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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

2,394 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 81
Gots: 227 | 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 carlborch
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden hue, well-developed carbonation, inch-thick initial head that dissipates slowly, the initial nose suggests much hops with clean herbal, grassy notes, very nice bitter tones on the center of my palate with lingering bitter hops at the upper rear, the malt is almost overpowered by the hops but quickly establishes a fine mellow balance, medium body, Belgian lace is very well developed and attractive, this IPA is a palate cleanser yet moreish. The ABV is not noticeable. The hoppy nose is evident to the very end. Very nicely balanced IPA that I will definitely seek out again.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a giant head that dissipates very slowly leaving an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of big bitter grapefruit hops. Lots of malts in the nose as well. Kind of strange in aroma.

Taste is of grapefruit and pine, very, very bitter finish. This beer is good, but not great. Kind of hard to explain, but very interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. High carbonation, the beer shine in this catergory.

Drinkabiltity is good, not great. Solid beer though, definitely worth trying.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/11/10, tasted 6/22/10.

A: Color is a hazy, tangerine orange. Poured with a small 1/2 inch slightly off white head that died off to a faint film fairly quickly.

S: Getting a decent bit of hops on the smell - citrus, mainly orange, floral, grassy. Some definite earthiness in the smell as well, maybe a touch of pepper. Almost a bit medicinal.

T: Good hop kick right up front, citrus and floral. A sweet malt presence comes in mid taste. Briefly pick up some honey before the bitterness kicks in on the finish. Bitter finish is a little out of balance and lasts for quite a while.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Typical IPA.

D: I would qualify this as an average IPA, nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding. Not something I would seek out again, but I wouldn't be upset if it showed up as an extra. On a positive note, it's fairly well balanced outside of the slightly bitter end and quite easy to drink.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not the greatest pour in my opinion. Very little head retention. However, I see some nice lacing on my glass. As for color, Commodore Perry has a rich amber gold hue with active carbonation. It's nice, but nothing new.

Smell: Spiced oranges with lots of strong hops. Definitely a strong beer. I even detect some woody whiskey tones as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate coffee malts with strong citrus hops. In the finish, the alcohol burns the sinuses like whiskey. Absolutely wonderful!

Drinkability: It's strong, but it's pleasant. Like an aged fine wine or whiskey.

Overall: One of the best non-A beers out there. Believe me, it's close and I might give this another review...

Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness: Poured a bright, clear orange with a fluffy, slowly receding white-head.

There is a good blast of grapefruit and sweet tangerine with some spicy, earthy aromas.

The flavor is refreshing with a faint bitter/sweet fruity taste as well as a nice complement of malt.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with a medium body; this ale leaves a very refreshing, fruity flavor on the palate.

At 7.5 % ABV, I am amazed at how quite quaffable this one is. Even as the ale warms in the glass, it maintains its refreshing qualities. Another winner from this brewery and well priced compared to its competitors.

Photo of afausser
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear and golden peachy amber with an inch and a half of fluffy, marshmallowy, creamy tan head. The carbonation on this one is rather voluminous and results in a well fed head of uneven bubbles. even near bottom, soapy and uneven at top.

Smell: the hops are rather muted in the nose and don't seem to jump out a whole lot. theres a slight citrus and grapefruit and a lot of earth.

Taste: hops are dark and bright at once, biting in the mouth, with heavy pink and white grapefruit, some pine, and plenty of honey. Slight banana and clove spice.

Mouthfeel: Nice understated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and well-masked alcohol.

Photo of exonthebottle
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

smell of hops when you open the bottle this a good sign

pours amber nice head and lacing

if you like the smell of hops you will like the smell then kind of citrus and malt

taste hopy but has malt sweetness
very compelling
good mouthfeel coating and pleasant feel

Excellent drinkablity I would drink this all day ...

I have had this many times but felt I couldn't review it until I could do it justice

Photo of Baraka
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid IPA that is both very hoppy and insanely drinkable, although probably only for hop-heads- the hops are the most prevalent characteristic by a pretty large margin.

Poured Amber with a big frothy head that left decent lacing on the glass. You can smell the hops coming through, but you don't truly realize how hoppy it is until the first sip. While there is a definite alcohol taste that becomes more apparent to me as the beer warms, it's really all about the hops here! While the alcohol will slow you down a bit, I thought it was a very refreshing and drinkable beer

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice this when I bought the bottle, but the drink by date "for freshest taste" is 4/5/10. I have not had this beer before, so I'm not sure how it will affect the taste.

A: Pours a fairly light golden-copper into a standard pint glass. A medium pour yields a half finger off-white head that disappears right away. The carbonation bubbles move with a mezzo pace from bottom to top of my glass.

S: A fairly tame citrus aroma of orange and tangerine melds with a bread aroma that I get from all of the Great Lakes brews. Pretty sweet smelling for an IPA, I am led to believe that Commodore Perry is malt heavy. Let's see what the taste yields.

T: Yup, it's a little overbalanced in favor of the sweet malts. However, I do sense a decent hop bitterness on my palate, and that malted barley is awfully tasty. If this were a solid food, it would be a sweet bread soaked in an orange liqeour. I do prefer hoppier American IPAs generally, but this also is a tasty beverage.

M: This has a full and coating feel for an IPA for the majority of the sip, which culminates in a lovely clash between that full sweetness and a subtle drying of the palate from the hops. I am a fan.

D: I certainly enjoyed this enough to have it again, and I am especially interested in trying a fresher bottle to see if there is more hop character available to the palate.

Photo of adkirkish
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Toffee and Caramel malts dominate the aroma. No real hop presence. No diacetyl, no esthers.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin persistent white head.

F: Malt dominates upfront and throughout the body of this beer, but it does finish with a hop bitterness.

M: A mid bodied pale ale w/ medium carbonation. No warmth or creaminess. A bit brash from all the malt. No astringency.

O: For a pale ale, I believe this beer has some significant flaws as to aroma and flavor. Where are the hops? The only real hop presence is in the finish. Highly suggest more hop presence in flavor and aroma. Style suggests moderate to high hop character and was not present. The malt character is great, just needs the hops, which are the bread and butter of this style.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label the battle of lake Erie with a banner bearing "Don't Give Up The Ship" underneath. Best by 07/02/10. I was somewhat surprised to notice I had not yet reviewed this one.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger of nearly white head.This settles slowly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow with hints of ruby and completely clear.

Smell: Huge floral nose with plenty of citrus in the finish. Bitter undertones.

Taste: Floral flavors upfront with a slight peppery spiciness. Hints of honey. Nice caramel malt backbone. Long, lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body.

Drinkability: A solid offering from a great brewery. Not an extreme, over the top IPA, but well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with amber and orange hues. Thick head falls to a ring and coating. A nice amount of lacing.

It smells sweet and fruity. Bananas, citrus, and tropical fruits all candied. It reminds me of a Belgian beer, is there candy sugar in this?

The flavors follow the nose, but are dominated by a peppery heat. There is a big hop bite but it is in check by a nice malt base.

Its a dry heat! Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, warm, coats my tongue.

This is a very enjoyable IPA and quickly becoming my go to beer. It is more than your average IPA. It not only brings West coast and East coast styles together but also throws some Belgian funk into the mix.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, finger and a halfs worth of head, nice retention, orangey brown color with lots of active carbonation.

s- light citrus hopping, with some herbal notes rounding it out, maybe a hint of dry hopping.

t- really nice bitterness, nice grapefruity citrus, fruity, i'm thinking this is dry hopped for sure, the finish is somewhat dry.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- solid ipa, i would drink this again for sure, and now that it's available in my area i'm planning on picking up the mixpack soon to try out the rest of the lineup.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of dkachur, split w/ afausser - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: One of the more attractive IPAs I've seen. Pours a brilliantly radiant golden amber, bright, crisp, clean, and very inviting. A gentle pour results in a flurry of foam, so I slowed it down - even the gentlest of pours results in a good two-finger, slightly ecru head, foamy, rocky, and creamy. The fierce carbonation, fine, quick, and dense, consistently replenishes the girth and height of the head, but that's not to suggest that the retention of the head is otherwise lacking - sips result in clingy blobs and streaks of dried, crisp foam.

Aroma: Spicy, sweet, mildly herbal. It's not a bad smell - it is, however, a little too faint. Some nice biscuity notes, caramel, very light toffee, and a spattering of honey-glazed golden sugar cookie, tossed with some mint, heavy citrus, faint tropical fruits, and a tingle of bitterness.

Taste: Pretty mild, but with a moderate amount of bitterness and a few interesting notes (banana, to kill the suspense). Caramel, biscuity notes, honey, and raw sugar dance about with heavy grapefruit, orange zest, mint, tons of spicy, freshly mowed grass notes, and a moderate amount of bitterness, average to perhaps a little above average for the style. It's actually pretty enjoyable, not terribly complex, but nice and easy-drinking in a flavorful, inviting way.

Mouthfeel: Fairly soft, fluffy, light, and pretty well-made, I think, though it does taper down a little as the carbonation begins to die down. It's bright and crisp, but also slightly creamy, which is what happens, I suppose, when you introduce a lot of fine, well-integrated, pinpoint carbonation to a moderately bodied beer but "sweeter" beer, such that there's plenty of residual sugar in the body.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, actually, and one I'm surprised I haven't tried before, actually - Great Lakes, get thee to Virginia! I've been continually impressed by their beers, and their lineup is consistently well-made (both qc/style wise, as well as substance/taste- & aroma-wise) and eminently drinkable. Recommended to anyone who likes IPAs or, hell, well-made beer.

Photo of claminat420
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

says please enjoy by 06/13/10 on bottle.

A- pours a transparent copper/gold color with a solid white head. medium to light lacing.

S- earthy and slight citrusy hops blended with some fruity yeast smell. for an ipa i was hoping for a hop knockout scent.

T- well for 7.5abv the alcohol isn't too detectable. just how it smells but with a slight biscuity malt taste.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- 4 out of a six and i'm good! can't beat that for a 6.

Overall- this brew is good but missing something i can't put my finger on... they (great lakes) do a great job by hiding the alcohol but for an ipa i was hoping for more of a hop attack. for $8.99 a six tho you can't beat it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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