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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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2,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 87
Gots: 300 | FT: 4
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 damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with Jan 2010 date poured into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: Huge head upon pouring that died down to a persistent 1/8" white foam. Persistent lacing all over the glass, even after swirling. Nice transparent (no cloudiness) golden color - faint hints of orange and brown in that golden yellow color.

Smell - upon pouring I get hops, mostly a grapefruit citrus smell but that uniquely American highly hopped smell. I keep wanting to call it Bergamot since it reminds me of the taste of the oil in Earl Grey tea. The smell is strongest when the beer is first poured and then isn't as strong as the beer warms up.

Taste - this beer to me is all just about all hops and bitterness. There is a hint of malt at the beginning of the sip and then wham - strong bitterness with a citrus-like finish and still bitter aftertaste. I think this is an IPA for those who like aggressively hopped beers. It's not bad, but I'm finding it's too strong in the bitterness as it warms up. This may be one of those beers best served cold. Indeed, it recommends serving at 45F on the side and I suspect letting it warm up to capture more flavor was a mistake.

Mouthfeel - plenty of carbonation on the tongue, but not overpowering. Feels good going down.

Drinkability - I'll give it this, it does go really well with a meal (complimented a spicy sweet Asian stir fry well), but you need to keep these cold which means drink fast which also is a problem at 7.5 ABV.

Photo of shanecb
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Despite some other reviews I've read, I didn't get much of a head at all on this beer. Just a very thin layer at the top, and that's it. The color is a light orange and matches some amber almost perfectly. Contained a nice, constant stream of carbonation rising in the glass. The appearance is just alright, but wins points with the pleasant color. It is very reminiscent of autumn.

S - Pleasant smell, although I found myself not being able to pull out MUCH aroma for some reason. The aroma is dominated by hops; primarily citrus notes that scream of grapefruit, but also a pine backing to it. A heavy dose of a pineapple-like aroma shined through once in awhile and was very nice. Smells as though it would be a little on the sweet side but nicely bitter. Swirling the beer gave off a nice malty aroma, but nothing I could pin down specifically. I enjoy the mixture of aromas, but none of them are particularly powerful, especially when I compare them to beers of the same style.

T - This beer definitely runs through a few stages of taste while in the mouth. At the onset, the sweet citrus qualities that were present in the aroma come out, but it is unfortunately a little brief. This paves the way for the flavor of the pine hops to shine through in the middle. After that, the flavor gives way to some decent bitterness that stays with you long after a sip. It occasionally came through a little astringent, and once in awhile I could taste some of the alcohol, but the bitterness was never too powerful. Contrary to some other reviews, I personally couldn't pull out much maltiness. The bitterness seemed a little overdone to me. It seems as though it could have been balanced out nicely with the citrusness at the beginning. I'm sure there are people who enjoy this flavor profile in an IPA, but it's just not for me I think. It's worth noting that as the beer warmed the bitterness sort of subsided, so I tried to take that into account with my rating also.

M - The mouthfeel is rather nice. It's rather smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Nothing amazingly exceptional, but nothing wrong with it either. It's rather enjoyable.

D - I would consider it a rather drinkable beer. If you enjoy this flavor profile in an IPA there's nothing stopping you from throwing a few back easily. I'm put off slightly but the unbalanced bitterness, but that is just my personal interpretation.

Overall, it is a rather enjoyable IPA. It is not my favorite beer from Great Lakes, but it is one that I would have again.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Pours a light amber color with a nice fluffy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer covering the beer. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the citrusness of the hops. Taste has lot of the citrusness up front followed by a nice long bitterness. Enjoyable IPA, another solid offering from Great Lakes.

Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235.

Pours a golden straw color with a bright white 2-finger head. Good retention, and it leaves nice sheets of creamy lacing.

Aromas are very citrusy and appetizing- orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. In the mouth, I get the same fruits, plus some white grapes. Mid-swallow, a pine punch comes into play. The light maltiness takes a backseat- it's lightly sweet, and that's about it. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with lingering pine and sweetened grapefruit.

Overall impression: Solid IPA- really enjoying the offerings from this brewery.

Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

It pours a light clear orange with a huge white head that rises 2 fingers, good retention. Good lacing.

The aroma is light, but dominated by the citrus flavor of grapefruit with a touch of ginger and hops.

The taste starts off sweet, mostly taste some grapefruit. It finished with a week bitter hops taste.

The mouthfeel is nice and light, this is drinkable despite its bitterness.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for the opportunity. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. For freshest taste, enjoy by 09/28/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent gold with a slight orange hue and a one inch creamy, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing revealed during the tasting - excellent adhesion. Mild nose - some grapefruit, but it doesn't really punch you in the face, followed by a light malt character. Taste reveals a floral/piny hops character up front with a lingering, slightly medicinal, bitterness at the finish - no grapefruit here. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a background carbonation just short of prickly; finishes crisp and dry. A decent IPA for the most part; however, I tend to prefer the more grapefruity side of the style. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

Photo of nuttyviking
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stopping into the Great Lakes Brewing Company, was both a pleasure and opportunity. Being an IPA lover, the Commodore Perry IPA was my first choice on the exceptional list of brews. The pint poured well and had a slight head of very well colored foam, not thick, but firm enough to stand up. The beer itself was a great amber color, carbonation was just right so the bubbles tickled the sides of the shaker glass.
The aroma was light with hints of grapefruit and bitter trailing. The flavor followed the nose, not an overpowering IPA, but just clean, crisp and flavorful. A fun IPA and very drinkable, just makes you want more.

Photo of Natural510
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best-by date 1-06-10.

Pours a light copper color with minimal head, average amount of lacing.
Scent is chock full of sweet caramel malt, with herbal hops kicking around on the perimeter.
Fresh citric-floral hop flavor, backed by caramel malt, with the desired (somewhat subdued) dry, pine finish.

Solid IPA, nothing too original, but everything you desire when picking one up.

Photo of plinythethirsty
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable IPA, with an inviting, hoppy scent and a smooth hop/malt taste. God forbid they violate the Bavarian Purity Law--there's nothing in it besides barley, hops, yeast and water. Given those constraints, Great Lakes does a fine job, especially at masking the 7.5% abv. I taste pine, licorice and malt without a hint of the alcohol underneath. The taste is drier and a bit less complex than similar IPA's. It makes me wonder what Great Lakes might come up with if it dared violate the BPL.

Photo of Intimidtor
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA. Great Lakes Brewery does it right with this one. I first had it about a year ago and forgot how much I liked it. Found an older bottle in the back of the beer fridge and couldn't wait to open the bottle. Poured into a clean glass and observed a nice golden color with an attractive smell. Pretty affordable for the Alcohol By Volume content. Taste is dead on perfect and very enjoyable. Ill continue to stock my fridge with this IPA.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a pale amber. The head is small but tight, leaving patchy lacing in plenty.
The aroma's pretty strong , and it's good if simple: Clean, bright floral hops balanced by citrus hop aroma and a light malt. Lots of citrus in there with plenty of raw bitterness.
The taste is fantastic. This is a beer that manages to hold to the Bavarian Purity Law and yet the different hops used with the balance of malts makes for quite a nice complexity and balance. Lots of hops without being overdone, it's delicious. Pine very gently, then floral and grapefruit all over the place with a very light caramel malt pulling it together underneath. Nice.
There's both a light crispness and a creamy smoothness in this one. Light to moderate carbonation makes for a nice feel in a medium-full body.
This is a tasty IPA, nicely balanced and surprisingly complex.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a thin quarter-inch head the dissipates to a crown pretty quickly. While it's there, it's creamy and tight. This IPA doesn't forget the "pale" part of it, as the color is watered down golden-orange. Not the most spectacular-looking beer, but nothing offensively out of whack, either. Does it's job.

Aroma is bright citrus fruit and a hint of mint leaf. Very faint caramel-ish malt background. Not much else to tell, there's just not a lot to the nose, but maybe there isn't supposed to be. The hops are clearly doing their thing here.

After an uneventful start, this one shines when finally in the mouth. And flavor is what matters most (more than 40%...just sayin'). Hops provide the full range--there's a tart, fruity citrus snap; a bolder, nearly resiny pine element; and a minty, herbal earthiness. Grassy and slightly astringent in the finish, which is pretty dry. Doesn't say on the bottle, but there must be more than one hop variety in this recipe. Malt is sweet like caramel, robust like toffee and also a bit reminiscent of cookie dough.

Mouthfeel impresses right along with the flavor, being both big and buoyant, a good line-straddling between creaminess and bubbly carbonation, and I think that the creaminess just barely wins out, and that's a damn good thing.

Fine, fine stuff. So far I'm three different beers into my Great Lakes stash, and they're living up to the hype from where I'm sitting. Another bonus from new Blacksburgian kels, thanks!

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light orange in color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, light grapefruit tones, and a mild bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, soft pine, and a mild fruit sweetness are nicely balanced. There is a bit of breadiness too. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pretty short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: very enjoyable IPA that goes down quickly. If you are looking for a basic APA, this one fits the bill.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, golden colored body with a ton of fast moving strands of carbonation bubbles. A little lighter hue than the average IPA. A soapy looking, bright white head that rises two fingers above the head and has some pretty good retention.

The aroma has its share of bittering hops and a bit of cracker-like malt aroma, but it has a primarily fruity smell that has pineapple and grapefruit. A good bit of grassy hops in there also.

Up front the bittering hops assert themselves, bringing a flavor of grapefruit with them. After that the grassy aroma asserts itself as a grassy flavor. In the middle I start to notice the cracker malt backbone. I would say the malt is a little lighter than what you find in a lot of IPAs, although I wouldn't call this difference positive or negative. The finish is bright a fruity, with some more grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe evenb a touch of apricot.

Mouthfeel is moderate in carbonation and body, and has a nice oily finish.

Pretty drinkable IPA, Commodore Perry IPA is definitely another quality brew from Great Lakes.

Photo of Telix
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. This bottle was only a week or two off the bottling line, as I got it from a buddy who gets me a lot of underfills...

A: The color isn't anything special, really, but it's pours quite clear with a nice head and good retention. A good level of carbonation is exhibited with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the nucleation points in the glass.

S: A very nice and strong aroma, indeed. A nice malt mixes with slightly citrus, lemon aromas, and some fresh grassiness.

T: A creamy mild sweetness is complemented with a bit of bready malt, and finished up with clean, sweet bitter hop flavors. Everything is well integrated - the sweetness never overpowers the mild bitterness, and the finish is clean on the palate - but still reminding you it's an IPA. I'd say for non-imperial IPA it's one of my favorites.

M: The mouthfeel is fantastic for a single IPA. Thick and rich, but never syrupy, and with a perfect level of carbonation. The mouthfeel perfectly complements the flavors of the beer and enhances the entire package. For the style, I think it's worth a 5.

D: It's extremely drinkable, due to the great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. I'm nearly done with my glass as I finish this review, actually... and really wouldn't mind another!

One of the best of the GLBC brews, in my opinion.

Photo of JamesS
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rather weak copper, more of a dark yellow lager color, with with some decent initial head, and some very nice lacing. Nice scent, good hop (fuggles?) aroma, a bit beef jerkyish and a little grassy. Nice flavor, though I thought the taste was more of an English pub bitter with the English hops taste, bit of nice maltiness, but nothing too strong. Goes down very well for a 7.5% beer, but this just wasn't an IPA, more of an Enlgish pale or special bitter as far as taste and scent goes.

Photo of Petrislav
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured directly into pint glass.

A: Pure golden amber brew with sticky cream head.

S: Cascade hops, reminiscent of monster IPAs (Alpha King)

T: Intense hop flavor and sweetness, no bitterness to pay for! Sweet malts, roasted finish.

M: Super smooth and medium bodied


Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 7.5% ABV, Serve at 45 Degrees F, Best By 09-14-09.

A - Brilliantly clear golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation rising up. Two-finger white, fluffy, cloud-like head with great retention and some seriously thick lacing. One of the lightest colored IPAs I've ever seen. The layer of foam lasted til the last sip!

S - The aroma is faint which is too bad. I get light touches of citrus on a sweet malt backbone that's a tid-bit biscuity. Almost no real hop presence for an IPA. Pine started to develop more as it warmed. The hoppy aromas began coming out but really could be stronger for the style.

T - What the Commodore lacks in a full hoppy aroma, it certainly makes up for in the flavor. Very fruity flavor overall, the hops give off a grapefruit and melon flavor with a citrusy finish that merges with pine. A malty backbone really rounds out the flavor with a good balance of sweet malts. Almost a caramel touch to it.

M - The sweetness carries throughout the entire beer while the citrus flavor comes and goes like waves in the tide. This makes it smooth with a bitter finish that's lightly dry and acidic from the citrus. Medium-full bodied from the malty backbone with a light carbonation bite at the end.

D - The 7.5% abv is totally hidden in this beer making it definitely pack quite a kick. It's aroma started to develop more as it warmed with could use a little work but the flavor and mouthfeel are great. Very drinkable IPA that will also knock your socks off.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Orange amber with a large, sticky, creamy head. Has some nice leggy lacing.

S: Big, hoppy IPA aroma (cascade?). Floral coming through big time.

T: Strong hop flavor dominates but does not overdue on the bitterness. I've never been a fan of overly bitter beers, but this one seems to have awesome flavor, without too much bite. Smooth sweetness is constantly present the entire time, although it takes a secondary role.

M: Very smooth. If it was to dry and crisp it would be too bitter, but it has great balance with the mouthfeel.

D: Great flavor in an easy drinking package.

Notes: One of my favorite everyday IPAs. I could drink this all day long and I wouldn't feel like I was sacrificing in flavor at all by having to go to a session beer.

Photo of william5586
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, see though, golden yellow that boarders on orange. It had a nice sized white head that had good retention and left good lace.

The smell was lively with citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, and some malt hiding in the background.

The taste started out with some sweet malt followed by citrus fruit, hop bitterness, and a super dry finish that took a second to kick in. The finish was so dry it almost felt as though my mouth had been wiped clean and I never took a drink.

Medium bodied, smooth, and pretty easy drinking.

The more I drank and the more the beer warmed the more apparent the sweet malt became, both in the taste and the smell of this beer.

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale gold color with a thick, frothy head that fades down to leave a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a touch of biscuit malt as well. Hop aroma is kinda stronger as well here.

Taste is full of grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth, followed by biscuit malt underneath Definitely expected of the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness and biscuit malt. Decent but carbonation seems somewhat high.

Despite the carbonation, this is a pretty solid example of the style. Not gonna knock your socks off but it's solid where it should be. Check it out.

Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a light gold, appearing medium gold once poured into the glass. 1/2 inch white head forms with medium lacing sticking to the glass.

S - The nose is completely dominated by the citrusy aroma of the hops. What more can you ask for with an IPA.

T - The palate is quickly coated by the flavor of the hops. Nice citrusy flavor with a splash of orange running though it. No noticeable malt presence in this IPA. IMO, this tasted more like a pale ale than an IPA. Not bad though.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation throughout. Slightly harsh finish as a result of the hops.

D - Good flavor associated with the hops with the sharp finish associated with hoppy beers. Very nice. A little higher ABV keeps this from being the usual session ale, but I would still have more than one in a night if it was available.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nicely red-tinged, full copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, burnished, bright, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops that are not quite polished; perhaps tempered a bit by a cracker-like pale malt aroma that plays a distant secondary role in the nose. Specifically notes of Meyer lemon, ruby-red grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee, and some kumquat notes all contribute a clean citrus hoppiness. The herbal hop notes are really not here at first, but after a bit of time a tempered overlay of hemp oil herbal character becomes noticeable; it provides just enough hop-stench to balance out the otherwise too smooth hop fruitiness. Deep, focused ruminations of the nose bring out more of an herbal, dank character as well as a touch of supporting, clean, pale malt toastiness that would be missed in a cursory pass at the aroma. The nose will be quite enjoyable to any hop lover, I know I am definitely enjoying it.

A nice bitting bitterness gets bigger as the beer rolls across the tongue, it seems to get tempered in the finish by a touch of palate cleaving, smooth malt character. While the beer was pretty dry as the first sip hit my tongue, the middle picks up a light malt sweetness which accentuates ample hop fruit character; this sweetness, though it does fade some, sticks around into the lingering finish. The flavors of this beer are clean and bright; there isn't much of a rustic malt or hop edge here and I would guess this is somewhat filtered. There is a nice herbal hop edge here that is a bit more noticeable than in the aroma. Notes of pine play a significant role here but still play second fiddle to the fruity hop notes of lychee, tangerine zest, kumquat and ruby-red grapefruit notes. This is definitely quite quaffable; there is just enough body to carry the hops, but it is still dangerously quaffable.

This is certainly not a unique take on the style (but it is an IPA, I am not sure one really wants unique), it is entirely enjoyable. It is perhaps a touch too refined in its bright, clean interpretation of loud hops and supporting malt, but that doesn't keep it from being a great example of the style.

Photo of dsa7783
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A solid and well-rounded and solid India Pale ale in the American style...
Good stuff... Recommended without the slightest detection of alcohol Heavy pines and grapefruit in the nose with a distinct bitter aftertaste... Lady M wasn't too crazy about this one, although certainly a great representation...

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On sale for 6.99/six pack at Wegman's and I love IPAs, so I thought I'd give this a try.

A - Pours a medium amber color with a two finger creamy white head that lingers.

S - Very citrusy, some grapefruit, caramel malts. Some breadiness to it, but mostly pine and citrus.

T - Begins VERY sweet for an IPA, with nice citrus and pine hops in the middle. The lingering taste is very bitter and hoppy, but I like that.

M - Medium bodied and not over-carbonated. Dry finish, with a somewhat sticky feeling.

D - Very strong for a typical IPA, both in flavor and alcohol content. One that I would have 2-3 in a sitting depending on my mood.

Overall, very happy with the purchase and a solid IPA I would recommend to my beer nerd friends. Cheers!

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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