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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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2,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,395
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

Scent of juicy hops, grapefruit, peach, mango and a hint of bread. A nice balanced, juicy, fruity scent, but not too hoppy.

Taste of bready malts, hops, and water, finishes dry with a faint hop flavor. There is really nothing to this, it isn't offensive, but there is just very little flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a pinch of carbonation.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased from Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine for me. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty faint orange color with not too much in the way of head. The top of the beer is covered in just a haze of bubbles, but there are rings of lacing with each swallow.

S: Much more malt in the aroma than hops. Caramel malt dominates the nose. Floral hop notes also mix in with the malt.

T: A very balanced IPA. The caramel malt starts the flavor off a bit sweet, then the hops come in the balance out the taste. No real lasting bitterness or sweetness in the finish. It is very clean.

M: Medium body as you would expect from an IPA. I would prefer a little bit more creaminess from carbonation.

D: An amazingly easy drinking IPA.

Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in color that's a little heavier on the golden. Very thin head for an IPA with sparse lacing.
It smells like I'm sticking my nose in a fresh cut grapefruit. Mmmmm!!
Typical piney and grapefruit C-Hop flavors. More caramel than any IPA I've tasted in recent memory. The caramel adds an unpleasent sweetness to the beer but the nice hop load keeps the beer yummy.
Mouthfeel is creamy but a tad too thin.
Good beer. With so many good IPA's out there the competition is tuff. Imo this stacks up somewhere in the middle. I recommend it as you can't go wrong with Great Lakes.

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

Pour - Commodore Perry pours a bright, glowing, sunny orange color. Its a nice clean, clear pour with a half inch of foam on top that fills the glass up. Good looking stuff!

Aroma - Quite a bit of malty, biscuity sweetness is met by a heft dose of citrusy hops. I'd have to say the malt is the more dominant smell coming from this glass.

Taste - The toasty, biscuity malt flavor definitely comes into play quickly with this one, however it is quickly met by a wallop of bitter, mouth-puckering hoppiness. Plenty of nice citrus notes make themselves known and the balance between them and the malt is second to none. Its truly is a flavor melding that is hard to find. Absolutely incredible.

Overall - This has to be one of the most well balanced high ABV IPAs I've ever had. The toasty malty flavors are so present and so well complimented by the high alpha hops. Its truly a pleasure to drink this beer. I love hops.

Would I buy more of it? I really wish I could. I'd go for a 12-pack and make it my go to IPA for sure.

Photo of jraycee
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish amber with a medium head that leaves nice lacing.
Smell is citrus and flowers with fresh bread.
Taste is good with a piney citrus hops flavor covering a toasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel is good for the style, a little sticky resin feel.
I like this beer. We picked up a fresh case while in OH last week. I'll be sad when they're gone. Next time I gotta stop by the brewery.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tip my hat to cooncat for providing this beer in a recent trade. Thank you sir!

best by 2/20/09 date on bottle

Poured with a finger and a ½ of foamy white head. The head started to settle fairly quickly and left a thin cap across the top of the beer. Sticky lacing was evident right out of the shoot. Beer is a nice bright amber color with a great deal of gold highlights. Sporatic strands of carbonation espcape.. As suspected earlier, nice lacing forming nice rings in the glass.

Aroma is somewhat fruity with some toasted malt notes. Not as strong as some other IPA's but it does smell "fresh."

Flavor is well balanced and interestingly spicy (black pepper) Moment of grains and cracker up front. Then some citrus notes & the black pepper. After this a touch of sweetness before returning to the lingering hop bitterness that hold on for a while.

Mouth feel is large due to the hop finish. Body is medium in viscosity.

I find it nicely drinkable and do enjoy the spicy nature. A solid American IPA..

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

Marked on the 12-pack box, Drink Before 2/20/09 for best taste. So I had to listen to them.

A: Poured from the bottle into my pint glass. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, I get almost no bubbles. Forget about head. Even so, the color on this is phenomenal. Almost the color you could expect from an imperial IPA, there is a clean crisp clear copper color.

S: Not a lot in the nose. There are some hops, and some sweet malty notes, but everything seems very subdued.

T: This is where the flavors really come out. Simcoe hops dominate the flavor up front. Citrus and a great bitterness. Malty backbone contains biscuit and caramel malts with a sweet malty finish.

M/D: Lightly carbonated with a medium body, this beer hides its high alcohol content well. It almost slides down your throat . You can start to feel this one pretty quickly, but I had almost no issue with 4 of these during an hour and a half to two hour game of poker.

Overall, a really enjoyable beer, if you can get your hands on it.

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

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper color with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Aroma of grassy and citrus hops, biscuit, and sweet malt.

Tastes of grapefruit and piney hops, lightly toasted malts, biscuit, and a bitter hop finish. The 7.5% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

The combination of the bitter hops and the sweet malts make this a pretty nice IPA from Great Lakes.

Photo of Tbn2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with a one finger head that quickly retreats to a ring on the side of the glass and leaves some lacing.

My nose is treated a good hop aroma of fresh citrus. The malt smells of toasted bread and some sweet smells as well; comes off almost like burnt sugar.

My tongue enjoys the fresh taste of a citrus hop flavor off the bat; probably Cascade. This taste dominates throughout but isn't overbearing. The malty sweetness comes in to balance the hops and has a sweet, bread, and toasted flavor. The carbonation and maybe the alcohol gives the beer a good tingly feeling as a swallow.

This is my second beer from Great Lakes and I have enjoyed both of them immensely


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

beautiful polished copper in color. small white head, fades rather quickley.
malts, heavy in the nose, mixing well with the citrus load of hops.
heavy on the palate, very well balanced. pungent hops wafting the nostrils as I drink this beer.
I gotta tell you, I am loving it. Sweet maltiness makes this a great beer.

Photo of djwilson
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into European pint glass.

pored a nice light orange copper color, slightly hazed with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass to a nice creamy head. Head hold for several minutes before leaving behind light lace around the glass.

aroma is hop up front with lots of citrus, light pine and maybe a hint of grapefruit and a slight boozy finish.

taste is heavy hop across the middle of the tounge with a bitter bite to the back. Very little malt which I love about this beer.

drinkability is great. Could drink these all night until my body rejects.

Photo of ddtprm
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz to a Sweetwater Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Golden-orange and slightly hazy when held up to the light, but clears up when sitting for a few minutes. One finger head disapates fairly quickly. Light lacing. A very appealing looking brew.

S: A rather sweet floral scent is the dominent smell, as expected from this type.

T: It tastes like an American IPA should. Nothing offensive here.

M: There is a rather thick feel to it. I prefer my IPA's to maybe have a bit more bite. After a few minutes, I can still feel it on the roof of the mouth. Still...not bad by any means.

D: This is a tough one to rate. Tonight, I don't think I could have much more than one...on a good day, maybe two. The ABV catches up on you here. There are better IPA's out there, but I definitely won't have a problem going through the sixer, that's for sure!

Photo of whoneeds8
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with very little head. Smell is very bright with grass. Like a freshly mowed lawn, minus the lawnmower exhaust. Taste is a hop punch in the front. A little of that grass taste is there, then mellows to a sweet malt. This is a very interesting IPA. Very different, and very good.

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

12oz to tulip glass, pours a golden orange shade. Creamy colored head hangs around, good carbonation

smell is of hoppy citrus zest, slight biscuit maltiness behind

taste is of sweet herbal hops, nice bitterness, malt is creamy biscuit, great balance, hops overpower malt but not by a lot, carbonation brings out creaminess even more, dry, grassy, slight astringency, alcohol is present but blended well, yum!

mouthfeel is of lingering bitter hops, sweet, creamy and very drinkable - a delicious ipa!

Photo of Greggy
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger white head with decent retention. The body is a light orange color and has a nice appealing fine yeast sediment in the body dancing around. Some lacing rings the glass.

S- Kind of tight nosed for an IPA. I get some marmelade aromas, as well as some balanced hopiness. A pick up a graininess as well.

T- Starts out with a floral maltiness then the hops kick in but they're very balanced. I get some light notes of apple, and pineapple, and some herbal tea notes. The finish has some of that residual fruitiness and some dryness from the hops.

M- Although this has good carbonation and big mouthfeel it really lacks the cut that an IPA needs.

D- This just wasn't a tremendously well done IPA. It lacked a big hoppy presence and was instead to balanced. Probably won't drink again.

Photo of hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber share with my generous friend Jason. I realy enjoyed this one.

It pours a light pale amber color with a small white head the stays and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, hop resin, and toffee.

The flavor has a good malt foundation but the grapefruit and pine really comes through well.

And a dry bitterness lingers.

Pretty drinkable.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of oranges, grapefruit, and hints of pine. However, all these aspects seems to clash with each other. The taste is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an IPA that just doesn't do it for me. I would try it again, but I won't go out of my way to do so.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from a great brewery. Pours a golden color with a minimal head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste is bitter hops. A very refreshing beer that is quickly becoming my summer staple to have in the fridge. The alcohol is completely hidden so be careful with these.

Photo of williamherbert
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours as clear as a magnifying glass. Half finger of foamy head. Glowing golden; scant but huge bubbles.

The smell is oak and oily pine. Like Pine-Sol actually. A little smoky in the malt. Definitely woody.

The taste -- like the smell -- is oily and woody. Tons of pine, but in a floor cleaner way rather than a hoppy way. Really a classic overhop; astringent and heavy, and teeming with apparent alcohol.

The feel is oily and thick; it's a slow sipper to be sure. Overally, it's very heavy and loaded with a massive amount of hops. But unfortunately, there isn't a shred of malty balance.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,395 ratings.