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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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2,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 188 | 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 tapman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a copper-orange with a small head, like 1 finger for a couple seconds. Above average, iless impressed by the white, foamy head.

Nose is sugary sweet combined with a floral (sweet) grassiness. There is fruit in the nose somwhere around apricot+pear. Hops are also not just grassy, but tangy with a bitter, citric acid like finish. Very interesting and I'd give it more of a 4.25, but this doesn't get that detailed. I say this because while the hops and yeast are pretty great, there is an absence of malt character in the nose, which saddens me.

Similar to the nose with slightly less pungentness. There is the addition of two things; alcohol, which was hidden during the initial smelling, is a little strong, but it is balanced with te hops by some thin toffee malts. Maltier and less alcohol tasting than previously.

A lot of carbonation. What's up with beers with small heads, but a lot of spicy, biting carbonation? Not a fan as it feels more like a Coke than a full-bodied brew.

It's a great beer, just with a 7.5%ABV and a strong hop character, it gets a little grating for me, personally, with a full awareness that others will most certainly disagree and that's ok. We're all different, but this brew let's me peek into your world for a minute, hop-head, and I could enjoy about 3 pints of this bad boy and be well satisfied.

tapman, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden to copper color with an eighth of an inch white forming. That head dissolves away quickly, though. The strong fragrance of citrus hits the nose at first scent, followed bytouches of pine and earthy fragrances. The aroma ends with a touch of malt sweetness, to even it out. The taste has the malt coming out at the start and it continues till midway, then an intense grapefruit flavor strikes the palate. Surprisingly, it leaves a salty aftertaste following ever sip. A medium bodied feel, that stays that way all the way through, it does have a slight tingle from the carbonation, but takes nothing away. A well balanced IPA, with unique strength of bitterness, this is a hop lovers everyday beer.

cameraman, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Nice bronze color with a small white head that fades to a ring quickly. Minimal lacing is evident.

Aroma is big and fruity hops, laced with alcohol and a sweet maltiness. Taste is malt bursting with fruity hops, and a long dry finish that really leaves you longing for another sip.

Medium body, nicely carbonated and smooth in the mouth. Really warm for an IPA but I'm not complaining. I'll enjoy the rest of this sixer.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of genog
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange color with some murkiness. Head was a nice creamy white color with great retention, but did not leave a great deal of lacing. Smell was a little lacking, but toward the end of the session I was able to pick out some floral aroma. Taste is mostly citrus and delicious. Somewhat of a watery oily mouthfeeling. I was actually able to taste more from the bottle than on tap.

genog, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention but low lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with no discernable citrus notes of floral notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with a dry finish and some weak caramel malt. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Slightly below the standard for the style and not the best from this great brewery.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown single from Party Source poured into a pint. Freshness date says 8/8/07 so I should still be safe.

A: Pours a standard IPA hazy orange but a little lighter than average. Pearl white 1 1/2 finger head thats slightly rocky. Spotty lacing.

S Great floral ops and some grapefruit and citrus notes. Alcohol is nicely hidden at first but becomes dominant about half way down.

T/M: Wow! Two piece knockout blow from the hoppy bitterness and citrus twang. Just before you hit the deck the malts stand you back up. Malts are very nutty with a hint a toasty sourdough. Moderate creamy body and medium-mild carbonation. A little more bitterness hangs out after the nice dry finish.

D: Alcohol is hidden nicely in the taste but this drinks dangerously easy for 7.5%. If I had more, I'd have another.

pwoods, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of skizziks
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a nonic. Deep golden beer with copper highlights. Head rises about 1.5". Fine, tan bubbles. Good retention.

Aromas of red apple, papaya, light caramel malt.

Same fruits in the flavor. Raw sugar. A sweet smack that is almost cloying before the hops come barrelling in with an intense bracing bitterness and citrus fruit spraying wildly and fading on a long sugary bitter finish. Leaves the tongue with bruises for a long time.

Medium-full with medium carbonation. A rich sticky feel but not too overwhelming. It still manages to be refreshing.

skizziks, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with kirok1999.

A: The IPA pours with with a brilliant golden color, highlighting equally yellow and orange notes with a solid stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. The head neared 1.5 fingers on pour and has laced nicely all around the glass.

S: The nose is orange citrus, full of hop aromas that are mouthwatering.

T: Hops abound, leaping out from the first sip through the final swallow. Orange and pineapple elements are the dominant hop notes, giving the ale a strong citrus profile that finishes long on the tongue. Some caramel malts come through as the ale warms, breaking up the bitterness with some grainier notes.

M: The finish is somewhat muddled, losing the orange and pineapple notes and becoming more muddled. Despite that, the finish and mid-body are excellent.

D: The alcohol doesn't rear its head at all, aiding the drinkability. That abv is reasonably high though so a few bottles will do you in. Nice hop body though, especially for an IPA.

akorsak, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bax72 hooked me up with this bottle as part of BC2. Thanks!
Clear and dark gold, the beer was capped by a fluffy white head that settled quickly to a thin cap, leaving behind some delicate, transient lace. Floral aroma with mild citrus and fruit notes. Just a hint of toasty, sweet malts as well. Strong bitterness up front became pine resin towards the finish. Solid caramel maltiness with some sweetness that lessens at the end. Hope were sometimes grassy, mostly pine and floral. Bitterness really lingered. Alcohol flavour was faint and gave it a bit of spiciness. Warmth was pleasant. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and chewy malt. Pretty good stuff. The use of hops was a little different than a lot of other IPAs and the balance was quite good for the bitterness level.

DrJay, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden bronze color, about a finger of pocked, creamy head. Some lacy strands stick up high as the head settles.

Aroma - steady grapefruit nose with a little pine as well. Some decent intensity and resilience.

Taste - malts are a bit doughy, chewy with some graininess showing. The hops mix in for a pungent transition into the bitter side. A citrusy slant at mid-palate and swallow but the bitterness has clearly taken over. No traces of malt now, just a dry prairie of hops full of pine resins and sharp citrus oils. An intense IPA, darn near a double.

Mouthfeel - moderately full-bodied with lots of bubbles. It can't help but to hang around in the mouth for a while between sips.

Drinkability - a little too brash for my everyday needs, but certainly on the short list when a stiff IPA is in order.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal clear, pale golden orange with a full finger losse head that melts quickly.

Very clean aromas of fresh oranges and some buttery pale malt.

Taste is as clean as the aromas. Slightly sweet pale malt gets blended, then overpowered with nice citrus peel bitter hops. Mixed citrus'....oranges, very light lemon, and grapefruit peel. No bitter finish...just smooth and refreshing.

This is a very, very drinkable IPA....surprising considering the high ABV.

IntriqKen, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of HopCrazy
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is unique tasting, it is very complex to me. It has a sweet fruity pineapple-like quality on the swallow, then finishes with an earthy bitter dryness, maybe a little too bitter for some.... it's very strange, and I'm loving every minute of it. The higher ABV is buzzing my senses, but the smooth (almost oily) medium bodied mouthfeel makes me keep going for more. The appearence is crystal clear golden amber, with a lively head that retains well. Smell is subtle but complex. A real winner here in my book - will happily purchase again.

HopCrazy, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of MDekker
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a crystal clear golden orange with about a finger of white head. Nice lacing. It's always pleasant to have an IPA after a long while without - the aroma is so enjoyable in it's floral hoppiness, as it is in this one. The flavor is IPAish, for certain - it starts off tasting like flowers, if that makes sense, and the powerful hops set in quickly. The aftertaste lingers quite a bit, as well. Overall, it's good, but not great, as the bitterness is almost too much. On the other hand, it's really smooth in the mouth - impressively so. I can drink it easily enough. Not bad, but there are better IPAs.

MDekker, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this one.

Pours a clean golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malt tones, and caramel. The taste is hoppy and malty, lots of caramel. This brew is nice, but just not hoppy enough to be a good IPA, but still is tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but to much on the malty side.

Wasatch, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle saved for an enchanting Sunday in September, opening day for the NFL. A wonderful day of (if I may compliment myself) great home cooking and (thanks to the Commodore Perry) great beer to match!

A lovely thick trim of pearl white head. It coats the sides of the glass just as thick as densely as it sits over the beer. A beautiful apricot/pear coloured body with perfect clarity. The colour is that of changing, yellow/golden autumn leaves. A small minority of bubbles set out from the bottom and lazily drift (eventually) to the top. A modest but very attractive marmalade coloured appearance.

A deliciously fruity aroma. Pear, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. C-hops dominate. Lightly intoxicating, the alcohol (while considerably modest and undetected) opens the sinuses and calms the senses. Toasty, the hops are deeply integrated with the malts, it smells like a fresh boil.

The mouthfeel is full of both malt and hops. Seamlessly balanced. The hops impart a light bitterness, crisp and assertive on the palate. It also contains a dense, bready malt presence. The alcohol is absent. A strong mineral presence to the water. It can be both quenching and tasty.

The flavour has a faint suggestion of citrus, but is largely malty. It fails to linger much and really doesn't develop much through the tasting. Don't be mistaken - it is nice, it just simply doesn't carry itself like a DIPA. And rightfully so - it isn't one...

At seven some odd percent, this is an incredibly quaffable IPA. It is quenching and full of a modest - but assertive - character. Great Lakes Brewing offer products of great quality - this is no exception. A great, textbook offering of the IPA style, I enjoyed this on its own as a nice after dinner tipple!

biegaman, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of edbeered
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kingpin for the bottle. This pours a clear pale amber color with a fine white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is of citrussy hops. The taste is hoppy, with a grapefruit flavor predominating, as well a a good fruity malt backing(apricot?). This is a nicely balanced IPA with a rich and smooth mouthfeel. According to the label, the alcohol content is 7.5%, which is higher than I would expect from the taste. This is a very drinkeable IPA, tempered only by the high ABV. This is by no means a hop monster, just a nice well-balanced IPA.

edbeered, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of karengarys
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't going to review this, but after one taste I just had to jot my notes down so I can remember which brew this was...

this pours very clear rich amber and typically bubbly, with a typical head that sticks to the side of my pilsner glass. It has a very hefty malty taste, but an unusual malt backbone I wouldn't expect from an IPA. Very well done. It is sweet, bitter, and citriusey all at the same time, and balanced quite well. The fizz is nice and creamy.

I recommend this beer for just about anybody who is not afraid of flavor and wants a refreshing drink.

karengarys, Sep 07, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear yellow/golden with almost no head, decent lacing. The nose is very impressive though, a big time citrus waft..pink grapefruit to be specific.

The hops from the nose start it off with a bang on the front of the tongue, and settle in with their grapefruit tones on the back. Some pine shows up somewhere in the middle. A surprisingly sweet malt tone also shows up in the middle, sugary, unusual for an IPA, it doesn't take away from the hops, but adds another dimension. Mild bite on the finish. I love the combination of hops and sugary malts here, excellent.

The mouth on this is good, plenty of hop tingles and bitters in the right places, exactly where an IPA should be. Drinkability, no problems, easy enough to drink.

Overall: An interesting and unique take on the IPA style. Malty, but not in an English IPA sort of way, it adds dimension without taking away from the tongue ripping character of the American style. Another solid winner by the folks from Ohio.

CortexBomb, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at around 45-50 F

A- has a clear light amber with whitish head that didn't build up but lasted a reasonable amount of time

S- lots of floral hops with a strong malty undertones as well, cirtus scents are strong

T- out standing a strong hop burst all over the place, citrus flavors are great, there is a great malt flavor present as well, a great maltiness underneath the hops

M- light body, with medium carbonation

D- a great IPA, hides the 7.5% alcohol exceptionally well

Atron67, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy gold with a big white head that leaves lots of lace. as soon as i opened the bottle i could smell bready yeast and sweet sweet hoppy goodness. nose is piney, grapefruit, malty and yeast. i love the bready yeast character this one has. too often the ipas are overwhelmed by the hoppiness. taste is mostly grapefruit with some pine, malt and yeast. just a little bitter as well. full - medium body with a bit of a dry finish. pleasure to drink and a great gift from a friend who took a trip to the midwest. cheers to comrades who share the love.

timtim, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Best by 10/14/07.
Poured a clear light gold. Fine bubbled white head about one fingers worth of foam.
Citrusy hop aroma. Plenty of hop bitterness right upfront. Medium bodied.
Decent malt backbone. Very drinkable at 7.5%abv.

Not a lot to say about this beer, but if you are looking for an American IPA on the hoppy side, you should be happy with this beer.

homebrewhawk, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cleveland rocks...

A- orange topaz honey color brew with a few rising bubbles topped by 1 1/2in frothy white foam that settles slowly to 1/4in leaving wispy waves of lace trailing down the inside of the glass.

S- citrus grapefruit apricot passionfruit, tropical floral yeast, and a fleeting savory spiciness like dried basil and oregano

T- grapefruit! and everything else citrus, more like the essential oils. meaty earthy mushroom, stone clay mineral, soft light wood, then a puckering gooseberry like sour sneaks up on ya, quickly giving way to woodsy rosemary or pine maybe, followed by some residual malt sweetness, baker's yeast, toasted multigrain bread, dry leafy herbal hops, and a lingering hop resin aftertaste much akin to fine reefer.

MF- sticky, resinous, and dry with a coating effect in the mouth, becomes oily and slick in the throat. ideal carbonation.

D- as with most IPAs, the strength and boldness keeps this from being a session beer, but i would never turn down one...or two....or three.

hustlesworth, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of kellyst
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright orange with a slight yellow hue. Medium white head.

S: Big citrus hop aroma. Mild sweet malt aroma.

T: Very bitter. Lots of citrus in the hops. Slight sweetness from the malt. Very well balanced.

D: Very good. Well balanced. Not very heavy for such a strong beer. The alcohol is well hidden. I could definately have 2 or 3.

kellyst, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a head that thins to a patch.

The smell is of grapefruit, lemon, pine - some caramel grainy malt. Normally this smell would get higher marks from me, but something is restrained about it. Nice, but (too?) mild.

The taste is grapefruit, lemon, resiny pine. Starts out pretty weak, but grows more robust (and pinier - if that's a word) as it warms. Sweet, grainy background keeps the hops balanced. Finishes a bit sweeter than typical for the style, but with enough bitterness to let you know that it's an American IPA. The alcohol is well-hidden (though may add a bit too much sweetness), with just a touch in the aftertaste. (I was going to give this a bit lower in score, but it's one of those brews that grow on you the more you drink it, and the flavors are there - just let it warm up a bit.)

Medium - I was going to say towards full, though I think it's more appropriate to say towards thick, bodied.

This is a nice IPA overall - would be interested to try it with a little less abv, as it seems, in my humble opinion, to add a bit too much sweetness to it. Anyway, I've had several offerings from this brewery and can't say that this one is one of my favorites, but it's certainly decent, to say the least, esp. as it progresses. It is a tough style to contend with with all of the competition - I'ts nice - but, well, mellow (other than abv).

jwc215, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of SSBrennan
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-yellow color with very active carbonation and a tall tan head which leaves good lacing.

The smell is citrus and hops with strong notes of pineapple and a hint of malt. Slightly sweet smell.

Taste is rich and sweet with growing hop bitterness and a complex finish. The hops are particularly citrus heavy with good biting acidity.

The weight is right and the finish is clean.

The alcohol is not particularly noticeable for its ABV and I would drink two or three.

SSBrennan, Aug 26, 2007
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,289 ratings.