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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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2,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 171 | 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 william5586
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a clear, see though, golden yellow that boarders on orange. It had a nice sized white head that had good retention and left good lace.

The smell was lively with citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, and some malt hiding in the background.

The taste started out with some sweet malt followed by citrus fruit, hop bitterness, and a super dry finish that took a second to kick in. The finish was so dry it almost felt as though my mouth had been wiped clean and I never took a drink.

Medium bodied, smooth, and pretty easy drinking.

The more I drank and the more the beer warmed the more apparent the sweet malt became, both in the taste and the smell of this beer.

william5586, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a nice pale gold color with a thick, frothy head that fades down to leave a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a touch of biscuit malt as well. Hop aroma is kinda stronger as well here.

Taste is full of grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth, followed by biscuit malt underneath Definitely expected of the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness and biscuit malt. Decent but carbonation seems somewhat high.

Despite the carbonation, this is a pretty solid example of the style. Not gonna knock your socks off but it's solid where it should be. Check it out.

Brad007, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a light gold, appearing medium gold once poured into the glass. 1/2 inch white head forms with medium lacing sticking to the glass.

S - The nose is completely dominated by the citrusy aroma of the hops. What more can you ask for with an IPA.

T - The palate is quickly coated by the flavor of the hops. Nice citrusy flavor with a splash of orange running though it. No noticeable malt presence in this IPA. IMO, this tasted more like a pale ale than an IPA. Not bad though.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation throughout. Slightly harsh finish as a result of the hops.

D - Good flavor associated with the hops with the sharp finish associated with hoppy beers. Very nice. A little higher ABV keeps this from being the usual session ale, but I would still have more than one in a night if it was available.

beeragent, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nicely red-tinged, full copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, burnished, bright, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops that are not quite polished; perhaps tempered a bit by a cracker-like pale malt aroma that plays a distant secondary role in the nose. Specifically notes of Meyer lemon, ruby-red grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee, and some kumquat notes all contribute a clean citrus hoppiness. The herbal hop notes are really not here at first, but after a bit of time a tempered overlay of hemp oil herbal character becomes noticeable; it provides just enough hop-stench to balance out the otherwise too smooth hop fruitiness. Deep, focused ruminations of the nose bring out more of an herbal, dank character as well as a touch of supporting, clean, pale malt toastiness that would be missed in a cursory pass at the aroma. The nose will be quite enjoyable to any hop lover, I know I am definitely enjoying it.

A nice bitting bitterness gets bigger as the beer rolls across the tongue, it seems to get tempered in the finish by a touch of palate cleaving, smooth malt character. While the beer was pretty dry as the first sip hit my tongue, the middle picks up a light malt sweetness which accentuates ample hop fruit character; this sweetness, though it does fade some, sticks around into the lingering finish. The flavors of this beer are clean and bright; there isn't much of a rustic malt or hop edge here and I would guess this is somewhat filtered. There is a nice herbal hop edge here that is a bit more noticeable than in the aroma. Notes of pine play a significant role here but still play second fiddle to the fruity hop notes of lychee, tangerine zest, kumquat and ruby-red grapefruit notes. This is definitely quite quaffable; there is just enough body to carry the hops, but it is still dangerously quaffable.

This is certainly not a unique take on the style (but it is an IPA, I am not sure one really wants unique), it is entirely enjoyable. It is perhaps a touch too refined in its bright, clean interpretation of loud hops and supporting malt, but that doesn't keep it from being a great example of the style.

Gueuzedude, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

A solid and well-rounded and solid India Pale ale in the American style...
Good stuff... Recommended without the slightest detection of alcohol Heavy pines and grapefruit in the nose with a distinct bitter aftertaste... Lady M wasn't too crazy about this one, although certainly a great representation...

dsa7783, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

On sale for 6.99/six pack at Wegman's and I love IPAs, so I thought I'd give this a try.

A - Pours a medium amber color with a two finger creamy white head that lingers.

S - Very citrusy, some grapefruit, caramel malts. Some breadiness to it, but mostly pine and citrus.

T - Begins VERY sweet for an IPA, with nice citrus and pine hops in the middle. The lingering taste is very bitter and hoppy, but I like that.

M - Medium bodied and not over-carbonated. Dry finish, with a somewhat sticky feeling.

D - Very strong for a typical IPA, both in flavor and alcohol content. One that I would have 2-3 in a sitting depending on my mood.

Overall, very happy with the purchase and a solid IPA I would recommend to my beer nerd friends. Cheers!

BeerPhan86, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of MikeRa
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

I tried the Great Lakes Commodore Perry iPA for the first time a few weeks ago, and here is what I can tell you:

Appearance: This ale is a amber looking color

Smell: It has a taste of citrus and caramel.

Taste: When I tasted it, I can taste the hops, which comes from the Pine Hops and the Citrus flavors

Mouthfeel: Can taste everything throughtou the drinking

Drinkability: This is a American IPA that I can drink over and over again.

MikeRa, Sep 01, 2009
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.

corby112, Aug 31, 2009
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.

ndekke39, Aug 31, 2009
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

mwa423, Aug 29, 2009
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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of asabreed
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.

asabreed, Aug 21, 2009
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.

kegger22, Aug 18, 2009
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.

TheViolator666, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
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.

WalrusJockey, Aug 17, 2009
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.

callmemickey, Aug 17, 2009
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!

beerman207, Aug 15, 2009
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.

Kadonny, Aug 14, 2009
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.

ZSimon, Aug 14, 2009
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 .

WakeandBake, Aug 12, 2009
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.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of koopa
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.

koopa, Aug 05, 2009
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.

BigMike, Aug 04, 2009
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 02, 2009
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,235 ratings.