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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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2,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 157 | 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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Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

a: copper color with mild carbonation and foamy 3/4" head that has excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing rings the glass.

s: inviting smell, citrus hop aroma and carmel malts stick out

t: balanced malt and citus hop flavor, grape fruit

m&d: medium body, a very drinkable and delicous IPA with plenty of carbonation


10-11-2008 20:33:38 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of ckaufman


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A: A nice clear amber color with a thin cream colored head. Medium amount of lacing with a minimal amount of head retention on top of the pour.

S: Strong hop aromas... specifically pine, herbs, and citrus. Slight trace of caramel malts in the nose.

T: Good balance between the hops and malts. Well rounded malt backbone with a dry citrus hop finish.

M: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Good quality IPA... very drinkable with the 7.5% ABV well masked by the hops flavors.

10-09-2008 17:22:24 | More by ckaufman
Photo of webmanspidey


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Nice dark golden orange color. Fizzy head. Smells like grapefruit and hops.

Lots of bitterness and grapefruit in the taste, but not overwhelming.

Smooth and refreshing IPA. Very crisp and just around the right strength to make this very drinkable. Could have several.

10-08-2008 00:22:17 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of jdg204


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

The triple crown of my first Great Lakes experiences. With two winners in Edmund Fitzgerald and Elliot Ness kicking things off, I was ready to the Commodore a shot.

A: Golden amber, with thick creamy head, looks a lot like their Dortmunder. Boy, these Great Lakes guys sure do know how to craft a beer with a great head.

S: Smells of piney and citric American hops, pretty average for an IPA.

T: The taste is really good. Especially as it warms up, the flavors start to really coalesce. Definitely some pine, but the white grapefruit really shines here. Also some tropical fruit and a bit of warming alcohol at the end. Very balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy, you wouldn't know you're drinkin' a 7.5% beer. World class.

D: Excellent brew, exceeded my expectations by far and proved Great Lakes as a phenom brewer, one of my new fav's. Finally an IPA that isn't hop bombed, but actually shows some balance, an excellent depiction. I'd recco these guys to anyone and will make it a point to get more of their offerings.

10-01-2008 00:26:05 | More by jdg204
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

A-Body is a slightly hazy bright orange-amber hue. Pours with a rusty off-white foamy 1/2 finger head that quickly fades to a thick collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is bright and hoppy. Citrus and piny hops come through along with an earthy malt tone. Sweet malt lingers in the background.

T-Citrusy hops upfront with earthy and piny tones. Some sweet malt is also present to hold the balance. More pine and citrus flavors come though for the finish. A mild resiny hop bitterness is added at the very end of the flavor.Hints of citrus, pine and resiny bitterness linger.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light body.

D- This is a nice East coast IPA...and at 7.5% is headed towards DIPA status. My last of the great lakes regular line-up to try. Solid...but I prefer most of the lineup over this one. I'm finding that I prefer the West Coast IPA style over the East Coast style...the hoppy flavor overload masks the bitterness better. I'll probably have this again sometime...and am now MUCH more likely to buy a Great Lakes variety case.

09-30-2008 20:59:28 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of BWH3


3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Golden with a tangerine hue. An initially fluffy white head fades quickly to a meaty ring of foam at the edges. Still with little gas.

S: A piny resin aroma. Very pleasant like walking in an alpine forest, but no depth to the aroma. Not much malt backing. Citrus and floral scents absent. No mineral or musty qualities as well.

T: Dense pine bitterness that fades to a metallic bitterness. Almost nothing remarkable from the grist or hop contributions.

M: Fairly dense medium bodied still ale with average head retention.

D: Good, not great and I expect more from Great Lakes.

09-29-2008 00:40:08 | More by BWH3
Photo of tempest


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into my pint glass, it's a clear gold with a tall, white head.

This IPA is a little different than your typical face-full of pine and grapefruit. Given, it does have grapefruit, but the flavor starts mellow and then grows through the finish to a big, spicy bitterness. The aroma has more of the citrus and is pleasant, but relative for the style, it could be better. For the strength, this beer is very drinkable and a little dangerous. It's probably a good thing more 7.5% beers aren't this seemingly sessionable.

09-28-2008 16:59:25 | More by tempest
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

A_Pours a medium gold with hints of orange. A vigourous pour results in a small one finger head but what is there manages to stay there and leaves plenty of lace.

S_Sweet carmael and biscuity malt seems to overwhelm the citric hops.

T_Intially rather sweet, the hops come through in the middle as a citric punch. The finish brings it back to a caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste is mildly bitter and dry.

M_Medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation.

D_A bit too sweet for my liking but a decent IPA overall Could be a bit hoppier as well.

09-27-2008 01:57:37 | More by sleazo
Photo of stewart124


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours with a nice off-white head that is close to 2 fingers thick and lingering. A nice orange amber color.

A nice aroma of grapefruit and pear seems to float up from the beer. This is not overpowering.

The first taste is of spicy/citrus hops with a big malt background. There is quite the bite with each sip but it is very tasty. Smooth and complex in the mouthfeel. The body is medium to full and blends well with the grapefruit notes from the hops. I'm almost picking up a bit of orange character too.

This is a solid IPA from Great Lakes and the alcohol seems well hidden at 7.5% but I would expect nothing less.

09-24-2008 00:21:25 | More by stewart124
Photo of dtbr


1.6/5  rDev -58.9%

So ive tried oktoberfest from this brewery and thought it was very tasty, However the second 6er we got was this and let me tell you it tastes like GRAPEFRUIT juice gone bad mixed with alcohol. Very nasty. The smell was nice and wasnt expecting to be blasted by nastiness. Now I will consider trying it again because it wont be the first time I tried a beer for the first time and hated it.. Be it that I got a bad/old batch or just the taste buds werent up to it. The date on these bottles were 11/20/08 so dont know what happened. Thanks for reading.

09-24-2008 00:04:07 | More by dtbr
Photo of PiecefulToker


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

A: Beautiful amber orange, slight haze, 1-finger head that dissipates to thin layer, leaves moderate lacing.

S: Smells like fresh baked bread and toast, with a mild hop spiciness. Caramel, honey, some citrus. This beer smells great.

T: As great as it smells. This comes in with strong malty sweetness, like fresh honey wheat bread. As the sweetness slips away, spicy floral hops come in at the back of my mouth and follow through in the finish. Lots of dry hop, tea flavors. This is one of the best IPAs I think I have ever had, and I consider myself somewhat of a "hophead."

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, slick medium body.

D: I could drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting easily. I don't think I would want to take down a 6 pack, though.

09-12-2008 04:07:26 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Light reddish amber body with a fluffy, rocky mountain off-white head. Thin rings of lace left all the way down.

The hops are a little buried in the nose. Sweet, biscuit and caramel aroma followed by a grassy, floral hop background.

A good amount of grapefruity, citrusy goodness and spicy hops on the palate. Almost a reverse of the nose. Malts hang in the back, doing their job well.

Slightly chewy, oily hop feel, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is about as perfect as it gets for an IPA.

The 7.5% is hidden rather well. Very easy to drink.

A very solid interpretation of the style. Enough hops to satisfy this hop head.

09-11-2008 21:19:44 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of jaxon53


3.58/5  rDev -8%

Thank you to adamharbaugh for sending me this beer in the "One of Each" BIF. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Another Great Lakes brew I've been waiting to try.

Appearance: Commodore Perry pours out a slightly haze amber color. Beer looks almost syrupy in the glass. A bit of a vigorous pour yields about a half inch of creamy looking off white head. Head fades almost instantly into a thin gob of foam in the middle of the glass. Not much lace left behind to really speak of, just some random spotty lace.

Smell: Definitely has a generous helping of hops. Strong resiny hop aroma. Nice citrus touches, grapefruit and orange peels. Almost has a slight Pine-Sol solvent aroma in the background. The malt definitely makes itself known as well. Bready and quite earthy.

Taste: A pretty massive hop blast out front, smoothed out by quite a bit of sweet malt. Brew is a little out of balance though. Hints of bread and yeast with some citrus and pine. Finishes dry with another huge, bitter hop bite. Didn't notice much of the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel on this one. Smooth with a moderate amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, the bitter hops really rule this beer, and seem to hamper drinkability a bit. Not my favorite IPA, but a solid offering from Great Lakes. I would drink this beer again.

09-01-2008 21:26:17 | More by jaxon53
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

this is dry and bitter with a fair amount of malt, this isn' bad but it isn't the best product by great lakes. but the abv is nice and this is a smooth drinking brew, the problem is that it jusd dosent stand out, i will probley only drink the outher five that i have and forget this beer, totaly avrage

09-01-2008 12:44:02 | More by orcasteve
Photo of Pauly2X


3.85/5  rDev -1%

A- Light anber with a one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with quite a pronounced, slightly caramel, malt backbone.

T- Like most american IPA's the hops do take center stage. However the stlightly toasted, caramel malt backbone does not go down without a fight. The hopd barely win out and leave a pleasant dry finish.

M- A little on the heavy side for the style but still good.

D- Due to the great balance this pretty drinkable.

Surely, this is a very well balanced IPA. Some hopheads that are expecting a hopbomb will be dissapointed. Nevertheless I would recomend this beer to any beer geek, not just hopheads.

08-31-2008 22:43:10 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of ffejherb


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/27/08.
Thanks to brewslut for picking me up a mixed sixer during a recent trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Clear light amber/golden body with one-finger white head that settled into a thin ring of retention but left a decorative patchwork of lace around the glass. Carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

S - First whiff reveals some biscuity malt and sweet caramel followed by some grassy hops, citrus rind, and a mild lacing of alcohol. Hop aroma opened up a bit more as the liquid warmed up, but this is a pretty malt-forward nose for an IPA.

T - Aaah, there's the hops! This IPA kicks in with a hefty amount of citrus rind and some fruity spiciness. There's also a bit of grass in the back. Finishes with a nice backbone of toasted, grainy malt and some caramel sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture, yet still retains a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Finish is somewhat dry and mildly astringent with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Carbonation is spot-on for the style.

D - Pretty solid IPA from Great Lakes, and probably my favorite offering of theirs thus far. It's got a nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor, thought the aroma doesn't reveal the full extent of the hops in this brew. I'd definitely revisit this one down the road.

08-28-2008 00:04:19 | More by ffejherb
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Nice golden orange pour with a large white head. Nice retention and copious lacing.
Some hops in the aroma, but generally understated.
The flavor is the big selling point of this beer. Good shot of citrus hops up front, but balanced with some nicely sweet malts. Not an over the top hop bomb, but definitely well hopped. The finish contains a fairly long lasting bitterness on the tongue.
Syrupy oily hops coat the tongue.
This beer goes down very easily and I could see downing at least a couple of these over a session.
This is a great IPA and another great offering from Great Lakes. Although I can't get these beers on a regular basis, I look for them whenever I can find them. Best wishes to Great Lakes on their 20th anniversary. Here's to the next twenty years as well.

08-26-2008 01:28:28 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a nice light golden yellow, with a good 1 finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smells heavy of floral and hops.

Taste is lightly sweet upfront then to floral hops adn fades to a slight dry and bitter finish. This asks you to drink more.

Very good brew. I am not a big IPA fan, but i can drink this very easy, not too bitter, good brew.

08-15-2008 01:21:51 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of Brew33


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Consumed in a pint glass poured from a brown glass bottle.

Great Lakes never seems to dissapoint so I figured I would give this IPA a shot. I was very happy with my choice.

I love IPA's and this is one of my favorites.

Honestly, it isn't terribly hoppy. Don't get me wrong it has plenty of hop aroma and taste, but for an IPA it doesn't kill you with hops. Actually, it is one of the most mellow, drinkable IPA's I have ever had.

There is a great balance and a good amount of malt in the taste. It is very dry but it has a unique smoothness to it. Very pleasant. This is a very good beer.

I would drink these any time. Another example of Great Lakes doing what they do best... making terrific beer.

08-06-2008 19:55:03 | More by Brew33
Photo of kinger


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

I've been hunting for this seasonal offering and was able to track some down. This is right in line with the Great Lakes way of brewing beer fantastic recipe, and a great angle on a wonderful style. Emptied a bottle into my glass and was given a richly golden colored ale with a thick fluffy white head that soon settles to a nice white film. Abundant lacing is present, and a lazy carbonation can be seen. As I smell the aroma I am rewarded with a biting hop scent of grapefruit and pine. This is pleasant and unexpected and it smells wonderful. This is considerably more citrusy than the average IPA. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, not too thick so it goes down easy. The flavor is outstanding keeping in line with the aroma. An abundance of hops (cascade is an understatement) fill out this one with a real subtle malt backbone. Taste is mostly citrus grapefruits, nice and tart with an even amount of bitterness. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's and another score for one of my top brewers. Too bad it's seasonal, if you come across it grab some!

08-05-2008 16:43:13 | More by kinger
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, best before 8/4/08

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with orange and amber highlights and topped with a sticky looking one inch head whihc fades into a thin cap but still leaves some nice lacing on its way down the glass.

S: Thick resiny pine and grapefruit hops, very straightforward, doesn't pull any punches with only the slightest hint of malt sweetness.

T/MF: Malt is far more pronounced in the taste where it appears good and chewy with a healthy amount of caramel graininess and plays a nice counterpoint to the rather juicy, ripe mellon and pineapple like hop profile. Normally I don't like my ipas to be this malt centric but a balance is just too nicely struck here and really makes for a wonderfully balanced yet still nice and juicy IPA, though this beer does seem to show its age in places and has the slightest twinge of buttery apple but thankfully not enough to detract very much from and other wise exceptional beer.

D: Alcohol though well hidden in the taste makes itself very present later on as you are a ways into the glass, pretty thick and on the fuller side of medium bodied, one is the right amount of one of these for a night. Its been a while since a gave a beer all 4s but this is just one overall balanced good beer so...if the shoe fits...all 4s.

08-03-2008 03:57:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of spointon


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear, coppery orange color with a 1/2 inch tan head. The head quickly dropped to a skim, and left a nice amount of lacing down the glass. Minimal amounts of carbonation release visible.

S= This ale produced aromas of biscuit malt and hops. Though the piney-citrusy hop characteristics were dominant, the malt backbone is substantial enough to balance the beer. There was also detectable amounts of alcohol in the nose (especially when swirled) as you would expect with this abv.

T= I really enjoyed the taste of this IPA. Following the nose, there were an abundance of American style hop flavors like grapefruit and lemon grass followed by more bitter notes of pine. The malty biscuit flavors were always there, lurking behind the scenes. The alcohol was much less evident in the taste than in the aroma.

MF= I found this one to be relatively lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Still, it retained an appropriate crispness on the tongue.

D= A damn good IPA! I have become a huge fan of Great Lakes beers, and this one did not disappoint. One of my new warm weather favorites!

07-28-2008 01:59:34 | More by spointon
Photo of donteatpoop


4.55/5  rDev +17%

I was very pleased with this.

Clear light amber color, thick white head and good lacing effect.

Smells like... Holy hops, batman.

Despite the hop heavy taste, the bitterness is not over bearing. Great IPA, and normally I'm not too fond of IPAs.

Decent body, no unpleasant aftertaste; very well balanced beer.

Very drinkable. I can see myself tipping quite a few of these back in a sitting.

07-25-2008 21:54:30 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of KeefD


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured an orange amber color with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly leaving behind some moderate lacing. Nice floral hop notes in the nose backed up by a sweet malt character. Very sweet for an IPA, which I must admit to liking. Lots of syrupy hop resins on the tongue, some great malt backbone, sweet and bitter at the same time. Very nice brew and my first from this company.

07-23-2008 23:56:30 | More by KeefD
Photo of DoubleJ


3.58/5  rDev -8%

Joe at Walnut Liquorette threw this bottle into my purchase free of charge since it was my first time shopping at that liquor store. Poured into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color, the head is rocky, and it leaves whipped lace around the glass. The nose brings lemon and bitter grapefruit to the picture, and the infamous diacteyl (buttered popcorn) common in this color shade of IPA. The diacteyl goes along well with the citrus during the taste, but then a sharp bitterness and mildly hot fusel alcohol cuts into the quality of the taste.

It's not a bad effort, just a little off-par compared to the IPA's which are more widely available in my area.

07-23-2008 02:02:14 | More by DoubleJ
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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