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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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2,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 87
Gots: 286 | FT: 3
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy gold with a big white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Orange citrus and grapefruit hops blended with caramel malt. A hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus and hop bitterness with caramel sweetness. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Very tasty and well balanced IPA.

Photo of Dan3279
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to pick up a bottle of this for a while now and I took advantage to have it on draft when I came across it.

The body was a nice amber gold color and had a half inch head. The aroma had many citrus notes along with hops & grapefruit. The taste was smooth and well balanced. It was strong on the citrus / grapefruit end and though at the same time I was hoping that it would be a bit stronger on the hop side.

Overall it was very balanced and very easy to drink. It wouldn't be a problem to sit back and enjoy several at a time.

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

12 oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint. Best by 5/30/11 on label.

A - Pours a clear/transparent amber with puffy, off white, 2 finger head. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Looks very light in color.

S - Blend malt. Bready malts and a mixture of bitter and fruity hoppyness. Hints of zest and orange peel, a bit light on the smell.

T - Wow, a taste that packs quite a punch, if I must say. I was not at all expecting how full of flavor this would be. Hit hard with bitter, bitter hops with faint touch of fruit. Bready malts are present, but subdued. Quite a wallop of bitterness. I'm impressed.

M - Leaves the mouth very dry. Lots of carbonation in this beer. Lives a tingling bit of stickiness the back of the throat, alcohol is hidden well

Overall - I was very impressed, actually. It's no wonder this beer is one of the best of its style. Definitely showcases a lot of hoppyness. I was impressed. Good work, Great Lakes

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

Poured a clear copper-gold with a two finger white head, very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus and floral hops.

Taste starts bitter with the hops leading to a slight sweetness of malt ending with a grapefruit bite.

Mouthfeel was medium body with nice moderate carbonation, with a nice crisp ending.

Overall it was a very nice IPA, not the best that Great Lakes offers, however, it was good.

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head. The head recedes into a thick ring with some lacing.

S: Orange and grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. There is an underlying caramel malt presence as well as some slight pine notes on the finish.

T: Orange and grapefruit rind up front on the tongue, followed by some pine and resin flavors. The caramel malt is there as well, but plays a very minor role to the hops. The finish is bitter and with a slight alcohol warmth to it.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but has an oily aftertaste.

O: A pretty solid English IPA. Nothing exceptional about it, but far from bad.

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

A - Yellow beer with a big white head and a lot of lace. Pretty nice looking.

S - Smells very sweet, with floral and grassy hops and some tropical fruit. Seems pretty malt forward.

T - Didn't care for this a ton, but after seeing English in front of the IPA it makes a bit more sense. Malt forward, quite sweet with tropical fruit notes and a sugary backbone. Floral hops are the more dominant type with a little bit of grass and some pineapple notes. A lot of "english" in there, for lack of a better term. Tastes a little bigger than 7.5%.

M - Sugary, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O - Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet for my liking. Got through it easily enough though.

Photo of Star80
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale straw yellow color characteristic of the style. Has some head to it, but what strikes me more is the smell. This is probably the maltiest IPA I have ever had. Has a huge fresh bready smell with some tangy ripe fruit hops in the nose. The taste is more of the same, but quite balanced for such a hoppy beer, some sweet, toasty malts but with clean bitter, grassy aftertastes. I would describe the hops as mostly herbal, slightly citric and dry almost like a pilsner. The hop profile is more English Bitter to me than APA, less emphasis on the Cascades more on the balance between malt and bitter hops; interesting. Mouthfeel is rich yet pretty smooth. Overall this is a unique interpretation of the style and a nice change of pace for an IPA in a world of Cascade infused hop-bombs.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into GL pint glass. Best by 5/17/2011

A - Aggressive pour yields a finger of golden-white head with big frothy bubbles. Tons of carbonation can be seen. Clear light amber in color. Great head retention and lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops and some sweetness. Some grapefruit hop as well and bitterness.

T - Initially bitter with floral hops. Follows to a pungent sweet malt base. Quite soapy. Finish has some citrus characteristics.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a slightly drying finish. I really like the taste of the finish.

O - Overall a fair IPA, but not one to write home about. A good beer, but far from the best Great Lakes has to offer. Does a good job of hiding the 7.5%

Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you betsona for this one!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Light clear copper color with a two finger with head.

S- Nice citrus and floral hops.

T- Very close to the smell, nice malt backbone with nice hoppiness/bitterness.

M- Smooth, medium body, crisp.

O- A really nice beer that is easy to drink. I am wish Great Lakes would ship to Delaware and/or Maryland so I could get this more often. I feel this is a great everyday beer.

Photo of nezelrac
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - gold/orange with a nice two fingers of white, dense, almost craggy head; good persistence and lacing

S - bread dough, bitter orange peel, cereal grains backing; hint of petrol; appealing and inviting; promises a clean palate and decent bitterness

T - palate delivers what nose promises - more bread dough, blood orange and peel; faintly floral; malt is firm and clean - not getting in the way; sweet malt emerges mid-palate and continues through finish - well balanced; good length - firms up with hops; lime zest on finish

M - crisp and clean; moderate and well balanced CO2; well done

O - very approachable; easy to drink while still being a contender in the IPA world; not shy

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

A: Pours a clear orangish, golden color. About a finger of egg shell colored head. Recedes, leaving a curtain of sticky lacing.

S: Nice smelling beer, but a bit faint. Bready, caramel, toffee sweet balanced out by a bit of floral hops.

T: Get the bready sweetness out front, but the bitter hops soon follow. Floral mainly with a bit of citrus. There's a fruity quality to the beer as well that I can't quit place. Good balance between sweet and bitter for the most part...bitter really dominates the aftertaste though.

M: Medium bodied, actually a bit thick for a single IPA. Dry, bitter finish.

O: Fairly drinkable. The bitter aftertaste will slow you down a bit. Overall, this is a very tasty beer that I won't pass up on my next trip to Chuck's in Bowling Green.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden to light orange in color with a crisp, foamy white head to top it off.
S: Bready, some light fruit notes (maybe apricot), a little grainy and slightly floral.
T: Much like the smell, I can taste bread, and floral components. It almost is cake-like.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is smoother than one would think, almost bordering on creamy.
D: Highly drinkable, it's just so tasty!

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

It had a golden hazy color with an earthy hop aroma.

T: Grassy dryness at times, along with a dried fruit - dates came to mind, but without the sweetness. There was a bready malt flavor as well.

M/F: The dryness of the beer really lingers in the mouth.

D: This had a relatively light flavor for an IPA, but it was a bit heavy. This is, it was really filling, kind of bread like. This was more like a sipping beer.

Overall: I'm not sure if I would revisit this in 6 pack form, but I wouldn't mind drinking this at a bar. It didn't have a standout taste, but there was a well-defined flavor. Worth checking out.

Photo of IPAescotch
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive head, fervent carbonation. Head fades rather quick though. Light lagery color, yellow with some darker amber hues

Fruity with lots of citrus. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Nice bready intro with spicy hop accents. Curry and once again some grapefruit.

Thin but aggressive on the palate.

A good beer at any point in the rotation.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick finger-sized head on top of a crystal clear gold brew.

Smell: pickles and cinnamon with a floral hop scent.

Taste: Thick body, notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Crisp floral and citrus hops with a lingering bitterness that is balanced well with the malts. Ends dry with a sharp bitter hop flavor.

Photo of bigfoot13
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is always in my refrigerator.
Always consistently brewed.
Never any unwanted surprises.

Great Lakes has a winner here and they know it.
This beer is very near my perfect IPA and I drink at least a 12 pack every week.

You can smell the hops when the glass is still several inches away from your nose.

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

Pours a clear amber with two finger dense white head that leaves behind a few splotches of lace. Smell: pine, earth, and a little citrus peel. Malt contribution is honey-like. Taste: slightly earthy, spicy, lemon, cantaloupe, biscuit. Drying, semi-sticky honey flavored finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty good.

Best by 4/25/11.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for sending this one my way.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A sharp citric note to the nose is noticeable immediately. There's a touch of alcohol along with some nice pine and quite a lot of floral hops too. The more I smell it, the more grapefruit juice I get out of it.

T: Candied grapefruit along with just a touch of pine. Some other sweet citrus notes to go along with a nice breadiness. Some mild caramel and toffee. A nice floral hop flavor that provides a bit of a perfumey character.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation that fills the mouth nicely.

D: One of the better English style IPAs that I have come across.

Photo of JAZwara
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed two Commodore Perrys from a 6 pack

Very balanced IPA, like that it isn't just a blast of bitter hops. The hops are prominent, but you also get a strong honey-like malt profile. The hop profile is pine and a little bit of grapefruit, though I didn't get as much grapefruit as other people have said Commodore Perry has.

At 7.5% ABV you get a pretty solid hit for an IPA; there is a definite alcohol taste, but it actually balances against the malt and hops profiles.

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

The bottle poured out a lightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger high off-white head. The head dissipated to a thin halo of lace and lightly graced the glass. The initial aromas were of caramel malts, slight pine, slight resin and light fruits. The initial flavors were bready with light fruits, sweet malts and minute traces of pine and resin. The beer was bitter and dry, and had a medium body with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a good tasting beer. This would pair nicely with a homemade pizza. Definitely something I'll get again.

Photo of SeussMD
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been more than 12 years since the last time I was able to enjoy a Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer. That's way too long. Luckily, their fine brews are sold in greater Buffalo, N.Y., the Greatest City In The World. So I picked this one up at a Wegman's on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a honey gold color with an offwhite head that blows up to about one inch then retreats to 1/8th. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: I'm getting over a cold, but even so I can detect honey, slight evergreen and citrus -- maybe orange.

Taste: More honey. More sweetness than you find in a lot of IPAs and it really balances the hop bitterness at the back very well. Slight nuttiness that I can't put my finger on, almost reminds me of a fine cheese (though without the tang). Caramel, some grapefruit (I think hops must taste like grapefruit to my buds).

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with some of that telltale hop dryness at the back end. Delightful.

Drinkability: Very. Let's put it this way: Mrs. Seuss, who does not typically like IPAs, downed two of them the other night. She was right happy about it, too. At 7.5 ABV, not out of the question to have more than one. Or two. Or three.

Excellent. I'm at a crossroads here -- do I like this as much or more than my favorite local IPA, BBC Lost Sailor? (Hardly a coincidence that great IPAs take on nautical themes, since the whole point of the style was to survive long sea voyages!) I don't want to choose between the two or besmirch one or the other, so I won't -- but they're both in the discussion as my favorite IPA. Period.

At any rate, an excellent brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of AwYeh
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by late April, poured into tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of creamy white head. Some carb bubbles flowing up through the glass. Mostly standard, solid IPA look.

S: Lots of caramel malts here, along with a bready aroma; a good deal of citrus, pine and grassy hops too.

T: Big bursts of orange and grapefruit lend this one a very citrusy flavor; the caramel and especially bready malts that were so prominent in the nose of this beer are pushed a bit to the back here, allowing the beer's better component (the hops) to shine.

M: Medium-thick body with just the right of carbonation (moderate), very smooth and very creamy- just like most of Great Lakes' beers.

D: Extremely drinkable; this one goes down easily, quickly, and with plenty of enjoyment. The hops might not be out in force as much as in many American IPAs, but Great Lakes used the English style to make this beer hugely drinkable- background malts (hate to call them that, as they're good in their own right, but I'm really digging the hops here) balance the hops flawlessly.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange color with small head and little lacing.

Intriguing aroma with the hops, malt and yeast blending into a seemless whole. There are notes of citrus, toast, and especially pear.

Herbal hops and buscuity sweet malt dominate the flavor. Round mouthfeel with little hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with carbonation on the light side.

Overall, a very tasty brew and one I would look for again.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass.

Pours a wonderful brilliant gold, giving a large massive off white head. Head is about four fingers in size with some soapy shampoo like bubbles. Body is a gorgeous gold and crystal clear with some small carbonation going slowly up in places. Head has great staying power. Decent lacing as well upon the glass too.

A simple clean faint hop smell, and some small grain like malt. Gets almost a little grassy. Very clean smelling, real nice. AFter some time there's almost some sweet honey/lemon feel to it also.

Sweet bread upon taste at first almost like a danish, with a good mild hop bitter finish that replaces and then dominates. Beer gets hop assertive after a few sips. Quite hoppy it seems for this style, but it's a good feeling. Hop bitterness transforms a little into some faint citrus oils but there's also a hidden spice of perhaps cumin or maybe even fenugreek. It's real hard to pinpoint, feels like a typical brown/green curried spice you could use, perhaps it even just simple clove.

Real tasty beer another great lakes winner and just good all around.

Photo of McNealc31
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with hops and fruit in the nose. The first thing I notice in the taste is some malt but the hops certainly make their entrance known with a fruity finish. The aftertaste is lingering bitterness and peach. Pretty dry, too. Hops are pretty big, but not so much as to make it undrinkable. I've had more aggressive and less aggressive IPAs. I like that there is some complexity other than a hop bludgeoning and nothing else.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,458 ratings.