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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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2,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 84
Gots: 264 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Spacious effervesce rises lazily within a bright pumpkin orange glow. The head is dull white and foamy with its fair share of pockets and divets on the surface. Retention was fair while the lacing was weak on the hold similar to their burning river pale providing disappointing coverage.

S: Sweet caramel grains and oranges arrive upfront. Piney hops come through at first with some flowery citrus moving in late of light helping. I fond this to be on par with their burning river pale in terms of strength even though this is labeled as ipa which didn't help matters coming off underpowered by style.

T: Dry flowery citrus highlights the open. The malting felt weak at first but is much more greatly appreciated on the hold and mouthful. Toasted malts and alcohol feel provides a glowing warmth along with a flowery citrus moderate in strength. The finish finds a good display of the warm toasted nature coming through with a good deal of bitterness which was unfortunately short lived on the fade and swallow.

M: Fairly full bodied, appearing much more so then I obtained in the flavor. Luscious and creamy on the hold with a light tingle of carbonation adding some life. Warm pine oils and citrus juices line the tongue on longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability factor, some dry warming pine and citrus notes come in late to save this of its dignity. Moderate enjoyment, nothing that I would seek out or probably drink in multiples.

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

Great Lake Commodore Perry is a little short of greatness. The color is good, it's a orange hued amber with white foam that settles to a thin white layer. The beer smells minty and citrusy from hops and a little fruity from yeast. The taste is very complex, it is sweet with apples, grapes and pears upfront with a tinge of bitterness that gives way to a mouthful of toasted whole-grain bread that only gives way to a drying bitterness in the end. After the swallow, the bitterness lingers with the warming astringency of alcohol. I think if the alcohol was less obtrusive and hop flavor was more assertive (not just bitter), then this would be a far superior beer. As it is, it is very good, but turning down the malts (and booze) a little on this beer and letting the hops shine a little more would be a benefit.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass @ new wave cafe in philly

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with orange hues, a light head fades into excellent lacing, leaving multiple rings along the glass.

S - Somewhat subdued hints of hops, wheat, fruit, and lighter malt.

T - Begins with a wave of incredibly juicy hops, eventually giving way to multiple fruit flavors. A dash of light malt sweetness balances everything out, but still allows the hop profile to shine. Finishes clear and crisp, with some lingering fruity hops.

M - Lighter to medium body, bubbly, somewhat dry towards the end.

D - Super drinkable, especially for the ABV. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing for the style.

A really impressive effort from Great Lakes, as this one hits the spot on nearly every category. For a regular IPA, Commodore Perry is tough to beat.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Sheffield's.

A: appears a bright clear golden color with a bone white dense head, decent retention with a considerable amount of lacing

S: aromatic hops in the front with a blend of citrusy and piny hops, the malt profile also makes itself known on the nose with sweet notes of molasses, caramel, and toast

T: bitter hops up front followed by some fruity sweetness, notes of lemon, grapefruit, grass, and pine needles in the middle, finish is dry and fruity. Nice balance for the most part, however its a little sweet on the end.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light body

D: at 7.5%, this ipa drinks quite nice. I've had this brew many times over the years and have learned that when fresh (which this pint is), this is one of the more solid IPAs available year round. Another solid brew from Great Lakes.

Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orangey/golden with a 2-finger white head. Significant layered lacing.

The smell is citrusy hops with just a hint of caramel malts.

The taste is orange and grapefruit with some faint floral hops. There's also a slight pear taste along with some sweet and sour malts. Not as hoppy as I would expect in an IPA; more balanced. The mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, crisp.

This is a very drinkable IPA that masks the ABV well. It's not as hoppy as I would like, but, at the same time, the lack of over-the-top acidity of a lot of IPAs is well-received.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/02/10. Ive had this beer quite a few times before. I didnt even realize I havent given it a review yet.

A- The beer is a pale gold that is very clear. Perfectly white head will achieve a pretty decent size but it will only hold at a thin sheet. Moderate lacing.

S- Hops are the first think I smell. They are mostly citrusy and floral. They are fairly weak, at least compared to IPAs that everyone is used to by now. Malts shine through. They are suspiciously corny and very grainy. Like a bowl of cereal or oatmeal or grits or something.

T- Lots more of that grainy, mealy malt stuff going on. Hops come and try to redeem everything right at the last minute. They give a nice juicy citrus flavor that lasts only briefly. The end is bitter and citrusy.

Photo of rcwhiteky
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- muted copper with a three finger head from a normal pour that stuck around - m wife even said this was a pretty beer.

S very citrus hops aroma with a hint of the malt coming though and some tropical smells coming though as well.

T- Very good not over powering with hops but they are there in more of a balancing role sweet tropical profile that has a nice bitter ending

M- this is where this bee excels very creamy thick feeling that was just wonderful

D-very smooth no hint of the alcohol even though the abv is north of 7 and it makes you want another one when your done.

Photo of rjhaupt
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful golden color with a serious head that lingers and climbs like a soufle.

S - Pine, citrus, hops. The big 3 of the IPA.

T - Fruity hop blast smoother out inot the malts then sliding to a bitterness at the back of the tongue. Moves front to back from start to finish. Hooray IPA!

M - Smooth start, dry finish. What more need you!

D - Not available enough but would drink often otherwise.

Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= The pour is a nice translucent yellow color with a great looking slightly off white head on it that rises to the perfect two fingers and holds steady in the glass with sticky lacing along the sides.

S= This has sort of a candy hop smell to it. Real tropical fruit hops. A little bit of a caramel sweetness but not much.

T= Again with the tropical hops. Nice pineapple and mango flavors as wel as some grainy flavor. Tastes a little like wort running straight from the mash with a nice hop bitterness to it.

M= About perfect for an IPA. Not over carbonated and smooth.

D= A great IPA for sure. With all the IPAs on the market however I'm not sure how often I will be visiting this one. Worth trying once though.

Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a 22 oz. curvy shaped glass.

Commodore Perry is a strong IPA, listed at the brewery as 8%, it seems (before I tasted it) that it should be classified as a DIPA.

The beer has a light golden orange color with slight hazy and thin white head. There is some nice lace but nothing expectional in terms of appearance.

Aroma is hoppy but certainly not huge. A nice hybrid of American and British hops is how I would describe it but I can't be sure which hops were actually used.

Flavor is well bittered but not that much stronger than a nice pale ale. I think the malts play a substanatial role in making this beer seem somewhat average, hops-wise. It is just too big on malt to let the hops shine.

That said, it's nicely balanced and very drinkable. Medium-light in body and appropriate carbonation.

It's what I would think of when I consider an east coast IPA, which I suppose it basically is. I also would think of it as an IPA from before the "lupulin shift" that was brought upon us by beers like Pliny. Overall solid but maybe in need of an update or tweek.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright amber body topped with a big rocky off-white head of good retention that leaves moderate lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Sharp hop aroma of oranges and apricots of average assertiveness. Mild malt sweetness in the background.

T: Citrus up front, and piney on the pack end. Fairly strong hop aftertaste. Sweet malt backbone, bordering on cloying. No hint of its 7.5 abv. Pretty straight forward IPA, not a lot of nuance, but nothing too offensive.

M: Moderate body, and perhaps a little oily. Low to medium carbonation. A little sticky for my personal taste.

D: Solid IPA if you can handle the aftertaste. Not really a session beer, but three will keep things social.

O: Decent offering. Not something that I envision to be a "go-to" but nothing I would shy away from in the future.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange transparent body. Light but dense head, light lacing.

The scent is orange and grainy malt.

The flavor is light and not quite the hop attack I usually enjoy, but is respectable. Hops are of the citrus variety. The malt has a sweet but buttery taste that I find typical of all of GLs beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an IPA with a slightly dry finish.

Good drinkability, considering the light body. 7.5% abv is not detectable.

Overall, a solid beer but it pales in comparison to some of the best in class. I like it for what it is, though: a very accessable, reasonably priced, quality ipa.

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

A - Golden honey color with a nice cream head that sticks to the glass.

S - Oranges and hops..mainly oranges is what I smell. Very pleasant, not overwhelming but present.

T - I absolutely love the balance of citrus and hops with this beer. This is the kind of hops taste I like; The kind that you taste at the back of your mouth, and is defined but not attacking all of your taste buds at once. The taste lingers just long enough to feel like each drink is worth the money, but at the same time it doesn't overstay its welcome.

M - Exceptional mouthfeel IMHO. This is the way a beer should taste; heavy but not ridiculous

D - A very drinkable IPA.. I could definitely make this a session beer.

Photo of TheHungryHiker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying a brew from Great Lakes. I had never heard of the company and was looking for a new IPA to try when I stumbled across this during a trip back east.
A= Served in a medium goblet, it poured a honey amber color with a 1 1/2 finger, light tan head.

S= Mild grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel.

T= A quick hit of hops followed by light, sweet malts. A fair hit of orange zest lingers on the back of the tongue.

M= Quite light for an IPA. Overall, well balanced.Or maybe I've been bathing in West Coast IPA's too long and therefore, find this to be rather mellow and light.

D= Very drinkable, if unremarkable. I could bring this to an all day BBQ as session IPA and not burn out my taste buds.However, watch out... the ABV is 7.5 but is hardly noticeable.

Update. 24 hours later. I had 4 beers left. Cracked one open, poured it into the aforementioned goblet, inhaled the aromas,sipped, and decided "this is better than I first thought." IPAs are challenging, especially to a first-timer. This is an IPA I would recommend for a first-timer. It has grace notes of what should be expected of IPAs, the pine, grapefruit,lingering bitterness, citrus and citrus zest, but in small doses. Enough to introduce the flavors one can expect, without the full frontal assault of, say, Avery's Maharaja (a personal favorite)or even Green Flash or Stone IPA.

Photo of jameswaldo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bandwagon Brewpub, and liked it a lot there, so when I saw it at Finger Lakes Beverage Co at a decent six-pack price, had to bring it home. I like the label--"Don't Give Up The Sip"--and its ever so polite way of indicating BB date: "For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 08/22/10."
Poured into a pint glass, the 12 oz bottle makes a gorgeous orange hazy SRM 9 with a rich head settling after a minute. No lacing in my glass.
Smells like sweet malt and ale yeast, not much hops for my hop-hungry nose.
Tastes a mild bitter yeasty easy-to-swallow good balance of light amber malt and middle-of-the tongue hops.
Mouthfeel a creamy juicy unctuous dense perfectly carbonated blanket of foam. Aftertaste a gentle lingering fruity bitterness, hanging there persistently.
For under $8 per 6-pack, this IPA tastes like a more expensive ale; I'll get more.

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

appearance- golden with a nice head that dissipated after a few moments

smell-floral, but not noticing to much

taste-hoppy and bitter with fruity dryish finish

mouthfeel- medium

drinkablity- easy to drink, bitter with decent flavor which only gets better with a few drinks.

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

OK, this beer really does look about perfect right now, it's poured into a Smuttynose Snifter, and the head is so huge, and it's barely budging an milimeter. color is a refreshing looking golden slightly orange color with carbination bubbles rising to meet the head.

The aroma is very earthy and orange,actually more rounded tangerine then biting orange though.

not really bitter or crisp, it's almost like a really orange flavored pale ale, the english hops really come through earthy and in an mildy wet dog sort of way too. there is not a west coast style lack of malt either, it's pretty balanced, but maybe the hop choice makes that seem the case, but in any event there is some residual sweetness from the seemingly higher levels of malt. The finish has some light bitterness, but not much.

I wish there was more carbination, maybe my pour was too aggressive, but i poured how i always do, in any event a lighter and brighter mouthfeel would have done alot for this. not bad but not what i want.

Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep golden with a nice beige head.
S: Bready and hoppy.
T: Hoppy and fruity with a crisp finish.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
D: Great Lakes does it again. All of their year round offerings I've tried are simple and easy drinking.

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

12 oz bottle, unfortunately rearing towards its best by date, another non-perfectly fresh IPA, hopefully the flavors have held up to my taste standards.

It pours nicely enough into my American Pint glass. It is a clear gold with a bit of range and a nice creamy white head, pretty good for the style.

The smell is okay, the fresh hop scent has degraded into more of a sugary malt scent.

The taste is alright, it doesn't pop but it has a nice bitterness to it, the hop flavors are most noticeable near room temperature so if you have an older bottle, a near room temp beer is optimal, and probably also even when it is fresh it is probably better warmer than colder judging by the hop profile which is bitter, but lacks depth. The malts seem to carry this one underneath the bitterness they provide a sbtle balance of sweetness.

It isn't bad, would've enjoyed it better fresh but sometimes what can you do?

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

"Don't give up the ship!," cried Commodore Perry, the gallant sailor boy who won the day during the War of 1812 - Hmmm ... when exactly was this, now? Anyway, the glorious label cleverly pleads the Beer Advocate to "Don't Give Up the Sip."

This award winner opens with a massive froth of a head, one which takes time to subside (much like the chaos at the Battle of Lake Erie, I presume.) When it does, it leaves a thick coat of lacing along the glass. It is an amber colored beer with a translucent body through which a discernable eye may detect a school of carbonation bubbles rising within. The nose detects the sweet waft of apple and cinammon while the palate down below does battle with a sweet maltiness that heaves to with an agressive plundering of hops.

The mouthfeel is buttery but pleasant; this makes for a pleasant sessional quaff when below deck with the cabin boy - who will someday be a cabin man. Another victory from Great Lakes!

Photo of silentjay
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours clear and rather a light shade of copper with a frothy almost white head that sticks around and clings to the glass

smells odd. very sweet and malty with fruity hops sticking in the background. almost like a malty APA.

taste is a bit more hoppy than the aroma with some grassy, floral, and tropical fruit flavors being the most dominant. Up front there is a weird off flavor I cannot put my finger on, but it is soon taken over. caramel, bready, and biscuity malt flavors are there as well.

body is about where it should be with a lot of carbonation and a tiny bit of resins left on the tongue.

drinkability is hurt a bit by the off flavors and aromas that though they don't dominate, are a hindrance to the overall experience. Not my ideal IPA by any means.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, bitter grapefruit and a bigger malt balance. A citrus hop bite and medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit/ citrus hop aftertaste. Nice big hop, quite balanced, almost a big pale ale.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Mostly clear, copper-y, amber coloration, nice white head. Mmm, hmmm. Right on.

Aroma: soft, floral, lightly spicy, fruity. Gets bigger, more boisterous, bitterer as we go on. Really opens up, shows off the hops, very nice.

Taste: Fills the mouth with a barrage of bitterness. Very bright, oily, thick, and exuberant. Stands ground in the mouth, holds tight to the palate, hoppy flavor never quits. Some citric zest, grapefruit, etc. Pine needles aplenty. With a medium body, excellent tenacity of hoppy flavor, great malty balance below.

This is one of those IPAs under the radar, that should be mentioned whenever one speaks of great hoppy MidWestern IPAs. And I'm just trying it for the first time, myself. High sessionability, for those with high lupulin tolerance, we hopheads.

Photo of otersen73
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Lakes stout glass. Beautiful two-finger head with a deep, rich, caramel color body.

Very fragrant with hints of fruits and citrus. Also, some piney aromatics poked through.

Exactly what you'd expect in a Double IPA, but packed into a regular IPA without as much alcohol content. Beautiful caramel malt up front with hops balancing the sweetness through the middle and finishing with a long dry hop-filled aftertaste.

Well carbonated but easy on the palette.

Would definitely have another, although, take caution as this one can sneek up on you in a hurry.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold in color with almost 2 fingers of head into my pint glass, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Hops, sweet caramel, citrus

T - Has a nice bite to it between the bitterness and the hops. Grapefruit notes for sure and a nice caramel malt sweetness as it mellows.

M - Pretty crisp and not real heavy, yet has a nice big taste that sticks around for a little while.

D - Easy going down and very enjoyable, not too high ABV so you can enjoy a few with no worries.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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