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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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2,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 134 | 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 MrMcGibblets


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

from a fresh sixer, this is a clear gold with a really nice creamy white head and lacing. nose is somewhat subdued for an ipa, but bready, sweet, honeyed malts and floral, piney notes were present. good bouqet but i'd just like it amped up a bit at this abv. nice malt sweetness and big bitter hops to balance. sharp hop bitterness lingers. just over medium in body and nice carbonation, but the mouthfeel is almost too clean, possibly missing something that an unfiltered ale brings to the table. would like a bit more hop flavor and aroma at this relatively high abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 05:46:26 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Abrazzi


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light orange color with a two finger head. The head was an off white color. A hop smell which I like, with a hint of citrus. The taste is excellent, one of my favorite IPA's. The mouth feel was crisp and clean. This is a beer that is very drinkable and will be a regular beer that I purchase. I have to rate this as one of my top 5 beers of any style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 03:07:24 | More by Abrazzi
Photo of JDV


2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle from archer liquors. month past best by date on arrival...
Pale light orange pour with a fluffy white head. Smell is stale like light hop aroma, and oxidation. Tastes oddly sweet, mildly hopped, and of alcohol. Strange flavors, obviously not as fresh as it should be. As is, quite below average.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 22:04:25 | More by JDV
Photo of fireqc

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes finally a good IPA!!! Don't be shy to make an IPA with hop! This one apply to Commodore Perri IPA.

I taste it in the bar and I bought a bottle (at the gift shop). I prefer on-tap.

I'm quite sure, all people who like IPA will enjoy this one with no doubt.


Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 20:43:50 | More by fireqc
Photo of lightindarkness


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

12 oz into an imperial pint.

Poured a clear golden straw color with a thin off-white head that goes down to a slight film.

Up front aroma is lightly grainy with some light sweet hop smells of lemony citrus. Herbal notes of lemongrass and rosemary are faint in the back with more fresh pine, pear, and dank hop building as it warms. Definitely better warmer.

Lighter taste than some other IPAs. Weak malt character builds to bitter strength on the back end. Sinks briefly in the middle to more open floral and light herbal flavors. Hop profile is a bit uni-dimensional, with light fruit notes and hints of pine, mostly consisting of resinous bitterness that swells at the end.

Lighter medium body with a sticky mouth and tight carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A very enjoyable IPA, with some unique herbal quality. Bitterness and abv can become tiresome, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 13:55:05 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz extra from a recent trade from jdoncbus ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

Aggressive pour left a very pretty 2 finger head.. nice sheets of lace atop a polished darker gold brew.

Low citrus hops and a hefty shot of yeasty fruitiness are the aroma .. subtle background of pale malts.

Good bitter though it may be too much of a good thing.. light pale malts.. and some pronounced "fruity apricot" esters .. lighter than expected citrus hops (given the pronounced bitterness) with a light/medium body and good carbonation levels.

Not bad at all ... but certainly above average .. This brew was well within it's "Best By date" .. I was just expecting more. I've only had this beer one other time and notes say "could be less bitter and a touch more malty" and "give me more hoppy flavor and aroma".

Big thanks John.. I love a good IPA and this more than qualifies... cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 07:24:28 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Gatch


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The date on the bottle is 7/30/07 but it still tastes great. The hops are still fairly strong and all the qualities of an IPA are there. A nice fluffy head formed as well, about one inch. The dryness is pleasant, the carbonation is low, the fruitiness and bitterness are there as well. The nose is noticeably weak but I'm sure that's because it's past date. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both fantastic. I should have drank this a long time ago, but I'm not disappointed with the quality at all. Recommended, either 6 months old or fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 04:04:13 | More by Gatch
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle in my SABL glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Bright golden color with just a pinch of haze. Creamy white head rises, then settles to a sticky mat. Lacing is evident from the getgo and present throughout the drink.

S - Vibrant cool crisp hop covered malts. An excellent balance that's not 100% hop driven, and hard to find from "bigger" beers in this class.

T - Medium sweet malts in the start, followed by a thick, sticky hop bitterness on the back of the tongue and in the throat. The sweetness returns after the swallow to keep things mellow and stave off what could have been a hot hop aftertaste. Alcohol is very well obscured. Very pleasing.

M - Thick and substantial with a rolling, frothy body. Swallow is slow and oozing... definitely not a watery IPA.

D - An excellent IPA that doesn't let the hops completely rule the roost like most American IPAs do. Good malt balance and a very brawny body that, while making it a pleasure to drink, keeps me from reaching for more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:02:04 | More by EPseja
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper amber with a very sizeable off white head from too firm a pour. Nose is basically like sticking your nose in a can of pineapples. Just thick pineapple syrup. Flavor is very tangy on the start. Then you get a very salty hop hit with slightly vibrant citrus tones. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is even. Drinkable, yes. Even though it leans heavily towards the salty side, it still has a decent leve of balance that keep things going.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 21:17:46 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsigmon


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to pimpp for the bottle (and many others!)

A: Pours a light copper color with a thick head which slowly dissapates leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Getting excited for the 1st time trying this beer!

S: very floral and fruity with a little hoppy twangy grassy smell and sweetness from the malts

T: so smooth, very fruity up front with the perfect amount of hop bitterness and very very slight amount of sweet malt as it rolls across the tongue

M: a little oily coating the tongue with nothing be great tasting hops

D: went down fast...enough said

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:44:25 | More by dsigmon
Photo of mnstorm99


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a white head that sticks around for a little while and laces nicely.
Strong hop aroma citrus noe with a touch of floral accents
Flavor is a little different, more of the floral hops and a little less of the citrus. Nice carmel malty backbone, but a nice strong base malt flavor.
Great carbonation and the mouthfeel is full, I could definatly drink a few of these, not my favorite in style (I tend to go more for the citrus hop flavors) but this is a great beer non-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 14:24:01 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of RedBeerHead


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with a frothy one inch head that settles. Very good aroma. smells is very hoppy and fruity.

There is a strong citrus/orange taste and a sweet aftertaste. Good beer with food. If you're a fan of the wheat beer, you'll like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:34:18 | More by RedBeerHead
Photo of elmore


4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. pale golden-orange opaque color with a thick fluffy head and great retention that eventually settles to a nice ring around the edges of the glass. Leaves thick sticky lacing.

S: citrus, floral hops, a little sweetness. not as strong as DIPA, but perfect for the style.

T: A little malt up front, but mostly hops with a nice crisp bitter aftertaste. IMHO - the perfect combination for an IPA.

M: creamy head combined with oily hops that coat the tongue and and nice moderate carbonation give this an excellent mouthfeel.

D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is relatively balanced and not too over the top with the hops.

I love this beer. Just a great IPA. It is readily available nearly everywhere in Columbus including most chain grocery stores and has saved me from BMC so many times. Long live GLBC.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 17:14:08 | More by elmore
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks again to tizzod, my midwestern beer guru.

Pours a clear yellow-amber with a creamy off white head. Nice fine lacing left on glass.

The aroma here is citrus and citrus with sweet citrus--tangerine, oranges. Very fragrant. Crsip and medium bodied, typical IPA mouthfeel. This is one IPA that leans toward the sweet side of things. Interesting, when it is colder, th esweet orange notes dominate and I am left wishing for more bitterness to balance that...but now that the beer has warmed I am left with lots of grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish. Certainly a serviceable IPA but not very complex (my how spoiled we have become!), a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 23:41:09 | More by kenito799
Photo of xzqrut


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a nice rich golden color, lively carbonation. Beer gives a very nice 1" head, with excellent lacing all the way down. Smell seemed somewhat faint, but the taste had a nice strong hop finish. Mouthfeel was crisp, lively with the carbonation, very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2007 01:09:59 | More by xzqrut
Photo of jspruit


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle I picked up in Michigan this summer.

Poured a great copper hue with a large 3 finger head that was creamy in color. Some carbonation throughout and the head diminished to a nice top after a bit.

Very hoppy & fruit smells upon the pour-quite fragrant. Taste of hops & light fruits came through right away in the taste with a nice smooth mouthfeel, but I think that this beer might have suffered a bit from the travel back to Ireland-fairly bitter without alot of maltiness.

I'd like to try this one again if I could-maybe the next time that I am in the area I'll try this Ohio beer as I tend to like this style & Great Lakes usually makes some good brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 23:50:29 | More by jspruit
Photo of wspscott


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

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear light copper color with a thick fluffy white head. Leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.
S: Slightly floral, very bitter. As it warms, hints of honey come through.
T: Sharp hop bitterness. Slightly oily feeling, seems to coat the tongue. No real hint of malt comes through, this is a hop delivery mechanism.
M: The combination of high carbonation and a well attenuated beer make this very crisp feeling.
D: This seems to be a cross between the insane american IPAs and the english versions. The american/citrusy hops come through very clearly but it is not as over the top as some west coast IPAs. This ends up being a 4 vs 4.5 because I would like a little more malt to come through. One of my favorites, you can't go wrong with Great Lakes.

updated review (3/25/2010) same scores

A: Crystal clear medium gold color, pours a very thick fluffy white head that never quite disappears, lots of lace.
S: Citrus/grapefruit hops with a little bit of honey sweetness.
T: Lots of citrus hops along with some floral and pine notes, a bit of caramel malt (not too heavy), no other obvious malt character.
M: High carbonation, slightly oily, a little "rich" or creamy
D: This goes down way too easy given the alcohol level, a very dangerous beer. An excellent example of a hoppy, yet well balanced IPA. Still one of my favorites, I need to pick this up more often. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 23:27:08 | More by wspscott
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


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

I didn’t really expect much of this Ohio brewed IPA. All the good IPA’s come from the West Coast, right? I suppose that’s why I waited so long to try it. Boy, was I surprised. This is as good an IPA I have had in the same price range.

Clear orange amber color with adequate head. Modest lacing. Aroma of citrus. Taste is a very nice balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Finishes dry and clean with little aftertase. Feels good in the mouth and is eminently drinkable. This could become my evreyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 23:47:33 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of GbVDave


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a rich copper color with a short lived, off-white head.

S: Big aromas of juicy fruity hops and tart green apples.

T: Tart fruity hops, orange/lemon zest, green apples, with a (too?) mild toasted maly flavor in the finish.

M: Dry and very oily, the hops stick to everything in the mouth. Bitter, spicy, and very prickly...

D: Nice hoppiness but could use more balance towards the malty side of things.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:00:56 | More by GbVDave
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)
10/24/07 date on bottle
A- This beer pours a light copper colored body that is crystal clear showing of the tiny bubbles of carbonation gliding to the surface. There is a sticky off-white head that last and last. The head leaves rings on the glass after each sip.

S- There is a light caramel malt hint with a pungent green hop burst at the finish. There is some note of pineapple weed as the beer warms but it is mostly pungent.

T- This beer has a hint of caramel malt sweetness followed by a big pungent pine and grapefruit bite that finishes the beer. It is not skunky like being light struck but skunky like a fresh huge hop AA flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy note as long as the head last.

D- This beer has a huge hop bitterness that overpowers the hops aroma and flavor. There is some nice support by the malt but the hops are just a bit too pungent. I really like hops but there is just something about this beer that a don't care for in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 17:51:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of brdc


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another nice bottle, nice name and interesting story - "beer is culture".
Amber-colored, with an average slightly gray head that dissipates over a minute or so. The glass was not appropriate so that might have played a role.
Heavy hoppy aroma, fruity, mostly citric. I am "sniffing" hard, and perhaps there is some malty , caramel aroma somewhere in there.
Medium bodied, it might have a hint of caramel sweetness if you look hard, but it is pretty much hops and hops alone, similar to the aroma, fruity, mostly citric.
Nicely done, just not my style, lacking a bit of balance. But I am assuming that is what they intended; hopheads should be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 16:10:18 | More by brdc
Photo of woodychandler


3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose was slightly hoppy, but overlain with an alcohol sharpness. The color was a bright deep-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish was distinctly hoppy, somewhat citrusy, like grapefruit. It masked its 7.5% ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 09:26:50 | More by woodychandler
Photo of dren


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

Pours a clear gold color with a white finger sized head.

Smells of hops and some malt.

A nice thick malt taste with the hops in the middle coating your mouth to the end. The alcohol is hidden. A nice thicker IPA than most. Not as fruity but more malty in the background. Has enough hops but not too much like some of the over-hopped IPAs. Some flower flavors in there too. Pine in the finish.

A pretty full bodied beer. Coats the mouth well.

I like this beer quite well. It's one of the better IPAs that I have had. This one is worth having.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 21:14:24 | More by dren
Photo of Winter


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Commodore pours a clear copper in color with a white head. The aroma is exhibits notes of biscuit, caramel, piney hops with a fruitiness to it. Full-bodied mouthfeel that's crisp around the edges. Flavor has a thick malty backbone to it. Hoppy bitterness in the middle. Hops combine both a piney and citrusy flavor that transitions into an ale fruitiness. Very juicy and mouthwatering. The 7.5% alcohol is hardly noticeable on the flavor. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:38:28 | More by Winter
Photo of tapman


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a copper-orange with a small head, like 1 finger for a couple seconds. Above average, iless impressed by the white, foamy head.

Nose is sugary sweet combined with a floral (sweet) grassiness. There is fruit in the nose somwhere around apricot+pear. Hops are also not just grassy, but tangy with a bitter, citric acid like finish. Very interesting and I'd give it more of a 4.25, but this doesn't get that detailed. I say this because while the hops and yeast are pretty great, there is an absence of malt character in the nose, which saddens me.

Similar to the nose with slightly less pungentness. There is the addition of two things; alcohol, which was hidden during the initial smelling, is a little strong, but it is balanced with te hops by some thin toffee malts. Maltier and less alcohol tasting than previously.

A lot of carbonation. What's up with beers with small heads, but a lot of spicy, biting carbonation? Not a fan as it feels more like a Coke than a full-bodied brew.

It's a great beer, just with a 7.5%ABV and a strong hop character, it gets a little grating for me, personally, with a full awareness that others will most certainly disagree and that's ok. We're all different, but this brew let's me peek into your world for a minute, hop-head, and I could enjoy about 3 pints of this bad boy and be well satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 04:31:50 | More by tapman
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.