Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
I purchased this six pack at the local company that just purchased Harris Teeter for around $8 or $9. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz pint glass obtained from a bar somewhere. (you know one of those pint glasses that only holds a pint if you fill it over the edge but holds twelve ounces just right??).
My glass was chilled and my beer was cold, and it poured a 1/2" creamy looking head that quickly faded. In the slightly maroon dark amber liquid, carbonation could be seen rising to the top in linear streams through the glass. This "streaming" lasting till I was about half way complete, leaving rings on the glass for nearly every drink and leaving me with a feeling of accomplishment in a job well done.
As for smell, I must be out of it, or my beer is too cold as I don't really smell anything. There's a hint of some floral but as to what floral I couldn't pick out of a line up to save my life. It's not off putting in anyway, and after multiple sips, it's more inviting.
Normally I'm finicky about IPA's, sometimes they're too hoppy for me, other times not, and on few occasions I can't pick out the hops. But this, on this evening, this taste is just right, but not quite up into the skirt blowing regions of my taste buds. Nevertheless a very good mix of hops and sweetness. Like other reviewers, the hops hit me first, and I too feel it's well balanced. I can also see where others call it caramel'esque, as for myself - this makes sense when trying to put my finger on the sweetness.
Mouthfeel, I'm rating high, for the fact alluded to earlier the crispness of the beer stays with me throughout the pull. Some reviewers don't like that, but myself I like my beers cold, and that crispness enhances the coolness of the beer for me. I'm rarely a fan of creamy beers and this is not that. Grade A+
Overall, this is another good beer from Great Lakes. It's up my ally for IPA's to where it's one of my favorites of this style. In a paragraph above, I mention about this beer leaving me with a sense of accomplishment, well it did, but now I want to accomplish something else, so I'm going to get another one.
07-11-2013 02:48:37 | More by BottleOfPills
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours amber with an orange tint and brilliant clarity. Small off white head that fell to an oily film and ring. Effervescing and luminous. Left sticky lace in dabs and patches. Freshness date reads 8/29/13. Nose is sweet with soft citrus and floral. Ripe mango, peach a whiff of melon and some nice sweet grapefruit. Fruits intensify as it warms. Slightly nutty cereal grain malt. Dry and toasted with a drizzle of honey sweetness to back it up. There's a touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is smooth. Soft ripe fruits meet light biscuit. The malt is good and full and gives great balance to all the ripe fruit. It has big sweetness that balances a substantial hop bitter that kicks in on the back palate and takes a minute before it realizes it's peak. A little biscuit and honey show up one last time for a dry finish of light pine, faint nutty flavor, light resin and some alcohol which adds to the dryness.
This is a second rating. Great Lakes has reputation in my house for making exciting and exceptional beers and this one, lived up to my expectations. It approached outstanding but the alcohol was too prominent on the palate for it's abv. The nose on this bottle was sweet and juicy, fragrant and fresh. My first rating was on 6/28 and the total score 3.38. If Great Lakes was not such a favorite of mine I would never have sought out the additional bottles to compare. So glad I did.
07-06-2013 16:40:24 | More by utopiajane
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
Classic IPA taste without being heavy despite it's 7.5% ABV. Excellent balance of hop bite and smoothness. Nothing showy...just really well made ale. My only complaint is that I don't want to stop drinking it. This can be not a good thing. Love this ale!
06-29-2013 19:11:10 | More by slader
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,209 ratings.