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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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very good

850 Reviews

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Reviews: 850
Hads: 2,673
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 104
Gots: 439 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Reviews: 850 | Hads: 2,673
Photo of Goldorak
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of dustylong
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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....

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Photo of bboven
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of crayphish
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of goetta
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of psinderson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of quikfish13
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of giblet
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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!


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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of Slar211
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hop smell, like oranges or grapefruits.

Taste: Thick, zesty hops with some spicy-sweet hints.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, just mind the alcohol content.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured a transparent golden yellow with thin white head. It had light-medium carbonation and left some good lacing.

S- All hops here. It was mostly citrus scents with some grass tones.

T- Lots of grapefruit flavor. There were some trace malts in the background.

M- Really good body to this beer. It was a little thicker than I expected, but not bad. It had light carbonation.

D- Easy drinking. I could drink more than one in a sitting. However, it doesn't really do anything to set itself apart from other IPAs. I would drink it again but not really seek it out.

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Photo of tctruffin
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large, clear, goblet, it was a golden orange with a white, dense head. The disappated quickly, but left a delicate lacing throughout the entire drinking experience.

The aroma had that distinctive American IPA citrusy sticky quality. A hint of orange, tons of grapefruit with an ammonia bite (in a good way).

From the aroma I was expecting a very sticky beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by the clean finish on this IPA. A hoppy bitterness hung on for a bit, but it was not the thick, sweet aftertaste I've experienced in other brews. The loads of hops are nicely balanced with a strong malt undertone.

The high ABV means I wouldn't be drinking a lot of these in one sitting, but the clean finish on this IPA tempts me to try.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

Pours clear and golden with a blotchy, thick off-white head. The foam holds together well as it slowly recedes to a thin cap layer. Pretty fair lacing from this IPA as well. Aroma is a lighter one than I would like in my IPA's, but it's still pretty good. The nose is met with some sugary hops, barley, and a touch of citrus.

Taste is full of sweet & bitter notes, emphasizing the hops and citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and juicy, with a light body and a carbonation level to match. Great lingering bitterness on this puppy...really enjoyed the aftertaste. The Commodore drinks well, but is perhaps a bit too one-sided to be a truly outstanding IPA. I'm looking forward to trying the other beer styles from the Cleveland crew.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice golden hue with a slight touch of red. Nice two-finger foamer and chunks of lacing all around

Smell: most notably a big hoppy pine/floral scent. A hint of dried fruits and sweetness

Taste: just like it smells! Strong hop flavor...this is not for the weak-hop-hearted. Good spicy hop flavor compliments sutle fruit flavor of tart lemons and bitter grapefruit. Overall a great beer with medium-body and finishes good and clean

A very drinkable beer, but for some the hops might get in the way. This is going to find its way into my fridge often....as long as I can find it around here.
Great Lakes Brewing is a favorite of mine and always has been...yum!

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Photo of MiScusi
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle telling me to enjoy by 7/8/07.

Pours a very clear pale gold with a think bubbly and frothy head. The aroma reminds me a lot of a hoppy pilsner... very light in malt and the same smell you get from a saaz hopped pils- Not my ideal aroma for a big IPA. Doesn't smell like there was much dry hopping if any at all.

The taste though is very IPA'ish. High bitterness comes accross first from the hops. This is definitley more of an earthy hop- pine and grass. Bitterness lingers quite a bit. The taste isn't too complex. The mouthfeel is fine, carbonation is right on, and it's a light IPA in the mouth. The drinkability though is a little boring to me, so while I would get this beer again at some point, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellowy copper color with small head of white foam that had fair retention. Minor lacing in the glass, and medium levels of carbonation.

S: Lighter than most, but more broad as well; grapefruit, hops, applewood, mild malts, some doughy biscuit. Nice.

T: Nice. Depth laden hops give way to a malty backbone that's second to none. A straight ahead IPA, with no reservations. Hops, pine, citrus, grain, malty bread notes. Very nice.

M: Slightly oily, slightly slick, but a little thinner than what I'd have liked. Still respectable.

D: An above average IPA. Look for this and give it a try. I would come back without reservation.

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden, one finger white head,with some retention,and a nice lace. Smell is of tart fruit, and alchol. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is graprfruit up front with a bitter hoppy finish. Bit of an after taste dropped the taste rating for me,but still a great brew.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out very clear pale straw color with a touch of amber/orange.
One finger of white foam and little to no lacing.
Smell is definiatly IPA. we have lots of grapefruit and cherry and caramel and finaly alcohol.
You can smell the % in this one. It does smell delicious.
Taste is hoppy and tangerine with grapefruit and alcohol following close behind.
The Mouthfeel on this one is very clean and not oily like it should be. But still a great feel here. This is a great beer in the mouth.
Drinkability is good here.

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Photo of ressletr
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VwCraig for this one. It was a extra bottle for our recent trade. Quite frankly this was quite an awesome bottle. Many thanks to Craig.
When I uncapped this little 12oz bottle, my expectations was well this will be an alright IPA. The beer poured like a golden elixir into my glass, The look is quite exceptional very clear and the color of a golden ale. If you all remembered those old novelty items where it would like beer was being poured into a glass by a spigot. Well that's the way this looks. The smell reminds me of a little Avery Maharaja, quite fruity. Taste is very good, it again reminds me of the Avery Maharaja. Drinkability is good because a hint of alcohol comes through, however the bitterness pretty much masks the alcohol content.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear honey amber body with a one finger vanilla head. Decent retention and good patch lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops with a note of grassiness. Caramel and bready malt scents underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a zippy carbonation. A bit of a hop bite on the tongue. Taste is ruled by a grapefruit hops bitterness that has just enough of a sweet malt spine to balance. A citrusy note of tangerine and some cut hay round out the finish. Nice complexity and hops crispness. An excellent American IPA here. Can't believe I waited so long to discover this.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.