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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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2,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 84
Gots: 264 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. Enjoy by date: 8/2/09. My strong pour created only a minimal head. This faded quickly and left only a film. The body was clear and a bright golden orange in color.

Smell was citrusy hops. Pineapples.

Taste was oranges and nice grapefruit rind bitterness that lingered a long time. Organic huskiness. Very well hidden alcohol. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel was a scrubbing texture that I love. Medium bodied. This one was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of Kolsch
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Not quite amber but leaning more towards yellow. Head started out real nice, then settled to cusp around rim.

Smell: Detect some piney hops and sweetness to come.

Taste: Piney Hops, sweetness and a very much pear like taste. Reminds me of DF90 min. Did not care for this as much when it warmed. The sweetness really comes out. I would like to see a more pronounced hop presence from this one given the high ABV.

Overall: a good IPA from GL, but not one that I would seek out that often as it does not distinguish itself from the many other IPA's out there.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had heard good things about this ale and was excited to try it. The aroma was typical of an American IPA with a floral hoppiness. The beer was a nice looking golden in color. The mouthfeel was pretty good and had a decent body. I found the taste to be hoppy with a mild pine component, but otherwise unremarkable. I think my expectations were too high based on what I heard. This is a rather typical IPA.

Photo of mkabull
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- nice deep golden color good head decent lacing
Smell- good citrus aroma some malt does come thru
Taste- an IPA all the way nice citrus hop kick malt comes thru good bitter finish
Mouth- nice mouthfeel good body for an IPA
Drink- wanted to drink this all night but it was my 1st beer and then I had the Monster

Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on tap at Fries last night.

Appearance: Pours a bright apricot, completely clear, with light carbonation running throughout. The 1 1/2 finger white head fades to a skim after the first sip, and sticky foam lacing hangs down the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of citrus and pine combine with a pleasantly chewy and toasty grain. Not strong, but still bigger than the aroma of most GLBC beers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is pretty toasty and bright with lots of pithy, bitter citrus rind and some pine sap. Light herbal grassiness appears in the aftertaste, along with a little sharpness from the alcohol. Feel is bright and filling and ends with a filmy stickiness.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, especially if you go for sticky IPAs.

Photo of BenJames1984
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start off by saying that this one of my favorite American IPAs. With that said, onto the review.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice orange-golden color capped with a frothy white head. Left a decent lacing.

S- The malts dominate this one. Robust, sweet smell; with just a bit of hops.

T- Roasted malts, accompanied with an amazing hop profile.

M/D- This stuff is great! A good, almost 50/50 balance of malts and hops make a great IPA. Considering the 80 IBUs, I could drink at least 3 or 4 of these in a session.

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

The one the only drgonzo3705 has sent this 12oz bottle from OH to me and I'm cracking right into it. He will get his commeuppance.

Pours as a liquid. A head formed of large co2 bubbles pools and grows, collecting nearly 3/4" of an inch in height, before settling, almost fizzing away. Quite a good amount of playful carbonation is here and I am happy. As for the body, this beer is clear, a deep straw, honey tone...
Smell comes across quite spicy, mildly herbal, and lightly floral. Swimming around with that is a highly sweet, slightly malted center that hits high in the nostril. Playing things out are floral aromatics of the Noble hop variety I'm guessing, and I'm enjoying. As it warms the smell actually takes on some oaky undertones, and beyond that some vinuous wine like characteristics.
Very interesting to taste. Starts out dry, bubbling, with a mild pine like hoppiness, moving quickly across the tongue. As it spreads and thins, a warming, pointedly spicy character emerges, backed by an almost candi sugar quality. Sweet strawberry lollipop. Then it rises and encroaches on a farmhouse funk on the back of the mouth, biting and sweet at once, with the spiciness in no hurry to leave the mouth. A great combination of bright characters on show. As the curtain lowers, an earthen hop presences emerges and grows warmly on the tonsils. For all of this, I am left hoping for some stronger hop presence... and all the while, there is a large enough malt presence to be in the DIPA territory.
Certainly I am enjoying the mouthfeel the brewers have given to this beer - enough carbonation to kill a small mammal, medium bodied, with a slick buttery finish. 12 ounces drink more like 8, which means it goes down easy. Well crafted, an interesting take on the style.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big 2 finger head that appears to be a little sticky and chewy as it leaves a firm layer of lacing down the side as it dwindles relatively quickly to a pretty thick skim on the top; moderate carbonation bubbling up from the bottom keeps the skim alive.

Smell: Really what I would be looking for in an IPA - nice bitter hop presence with a couple different aspects to it -- definitely some pine, but really more citrus (orangel peel, lemony)... Not overpowering, but just about right -- it's not as if the scents are pouring out of the glass and forcing their ways up my nostrils, it just wafts up pleasantly.

Taste: Very nice! The hops are in control of the flavor and it's exactly like the nose -- a lot of the bitter citrus (the orange peel and lemon) and a more mild pine aspect to it; there is also a slight malty backbone to it that brings about even a bit of sweetness in the finish and aftertaste which compliments the bitterness very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is left a little sticky and the ubiquitous coating is on the tongue and roof of the mouth; body is light though and washes down easily - not chewy at all so it's pretty refreshing; carbonation keeps it moving around and lively.

Drinnkability: Pretty high. I like this beer a lot and I have to believe it's great for a hot day. The flavor is pleasant and strong, but not too strong, and the balance is great. The ABV is pretty do-able, granted, it's a little on the higher side so I don't know about drinking it in a session, but if the day/night is long enough, two or three shouldn't present too much of a challenge.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a creamy head and sticky lacing the whole way down.

Smells citrusy hoppy and floral. Not much room for the malt to come through.

Tastes very fruity, but in a good way. Grapefruit rind, a bit piney. Even some bananas. Very...tropical tasting. The hops are obviously very bitter. They overpower the biscuity malt, but this an American IPA. It's to be expected, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Refreshing. Carbonation is moderately high, making the beer very crisp. Finishes dry.

Drinkibility is good. It's a medium bodied beer, so you could easily have a few. The higher ABV negates it from being a sessionable, though.

Another excellent brew from GLBC.

Photo of minterro
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: yellowish beer, with a white head that dissipates quickly from all but the edges of the glass, where it leaves some lacing.

S: hoppy with hints of citrus

T: pretty bitter but in a good way (maybe a little unbalanced). really like the taste its my kind of taste.

M: feels smooth in the mouth can't really ask for better amount of carbonation and body.

D: not hard to drink. wow 7.5 abv!

Notes: this is a good beer for 8.99 and would recommend it. not my favorite GLBC beer, but its still really good. Drink it cold, let it warm, it tastes good in different ways, both ways.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, bright golden-orange color with effervescent carbonation. The head has a pale orange tint and is quite tall, with a dense, creamy texture. Retention is excellent, with some nice lacing.

S: A robust, juicy citric hop aroma - grapefruit and tangerines, mostly. Some mild pine notes as well, accompanied by a slightly biscuity pale malt character.

T: Some more biscuity notes from the malt, although it remains steadily in the background. The hops provide a firm flash of bitterness, again with citrus fruits most noticeable. Pithy grapefruit and orange zest, along with some lingering pine flavor. Some mildly yeasty and faintly mineral tones are also detectable.

M: On the full side of medium-bodied, with a slightly sticky character. Carbonation is expressive and lively, adding to the crisp dryness of the finish.

D: A very, very well-done IPA from Great Lakes. Not a West Coast hop bomb, but it's a top-notch, traditional IPA. Delicious hop flavors, pithy bitterness, and excellent balance.

Photo of movingtrain
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle drank from a large brandy snifter. This is one of my favorites...I drink this one quite often. It's easy to come by here in Ohio, has a decent ABV, and is a nice, homegrown IPA.

A: golden, light brown...half finger head, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppy...citrus, grapefruit...some light malt character...very floral.

T: Bright, caramel...sweet citrus...good carbonation...excellent flavor. Thick across the tongue...sticks there for a while, lingering a good hop character. Can taste the alcohol a bit, but is very well balanced.

I remember drinking this one years ago at the Great Lakes Brewery up in Cleveland...and loving it. I am so glad they've added it to their continuous bottling lineup. It's a great beer, a moderate level of alcohol, and very drinkable. For a night of drinking, I'd go with their Burning River, but for sitting around with some friends or to pair with some spicy Saag Paneer, this one hits the spot.

Photo of grayburn
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

She pours a nice dark golden color with some light reddish hues mixed in quite nicely. The head is thick, it sticks well and lasts long.

The smell is dominated by spicy, vegetal scents. This follows through into the taste, it just really doesn't blend too well. In taste, the hop flavor does not balance the bitterness. Doesn't play well with itself.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is on the low side, nice for the style. The drinkability is hindered by the lasting taste of the beer, not really my cup of ale.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 06/16/09" stamped onto the side of the label.

A- Brilliantly clear and golden. Pours with ~3 fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving tons of lacing. Quite the looker, and borderline 5.

S- Light citrus and floral hoppiness, with fairly solid sweet, malty notes.

T- Moderate citrus, with a solid pine/floral bitterness. Solid malt balance. As expected from GLB, excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium full feel, and fairly creamy. Very good.

D- Excellent. Fantastic flavor and feel, and quite and easy drinker for a big IPA. Would be easy to get carried away with this one. I'm wishing I had purchased more than just this one for sampling.

Future outlook: Great Lakes rarely disappoints me, and this is no exception. Another excellent offering that I look forward to having this again. Made for a very happy 200th review to me.

Photo of WesWes
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts as well as a wonderful hop nose that's bitter, but balanced. The taste is great! It has a really smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with some great hop taste. There is incredible balance here. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great American IPA. It's hoppy, yet complex enough in the malt bill to provide a level of balance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.