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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2,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,585
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 94
Gots: 364 | FT: 3
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 Risser09
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named after the famous man who captained many fighter boats at a YOUNG age, this beer is filled with lore surrounding the Great Lakes region. Let's give it a try, shall we?
Appearance: Golden orange in color, with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind. There is little sign of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Floral hop bouquet and lots of sweetness. Balanced with grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Piney hop bitterness folds into lavendar, honeysuckle and apple flavors. Sweet and also quite bitter. Complex and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Bitter all the way through. Pleasant to the mouth, leaving a drying effect. Alcohol is present and welcomed. Nice example of what this style should be.
Drinkability: Awesome. Great hop bitterness would stand up to some spicy asian food or raw fish. Worth seeking out at least for a try.

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber with a decent head that is slow to diminish. The aroma is of great citrus hops with some sweet malts behind them. The taste is a great hop balance that somewhat overpowers the malt backbone, great for a hophead like me. The beer is rather crisp with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, decent one finger white head, dropped a lot of lacing, settles to a nice layer and ring, good retention. Smell is sweet, caramel, piney hops, some floral, fruity alcohol, not very fragrant but the aroma thats there is quite nice. Taste is very malty, sweet, a bit sugary, almost cloying, spicy bitterness, pine, alcohol, fruits, almost has a Belgian feel to it. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, with low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Found this hard to drink, something about the mouthfeel doesn't feel right to me, just thick and heavy without a lot of flavour to fill it out.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Party Source in Newport, KY.

Appeareance: gold-orange color with 1/2" white head; transparent
Smell: lots of hops
Taste: lots of hops, dryness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: strong beer, so just one a night will do (goes down nice though)

Photo of athensbeermaster
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this ipa at great lakes pub. I don't know if the pint I got was the end of the keg? Because this beer was a big dissapointment.
almost no head retention,very pale in color, and not very hoppy or complex. I tried this same beer in the bottle a day before and it was a better version but still nothing to rave about. I like there burning river much better! Kinda like Sierra Nevada a great pale ale
but there ipa is nothing special. oh well.

Photo of marcobrau
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale, golden-hued IPA - the kind that my wife likes quite a bit - just one or two malts and lots 'o hops! The hops are up front in the nose, contributing a spicy, grassy, soporific character. Very quickly, the hops and malt work together; toasted malt complementing the spicy hops. This is a dangerously drinkable IPA with a smooth, hoppy finish that sort of vanishes into thin air. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's okay as long as you like your hops. I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale and I see this beer as it's leaner, meaner big brother. I guess one could think of BRPA as the hoppy, bitter session ale and this as the nighty-nite hoppy ale.


Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft copper color with a quickly disappearing head. A lot of lacing. A very flowery smell with some hops to it and citrus. Very smooth taste with hints of malt and not too overwhelming hops to it. Avery nice and smooth IPA very drinakble and refreshing and not too harsh.

Photo of Abita45
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass with a thin head, heavy lacing, and a relatively non-distinct aroma. The taste, however, is quite distinct, featuring a medium to high hoppiness with a strong fruit and floral overtone that, when coupled with the moderate carbonation, makes for a very refreshing summer beer. Often, I find IPA's dry me out a bit after a couple, but the crispness of the beer and fruit and floral tones really balances out the hops and makes it easy to drink. A really great IPA.

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

Bright, clear pumpkin/gold. ½” head. Sturdy lace construction.

Nose is grassy, prickly, piney in various hoppy ways. Strong chlorophyll overtones.

On my initial and subsequent tastings, I couldn’t really decide on the overall flavor of this one; it had endearing traits but was in the end a bitter pill that didn’t really calm or quench the elusive hop craving.

Didn’t skimp on the IBU or hop flavor here, clearly, but doesn’t possess the late-boil hop flavor of some superior IPAs – I’m thinking FFF in particular here – and as such doesn’t really stack up. Tasty, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing it again though, to boot.

Medicinal mouthfeel, otherwise like an IPA should be. 4 Just not super-drinkable. I can't get over the super-high ABV of this beer, and it just punished me when it was regularly $5.99 or $6.99...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes- Commodore Perry IPA

Appearance- Golden orange with a small moderate lacing head.
Smell- Floral hops, root vegetables,& molasses malt.
Taste- Big floral hops, green grass, malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and floral with a bitter bite in the end. Slight alcohol detection near the end also.

Overall- A pretty decent IPA. I could see myself buying a 6er of this, at a reasonable price though. I paid $3 or $3.50 for a single 12 oz bottle, it wasn't THAT good.

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

Pours a golden color with a 1/2 finger white head. Smells of some caramel malt with a slight citric bite.

Taste is decent. Touch of caramel malt with a nice, balanced citric hop presence. Bitterness stays with you for a bit after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for an IPA. Obviously this one focuses on the hops.

Drinkability is good on this.

Overall, recommended. I got this bottle at Lone Hill, and it may have been a little old at the time, so the hops seem to have faded a bit. Still tasty, but would like to have it fresh.

Photo of Goldorak
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden clear elixir with a sturdy, pearly white head.

Smell: That starchy, potato -like hoppyness that I often find in IPAs was definately there at first, it then turned into lawn clippings mixed with pine needles. Not bad.

Taste: Medium to light bodied, although it did show some cookie crispness. The hop bite is a bit harsh with a bone dry finish that sort of throws off the balance somewhat, I tend to like my IPAs a bit more malty. It did eventually grow on me as the hoppy flavors saturated my tastebuds and the acridness of the aftertaste slowly diminished. I wouldn't drive 100 miles for this Beer, but I wouldn't mind if my local pub had it.

Photo of dustylong
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately dark orange/copper color with a decent head, with decent retention and some lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). The aroma hits you fairly quickly, which smells of fairly strong alcohol, and a nice citrus finish. Has a very fruity (grapefruit) taste, and is very bitter. Very Hoppy. Has a moderate mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a very good beer, one of my favorite American IPAs.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this beer for a while now, time to review.

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright, golden color with a small head and moderate lacing. Decent amount of carbonation flowing towards the head.

Nose is a biscuit, floral aroma. Smells of orange, apricot, pineapple leap out with a final hint of alcohol. The malt is also hanging out.

Hits the palette with a rush of hops and floral delight. Toasty malt is present but the orange, pineapple flavor dominates the offering with a solid alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is oily and not overly tart as many IPAs but just dry enough IMO.

I thoroughly enjoy this beer, not only for the fact that it's available in many places in my area (gotta love the 12-packs) but being a hop head Commodore Perry always hits the spot. It's a smooth and bold IPA and I admit, the high alcohol level is also nice. Ever since GLBC made this a year round brew, there is always a six pack in my fridge. Keep up the good work Cleveland and go Bengals....

Photo of bboven
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems a little light in color for an IPA and there's next to no head and barely any lacing.

Smell is fantastically hoppy. It's all I can smell but I love hops, so...

Tastes the same way. Biting, bitter, flavorful hops. Very minute malt dances around, but the cones run the show in this bottle.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but very dry. I like that aspect a lot because a lot of IPAs are almost too malty and sweet for me.

Very drinkable because it is so dry. You taste no alcohol, so you would have to look at the label to know it's 8 percent.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to nathan15 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an insanely clear apple juice color, quite the shock. One finger fluffy white head dies down to a thin lacing. Stickiness is alright, spotty on the sides. First thing I get from the smell is a caramel malt, am I crazy? After that first scent, big citrus notes of mostly grapefruit, dominate the nose. A tiny bit of honey presents itself as well. Taste is pretty complex. Starts off somewhat bready from the good malt background and then is dominated by a lemony hop kick. That honey flavor once again surfaces but this time on the tongue. Ends up semi-dry with an earthy fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is scary good, I really enjoy this IPA. I think the finish is the best part of this brew. Don't judge a beer by how it looks that's all I have to say.

Photo of crayphish
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This GLBC offering pours a clear orange copper with a nice dense head and plenty of lacing. Smell is a balance of malt and fruity hops. Taste is again somewhat balanced. The malt tenders the hoppiness. The fruitiness is clearer here and seems to be green apple like. Some bitter grapefruit as well. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but the hops leave the palate clean. I found this to be a drinkable IPA and another fine GLBC brew.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense foam and sheets of sticky lace. High clarity orange color, with zippy upward carbonation.

Citrus in the nose, daffodil or similar floral scent.

Sweet grapefruit upfront, leading to a malty middle. Mildly astringent on the back end as the hops linger. A distracting metallic note keeps it from getting higher marks. Pale malt is revealed in the aftertaste as the bitterness subsides.

Malty with a medium body, ample carbonation really contributes to a fullness when sipping. Dries the mouth. ABV is well hidden as others have said. It's standout qualities would be the fruity character, and pleasant body. Cheers!

BB: 9/16/07

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

Appearance - poured a crystal clear amber -bright beer bottle glass- in 16 oz mug 2 inch head with orange tint.

Smell - Citrus with lively zest.

Taste - Sweet up front with a dominant dry grapefruit throughout

Mouthfeel - medium body and smooth

Drinkability - you've got to want this beer style or get into it fast to truly enjoy this beer

Photo of psinderson
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my new Sam Adams glass!! (Thanks BA!).

Appearance: Clear dark golden color. Good, foamy white head with some lacing. This beer is really clear.

Smell: For an IPA, the hops aroma is very light. I mostly detect some caramel malt. There is some mild citrus hops as well as some alcohol in the nose.

Taste: This is a wonderfully complex beer with well blended flavors. Strong fruity sweetness up front, perhaps some apple, with a nice bitter hop finish. The alcohol appears again at the end which isn't unexpected considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Feels nice in the mouth. The carbonation feels perfect and just a tad bit of hop atringency.

Drinkability: Quite smooth despite the complexity and strength. Watch out for ths one!

Photo of quikfish13
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got the chance to pick this one up at my local carry out as I have not seen it there ever. I was told that this was quite a fine IPA and was very eager to try it out.

A: Poured out of the bottle a very clear pale orange. The head settled in nicely at about 2 1/2 fingers in a foamy off white color.

S: Oranges, that was the scent that stood out the most. I was however blasted with a strong floral scent that can only be described as the best of hops. Superb aroma.

T: Very good, a nice taste of blended citrus that tickles the back of your taste buds. A nice bitter after taste but a little bit to much for my liking. Seemed to be a mix of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit that stood out the most to me. Earthy malts com in at about the middle.

M: Goes down quite smooth. However you have to like IPAs to really enjoy the bitter hops aftertaste of this beer as it is quite noticeable.

D: 7.5% alcohol, thats all I have to say about that. So if you want a session you probably should be a seasoned drinker.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single bottle from 6-pack purchased from "beer cooler" at excellent Giant Eagle in Legacy Village. I mention this particular store because they keep all their beer in a large walk-in cooler, ensuring never skunked beer. Plus you can walk among beer as you make your selection(s).
"Freshest until" date 10/01/07.

Pale orange in color with one-finger foam maintained and Belgian lace along glass.

Floral fragrance with a touch of cotton candy. More piney hops as the liquid is consumed.

Quick bitterness on the tip of the tongue gives way to hops and grapefruit. 7.5% ABV listed on bottle but this is one smoooth IPA considering the ramped up etoh.

Original rating 4.5.

The appearance is similar as above.

The nice hop aromatics are a bit stilted by the bready malt.

The smooth bitterness remains but the tropical fruit gives way to the malt leaving very little grapefruit but leading to a more "balanced" brew.

A nice IPA but at least a tier below Headhunter or White Rajah, our other year round locals.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Golden amber, with thick creamy head, looks a lot like their Dortmunder. Boy, these Great Lakes guys sure do know how to craft a beer with a great head.

S: Smells of piney and citric American hops, pretty average for an IPA.

T: The taste is really good. Especially as it warms up, the flavors start to really coalesce. Definitely some pine, but the white grapefruit really shines here. Also some tropical fruit and a bit of warming alcohol at the end. Very balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy, you wouldn't know you're drinkin' a 7.5% beer. World class.

D: Very good, tasty, easy goin' down. A beer I'd drive 25-35 miles to Lone Hill or Walnut for, but since there are local IPAs in CA that are just as good, I feel lucky. But, if I'm ever in the Midwest, a definite re-tasting is in order. A very solid effort from Great Lakes. Actually, I'm reaching the end of this, it's just so good, I'm going to have to give it a 5 for drinkability.

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

this is a top five favorite IPA. it is a shame i waited until yesterday to try this gem. i loved the smell and taste. slight fruity aftertaste. very pleasant! nice hops and nice alcohol flava!

this is an IPA that i would love to buy by the half barrel and enjoy the draft.

yet another prize by the people at Great Lakes.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of jpkoch1962
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA all around. Poured a nice copper/amber color with a long lasting 3 finger head. A very pleasing aroma of hops dominated (Cascade? Fuggles?). This is by no means a one dimensional ale. A solid malt base provides a complex mixture of bready malts to a dominate, yet pleasing hop bitterness. The finish was clean and dry. At over 7% ABV, this is an ale to sip

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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