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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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2,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 132 | 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 kinger


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
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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
Photo of spointon


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
Photo of donteatpoop


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
Photo of KeefD


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
Photo of DoubleJ


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
Photo of sholland119


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.


Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


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
Photo of jwinship83


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of blakesell


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
Photo of garcia2a


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
Photo of IronCitySteve


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
Photo of HopDerek


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
Photo of mhewes


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
Photo of tgbljb


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
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a crystal clear light gold color. Not at all what I was expecting. A thin white layer of head that left very spotty lacing.

S- Pretty light here. Floral, citurs and grassy odors.

T- Nice and smooth. Pretty fruity up front that is balanced out with hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink with great balance and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 00:10:33 | More by nrbw23
Photo of bigdeuce


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would like to know the IBU's on this one, oooh, found out, it's 80. This is a hoppy beer. Also has a nice malty backbone to counter the hops. Lingering bitterness, even after the first sip, a bit unbalanced, but IPA's probably should be. Nice rocky, creamy head with a mess of lacing down the glass. Tart and bitter grapefruit flavors singe through. An absolute great session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 00:05:27 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of thickerfreakness


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

Thanks to JonathanL7980 for this one.

Poured into a shaker pint. It pours a nice golden amber with a lasting white head. It smells heavily of floral and citrus hops but its also balanced out with some sweet malt. This is a really solid sessionable IPA. Its pretty easy to drink and the malt melds really well with the strong hoppiness. Really surprised by this one. Probably my second favorite from Great Lakes so far next to the Blackout Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 04:05:58 | More by thickerfreakness
Photo of dnichols


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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a Moose Drool pint glass.

A: It poured a bright gold body with tons of fizzy bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head was one finger and slightly off white with moderate retention. It receded to a thin cover and there was a moderate layered lacing.

S: It exhibited dominant citrus hops (orange and lemon) complemented by floral hops and sweet lightly toasted malts. Nice balance for an IPA.

T: It had a big hop profile that was sweet and citrusy (mandarin oranges come to mind) but not overlay dominant allowing the sweet malts to come to the front. There was a slight sour and bitter aftertaste but it was very slight and not objectionable. Great balance.

M: It was light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish was not very clean but the lingering sour taste was not oppressive. The alcohol was well hidden.

D: This is a very pleasant IPA, well balanced and enough kick to make it a joy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 07:32:50 | More by dnichols
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gold medal winner at the 2008 World Beer Championships. Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. For freshest taste, I should have imbibed by 2-12-08.

Pours a bright copper with minimal head, limited carbonation and spotty lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with notes of pine, honey and cinnamon bread.

Clean, crisp, well-hopped taste profile. Sweet, toasted malt balanced by citrus hops. Medium bodied with hints of grapefruit and pine. Bitingly dry finish. A decent IPA.

The label bears the following inscription: "Don't give up the sip." Aye, aye, Commodore!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:59:03 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of jeremyd365


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium golden copper with a thick head that stayed around awhile. It smelled uniquely delightful--very flowery. Tasted very hoppy but not very bitter--finished smooth and was very drinkable. This is a great brew and I really enjoyed it! Definitely recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:12:26 | More by jeremyd365
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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