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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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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 78
Gots: 174 | 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 wyattshotmaker
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Pencible
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured clear gold with white head. It smelled like lemon hops and creamy yeast, with nutty and roasted barley malts. It tasted like lemon and faint peach hops, with nutty malt and bready yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly unimpressive beer. It seemed more like a Belgian blonde ale or German lager, due to all the malt and yeast. The hops were pretty weak for an American IPA. The body was decent, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy enough to drink. But otherwise, this wasn't notable or worth buying again.

Pencible, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Commodore Perry is known in Japan for the arrival of his black ships, which opened the country up to international trade, and sparked a rapid industrialisation. Commodore Perry is known in Cleveland as a fine drinking IPA.

The beer pours a radiant orange with a good two fingers of sticky white head. Nice retention and lacing round off an impressive appearance. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and the tropics in the nose, with sweet malts behind them. Piny flavours hit the tongue first, followed by grapfruit peel, grass and toasty sweet malts. I like the balance in this IPA from start to finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, and feels fuller than its weight suggests with a delightful slickness - Great Lakes always seem to nail the mouthfeel category.

This is an excellent IPA, and highly recommended.

bobsy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange hue with white foamy head, sheet and ribbon lace. Smells great with citrus aromas, fruit zest. Taste is hoppy, citrus carries through from the nose to the palate, strong malty middle, bitter finish, dry aftertaste. Impressive sticky lace as the glass empties, medium dense body with excellent retention. Well done.

ThatWineGuy, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer in the bottle. Feel like it is under scored on this site but to each his/her own. Wanted to try this on-tap and finallyt had had it at the Great Lakes Brewery when I was visiting my in-law's over the 4th of July weekend.

For the bottle I said:
A: Clear golden amber liquid with some carbonation visible. Nice fluffy white one finger head that dissipates to a bubbly ring and surface dusting. Great lacing.
I'd agree with this for the on-tap

For the bottle I said:
S: Slightly zesty but mostly floral hop with a touch of pine. Caramel is much stronger than I would have anticipated.
I think this was true of on-tap but the freshness and zing was just outstanding.

For the bottle I said:
T: I'm not saying this IPA is balanced. The hops (as they should) dominate. It does however have a very bold caramel malt profile that really shapes the overall experience. My personal preference is for the malt to be more submissive in IPA's. Having said that, this is a lovely beer. The malt is sweet and bold but the grapefruity hops definitely have a piney aggressiveness that bites at your palette and continues through into the aftertaste.
The on-tap hops were really dialed up a notch, so the mix was much better for me. Really enjoyed it.

For the bottle I said:
M: The nice thing about malt is that it does give a round, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium but feels quite gentle on the tongue and palette.
Agree for on-tap. Nice medium mouth.

D: Loved this beer even more on-tap. There is nothing like having a fresh IPA on-tap at the brewery. Really tasty. The hops were lip smacking.

sgoodship, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with a medium off-white head. Retention is decent with good stringy/spotty lacing.
Aroma and flavor are dominated by intensely citric hops. Very grapefruit like. Bitterness lingers long into the finish. You can pick up a little sweetness in the middle, but the malt is pretty thin and muddled. Tastes like grapefruit juice from a can poured into a weak beer.
Its not that bad; I'll have no problem finishing it, but it could use a little more complexity in both major areas. Hop character is one-dimensional and the malt just gets lost altogether.
Mouthfeel is nice; even a bit creamy.
Ok for the price (frequently on sale for $6.99/six pack), but certainly nothing to go nuts over.

Hoagie1973, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to moejuck. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt (some wheat maybe?), light tropical fruits, and light hops that become more garlicky as the beer warms. Flavor is more hoppy with grassy and citrus hops. Nice and hoppy, although the dominating hops make the flavor not as complex as some of the top IPAs. Still, a solid IPA.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. Enjoy by date: 8/2/09. My strong pour created only a minimal head. This faded quickly and left only a film. The body was clear and a bright golden orange in color.

Smell was citrusy hops. Pineapples.

Taste was oranges and nice grapefruit rind bitterness that lingered a long time. Organic huskiness. Very well hidden alcohol. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel was a scrubbing texture that I love. Medium bodied. This one was a pleasant surprise.

Cresant, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Not quite amber but leaning more towards yellow. Head started out real nice, then settled to cusp around rim.

Smell: Detect some piney hops and sweetness to come.

Taste: Piney Hops, sweetness and a very much pear like taste. Reminds me of DF90 min. Did not care for this as much when it warmed. The sweetness really comes out. I would like to see a more pronounced hop presence from this one given the high ABV.

Overall: a good IPA from GL, but not one that I would seek out that often as it does not distinguish itself from the many other IPA's out there.

Kolsch, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of strengthdoc
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had heard good things about this ale and was excited to try it. The aroma was typical of an American IPA with a floral hoppiness. The beer was a nice looking golden in color. The mouthfeel was pretty good and had a decent body. I found the taste to be hoppy with a mild pine component, but otherwise unremarkable. I think my expectations were too high based on what I heard. This is a rather typical IPA.

strengthdoc, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of mkabull
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- nice deep golden color good head decent lacing
Smell- good citrus aroma some malt does come thru
Taste- an IPA all the way nice citrus hop kick malt comes thru good bitter finish
Mouth- nice mouthfeel good body for an IPA
Drink- wanted to drink this all night but it was my 1st beer and then I had the Monster

mkabull, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on tap at Fries last night.

Appearance: Pours a bright apricot, completely clear, with light carbonation running throughout. The 1 1/2 finger white head fades to a skim after the first sip, and sticky foam lacing hangs down the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of citrus and pine combine with a pleasantly chewy and toasty grain. Not strong, but still bigger than the aroma of most GLBC beers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is pretty toasty and bright with lots of pithy, bitter citrus rind and some pine sap. Light herbal grassiness appears in the aftertaste, along with a little sharpness from the alcohol. Feel is bright and filling and ends with a filmy stickiness.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, especially if you go for sticky IPAs.

kels, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start off by saying that this one of my favorite American IPAs. With that said, onto the review.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice orange-golden color capped with a frothy white head. Left a decent lacing.

S- The malts dominate this one. Robust, sweet smell; with just a bit of hops.

T- Roasted malts, accompanied with an amazing hop profile.

M/D- This stuff is great! A good, almost 50/50 balance of malts and hops make a great IPA. Considering the 80 IBUs, I could drink at least 3 or 4 of these in a session.

BenJames1984, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one the only drgonzo3705 has sent this 12oz bottle from OH to me and I'm cracking right into it. He will get his commeuppance.

Pours as a liquid. A head formed of large co2 bubbles pools and grows, collecting nearly 3/4" of an inch in height, before settling, almost fizzing away. Quite a good amount of playful carbonation is here and I am happy. As for the body, this beer is clear, a deep straw, honey tone...
Smell comes across quite spicy, mildly herbal, and lightly floral. Swimming around with that is a highly sweet, slightly malted center that hits high in the nostril. Playing things out are floral aromatics of the Noble hop variety I'm guessing, and I'm enjoying. As it warms the smell actually takes on some oaky undertones, and beyond that some vinuous wine like characteristics.
Very interesting to taste. Starts out dry, bubbling, with a mild pine like hoppiness, moving quickly across the tongue. As it spreads and thins, a warming, pointedly spicy character emerges, backed by an almost candi sugar quality. Sweet strawberry lollipop. Then it rises and encroaches on a farmhouse funk on the back of the mouth, biting and sweet at once, with the spiciness in no hurry to leave the mouth. A great combination of bright characters on show. As the curtain lowers, an earthen hop presences emerges and grows warmly on the tonsils. For all of this, I am left hoping for some stronger hop presence... and all the while, there is a large enough malt presence to be in the DIPA territory.
Certainly I am enjoying the mouthfeel the brewers have given to this beer - enough carbonation to kill a small mammal, medium bodied, with a slick buttery finish. 12 ounces drink more like 8, which means it goes down easy. Well crafted, an interesting take on the style.

Philabeerphia, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big 2 finger head that appears to be a little sticky and chewy as it leaves a firm layer of lacing down the side as it dwindles relatively quickly to a pretty thick skim on the top; moderate carbonation bubbling up from the bottom keeps the skim alive.

Smell: Really what I would be looking for in an IPA - nice bitter hop presence with a couple different aspects to it -- definitely some pine, but really more citrus (orangel peel, lemony)... Not overpowering, but just about right -- it's not as if the scents are pouring out of the glass and forcing their ways up my nostrils, it just wafts up pleasantly.

Taste: Very nice! The hops are in control of the flavor and it's exactly like the nose -- a lot of the bitter citrus (the orange peel and lemon) and a more mild pine aspect to it; there is also a slight malty backbone to it that brings about even a bit of sweetness in the finish and aftertaste which compliments the bitterness very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is left a little sticky and the ubiquitous coating is on the tongue and roof of the mouth; body is light though and washes down easily - not chewy at all so it's pretty refreshing; carbonation keeps it moving around and lively.

Drinnkability: Pretty high. I like this beer a lot and I have to believe it's great for a hot day. The flavor is pleasant and strong, but not too strong, and the balance is great. The ABV is pretty do-able, granted, it's a little on the higher side so I don't know about drinking it in a session, but if the day/night is long enough, two or three shouldn't present too much of a challenge.

bamadog, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a creamy head and sticky lacing the whole way down.

Smells citrusy hoppy and floral. Not much room for the malt to come through.

Tastes very fruity, but in a good way. Grapefruit rind, a bit piney. Even some bananas. Very...tropical tasting. The hops are obviously very bitter. They overpower the biscuity malt, but this an American IPA. It's to be expected, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Refreshing. Carbonation is moderately high, making the beer very crisp. Finishes dry.

Drinkibility is good. It's a medium bodied beer, so you could easily have a few. The higher ABV negates it from being a sessionable, though.

Another excellent brew from GLBC.

JoshuaJ, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of minterro
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: yellowish beer, with a white head that dissipates quickly from all but the edges of the glass, where it leaves some lacing.

S: hoppy with hints of citrus

T: pretty bitter but in a good way (maybe a little unbalanced). really like the taste its my kind of taste.

M: feels smooth in the mouth can't really ask for better amount of carbonation and body.

D: not hard to drink. wow 7.5 abv!

Notes: this is a good beer for 8.99 and would recommend it. not my favorite GLBC beer, but its still really good. Drink it cold, let it warm, it tastes good in different ways, both ways.

minterro, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, bright golden-orange color with effervescent carbonation. The head has a pale orange tint and is quite tall, with a dense, creamy texture. Retention is excellent, with some nice lacing.

S: A robust, juicy citric hop aroma - grapefruit and tangerines, mostly. Some mild pine notes as well, accompanied by a slightly biscuity pale malt character.

T: Some more biscuity notes from the malt, although it remains steadily in the background. The hops provide a firm flash of bitterness, again with citrus fruits most noticeable. Pithy grapefruit and orange zest, along with some lingering pine flavor. Some mildly yeasty and faintly mineral tones are also detectable.

M: On the full side of medium-bodied, with a slightly sticky character. Carbonation is expressive and lively, adding to the crisp dryness of the finish.

D: A very, very well-done IPA from Great Lakes. Not a West Coast hop bomb, but it's a top-notch, traditional IPA. Delicious hop flavors, pithy bitterness, and excellent balance.

Clydesdale, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle drank from a large brandy snifter. This is one of my favorites...I drink this one quite often. It's easy to come by here in Ohio, has a decent ABV, and is a nice, homegrown IPA.

A: golden, light brown...half finger head, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppy...citrus, grapefruit...some light malt character...very floral.

T: Bright, caramel...sweet citrus...good carbonation...excellent flavor. Thick across the tongue...sticks there for a while, lingering a good hop character. Can taste the alcohol a bit, but is very well balanced.

I remember drinking this one years ago at the Great Lakes Brewery up in Cleveland...and loving it. I am so glad they've added it to their continuous bottling lineup. It's a great beer, a moderate level of alcohol, and very drinkable. For a night of drinking, I'd go with their Burning River, but for sitting around with some friends or to pair with some spicy Saag Paneer, this one hits the spot.

movingtrain, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

She pours a nice dark golden color with some light reddish hues mixed in quite nicely. The head is thick, it sticks well and lasts long.

The smell is dominated by spicy, vegetal scents. This follows through into the taste, it just really doesn't blend too well. In taste, the hop flavor does not balance the bitterness. Doesn't play well with itself.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is on the low side, nice for the style. The drinkability is hindered by the lasting taste of the beer, not really my cup of ale.

grayburn, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 06/16/09" stamped onto the side of the label.

A- Brilliantly clear and golden. Pours with ~3 fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving tons of lacing. Quite the looker, and borderline 5.

S- Light citrus and floral hoppiness, with fairly solid sweet, malty notes.

T- Moderate citrus, with a solid pine/floral bitterness. Solid malt balance. As expected from GLB, excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium full feel, and fairly creamy. Very good.

D- Excellent. Fantastic flavor and feel, and quite and easy drinker for a big IPA. Would be easy to get carried away with this one. I'm wishing I had purchased more than just this one for sampling.

Future outlook: Great Lakes rarely disappoints me, and this is no exception. Another excellent offering that I look forward to having this again. Made for a very happy 200th review to me.

DoctorDog, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts as well as a wonderful hop nose that's bitter, but balanced. The taste is great! It has a really smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with some great hop taste. There is incredible balance here. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great American IPA. It's hoppy, yet complex enough in the malt bill to provide a level of balance.

WesWes, May 26, 2009
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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