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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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2,314 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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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
Photo of tlinner
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with very thick head and lace. Pungent odor of hops and citrus, spices. Taste is big with piney hops, coriander, and fruit. It's an admirable IPA from a reputable brewery, but a word of warning: it packs a BIG punch. Two or three of these and you'll be on the floor quick. A great IPA, but a bit too sneaky in the abv dept. for my taste.

tlinner, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep clear golden yellow.

nice dense fluffy head with some lacing.

has a very good ipa balance. real juicy hops floral hops that is balanced off by substantial malt sweetness.

great slick mouthfeel that covers the tongue.

drinkability is good with regards to taste but at 8% your not drinking a sixer on sunday watching the game....or are you?

OatmattStout, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Awesome extra received from bamadog in a trade awhile back! Knocked one of my wants. Very generous trader!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a big frothy eggshell-white head on top. This is one of the clearest IPAs I've ever seen. Expected it a bit darker. Great retention on this one. Left plenty of lace and sip rings in its wake. Scents of pine needles, lemon rinds, crackers, and a sharp sour note.

The mouth is a little thin and slick. Leaves a light silky coating on the palate. On to the good part. Wow! This is a really well-made E-IPA as far as flavor goes. Big citrusy hops at the forefront, but they mellow beautifully to a sweet honey finish. No harsh aftertaste, even though this is plenty bitter. Slight drying feel on the finish. Flavors of grapefruit and light butterscotch bring up the rear. What a treat this beer is. Thanks, Rich, for this stellar beer!

Onenote81, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

A: Orange/yelllow. Slightly cloudy, 1/4 inch head with nice lacing.

S: Cake, citrus, caramel

T: Bitter hops, cake, citrus

F: Light-Medium bodied, bitter but also smooth.

D: A solid IPA, a little heavy on the citrus without the grapefruit/malt sweets to complement but when i'm in the mood for that I now know where to go.

biophiliadude, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a trade from boatshoes. Thanks very much, Fletcher!

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinted amber body in the glass. Slow effervescence up the center gives it a viscous, syrupy appearance. The head is 1.5 fingers of light beige foam; it retains moderately, leaving a thin collar and a smattering of bubbles on top of the drink. A few dribbles of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Wow, boatloads of citrus. Grapefruit pith, orange, and a hint of lemon rind to back it up. There's a malty sweetness that reminds me of graham crackers and bread. As it warms, it picks up an herbal quality.

T: Citrusy right up front, with a tasty blend of grapefruit and orange juice. It has a light lemon zest tingle to it. Some of the sips finish with spice, but I can't capture it consistently, so I'm not sure if it's just my imagination or the bubbly tingle. The aftertaste is proof that there are some pine hops in there, although in small quantities. As it warms, that herbal quality that I picked up in the nose also contributes a floral bitterness underneath. This beer is definitely hoppy, but you won't hear anyone complaining that it lacks a solid malt backbone. Between crackers, bread, and a grain flavor, this very well supports and offsets the bitterness.

M: The finish is semi-dry and bitter; the latter lingers slightly into the aftertaste. Nonetheless, I wouldn't call this a very sticky beer. The carbonation is just right to clean up the flavor, even if it seems a bit low for the style as a whole. Medium-full bodied; as I remarked in the appearance, this looks viscous, and it certainly feels that way, too.

D: This is something I'd definitely trade for again. A very solid beer.

Arbitrator, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the brewpub in cleveland.

A-translucent color that is made up of a golden, orangish, yellow that has a nice two fingers of a cloudy white head leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is basically all hops bringing tropical fruit aromas of citrus and grapefruit

T-it is a decent ipa, more mild taste of hops. there is a hit of citrus up front then a more prevelant piney hop comes in finishing slightly bitter

M-it is smooth with a medium to lighter body that has a crisp finish

D-pretty light tasting covering the alcohol very well with the lighter flavors, i could drink many and it would probably sneak up on me

cpetrone84, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is mostly filled with spicy and floral hops. The nose is very mediocre. When I smell an IPA, I want a foral bouquet. This beer is a spiciness mixed with a tad bit of breadiness. There is a tad bit of floral notes. The flavour of the beer is a bitter maltiness and a huge spiciness. A bit of floral notes come through as well. I like the flavour, but the hop profile is one dimensional. I'd like a little bit more dryness. Its pretty drinkable too. Solid beer by Great Lakes.

swizzlenuts, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with Jan 2010 date poured into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: Huge head upon pouring that died down to a persistent 1/8" white foam. Persistent lacing all over the glass, even after swirling. Nice transparent (no cloudiness) golden color - faint hints of orange and brown in that golden yellow color.

Smell - upon pouring I get hops, mostly a grapefruit citrus smell but that uniquely American highly hopped smell. I keep wanting to call it Bergamot since it reminds me of the taste of the oil in Earl Grey tea. The smell is strongest when the beer is first poured and then isn't as strong as the beer warms up.

Taste - this beer to me is all just about all hops and bitterness. There is a hint of malt at the beginning of the sip and then wham - strong bitterness with a citrus-like finish and still bitter aftertaste. I think this is an IPA for those who like aggressively hopped beers. It's not bad, but I'm finding it's too strong in the bitterness as it warms up. This may be one of those beers best served cold. Indeed, it recommends serving at 45F on the side and I suspect letting it warm up to capture more flavor was a mistake.

Mouthfeel - plenty of carbonation on the tongue, but not overpowering. Feels good going down.

Drinkability - I'll give it this, it does go really well with a meal (complimented a spicy sweet Asian stir fry well), but you need to keep these cold which means drink fast which also is a problem at 7.5 ABV.

damndirtyape, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of shanecb
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Despite some other reviews I've read, I didn't get much of a head at all on this beer. Just a very thin layer at the top, and that's it. The color is a light orange and matches some amber almost perfectly. Contained a nice, constant stream of carbonation rising in the glass. The appearance is just alright, but wins points with the pleasant color. It is very reminiscent of autumn.

S - Pleasant smell, although I found myself not being able to pull out MUCH aroma for some reason. The aroma is dominated by hops; primarily citrus notes that scream of grapefruit, but also a pine backing to it. A heavy dose of a pineapple-like aroma shined through once in awhile and was very nice. Smells as though it would be a little on the sweet side but nicely bitter. Swirling the beer gave off a nice malty aroma, but nothing I could pin down specifically. I enjoy the mixture of aromas, but none of them are particularly powerful, especially when I compare them to beers of the same style.

T - This beer definitely runs through a few stages of taste while in the mouth. At the onset, the sweet citrus qualities that were present in the aroma come out, but it is unfortunately a little brief. This paves the way for the flavor of the pine hops to shine through in the middle. After that, the flavor gives way to some decent bitterness that stays with you long after a sip. It occasionally came through a little astringent, and once in awhile I could taste some of the alcohol, but the bitterness was never too powerful. Contrary to some other reviews, I personally couldn't pull out much maltiness. The bitterness seemed a little overdone to me. It seems as though it could have been balanced out nicely with the citrusness at the beginning. I'm sure there are people who enjoy this flavor profile in an IPA, but it's just not for me I think. It's worth noting that as the beer warmed the bitterness sort of subsided, so I tried to take that into account with my rating also.

M - The mouthfeel is rather nice. It's rather smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Nothing amazingly exceptional, but nothing wrong with it either. It's rather enjoyable.

D - I would consider it a rather drinkable beer. If you enjoy this flavor profile in an IPA there's nothing stopping you from throwing a few back easily. I'm put off slightly but the unbalanced bitterness, but that is just my personal interpretation.

Overall, it is a rather enjoyable IPA. It is not my favorite beer from Great Lakes, but it is one that I would have again.

shanecb, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Pours a light amber color with a nice fluffy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer covering the beer. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the citrusness of the hops. Taste has lot of the citrusness up front followed by a nice long bitterness. Enjoyable IPA, another solid offering from Great Lakes.

billab914, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235.

Pours a golden straw color with a bright white 2-finger head. Good retention, and it leaves nice sheets of creamy lacing.

Aromas are very citrusy and appetizing- orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. In the mouth, I get the same fruits, plus some white grapes. Mid-swallow, a pine punch comes into play. The light maltiness takes a backseat- it's lightly sweet, and that's about it. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with lingering pine and sweetened grapefruit.

Overall impression: Solid IPA- really enjoying the offerings from this brewery.

PDXHops, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

It pours a light clear orange with a huge white head that rises 2 fingers, good retention. Good lacing.

The aroma is light, but dominated by the citrus flavor of grapefruit with a touch of ginger and hops.

The taste starts off sweet, mostly taste some grapefruit. It finished with a week bitter hops taste.

The mouthfeel is nice and light, this is drinkable despite its bitterness.

jrallen34, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for the opportunity. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. For freshest taste, enjoy by 09/28/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent gold with a slight orange hue and a one inch creamy, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing revealed during the tasting - excellent adhesion. Mild nose - some grapefruit, but it doesn't really punch you in the face, followed by a light malt character. Taste reveals a floral/piny hops character up front with a lingering, slightly medicinal, bitterness at the finish - no grapefruit here. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a background carbonation just short of prickly; finishes crisp and dry. A decent IPA for the most part; however, I tend to prefer the more grapefruity side of the style. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

Jwale73, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of nuttyviking
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stopping into the Great Lakes Brewing Company, was both a pleasure and opportunity. Being an IPA lover, the Commodore Perry IPA was my first choice on the exceptional list of brews. The pint poured well and had a slight head of very well colored foam, not thick, but firm enough to stand up. The beer itself was a great amber color, carbonation was just right so the bubbles tickled the sides of the shaker glass.
The aroma was light with hints of grapefruit and bitter trailing. The flavor followed the nose, not an overpowering IPA, but just clean, crisp and flavorful. A fun IPA and very drinkable, just makes you want more.

nuttyviking, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best-by date 1-06-10.

Pours a light copper color with minimal head, average amount of lacing.
Scent is chock full of sweet caramel malt, with herbal hops kicking around on the perimeter.
Fresh citric-floral hop flavor, backed by caramel malt, with the desired (somewhat subdued) dry, pine finish.

Solid IPA, nothing too original, but everything you desire when picking one up.

Natural510, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of plinythethirsty
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable IPA, with an inviting, hoppy scent and a smooth hop/malt taste. God forbid they violate the Bavarian Purity Law--there's nothing in it besides barley, hops, yeast and water. Given those constraints, Great Lakes does a fine job, especially at masking the 7.5% abv. I taste pine, licorice and malt without a hint of the alcohol underneath. The taste is drier and a bit less complex than similar IPA's. It makes me wonder what Great Lakes might come up with if it dared violate the BPL.

plinythethirsty, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Intimidtor
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA. Great Lakes Brewery does it right with this one. I first had it about a year ago and forgot how much I liked it. Found an older bottle in the back of the beer fridge and couldn't wait to open the bottle. Poured into a clean glass and observed a nice golden color with an attractive smell. Pretty affordable for the Alcohol By Volume content. Taste is dead on perfect and very enjoyable. Ill continue to stock my fridge with this IPA.

Intimidtor, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a pale amber. The head is small but tight, leaving patchy lacing in plenty.
The aroma's pretty strong , and it's good if simple: Clean, bright floral hops balanced by citrus hop aroma and a light malt. Lots of citrus in there with plenty of raw bitterness.
The taste is fantastic. This is a beer that manages to hold to the Bavarian Purity Law and yet the different hops used with the balance of malts makes for quite a nice complexity and balance. Lots of hops without being overdone, it's delicious. Pine very gently, then floral and grapefruit all over the place with a very light caramel malt pulling it together underneath. Nice.
There's both a light crispness and a creamy smoothness in this one. Light to moderate carbonation makes for a nice feel in a medium-full body.
This is a tasty IPA, nicely balanced and surprisingly complex.

Brenden, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a thin quarter-inch head the dissipates to a crown pretty quickly. While it's there, it's creamy and tight. This IPA doesn't forget the "pale" part of it, as the color is watered down golden-orange. Not the most spectacular-looking beer, but nothing offensively out of whack, either. Does it's job.

Aroma is bright citrus fruit and a hint of mint leaf. Very faint caramel-ish malt background. Not much else to tell, there's just not a lot to the nose, but maybe there isn't supposed to be. The hops are clearly doing their thing here.

After an uneventful start, this one shines when finally in the mouth. And flavor is what matters most (more than 40%...just sayin'). Hops provide the full range--there's a tart, fruity citrus snap; a bolder, nearly resiny pine element; and a minty, herbal earthiness. Grassy and slightly astringent in the finish, which is pretty dry. Doesn't say on the bottle, but there must be more than one hop variety in this recipe. Malt is sweet like caramel, robust like toffee and also a bit reminiscent of cookie dough.

Mouthfeel impresses right along with the flavor, being both big and buoyant, a good line-straddling between creaminess and bubbly carbonation, and I think that the creaminess just barely wins out, and that's a damn good thing.

Fine, fine stuff. So far I'm three different beers into my Great Lakes stash, and they're living up to the hype from where I'm sitting. Another bonus from new Blacksburgian kels, thanks!

Metalmonk, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light orange in color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, light grapefruit tones, and a mild bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, soft pine, and a mild fruit sweetness are nicely balanced. There is a bit of breadiness too. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pretty short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: very enjoyable IPA that goes down quickly. If you are looking for a basic APA, this one fits the bill.

Gavage, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, golden colored body with a ton of fast moving strands of carbonation bubbles. A little lighter hue than the average IPA. A soapy looking, bright white head that rises two fingers above the head and has some pretty good retention.

The aroma has its share of bittering hops and a bit of cracker-like malt aroma, but it has a primarily fruity smell that has pineapple and grapefruit. A good bit of grassy hops in there also.

Up front the bittering hops assert themselves, bringing a flavor of grapefruit with them. After that the grassy aroma asserts itself as a grassy flavor. In the middle I start to notice the cracker malt backbone. I would say the malt is a little lighter than what you find in a lot of IPAs, although I wouldn't call this difference positive or negative. The finish is bright a fruity, with some more grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe evenb a touch of apricot.

Mouthfeel is moderate in carbonation and body, and has a nice oily finish.

Pretty drinkable IPA, Commodore Perry IPA is definitely another quality brew from Great Lakes.

Hojaminbag, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Telix
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. This bottle was only a week or two off the bottling line, as I got it from a buddy who gets me a lot of underfills...

A: The color isn't anything special, really, but it's pours quite clear with a nice head and good retention. A good level of carbonation is exhibited with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the nucleation points in the glass.

S: A very nice and strong aroma, indeed. A nice malt mixes with slightly citrus, lemon aromas, and some fresh grassiness.

T: A creamy mild sweetness is complemented with a bit of bready malt, and finished up with clean, sweet bitter hop flavors. Everything is well integrated - the sweetness never overpowers the mild bitterness, and the finish is clean on the palate - but still reminding you it's an IPA. I'd say for non-imperial IPA it's one of my favorites.

M: The mouthfeel is fantastic for a single IPA. Thick and rich, but never syrupy, and with a perfect level of carbonation. The mouthfeel perfectly complements the flavors of the beer and enhances the entire package. For the style, I think it's worth a 5.

D: It's extremely drinkable, due to the great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. I'm nearly done with my glass as I finish this review, actually... and really wouldn't mind another!

One of the best of the GLBC brews, in my opinion.

Telix, Sep 26, 2009
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.