pronounced as in the aroma. However, some nutty, toasty malts are able to come through. Finish is dry, with a lingering light hoppiness and a long-tailed bitterness.

M-Moderate body, certainly feels appropriate. Carbonation is actually pretty spot-on, as well. Way to go on the feel of this brew.

D-I've really been enjoying this beer recently. It's a very flavorful IPA, while still retaining some refreshing, drinkable aspects. Keeps me wanting to come back for more.

Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my hands on a six pack of this from my mid west connection. Poured into a goblet, pours an orange amber, decent lacing. Nice citrus aroma, but with a malty backbone. Has a slightly metallic aftertaste. Overall I liked it, but not sure if it stands up to the other beers from Great Lakes.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second selection from the Great Lakes heist in Bowling Green. I'm still not quite sure how KY can get it but IN cannot? Either way should still be tasty...

A: Really nice golden hue with a slightly off white/beige head. There maybe be some slight orange glimmery tones about as well.

S: Very yeasty in smell, but with a mild presence of hops, mostly citrus.

T: I got a good amount of peachy/orange notes, seems like the peachy notes help keep the moderate bitterness in check, as well as add some sweetness to the tailend. There is also mild caramel.

M/D: Crisp and clean, not super heavy. I enjoy this ipa, well balanced.

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

Aroma here is definitely of some grapefruit...like the insides of a grapefruit were thrown in the beer. Looks like it too, with a good amount of floating material in it.

Taste-wise, the juicy, grapefruit hops definitely come through. Very hoppy from the get-go....not a shy IPA here. The sweet malt base is also noticeable, but is pretty hidden behind the bitterness. Bitterness lasts quite a while into the finish and aftertaste too. It may not be THE most bitter IPA I've ever had, but it's among the top.

Photo of majesticsock
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

All aboard, mate! The pour sailed out of a bottle with a slightly darker-than-apple-juice color. The fresh aroma of "dry" beer and fruit blockades any other scents from making birth into my nose. All in all, Commodore Perry's brew has a very commanding taste as there's an upfront dry hoppy flavor that puts my taste buds in a knot. Eventually, they quickly lift up anchor and give way to a fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is about average, so I wouldn't say it outranks other brews, but I haven't had anything that I would say is leagues better either. Drinkability factor good, I can't fathom why I waited this long to try it.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 brew, aged approximately one year. The 7.5% ABV should make the cellaring quite possible.

This pours a slightly off-white head about 2cm in height, The foam declines to a gentle circle around the glass and small, scattered islands floating about haphazardly. The beer is a sharp, rather bright orange-copper color that's translucent as well.

Slightly weak aroma. A strong hop presence is not particularly detectable; instead the malt and alcohol are more pungent. Nothing really stands out here.

The open is of a very subtle malt swirled heavily with citrus notes. Middle is of toasted malts, with distinct undertones of more floral than citrus hop flavor, and alcohol lurking subtly in the background. Finish of mild maltiness with strong bitter aspect. Aftertaste is of citrusy hops, notably grapefruit, lingers indefinitely on the palate. Very nice.

Full-bodied and rather creamy. Carbonation is not heavy at all, suitable for the heavy interpretation of the style. Finish is dry, with hop resins remaining about. Aftertaste and finish make this a sipping beer, appropriate for the ABV.

Definitely not a session beer due to the alcohol, but one that I'd happily go back to repeatedly. Very drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Spacious effervesce rises lazily within a bright pumpkin orange glow. The head is dull white and foamy with its fair share of pockets and divets on the surface. Retention was fair while the lacing was weak on the hold similar to their burning river pale providing disappointing coverage.

S: Sweet caramel grains and oranges arrive upfront. Piney hops come through at first with some flowery citrus moving in late of light helping. I fond this to be on par with their burning river pale in terms of strength even though this is labeled as ipa which didn't help matters coming off underpowered by style.

T: Dry flowery citrus highlights the open. The malting felt weak at first but is much more greatly appreciated on the hold and mouthful. Toasted malts and alcohol feel provides a glowing warmth along with a flowery citrus moderate in strength. The finish finds a good display of the warm toasted nature coming through with a good deal of bitterness which was unfortunately short lived on the fade and swallow.

M: Fairly full bodied, appearing much more so then I obtained in the flavor. Luscious and creamy on the hold with a light tingle of carbonation adding some life. Warm pine oils and citrus juices line the tongue on longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability factor, some dry warming pine and citrus notes come in late to save this of its dignity. Moderate enjoyment, nothing that I would seek out or probably drink in multiples.

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

Great Lake Commodore Perry is a little short of greatness. The color is good, it's a orange hued amber with white foam that settles to a thin white layer. The beer smells minty and citrusy from hops and a little fruity from yeast. The taste is very complex, it is sweet with apples, grapes and pears upfront with a tinge of bitterness that gives way to a mouthful of toasted whole-grain bread that only gives way to a drying bitterness in the end. After the swallow, the bitterness lingers with the warming astringency of alcohol. I think if the alcohol was less obtrusive and hop flavor was more assertive (not just bitter), then this would be a far superior beer. As it is, it is very good, but turning down the malts (and booze) a little on this beer and letting the hops shine a little more would be a benefit.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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