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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
87
very good

2,311 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,311
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 80
Gots: 194 | 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 halo21
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I poured the IPA hard into a pint glass revealing its beautiful snow white creamy chunky head. Its color is a golden orange, clear and clean, and left amazing lacing all the way down.

Smell: Huge aroma: flowery citrus and fruits such as apples up front. Sweet honeysuckle and candied fruits on the end.

Taste: An amazing tasting beer; sweet citrus and orange zest with big apricot. Bittering tart and sweet finish; big hops and great flavors. No metalic tastes often found in super hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: Big and drying, with fine carbonation aiding the creamy head. The size stands up to the flavor.

Drinkability: Low to medium; this is a heavy and hoppy beer. This is not for beginners.

Notes: Great example of an American IPA. Great Lakes come through with a win; again!

halo21, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew served chilled shows a clear amber color with a decent frothy white head and great lacing. The aroma sends a somewhat astringent floral hops, swampy and a bit of sour mash malt. The taste brings a much mellower, nicer blend of bready malt and herbal hops. It's a mildly carbonated easy drinking ipa with a mid- bodied feel, kind of silky with heavy grains and nice woodsy bitterness. It really grows on you as you get away from the funky aroma that kind of turned me off. In the end, this is a nice, drinkable ipa. Thank you Ohoove!

Durge, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of MP72
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with a 1/2 inch white head

S-piney citrusy hops

Taste- nice malt backbone with very respectful hop presence. Some caramel too.

M-Smooth and a little creamy ,, light on the palate.

D- pretty good as it is not an overpowering brew and hides it's ABV well.

Very representative of the British style. I liked it a lot.

MP72, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a medium white head. Nose is fruity and floral with some tangerine hops. Lots of bitterness with some grapefruit coming on strong. Slick, heavy body and lowish carbonation. Quite fruity and floral in flavour and just enough balancing sweetness. Not the best this brewery has to offer, but still fairly drinkable.

allergictomacros, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body was a bright and slightly cloudy with some active carbonation...there was a creamy white head that fell into a spotty cap...some rings of lace were left

S - The citrus hops dominate the nose versus the caramel malts...very surprising

T - Once again...very surprising here for an English IPA...bright, sweet, citrus hops are present throughout the entire beer...they prickle your tongue in the beginning and keep lingering at the end...the malts and caramel in flavor and are there to provide that traditional backbone

M - Medium bodied...my only problem was that it was a bit watered down...dry

D - This wasn't a bad English IPA...there were a lot more hops than what I was expecting and that's not a bad thing! A good brew to try from Great Lakes

thain709, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle poured into GL pint glass....

Yummy, citrus pine hops up front, tad sweet, nice foamy head....

My favorite local IPA, nice balance, easy drinkability and smells really good! What's not to like about this one?

Mouthfeel is great, could drink many of these, in fact I am going to buy a case as it is on sale now locally at $7.49 / sixer, a great deal for a craft beer of this caliber....plus I love the nautical theme label and reference to Com. Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero on the Great Lakes when he kicked some British butt against many odds, in the great naval battle on Lake Erie!

I love this beer!

BeerVikingSailor, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with 1 and 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. Nice thick lacing hangs on the glass with a furious vengance.

Very weak nose... Can't make out much malt, but can get a little grassy/floral hint.

Taste is little hoppy. Just like nose, I don't get any malt... The taste isn't strong or overpowering at all. Not a hopbomb here, just a decent little drinkable beer.

Good carbonation. Nice, feel. Very smooth.

Hides 7.2% abv very well. This isn't unpleasant... But it isn't amazing. My palate is skewed due to all the BIG beers I've been drinking. I'll plan on re-reviewing this one later...

AleWatcher, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light yellow, very pale looking appearance for an IPA.

S - A citrus bomb - grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose with some earthy hops. One of the best noses I've seen from an IPA.

T - The citrus is very prevalent (grapefruit) along with pine and earthy hops and a nice light malt backbone. A very well balanced IPA!!!

M - Medium body with some chew!

D - A very smooth IPA. Could easily sit back and have a few of these at once...

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of schanker21
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing. Very clear. Not hazy like most other IPAs. Lots of bubbles.

S- Subdued citrus and piney hops.

T- Subdued citrus and piney hops. Very watered-down taste to it. This is far below the standards I would have expected from Great Lakes. It's almost like taking an average IPA and filling half the glass with water. Very disappointing.

M- Fine. Smooth, not too much carbonation.

D- Hard to call it an IPA. I'm so disappointed with this after the great things I have come to expect from Great Lakes.

EDIT!!!

After having another glass of this the next night, I realized that the last one must have been a bad bottle. This one is excellent. Great bold flavor. Very well-balanced hops and malts. Great beer especially for the price.

schanker21, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice amber color, fairly clear, but with a little haze. Has a nice thick, bubbly white head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down the glass.

S - Some good hoppy pine scents with some citrus going on as well.

T - Starts out slightly sweet but finishes with a good bitterness. There's not too much of one or the other, just a good balance. The hops and malts work well together in this brew.

M - A nice creamy feel, not too much carbonation with a medium body.

D - Not too hard to drink, something that is definitely enjoyable.

A great beer, something I've come to expect from Great Lakes

zimm421, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light honey, sticky, webby, .5 inch off white head. Lace stays for some time.

S - Light hops, perfumy, some fruitiness.

T - Solid caramel, bittered to submission.

M - Creamy then biting clean nice finish for the style.

D - Could drink this one for awhile.

srandycarter, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Ladybugger
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a clear light amber, with no head, just a fine skim on top. Aroma is malty, but a swirl in the glass brings out some piney hops. A slight sweetness leads, and the flavor is full of pronounced hops, fading to a lingering floral fruitiness. The hops are a large flavor, but not overwhelming or unbalanced. It has a medium body, and coats the mouth well, allowing the flavors to linger on. Lazy, slow rising bubbles in the glass defy how carbonated the beer feels on the tongue - a medium carbonation adds to the sharpness of the hops and delivers the flavor. This is a tasty beer, one which could easily be a session beer for one who likes hops.

Ladybugger, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled bottle into a chalice. The beer is a pretty orange color, like a pumpkin beer. It had a thin head of white bubbles that quickly disappeared. It left a bit of lacing. There are numerous streams of bubbles rising in the glass. I like the aroma of this beer; hearty citrus hops and a hint of caramel malt. The flavor is characterized by a very good hop character. Slightly bitter at first, the hops swell into a full-blown mouth full of bitterness. It's dry and a little fruity. There is also some sweetness mixed in for good measure. There is no indication this is a 7.5% ABV beverage. This is a very tasty IPA. It has a medium body, but it's a hearty medium; it fills your mouth with flavor and leaves a good coating that lingers along with the hop aftertaste, but it also makes you want to have another sip. This is a great session IPA. Nothing about it is overwhelming. I could drink this one all night. I'm kicking myself that I didn't pick up more than one bottle.

ToasterChef, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellowish, with a slight mistiness

S- Citrus-like aroma, with some pine mixed in...Going out of a limb here, but it smells a little like gin...but not in that piney, gin-like way

T- Fruity, piney character. Finishes a little sweet, which seems to be a theme with English style IPAs. Not overpoweringly bitter by any means. Mellow enough to have a few of these...just watch out for the high ABV.

M- Slick, with average carbonation. Slight hoppy bitterness stings the tongue as an after thought- Nothing to complain about here

D- Easy beer to drink in regards to its style and higher alcohol content. Overall great job by Great Lakes... Fun to read the bottle and admire the art, too!

GoalieRon33, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of bobquick
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the most drinkable English-style IPA I've encountered. I want to drink more but have limited myself to two because of the 7% alcohol content. Nice head, great floral notes and a wonderful mild fruity finish. Hoppy but not overbearing as some American IPA's can be. Just a great beer. Maybe one to try if you have a friend that is reluctant to try an IPA due to the overwhelming hops in many of the representatives of the style.

bobquick, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangey gold color with a good-sized but fairly fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet citrus and malts with a touch of spiciness. Flavor is rather banana-esque to me for some reason. This isn't made with wheat as far as I know so I'm rather confused here. Anyway, the fruit salad theme continues with grapefruit and lychee, which makes this a rather sweet beer. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good but tasted like half-hefe half-IPA to me.

illidurit, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has an "enjoy by" date of 1-18-10, so I picked this one up at just the right time, or maybe not. Poured into my tulip, develops a one finger, white foamy head that sticks around, leaving nice lacing around the entire glass. The ale appears clear, a slightly deep golden color. Appetizing.
Smells greatly of pine and citrus like hops. A feint whiff of malt pervades the background, though this may be due to being consumed on the "expiration" date.
A bitter, floral hop bouquet greats the taste buds. This bottles does not seem as bitter as all the ones consumed in the past. Has a very pronounced malt backbone that I never noticed before. Again, all previous bottles must have been closer to the bottled on date. Even so, with this malt character, I think it adds a new dimension to this ale. The hops are not so astringent that they will completely annihilate your palate, but they are bitter enough to please an IPA lover such as myself.
Feels above average in the mouth, spot on carbonation and a slick, oily feel make this one easy drinker. Careful though, as the alcohol content may sneak up and smack you over the head.

BabyBastard, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden/yellow color, very clear, small amount of carbonation. Smells of pine, orange citrus, sour lemon. From the aroma alone, I have a predisposition that this beer will be very crisp in flavor.

The flavor isn't crisp like I initially thought judging from the aroma. The tart and sweet citrus taste comes through in the beginning and almost immediately gives way to a hoppy citris orange, wet finish. I'm not sure I would call this an English style IPA, I would personally classify it more like an American IPA because of the big hop presence. It's an interesting blend between the malts and hops, I like it, this beer has some mojo going. It's almost like a sweet hoppy presence. The malts aren't too carmely in any way. I like the way the malts and hops work together in this.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. Medium to heavier medium body. Very drinkable and the ABV is pretty much non-detectable. The taste changed as I worked my way through the bottle, it definitely got better. I'm not completely sold on this beer but it's interesting enough to make me want to buy more.

jzeilinger, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with 1/30/10 freshest date on the bottle. Poured bright copper with a goldish hue. Decent amount of head with little extra carbonation. Strong hoppy pine, citrus-like scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Alcohol is warming. More scent than flavor. Flavor is very hoppy. Hop profile is a little dryer than I would enjoy which hinders the drinkable nature. I am glad to have tried this brew.

mtnbikerpa, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a Great Lakes shaker pint glass (cool with logo'ed glassware even if its a shaker pint, at least I think so). Beer is clear and yellow. There may be a slight haze to it but its hard to tell. I'll say mostly clear. Almost no carbonation to detect, forms a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind.

There is a sweet citrus aroma to the beer mixed with some malt. Could be more pronounced.

Finally a taste and I immediately realize this is an English IPA, not American IPA as the menu states. Oops! Well then this is pretty good. Beer is a little dry but sweet. There is a nice hop flavor (citrus again) and a nice bitterness in the back. Medium bodied, which is appropriate, overall a good EIPA.

drabmuh, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a clear light golden color, with a one-finger off-white head. Light carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was pine and citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, some biscuit and wheat.

Taste was bitter, citrus hops and light grain. I didn't pick up any malt or sweetness at all. Still, quite good and a tasty IPA.

Smooth and drinkable.

drumrboy22, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's gold with a slight reddish hue. Some small sediment with a nice foamy head and some lacing. It has a hoppy scent, with some wheat.

There is a strange bitter asparagus kind of taste that sits in the back of the mouth. Definitely hoppy with some sourness. This is a high quality beer, but I would bet it would be brilliant off the tap or out of a cask. Especially aged.

Amalak, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally starting to get Great Lakes in this area.

A: Little bit hazy golden color. Had half a finger of white head with some impressive lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Strong hop nose matched by an even stronger biscuit malt nose. A touch of citrus in the back from the hops trying to fight through.

T: Nice example of an English IPA. Nice balance between the malt and the hops with neither really running away. Finishes bitter as it should. Plenty of malt.

M: Perfect body. Well carbonated. Not that sticky a body.

D: One of the better examples of the style I have had. Hopefully we will continue to be able to get their beer in New York.

aerozeppl, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is an impressively clear copper color with a full thick two finger head.

The smell is a great floral hops scent with a hint of orange.

The taste is definitely citris, but seems a little more like grapefruit than orange. Of course, there is a nice kick of hops.

I love the creamy mouthfeel.

The is a very drinkable beer. I could drink many, even though it is a 7.5% abv.

This is one of my favorite beers.

greengorilla, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing cream white head of above a finger, mixture of foam and bubbles, dissolves at a steady, rapid pace, does leave a good bit of lacing behind. Bright, cloudy pumpkin orange color, semi-translucent, yellows out around the rims. Clove, pepper spice and forest floor matter, lichens swirl up in the nose, tree bark and fallen limbs too, sounds crazy but there's something like Hunt's ketchup in there, sour orange zest, peach and apricot pits, not a lot of sweetness in there. Medium-bodied, mouth entry buoyed by foamy carbonation, herbaceous with that same forest-like earthiness and bark notes, even charcoal. Flavor-wise, not much maltiness but they do smooth out the texture some. Orange, lemon pith on the sour side, apricot, peach, red apple, red cherry fruit. More metallic as it goes on. Enough here has one scratching one's head that perhaps this bottle is not representative. Hmmm.

farrago, Jan 04, 2010
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,311 ratings.