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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,354 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 212 | 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 kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Cleveland. Pours a clear orange with a tight white head. Has the hop smell with some bready malt notes. A nice hop bitterness, very malty though. Very smooth and remarkably drinkable for its abv, I would have believed this was a 5%. A very nice IPA for sipping on the patio on this beautiful day.

kwjd, May 24, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/gold in color with a generous, "whipped egg-whites" head of foam
Aroma-Citrus and juicy hops
Taste-Juicy hops and citrus-Snappy, bitter hop notes, citrus-rind, rather dry finish.
Overall, a handsome, tasty, well-crafted and balanced IPA. Yum.

hosehead83, May 24, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a large white head that fades a bit too quickly. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The pale color makes me think the malt will be rather submissive. Full of grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Smells like over ripen citrus fruit. There is a little caramel malt in the flavor but otherwise features the hops with a lot of grapefruit and orange. Bitterness is on the high side but there is enough hop flavor to make it worthwhile. Still would of liked more malt for balance. Medium body to carry the hop flavor and bitterness. Nicely carbonated and textured. The high bitterness and ABV limits drinkability.

morimech, May 22, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not the best Great Lakes effort. Very orange, looks good. Aroma was a bit of a put off. I may have an old(er) bottle.

Taste, very one dimensional, not balanced, just bitter. Little hop feel, lots of bitterness. Alcohol isn't over the top, but rears its head enough to be slightly disagreeable. Could use some depth to it. A decent price, but the Burning River is so much more enjoyable. Still have 3 more in the 6er, but 1/2 way down, its nothing to write home about.

Beerandraiderfan, May 22, 2010
Photo of brow1901
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really like every IPA ever made so take these reviews with a grain of salt.

A- Standard deep yellow with white head IPA nothing fancy. Nice lacing and decent retention.

S- Really resinous smell to it. Really wish I could name the hop but I can't, clearly not west coast style but I like that. Hops I'm guessing are chinook or Columbus. This is weird but I keep smelling corn on the cob, probably just the glass because I didn't notice it in the other bottles.

T- Very well balanced. Nice rich malt character, good bitterness to maltiness ratio. Seems like they used a lot of late hop additions/dry hops because I can't imagine the IBU's being over 60. Beer has a little sugary sweetness to it which is typical of some IPA's I've noticed, I'm still trying to figure this out for my homebrews.

M- Perfect mouthfeel for me. Nice and dry finish with a perfectly smooth beginning.

D- Really drinkable beer, good ABV IMO. This beer is da bomb with any food really, washes the pallet like a dry cleaner.

brow1901, May 20, 2010
Photo of Kaiser777
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off to the Great Lakes to enjoy the sites and the beer.

A- It has a dark Carmel color to it, and the foam is very rich and thick, and sticks to the glass with each sip which is a great sign.

S- It had a hint of hazel nut and nut meg with a slight hint of citrus, very enjoyable.

T- It is different from most IPA's I have tried it is not over bearing with the normal citrus flavor that I am use to which I enjoy, it has a slight nutty taste to it with a after taste of just a splash of citrus.

MF- Is amazing it coats your mouth and sets on your taste buds just long enough that it is beyond most of the other Great Lakes I have tried not to say that the other beers that Great Lakes is bad, I enjoy most of the beer's that they offer.

D- Well being a beer lover I enjoyed this beer, and will continue to enjoy it trough out the years, thank you Great Lakes for putting a smile on my face with yet another delicious IPA.

Kaiser777, May 19, 2010
Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-gold color...frothy white head.

S-Pineapples, and sweet sugary malt....

T-Sweet and sugary malt leads but there is a good bitterness of pink grapefruit and pine. A little of the pineapple too. Just doesn't come together right for me. Almost cloying. Odd flavor balance

M-This is full bodied for an ipa....a little rough around the edges with some hop harshness combined with an odd sweet sugary maltiness.

D-I'm not a big fan of this one. Kind of a mess of an IPA that just does not taste very good to me.

ZAP, May 18, 2010
Photo of Kelly88
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a mug.
A- dark gold with a huge billowing white head. Sticky sporadic lacing hugs the sides

S- the smell is unbelievable for a ipa! Sweet malts exploded followed by resiny hops

T- great fruity pine taste with a very balanced malt backbone.

D- retains the style of an ipa but wow This beer is smooth. Smooth and inviting then the hops hit the palate

Overall a great beer and could become my go to beer

Kelly88, May 17, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on draft at one of my favorite bars for a surprisingly long time, so I have had plenty of chance to contemplate it. It is a good beer, but I get this nagging feeling that it is too sweet and perfumy to be a really classic IPA. I don't like to indulge in gratuitous gender stereotyping, but this beer just feels feminine.

Pours a dark yellow with a big vibrant head. Aroma is fruity, with pineapple and flowers. Flavor is very flowery and tropical fruity, with pineapple, jasmine, persimmon. Quite sweet though fairly delicate. There is a slow orange rind bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly watery.

Seanibus, May 16, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 5/12/10

A clear gold beauty topped by a two finger off-white head. Some nice arms of lace.

It's a medium aroma, some nice pale malt, citrus, floral notes, just a hint of yeast.

This IPA has a medium flavor, starts with neutral sweet, a bit of breadiness, then picks up nice clean citrus, some drying pine, and finishes floral and herbal, not overly bitter, but dry, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is best feature, low/med. carb., resiny cling, clean dry finish, easy on palate.

It is quite drinkable, a six of these among friends would be gone quickly.

Excellent beer, it's sure to be a regular.

cavedave, May 14, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gorgeously clear body of mellowed golden amber with a mighty grown cap of dull white foam slurps its way to about an inch tall and stands there for a bit before mashing itself down to a heavy skim and lots of sheeted cob webby lacing.

Clean, brisk aroma that's sweet, bready, dryish, and candish of crisp lemon cookies, lemon jam filled biscuits, and caramel candy. Damn nice!

Taste is a big dose of yummylishiousness! Adequate hoppyness thats crisp, semi crunchy, big on floral whole hop cone brightness with a excellently handled sweetened lemony bittering twist above a heavily caramel drizzled biscuit. The balance is lovely. The bite of bitterness and dryness matches amazingly well with its candyish sweet breadyness and biscuity flour touch. The finish is outstandingly nice to behold as it all comes together to make a dryish bittered coin sucked, lemon filled biscuity flower of blooming perfection.

Body is clean, crisp and medium bodied with a well controlled balance of sweet, dry, floral, and bitterness that sweeps in and takes over quickly on the palate.

Far beyond drinkable in my book of yummyness! Wow! Its clean profile and balance is immaculately woven perfectly together for some heavy imbibing! Enjoy some Commodore I say! Yum!

tavernjef, May 14, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter, a deep golden orange color with a very creamy light tan head that is nicely thick and leaves some sticky lacing.

Rather sweet with citrus and floral hops. Some mango and papaya with pine as well.

Pretty well balanced flavor. The malt is a mix of brown sugar and caramel, but it is definitely outdone by the piney and fruity hops. Picking up some grapefruit peel as well, especially in the finish.

Medium bodied with some lightly sharp carbonation to start, but developing into a very soft creamy feel in the mouth. Finishes dry.

The drinkability is decent. I would say two of these would be the maximum for myself. This is a very well crafted IPA that has balance and delivers plenty of hop bite.

jera1350, May 14, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Pungent sweet orange and some slight tropical fruits. Light pine and dry toasted malts.

Taste: Very hoppy with lots of orange and some grapefruit and pine. Quite malty as well with both toasted and caramel malts. Extraordinarily well balanced for an IPA. Seems only slightly bitter at first, but it slowly builds throughout and becomes quite noticeable. Actually has some English IPA characteristics.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Nice dry finish. Feels closer to a DIPA than standard IPA - I love it!

Drinkability: This is both a well balanced beer and a kick ass IPA. Almost could be called a DIPA. Or maybe it could be called a big English IPA. Or maybe it is simply a balanced American IPA. No idea, but I am very impressed.

bsp77, May 08, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-copper with a thin, white, patchy head.
Smell is bready, slightly crackery malts, with some faint, piney hops. Very faint citrus notes.
Taste is slightly crackery malts with some hops that start off mildly citrusy, and grow piney as they carry. Faint pineapple in the middle, with a malty finish that carries some citrus notes.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with some bite from the hops at the finish. Moderate level of carbonation. Fairly light finish.
Drinkability is good. Not an exceptional IPA in my opinion, but it's not bad at all.

Parrotbeak, May 08, 2010
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, grapefruit and pine dominate. The flavor also has a hoppy profile, aroma and grapefruit dominate. Malt is there in the back though, alcohol also is noticeable. I like this one.

Drew966, May 08, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured semi hard from the bottle creating just over an inch of white head. Receding quickly and leaving no real retention. Lace is sticky though with a solid coating where the head once was. Some lace rings beyond that as the beer level drops.
Color is a marmalade orange, transparent.

Bottle freshness date of 7/12/10

Aroma seems pretty mild for an american ipa. Now say this were an english ipa I'd call it satisfactory. Hops seem muted and dont really come out as much as the style suggests. Its a little peppery with a hint at caramel malt.

Taste is much better then aroma. Starting out fairly sweet, masking alcahol well. Good malt flavors, yeast driven bready esters are a little distracting though.
Hops are predominantly pine and bitters with some leafy mild mint to it.

Mouthfeel is slick, chewy almost with a good amount of carbonation bite. Finishing dry and maintaining long bitter linger.
I cant say this is my favorite AIPA, ok for the style. It was the little things that added up to a lower sore from my perspective.
Probably wont be drinking this again. But Great Lakes makes some badass beers, so drinking their product wont be a problem.

Buebie, May 07, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear straw with a nice finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some decent citrus hops, a little bit of lemon and some other floral notes. Some bready notes also on the tail end.

T- Some citrus hops with a small amount of bitterness that accompanies them. Again, like the nose some bread and biscuit type flavors. Some good malt profile in there as well.

M- Medium to thin body that has a little bitterness on the front and some dryness on the tail end.

D- A pretty basic IPA that doesn't really have much going for it. Decent flavor but pretty light body.

Wisconsinality, May 06, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Freshness date 3-21-10

A: Very clear light gold for an IPA with some orange hues. One finger head. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Sweet maltiness and hops, grassy, grapefruit and orange.
T: Starts a bit sweet then the hops come to play. Very hoppy. Some pine and citrus. Lingering hop bitterness is sticky and nice.
M: Somewhat creamy and smooth. Dry's out in the end, bitter on the tongue.
D: The high bitterness is sticky and it lingers making you want another drink. The 7.5% ABV is a bit high, so be careful.

The is a great IPA. Nice citrusy hops that I have fallen in love with. Not super balanced but I have become a hophead so this a positive for me.

jmich24, May 06, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow/orange color with a small white head..the smell is pine and citrus with some fruit smells maybe a hint of lemon and some malt...the taste is fresh pine and a crisp pleasant hop hit then it is followed by some fruit and a malty finish...the mouth feel is thin to me for an ipa kinda light..but it has high drink-ability for @ 7.5 abv they go down fast..over all a good ipa but not a top one

gatornation, May 03, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is much clearer than I've seen in most IPAs. Had a huge, white head that lingers throughout the whole drink.

Smell: Nice hop aroma that seems to have a hint of lemon or other citrus peeking through.

Taste: Starts off slightly bland, but provides a nice hop kick after a moment. It's very smooth and has a bit of a citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body, but a little thin.

Drinkability: Very good. It's something I could drink again, but there are other IPAs that I prefer.

civilizedpsycho, May 03, 2010
Photo of westy66
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ive had so many of these, i drink em right out of the bottle. this is in my top five. maybe because i live in Cleveland, but also because this is a great IPA.

pours into a glass with a pretty orange color with a tiny bit of haze. the smell is hop and citrus, my favorite smell.

the taste is almost just what you smell. huge hop notes with a citrus aftertaste. i can see this being a love hate beer for some. these go down really well.

westy66, May 02, 2010
Photo of MrStark
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes brews, available in my area for the first time.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange amber color with a massive four finger off white head that had pretty nice retention and nice sticky lacing. A good looking brew.

Smell is of citrus upfront, with some pine and a bit of hops. A fairly sweet and pleasant aroma.

Taste is fairly citric and bitter upfront, but not particularly strong with the sweetness in their as well which I think balances it out pretty well. Not as hoppy as a tend to like but still a nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. It goes down pretty easy for me and is not bad tasting. A pretty good example of the style, but if your looking for a more hoppy ipa there are others you could choose from. But still not a bad brew.

MrStark, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.Best by 6/14/10 on bottle

A- pours a monsterous head with a light amber color. Carbonation is intense on the brew. Lacing is as bubbly as a cloud

S- some citrus and pineapple themes. Tropical is the best way to describe the beer. There is a slight bread like malt scent. I wish the scent was as impressive as the initial appearance of the beer

T- some bitterness and citrus flavor are the beginning an the end of the brew. In between there is a light IPA theme. There is some sweet piney tones

M- light and crisp. An easy drinking IPA

D- For 7.5%, this goes down pretty easy. The crisp and light taste still has some bitterness. I did like the beer and I think of it as that light IPA on the market.

lovindahops, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ben68cat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great choice from great lakes!pretty good ipa clear amber color,smells decent and taste of hops and grape fruit.could posssibly be a little more bitter for me,but still very good.i drink this often and always keep it in stock.cant go wrong with anything from great lakes!

ben68cat, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of chaz01
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local pizza restaurant in a 22 ounce glass.

A: Clear amber color, nice head, good lacing.

S: Smell seemed a little skunky, not very pleasant. What beer flavor I did pick up was a lite citrus aroma.

T: Taste made up for any lack of aroma. Citrus & grapefruit and grassy notes. A little bit of a soapy finish.

M: Light to Medium bodied, a little lacking in the carbonation. Nice long hoppy bitter aftertaste.

D: Again, this was at a pizza place, not what I would consider beer bar. Some of the minor flaws may be related to the glassware or age of the beer on tap. Still, overall another solid selection from Great Lakes and certainly one I'd have again.

chaz01, Apr 22, 2010
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.