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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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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 81
Gots: 226 | 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 dpnelson1978
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright amber body topped with a big rocky off-white head of good retention that leaves moderate lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Sharp hop aroma of oranges and apricots of average assertiveness. Mild malt sweetness in the background.

T: Citrus up front, and piney on the pack end. Fairly strong hop aftertaste. Sweet malt backbone, bordering on cloying. No hint of its 7.5 abv. Pretty straight forward IPA, not a lot of nuance, but nothing too offensive.

M: Moderate body, and perhaps a little oily. Low to medium carbonation. A little sticky for my personal taste.

D: Solid IPA if you can handle the aftertaste. Not really a session beer, but three will keep things social.

O: Decent offering. Not something that I envision to be a "go-to" but nothing I would shy away from in the future.

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

Golden orange transparent body. Light but dense head, light lacing.

The scent is orange and grainy malt.

The flavor is light and not quite the hop attack I usually enjoy, but is respectable. Hops are of the citrus variety. The malt has a sweet but buttery taste that I find typical of all of GLs beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an IPA with a slightly dry finish.

Good drinkability, considering the light body. 7.5% abv is not detectable.

Overall, a solid beer but it pales in comparison to some of the best in class. I like it for what it is, though: a very accessable, reasonably priced, quality ipa.

Photo of Marcrates
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Golden honey color with a nice cream head that sticks to the glass.

S - Oranges and hops..mainly oranges is what I smell. Very pleasant, not overwhelming but present.

T - I absolutely love the balance of citrus and hops with this beer. This is the kind of hops taste I like; The kind that you taste at the back of your mouth, and is defined but not attacking all of your taste buds at once. The taste lingers just long enough to feel like each drink is worth the money, but at the same time it doesn't overstay its welcome.

M - Exceptional mouthfeel IMHO. This is the way a beer should taste; heavy but not ridiculous

D - A very drinkable IPA.. I could definitely make this a session beer.

Photo of TheHungryHiker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying a brew from Great Lakes. I had never heard of the company and was looking for a new IPA to try when I stumbled across this during a trip back east.
A= Served in a medium goblet, it poured a honey amber color with a 1 1/2 finger, light tan head.

S= Mild grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel.

T= A quick hit of hops followed by light, sweet malts. A fair hit of orange zest lingers on the back of the tongue.

M= Quite light for an IPA. Overall, well balanced.Or maybe I've been bathing in West Coast IPA's too long and therefore, find this to be rather mellow and light.

D= Very drinkable, if unremarkable. I could bring this to an all day BBQ as session IPA and not burn out my taste buds.However, watch out... the ABV is 7.5 but is hardly noticeable.

Update. 24 hours later. I had 4 beers left. Cracked one open, poured it into the aforementioned goblet, inhaled the aromas,sipped, and decided "this is better than I first thought." IPAs are challenging, especially to a first-timer. This is an IPA I would recommend for a first-timer. It has grace notes of what should be expected of IPAs, the pine, grapefruit,lingering bitterness, citrus and citrus zest, but in small doses. Enough to introduce the flavors one can expect, without the full frontal assault of, say, Avery's Maharaja (a personal favorite)or even Green Flash or Stone IPA.

Photo of jameswaldo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bandwagon Brewpub, and liked it a lot there, so when I saw it at Finger Lakes Beverage Co at a decent six-pack price, had to bring it home. I like the label--"Don't Give Up The Sip"--and its ever so polite way of indicating BB date: "For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 08/22/10."
Poured into a pint glass, the 12 oz bottle makes a gorgeous orange hazy SRM 9 with a rich head settling after a minute. No lacing in my glass.
Smells like sweet malt and ale yeast, not much hops for my hop-hungry nose.
Tastes a mild bitter yeasty easy-to-swallow good balance of light amber malt and middle-of-the tongue hops.
Mouthfeel a creamy juicy unctuous dense perfectly carbonated blanket of foam. Aftertaste a gentle lingering fruity bitterness, hanging there persistently.
For under $8 per 6-pack, this IPA tastes like a more expensive ale; I'll get more.

Photo of patpbr
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- golden with a nice head that dissipated after a few moments

smell-floral, but not noticing to much

taste-hoppy and bitter with fruity dryish finish

mouthfeel- medium

drinkablity- easy to drink, bitter with decent flavor which only gets better with a few drinks.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this beer really does look about perfect right now, it's poured into a Smuttynose Snifter, and the head is so huge, and it's barely budging an milimeter. color is a refreshing looking golden slightly orange color with carbination bubbles rising to meet the head.

The aroma is very earthy and orange,actually more rounded tangerine then biting orange though.

not really bitter or crisp, it's almost like a really orange flavored pale ale, the english hops really come through earthy and in an mildy wet dog sort of way too. there is not a west coast style lack of malt either, it's pretty balanced, but maybe the hop choice makes that seem the case, but in any event there is some residual sweetness from the seemingly higher levels of malt. The finish has some light bitterness, but not much.

I wish there was more carbination, maybe my pour was too aggressive, but i poured how i always do, in any event a lighter and brighter mouthfeel would have done alot for this. not bad but not what i want.

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

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep golden with a nice beige head.
S: Bready and hoppy.
T: Hoppy and fruity with a crisp finish.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
D: Great Lakes does it again. All of their year round offerings I've tried are simple and easy drinking.

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, unfortunately rearing towards its best by date, another non-perfectly fresh IPA, hopefully the flavors have held up to my taste standards.

It pours nicely enough into my American Pint glass. It is a clear gold with a bit of range and a nice creamy white head, pretty good for the style.

The smell is okay, the fresh hop scent has degraded into more of a sugary malt scent.

The taste is alright, it doesn't pop but it has a nice bitterness to it, the hop flavors are most noticeable near room temperature so if you have an older bottle, a near room temp beer is optimal, and probably also even when it is fresh it is probably better warmer than colder judging by the hop profile which is bitter, but lacks depth. The malts seem to carry this one underneath the bitterness they provide a sbtle balance of sweetness.

It isn't bad, would've enjoyed it better fresh but sometimes what can you do?

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

"Don't give up the ship!," cried Commodore Perry, the gallant sailor boy who won the day during the War of 1812 - Hmmm ... when exactly was this, now? Anyway, the glorious label cleverly pleads the Beer Advocate to "Don't Give Up the Sip."

This award winner opens with a massive froth of a head, one which takes time to subside (much like the chaos at the Battle of Lake Erie, I presume.) When it does, it leaves a thick coat of lacing along the glass. It is an amber colored beer with a translucent body through which a discernable eye may detect a school of carbonation bubbles rising within. The nose detects the sweet waft of apple and cinammon while the palate down below does battle with a sweet maltiness that heaves to with an agressive plundering of hops.

The mouthfeel is buttery but pleasant; this makes for a pleasant sessional quaff when below deck with the cabin boy - who will someday be a cabin man. Another victory from Great Lakes!

Photo of silentjay
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours clear and rather a light shade of copper with a frothy almost white head that sticks around and clings to the glass

smells odd. very sweet and malty with fruity hops sticking in the background. almost like a malty APA.

taste is a bit more hoppy than the aroma with some grassy, floral, and tropical fruit flavors being the most dominant. Up front there is a weird off flavor I cannot put my finger on, but it is soon taken over. caramel, bready, and biscuity malt flavors are there as well.

body is about where it should be with a lot of carbonation and a tiny bit of resins left on the tongue.

drinkability is hurt a bit by the off flavors and aromas that though they don't dominate, are a hindrance to the overall experience. Not my ideal IPA by any means.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, bitter grapefruit and a bigger malt balance. A citrus hop bite and medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit/ citrus hop aftertaste. Nice big hop, quite balanced, almost a big pale ale.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Mostly clear, copper-y, amber coloration, nice white head. Mmm, hmmm. Right on.

Aroma: soft, floral, lightly spicy, fruity. Gets bigger, more boisterous, bitterer as we go on. Really opens up, shows off the hops, very nice.

Taste: Fills the mouth with a barrage of bitterness. Very bright, oily, thick, and exuberant. Stands ground in the mouth, holds tight to the palate, hoppy flavor never quits. Some citric zest, grapefruit, etc. Pine needles aplenty. With a medium body, excellent tenacity of hoppy flavor, great malty balance below.

This is one of those IPAs under the radar, that should be mentioned whenever one speaks of great hoppy MidWestern IPAs. And I'm just trying it for the first time, myself. High sessionability, for those with high lupulin tolerance, we hopheads.

Photo of otersen73
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Lakes stout glass. Beautiful two-finger head with a deep, rich, caramel color body.

Very fragrant with hints of fruits and citrus. Also, some piney aromatics poked through.

Exactly what you'd expect in a Double IPA, but packed into a regular IPA without as much alcohol content. Beautiful caramel malt up front with hops balancing the sweetness through the middle and finishing with a long dry hop-filled aftertaste.

Well carbonated but easy on the palette.

Would definitely have another, although, take caution as this one can sneek up on you in a hurry.

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

A - Pours gold in color with almost 2 fingers of head into my pint glass, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Hops, sweet caramel, citrus

T - Has a nice bite to it between the bitterness and the hops. Grapefruit notes for sure and a nice caramel malt sweetness as it mellows.

M - Pretty crisp and not real heavy, yet has a nice big taste that sticks around for a little while.

D - Easy going down and very enjoyable, not too high ABV so you can enjoy a few with no worries.

Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings in Ashtabula Ohio. Clear honey amber body with a nicely retaining vanilla head. Good lacing. Aroma boasts citrusy and grassy hops atop some bready and caramel sweet maltiness. Taste has a prevalent grapefruit like hop bitterness softened by notes of citrus, caramel, and fresh grain. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Massive bubbly and frothy white head that made it take a couple of minutes to finish the pour, sitting over a nice clear, golden beer. Not much lacing but great retention.

Aroma is a nice arrangement of hops; piney, grassy, and mostly tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Slight hint of buttery and caramel malts coming from underneath.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet. Somewhat biscuity malts combined with a strong alcohol taste. Hops actually take a backseat in this one; somewhat citrusy but hardly bitter at all.

Sharp, crisp mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation as one would expect from an IPA and easily drinkable. Overall not a bad beer, but not the best example of an IPA. Normally I'm a huge fan of Great Lakes, but this one I could take or leave.

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, oily lacing that I like to see in an IPA, low head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Not much to talk about here, a little bitter hops, some metallic smell like iron and copper.

Taste: Bitter pine, just a tinge of grapefruit, some yeast flavor. Reminds me a lot of Stone IPA, plus some extra metallic flavor. Not much depth, nothin in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel is solid, medium to heavy, with strong carbonation, leaves a light oily film.

Drinkability is ok, I would seek out something new long before having a second one.

Photo of hardy008
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with a two finger off white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has pine, grapefruit, biscuit, and sweet malt. The aroma is not very complex, and is sweeter than expected.

The taste is also sweeter than expected. Sweet malt, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit. Something seems a bit off. I think it is the biscuit taste which is not to my liking. The rest is good, although a bit too sweet.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth. The carbonation is good. Pretty good overall, but I would like this better if it was not so sweet, and if the biscuit flavor/ aroma were gone.

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

Second in a Great Lakes trial from a trip to Rochester NY and the great Wegmans.

12 oz bottle best by August 30, 2010.

Poured into Sam Adams Imperial series snifter.

Appearance is really quite nice, golden to light amber, a nice egg shell white head, with some good lacing that starts about an inch in height. Extremely good clarity.

Smell some citrus and pine on top of a slightly biscuity malt note, a touch of perceptible alcohol, very clean, no signs of fruity esters good fermentation characteristics. Could have a touch more hoppiness, but overall pleasant and balanced.

Very clean and balanced taste, some citrus upfront to a clean malt with touches of biscuit, slight concord grape and sugar cookie. A nice firm cleansing bitterness. No off esters or high alcohols well fermented and finishes toward dry.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and quaffable for an IPA.

As an American IPA could stand a bit more in the hop profile, but honestly that is just competing with the market and hop overload to a degree. I found this beer to be immensely better than the Great Lakes Erie Monster. Definitely would purchase again, a solid IPA worth the effort.

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

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Nice sweetness as a base, followed by a grapefruit bitterness.

Drinkability: Pretty solid, slightly heavy feel, but it's not hard to have a few in a sitting.

A new IPA for MN, so I had to give it a try. It's plenty tasty, pretty good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Almost DIPA in strength and taste. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A foamy one finger head. Body a deep golden color and an off white nose, good retention.

S: An earthy hop aroma. Slightly weak for the overall bitterness found in the taste.

T: A bold bitterness on the front, with a smooth mellow hop finish.

M: A relatively crisp and light IPA on the mouthfeel. Good lingering taste.

D: Very light and drinkable for 7.5% ABV. Another great IPA.

Photo of Mbarnes304
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is light copper with a white head. The hops are mild in smell for an IPA. The aroma is citrus fruit smell. This beer is well carbonated and the hops/bitter is much more present in the taste. Hops are overwhelming the malt in a good way. The hops are from start to finish and beyond. Thin for an IPA but good. This is an IPA that you can still taste on your tongue in the morning. I had to drink three over two days before I realized I liked it. It grows on you. This beer is very drinkable if you know your IPA's. You're not going to get a crisp finish with this beer. I would drink it again, and recommend it.

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a very large creamy beige head. About two fingers. Good retention with some nice lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some floral hops up front with a very distinguishable citrus smell of orange. Also has some biscuity malts. A little bit soft for the high abv.

Taste: Tons of floral, bittering hops. This one packs a bit of alcohol with it. Very big. Also has that big biscuity malt backbone. Definitely a midwest ipa. Lots of citrus, orange with a mix in of grapefruit. This beer is very big.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hoppy with some alcohol showing.

Overall, I had higher expectations for this ipa. It was too big for a regular ipa and too much alcohol showed. Probably will stick to something else, even though this is in MN now.

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

12 oz bottle, clearly marked with an enjoy-by date on the label.

Pours golden, with a very sticky, patchy head. Sort of a fresh, fruity, apricot-like aroma (besides the sweet hops) with some malt as well. Taste is big, palate-curling hops upfront, with a lot of sweetness in the middle and a total bitter citrus and hot finish. Toasty as well. An absolute hop bomb.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.