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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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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 78
Gots: 174 | 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 Lepley
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to review this one for a while. Picked up a 12-pack from Giant Eagle.

A: Pours clear, orange/gold with about a finger of white fluffy head.
S: Citrus, lemon, grassy, floral, hoppy, grapefruit, a little alcohol.
T: Sweet citrus fruits, lemon grapefruit, orange, piney, bitter, decently hoppy, good bitterness.
M: Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation.
D: This is a great IPA. Not the best but its so well rounded. Its tasty but not so overwhelming that one or two is too much. I could drink this beer all day. One of my favorites from GLBC.

Lepley, May 26, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold colour with a decent head for such a strong beer. It has a sweet fruity nose with hints of apple, grape, raisin and peach. If anything it tastes a little too sweet but there is a good herbal edge to it. Good but not as big or interesting as many of the northwestern IPA's.

charlatan, May 23, 2009
Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy before date: 6/28/09 clearly marked on the bottle.

A- Pours a yellow/orange color with a one finger head.

S- Nose is all citrus for me, predominantly orange with some grapefruit scents.

T- Bitter hops are significant at first and then slowly fades to a citrus finish. It feels a little better balanced than some other IPA's that I've had.

M- Carbonation is right on the money for an IPA in my opinion. Pretty smooth in the mouth as well.

D- I don't really find IPA's to be a style that is session-able to me, but this is one I could see myself having more than one of.

samie85, May 09, 2009
Photo of TheNightbird
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright copper color, with a slight rocky head.

S- Strong but not pungent hops, mixed with a nice grapefruit aroma. Malt aromas are in the background aroma.

T- The bitterness and the grapefruit is upfront. Followed up by fruitiness and a malt.

M- Medium body that has a nice carbonation.

D- Alright drinkability, due to the bitterness. I have had no problem pounding through a sixer. Is a great summertime beer.

TheNightbird, May 06, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep hazy orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Floral citrus hop nose with sweet fruity esters. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon contribute to the fruity hops. Some pine resin and a bit of alcohol present.

T- Strong hoppy bitterness initially. The pine/floral hops are in full force. The finish is surprisingly sweet with a light malt character.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Balanced (shifting towards hops of course) and warming.

D- Fine brew that has all of the key ingredients of a nice IPA. Not the best, but solid.

projectflam86, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw with no visible cloud. Head is immense and soapy with a large amount of rocky peaks. Leaves thick sticky lace to the sides of the glass. Nice presentation.

Aroma is of piney, fruity fresh vinous hops. Upfront and very prominent, they give a nice toasty Amarillo hop smell, although I’m not sure if that’s the varietal used.

Flavor is clean fresh hops on the front. Bitter and fruity, with grapefruit rind, fresh pineapple and stinky earthy pine cones. Leafy and green the hops are beautifully represented. Middle gives a little bready, biscuit malt that gives way to the hops. The hop middle is sweet and fruity, floral and sour. Finishes dry as can be the malt is there on the finish, but does not come up huge. Hops on the finish are toasted leafy greens and a burnt toast flavor. These hops are good, and they stand up very well in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, slightly oily and creamy. Good and refreshing for an ale of this flavor level.

wheatyweiss, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fun aroma of hops and flowers.
This is a great look for an IPA. Nice amber tone and great head. The flavor is good, a little too bitter on the back end.
It gets a little too bitter on the finish.
Of average drinkablility, some of the bitter notes are a tad too much to want to session with but solid.
Nice quality.

ThaBobfather, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks beachbum1975

Well from my sample this is instantly an underappreciated IPA. Not the ridiculous sticky insane hopness of some of the super fresh hop bombs out there, but a really well balanced, crisply bitter, full of flavor, absolutely gorgeous IPA.

Pours a slightly hazy pale pale apricot and straw color into a pilsner flute, and it's steady shift in color from the thin part of the class to the thick combined with the fluffy, creamy white head that sticks all the way down truly makes for a gorgeous brew.

Aroma is a fine mix of pine resin and grapefruit backed by a bit of light toast.

On the palate this is a really well balanced (for an IPA) beer, a firm bitterness with just a touch of a ragged edge backdrops a smooth round slightly grain sweet middle backed by a juicy grapefruit aroma that finishes aspirine-y and a bit spicy.

Right in my wheelhouse body-wise, medium bodied with no hint of late alcohol make this exceptionally drinkable, but not so light as to utterly deceive.

This doesn't really enter the discussion for my favorite IPAs taste-wise, but it's incredible solid, and the crafting is superb. It's gorgeous, and I'd buy it regularly if it were closer.

errantnight, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to pwoods for this, thanks Patrick!! I always dig beers with ties or allusions to history..

Pours amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Floral & citrus hops, a little biscuitty malt. Pine sneaks in as this warms

T: Grapefruit, flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt up front. Grapefruit & pineapple show as this warms along with a touch sulphur that contributes nicely, a kiss of booze. Finishes with nice hoppy crispness, & some dryness. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Slightly heavy body up front, along with some warmth. Nice balance

Good drikability, I'm sure the ABV would get me after awhile, but the first bottle goes down pretty darn easy. A solid AIPA

russpowell, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head. It is amber in color. It has some citrus (pineapple and mango) and malt aromas. Nice smooth flavor up front finishing with a nice bite. The bitterness tends to linger for a while. Overall, it is a good beer.

edited score 10-31-2010

buschbeer, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of storksonm
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in large mug.

A: Light tan look to it formed a nice head.

S: Definitely hoppy.

T: Tasted ofcourse like hops and a distinct carmel flavor.

M: It was a smooth beer with a bit of bitter to it but not overwhelmingly so. It had an almost buttery feel to it.

D: It was an alright Ipa it was altogether pretty good and not your average ipa and the carmel taste makes it quite unique.

storksonm, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A two finger light tan head sits on top of a slightly hazy orange body. Sweet citrusy hops. Some hints of tropical fruits in the aroma. The taste has a combination of tropical fruits, grapefruit peels, and pine. Tastes really good but the drinkability isn't really there for me, one glass and I'm done with it for the night.

BierFan, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a logo-free imperial pint glass. Bottle says best by 05.31.2009.

A: A darkish orange-amber color with a thick head. Mild carbonation and the head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Strong hop presence with a malt backbone. Slightly sweet and fruity, but without a distinctive presence from any single fruit.

T: Hoppy yet slightly malty at the same time. A slightly grassy taste to it--it's almost as if this were a hopped-up Vienna-style lager. Very tasty.

M: Overall pretty decent. A little too much carbonation, and some slight sour notes.

D: Quite drinkable. I'm glad that my local store had sixers of this on sale for only $6.49. I haven't been disappointed by a Great Lakes brew yet.

Thorpe429, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pale straw yellow color with a small1 finger deep white colored head.

Smells of citrus & piney hops, some toasted grains, and some sweet malts.

Toasted grain and sweet bready malts give way to a nice hop bitterness, grapefruit, orange zest, tropical, piney, resiny, with a dry bitter finish.

Clean, crisp, light o medium, moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink tasty IPA. Others I would choose before this one, but this is quite tasty.

bbothen, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I poured this into my pint glass, I would describe the color as a light orange. The head, while short, was very thick and left a nice trail of lacing throughout the entirety of its short existence. This could possibly use a little more malt falvoring up front to balance the wonderful citrusy hops, but overall the taste is quite good. Goes down smooth and the bitter aftertaste sticks around for some time. Overall, another fine offering from Great Lakes.

alkemy, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color, clear appearance, nice two finger head and brilliant lacing. A sweet hop smell at first, followed by a grainy alcohol intake. Gulp. Yeah, this one is on the sweeter side of things, you get a punch of the hops, but is somewhat tame. Light/Medium bodied, easy gulper though the high ABV. A good session IPA. Great Lakes has a great roster of beers, this review by all means should not be taken to heart.

BuffaloTapHugger, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown with lots of bubbles rising to the top. A thin, one finger head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin foam cap. Solid rings of lace follow the beer down.

S - An interesting mix of fresh baked bread and floral hoppiness. The malt comes through a little too much for my liking, but still a very inviting aroma.

T - Strong bready taste up front with a decent sweetness to it as well. A light, floral hoppiness is present, but is very muted. The bread and biscuit taste from the malts used are way to strong. Far too malt heavy of an American IPA for my liking.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light chewiness. Good carbonation and very easy drinking, just not the taste profile I prefer.

ckeegan04, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a small one finger head and great lacing.

Smell isn't as strong as I wouldve expected for an american IPA. Very citrusy with orange peel and lemon.

Taste: Tangerines, lemon and orange peel, bready, bisuity, buttery malt. Caramel sweetness matched with a grapefruit bitterness. The finish is completely bitter grapefruit.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation makes this beer so damn drinkable.

EatsTacos, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
2.17/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: clear golden brown with a hint of amber

Smell: smells like an adjunct pale. cereal and corn aroma

Taste: soapy up front. dissipates quickly to leave a basic adjunct flavor with a bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: full-light body. moderate carbonation.

Notes: im guessing something went wrong. this is not a great lakes beer. i really think i need to start over with a fresh one.

Frosty80, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel like people rage on about how excellent Great Lakes Brewery is, but I really haven't had anything from that's been overly impressive, hopefully this one will change that.

Stunning glowing hazy copper with a small soft white head that curls away but leaves a nice lacing behind.

Really nice caramel with tons of citrus and slights of pine hops. Mango, peaches, orange and lemon. Really vibrant and refreshing smell.

Tastes more like a double ipa. Very thick caramel flavors coat the tongue. It doesn't taste as fresh as I assumed it would, the bottle says fresh until 3-11-09. The citrus shows mostly in the middle of the sip with subdued orange, lemon and banana. Dry hop kick on the end that really shows a nice use of pine hops. Some booze along the way but nothing profound or displeasing.

CoolJosh, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been aging this bottle for the last year and poured it today to see how it fared. It easily poured a nice tight off-white three fingered head. The color was of light golden honey and the ale was cyrstal clear. Lacing was apparent on the pint glass with a ring marking each sip along the way.

The aroma was muted for an IPA. It smelled of roasted malt up-front, followed by melon then citrus and molassas.

The taste was a nice blend of roasted malt with some subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness was a little assertive for an IPA but it blended nicely with the malt and piney hop notes. Very complex flavor profile for an IPA, almost more of an "Imperial" IPA.

As far as drinkability is concerned, you probably won't grow tired of this ale. It lacks the overpowering punch of so many of the super hopped IPA's but it tickles your tastebuds with just the right balance of hops and malt to keep you coming back for more.

Well done GLB!

ABOWMan, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA is on the border between dark gold and light amber. It's crystal clear and quite sparkling. It's topped with a dense white head, with rainbow bubbles, that fades to a film and leaves good lacing. It has a nice, bold, citrus-pine aroma, along with something herbal. It smells a little sweet, like Christmas cookies. Despite the "best by" date being passed, it smells fresh. It is medium bodied and very smooth. It has a creamy mouth feel that's a little bubbly. It lightens up toward the end of the taste. It has a pretty dry finish that leaves the mouth a little sticky. It's pretty well bittered and pretty well balanced. I suppose I would prefer a little more bitterness to go with this huge boozy quality. It's a touch sweet. The flavor is mostly grapefruit and pine. The alcohol lends a black pepper quality.

yesyouam, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Basic pale malts paired with a fragrant, fruity blend of fresh melon, pine, and an assortment of various citruses.

Taste: Starts with a modest pale maltiness and light, standard sweetness that is, perhaps, a bit simple, but it gives a good white canvas over which to exhibit a range of hop flavors - a drop of melon juice, a drizzle of pine resin, and a platter of sweaty, pithy citrus rinds. Medium-high bitterness. Further hints of grain return for the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable, quality India Pale Ale charged with plenty of hop bitterness but, thankfully, refrains from being overbearing.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Adamdc
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Lakes strikes again!

Picked this up while I was in Ohio a few months back. Poured into pint glass.

A: orange/amber light carbonation, minimal head. More carbonation would be nice.

S: is this an IPA? Very caramel malty nose with orange hops. You'd never guess this was a modern day American IPA!

T: A quick hit of sweetness followed by a nice, subtle bite of grapefruity hops. As mentioned above, not your typical 'hoppy' IPA. Just enough hoppiness, in my opinion. Finish is very smooth with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: despite low carbonation mouthfeel has a little crispness to it and it's not too thin. Definitely medium.

D: A little too drinkable! For a 7.5% ABV IPA, neither the hops nor the alcohol are aggressive. Very smooth and clean.

Even though this is clearly less hoppy than most American IPA's I really enjoyed this. Very drinkable! This one's a keeper!

Adamdc, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of ironlung
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bb8189 for this extra!

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a white fizzy head that dissiaptes very quickly. Smells like carmel malt&grassy hops with a touch of alcohol thrown in. Very easy drinking IPA, although you can smell the alcohol in it you cannot taste it. Mouthfeel for the most part is crisp, i say that because there is some lingering sweetness. Overall a well put-together IPA that needs more hop "snap" to get a 4.0 on taste from me.

ironlung, Feb 07, 2009
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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