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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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2,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 79
Gots: 171 | 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 GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured a transparent golden yellow with thin white head. It had light-medium carbonation and left some good lacing.

S- All hops here. It was mostly citrus scents with some grass tones.

T- Lots of grapefruit flavor. There were some trace malts in the background.

M- Really good body to this beer. It was a little thicker than I expected, but not bad. It had light carbonation.

D- Easy drinking. I could drink more than one in a sitting. However, it doesn't really do anything to set itself apart from other IPAs. I would drink it again but not really seek it out.

GRPunk, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of tctruffin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a large, clear, goblet, it was a golden orange with a white, dense head. The disappated quickly, but left a delicate lacing throughout the entire drinking experience.

The aroma had that distinctive American IPA citrusy sticky quality. A hint of orange, tons of grapefruit with an ammonia bite (in a good way).

From the aroma I was expecting a very sticky beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by the clean finish on this IPA. A hoppy bitterness hung on for a bit, but it was not the thick, sweet aftertaste I've experienced in other brews. The loads of hops are nicely balanced with a strong malt undertone.

The high ABV means I wouldn't be drinking a lot of these in one sitting, but the clean finish on this IPA tempts me to try.

tctruffin, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

Pours clear and golden with a blotchy, thick off-white head. The foam holds together well as it slowly recedes to a thin cap layer. Pretty fair lacing from this IPA as well. Aroma is a lighter one than I would like in my IPA's, but it's still pretty good. The nose is met with some sugary hops, barley, and a touch of citrus.

Taste is full of sweet & bitter notes, emphasizing the hops and citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and juicy, with a light body and a carbonation level to match. Great lingering bitterness on this puppy...really enjoyed the aftertaste. The Commodore drinks well, but is perhaps a bit too one-sided to be a truly outstanding IPA. I'm looking forward to trying the other beer styles from the Cleveland crew.

wagenvolks, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: nice golden hue with a slight touch of red. Nice two-finger foamer and chunks of lacing all around

Smell: most notably a big hoppy pine/floral scent. A hint of dried fruits and sweetness

Taste: just like it smells! Strong hop flavor...this is not for the weak-hop-hearted. Good spicy hop flavor compliments sutle fruit flavor of tart lemons and bitter grapefruit. Overall a great beer with medium-body and finishes good and clean

A very drinkable beer, but for some the hops might get in the way. This is going to find its way into my fridge often....as long as I can find it around here.
Great Lakes Brewing is a favorite of mine and always has been...yum!

Magpie14, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

12 oz bottle telling me to enjoy by 7/8/07.

Pours a very clear pale gold with a think bubbly and frothy head. The aroma reminds me a lot of a hoppy pilsner... very light in malt and the same smell you get from a saaz hopped pils- Not my ideal aroma for a big IPA. Doesn't smell like there was much dry hopping if any at all.

The taste though is very IPA'ish. High bitterness comes accross first from the hops. This is definitley more of an earthy hop- pine and grass. Bitterness lingers quite a bit. The taste isn't too complex. The mouthfeel is fine, carbonation is right on, and it's a light IPA in the mouth. The drinkability though is a little boring to me, so while I would get this beer again at some point, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time.

MiScusi, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Clear yellowy copper color with small head of white foam that had fair retention. Minor lacing in the glass, and medium levels of carbonation.

S: Lighter than most, but more broad as well; grapefruit, hops, applewood, mild malts, some doughy biscuit. Nice.

T: Nice. Depth laden hops give way to a malty backbone that's second to none. A straight ahead IPA, with no reservations. Hops, pine, citrus, grain, malty bread notes. Very nice.

M: Slightly oily, slightly slick, but a little thinner than what I'd have liked. Still respectable.

D: An above average IPA. Look for this and give it a try. I would come back without reservation.

Frozensoul327, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a nice golden, one finger white head,with some retention,and a nice lace. Smell is of tart fruit, and alchol. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is graprfruit up front with a bitter hoppy finish. Bit of an after taste dropped the taste rating for me,but still a great brew.

riversider76, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours out very clear pale straw color with a touch of amber/orange.
One finger of white foam and little to no lacing.
Smell is definiatly IPA. we have lots of grapefruit and cherry and caramel and finaly alcohol.
You can smell the % in this one. It does smell delicious.
Taste is hoppy and tangerine with grapefruit and alcohol following close behind.
The Mouthfeel on this one is very clean and not oily like it should be. But still a great feel here. This is a great beer in the mouth.
Drinkability is good here.

peabody, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of ressletr
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks to VwCraig for this one. It was a extra bottle for our recent trade. Quite frankly this was quite an awesome bottle. Many thanks to Craig.
When I uncapped this little 12oz bottle, my expectations was well this will be an alright IPA. The beer poured like a golden elixir into my glass, The look is quite exceptional very clear and the color of a golden ale. If you all remembered those old novelty items where it would like beer was being poured into a glass by a spigot. Well that's the way this looks. The smell reminds me of a little Avery Maharaja, quite fruity. Taste is very good, it again reminds me of the Avery Maharaja. Drinkability is good because a hint of alcohol comes through, however the bitterness pretty much masks the alcohol content.

ressletr, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a mostly clear honey amber body with a one finger vanilla head. Decent retention and good patch lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops with a note of grassiness. Caramel and bready malt scents underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a zippy carbonation. A bit of a hop bite on the tongue. Taste is ruled by a grapefruit hops bitterness that has just enough of a sweet malt spine to balance. A citrusy note of tangerine and some cut hay round out the finish. Nice complexity and hops crispness. An excellent American IPA here. Can't believe I waited so long to discover this.

merlin48, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

This selection from one of my favorite breweries, Great Lakes, pours a semi-translucent orange gold with a clean white head that holds relatively well with a good amount of lace.

The aroma is primarily of citrus and hops. Bitter and bitey with a nice orange/lemon sweet and sourness that signifies a quality IPA.

Initially there is a nice bite that resonates with the aforementioned citrus, pine, and a bit of malt. Some really good hops in the finish accompanied by a bit of honey and spice.

A clean and crisp mouthfeel is a result of some tight carbonation and a refreshing smoothness in the finish. I try not to be bias, since I am such a fan of the brewery, but this is a really nice beer. Not the overall best from Great Lakes by any means, but really quality beer non-the-less.

letsgopens, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Had this on-tap at Durty Nellies outside of chicago.

A-poured a copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head that stayed okay. It fell to thin lace and collar in about 3 minutes while I contemplated that A and S of this beer. Lacing was very good from the remaining collar.

S-Grapefruit pulp, pine hops and sugar syrup cooking on the stove. There is also a bread malt finish in the nose.

T-Grapefruit pulp hits right up front. Grapefruit bitterness comes in next, quickly. The sweet carmel and bready malts balance this beer out nicely. I would no say this beer is "balanced", but the balance is right for me, IOW, more hops than malt, but plenty of malts.

M-creamy, smooth, meduim body. Moderate carbonation does not ruin the smoothness. nice

D-very good drinkability, would be even higher if not the 8% ABV.

Overall-This is a really nice IPA, a fairly representative example of a quality midwest IPA. However, it is big at 8% and has quailities of DIPA, with the level of hop and malt presence.

jackorain, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper in color with orange hues. White micro bubble head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Nice sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Floral hops. Pine resin. Sweet caramel malt. Fresh bread dough.

T: Sweetness of grapefruit is taken over by floral and pine hops that give off an herbal bitter bite on the tongue. Touch of raw earth is followed by a pleasent wave of sweet caramel malts that leave a dough like taste. Refreshing and crisp.

M: Smooth and crisp. Moderate carbonation. Slightly warming and dry.

D: It seems to me that Great Lakes has tweaked the recipe for this year's batch compared to last summer's trial. I was not a fan of last season's effort as it was overly bitter and lacked balance, but this year's Commadore Perry has made me a fan. I will seek out this offing again. Recommeded.

Tyrawlings, May 30, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a full finger fluffy white head that resists fading. Nice lacing observed..

The floral sweet grapefruit smell is aggressive, can be smelled out to about a foot just after the bottle is opened.

The mouth feel is immediately hoppy with a burst of bitterness. A tingle from the carbonation. All contributes to a lighter mouth feel. Has the crispness of a pilsner

The flavor mirrors the nose. Light and hoppy; it finishes with the bitterness of a grapefruit and that sensation tends to linger.

Drinkability - Wow...8% ABV? Well hidden. I was thinking that this might be a refreshing session beer. Guess it might be a short but refreshing session anyway. A good drinker. Takes me back to Plebe year History of Sea Power.

jjayjaye, May 29, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Bright orange/golden body with extremely active bubbles from the glass bottom and an incredibly chunky head that sticks to the sides forever.

Delightful hopscent with aromas of fresh citrus and apricots.

Not overly oily as many hoppy beers tend to get. Light, flowery flavor combines sweet grapefruit and fresh herbs well enough to off-set the bitter ending that seems a touch out of step with the delicate nature of this brew.

Mouthfeel is not only devoid of a slick, oily fell but is almost too thin. That said, it's still pretty spot-on.

Overall this is much better than previous batches of this beer that I've tried. In fact, it was so good that I wonder if there's some merit to the rumors that Great Lakes' quality control has suffered as of late. As far as this one is concerned, though, it represents the brewery proudly.

malcontent, May 24, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, one-finger head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of hops and some fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted strongly of hops. A very smooth toasted maltiness with a bitter kick. Slight fruit taste, as well.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very fine IPA. It is so hoppy it almost seems like a DIPA.

zeff80, May 21, 2007
Photo of JayQue
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a dark gold with a fairly small white head that fades to a covering of the glass. Average lacing. Some hops in the aroma, but it is not that pronounced.Good hops taste. Crisp and a nice amount of bitterness.and spicy taste. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin to me, the top IPAs I have had seemed to be richer. Drinkability is good. A nice crisp IPA.

Not in the same class as Bear Racer 5, Celebration Ale, Hop 'Otten, Stone, and Smuttynose, but still a solid IPA.

JayQue, May 21, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Commodore; A good IPA to be had.

It pours a nice, rich looking copper with a not large, but thick and pillow like tan head. Lace was good-ol ring type and stuck.

The aroma was hop on the nose with alittle bread note.

The taste starts out with a hop shock but soon a good balance of malt and good sour bread dough blends things well. Alittle alcohol backdrop from the 7.5%abv. (according to my bottle)

The mouthfeel gets alittle black pepper feel at the end and ends up a slight dry .

A very good IPA indeed. If this does replace Burning River as i've heard in the forum. I truely enjoyed thisone more.

chilidog, May 20, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Sampled at the Brewpub across from the brewery proper in Cleveland Ohio.

Looks good but not exceptional in the glass. A somewhat small white head crowns a lovely clear golden amber colored ale.

The scent is truly exceptional. Sweet and malty with a strong but not over powering C type hop aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. What sets this apart is that both the malt and hop aspects are balanced in a quite strong IPA without one overpowering the other.

The taste begins sweet and a little bready with a tasty clean and unmodified hop flavor from the very first taste. As you drink this the citrus, pine and refreshing bitter aftertaste get a little stronger but does not really change. This never gets bitter and it never numbs the tongue, this is all tasty hop flavors.

The Mouthfeel is good.

Oh yeah this is a strong IPA that I could drink all night except the alcohol level would put a stop to it a bit early. A VERY recommended ale!

Zorro, May 17, 2007
Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Derek hooked me up with this one. thanks!

12oz bottle.

pours dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. head drops slowly and leaves tons of chunky lace.

aroma is good. big hops. floral and a bit of grapefruit. bit of alcohol. bready malt.

taste is good. big hops again. med-high bitterness level. alcohol. biscuit malt. grapefruit and floral hops. bit fruity too. lingering bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation and a nice medium body.

drinkability is good. balanced fairly well. a bit overly fruity, but still nice.

grub, May 15, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A solid IPA leaning slightly toward the English style in terms of malt presence, but more than enough hops depth to remain in the American branch. A bit of toffee in the malt, quickly overshadowed by a blunt hops bittering. Finish is smooth and even. The abv is well integrated in the flavor profile.

Brent, May 14, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz. Bottle
$7.19 6-Pack
Sam's Downers Grove

Enjoy by 6/19/07

Commodore Perry poured crysatl clear golden into my pint glass.A 1+ finger head formed on the pour that slowly faded to a thick cap that lasted throughout the drink. Spotty lacing graces the glass after each sip.Definately a good looking beer.

The aroma is fistfulls of hops over the top of biscuity malt. Pine needles smack you in the face and are trailed by a more subtle floral hop aroma. I also pick something up that's reminiscent of honeydew. Mild alcohol vapors rise to the nose on the backend.

Flavor is identical to the aroma. Biscuity malts lay a foundation before a mild floral hoppiness shows itself followed quickly by the big bitter piney hops. There's even a squeeze of grapefruit juice on the swallow. Mild alcohol warmth on the end.

Medium bodied and coating on the throat. Moderate carbonation. Good solid hop bitterness that is accentuated by the dryness this beer leaves behind.

Very easy drinking IPA. Can and have sat down and drank more than a couple in a sitting, the higher alcohol content will catch up to you if you're not careful.

It's been a few months since I've tasted a Hop Wallop but for some reason this beer is similiar. More toned down but similiar. Anything similiar to Hop Wallop is an IPA I would drink any day of the week. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

joe1510, May 10, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%


A: Gold with a fluffy, white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Pine, grass & a little citrus from the hops; slight toffee & bready.

T: Assertive bitterness throughout; very piney hop flavour with a slight grapefruit citrus; toffee, bready malt; some cotton-candy fruity esters & tropical fruityness. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Body is a little heavier than moderate, but well-attenuated, with a dry finsih. Modest carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Practically a double IPA, and some my find the bitterness a little harsh.

Derek, May 10, 2007
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2.3/5  rDev -40.9%

Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries, but I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. When I opened this bottle, there was an unmistakable skunky aroma which I thought was impossible for an IPA. The bottle was in-code (stamped 06/19/2007). Eventually the aroma dissipated, but even without it I thought the flavor was just OK. Not recommended.

This beer was very light in color for an IPA with good head formation and a bright sparkling nature. Aroma was obviously skunky, but eventually most of this dissipated. Aside from the methyl butyl thiol (skunk), aroma was lightly hoppy and not terribly impressive. Flavor was very light for an IPA...more akin to an English style IPA. I could feel a bit of hops in the back of my throat but otherwise mouthfeel was a bit watery. I was surprised this beer is 7.5% ABV - not that 7.5% is a giant percentage, but nonetheless it was hidden fairly well in this beer.

I can't say I'd recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, May 09, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear golden amber with a half finger head . Good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and nice grapefruit hops. Taste is brown sugary malts up front with citrus and pine hops cleaning off the palate. Creamy mouthfeel but not chewy. Excellent IPA!

Duster72, May 05, 2007
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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