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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BA SCORE
88
very good

844 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 844
Hads: 2,610
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 97
Gots: 379 | 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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest head but it leaves extensive blanketing lace. Gold color and crystal clear.

First impression was of perfume. Second whiff was of crystal style malts and cream.

Starts off like a rich amber ale but then a peppery hop flavor takes over. This is smooth IPA, which I attribute to the thick body. There's a fruity sweetness that brings an interesting balance to this brew. (378 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Mostly clear, copper-y, amber coloration, nice white head. Mmm, hmmm. Right on.

Aroma: soft, floral, lightly spicy, fruity. Gets bigger, more boisterous, bitterer as we go on. Really opens up, shows off the hops, very nice.

Taste: Fills the mouth with a barrage of bitterness. Very bright, oily, thick, and exuberant. Stands ground in the mouth, holds tight to the palate, hoppy flavor never quits. Some citric zest, grapefruit, etc. Pine needles aplenty. With a medium body, excellent tenacity of hoppy flavor, great malty balance below.

This is one of those IPAs under the radar, that should be mentioned whenever one speaks of great hoppy MidWestern IPAs. And I'm just trying it for the first time, myself. High sessionability, for those with high lupulin tolerance, we hopheads. (819 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of white head. Light carbonation evident.

t - Tastes follows the nose...pine and citrus hops leading the way. Also some smooth caramel malts.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA. It had enjoyable citrus hops and smooth caramel malts in the taste and I thought it was very drinkable. Would have again. (470 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a Great Lakes shaker pint glass (cool with logo'ed glassware even if its a shaker pint, at least I think so). Beer is clear and yellow. There may be a slight haze to it but its hard to tell. I'll say mostly clear. Almost no carbonation to detect, forms a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind.

There is a sweet citrus aroma to the beer mixed with some malt. Could be more pronounced.

Finally a taste and I immediately realize this is an English IPA, not American IPA as the menu states. Oops! Well then this is pretty good. Beer is a little dry but sweet. There is a nice hop flavor (citrus again) and a nice bitterness in the back. Medium bodied, which is appropriate, overall a good EIPA. (720 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/7/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,557 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a head that thins to a patch.

The smell is of grapefruit, lemon, pine - some caramel grainy malt. Normally this smell would get higher marks from me, but something is restrained about it. Nice, but (too?) mild.

The taste is grapefruit, lemon, resiny pine. Starts out pretty weak, but grows more robust (and pinier - if that's a word) as it warms. Sweet, grainy background keeps the hops balanced. Finishes a bit sweeter than typical for the style, but with enough bitterness to let you know that it's an American IPA. The alcohol is well-hidden (though may add a bit too much sweetness), with just a touch in the aftertaste. (I was going to give this a bit lower in score, but it's one of those brews that grow on you the more you drink it, and the flavors are there - just let it warm up a bit.)

Medium - I was going to say towards full, though I think it's more appropriate to say towards thick, bodied.

This is a nice IPA overall - would be interested to try it with a little less abv, as it seems, in my humble opinion, to add a bit too much sweetness to it. Anyway, I've had several offerings from this brewery and can't say that this one is one of my favorites, but it's certainly decent, to say the least, esp. as it progresses. It is a tough style to contend with with all of the competition - I'ts nice - but, well, mellow (other than abv). (1,378 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange in color with some light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that shows very good retention properties with a thick cloud-like layer remaining over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell is dominated by the citrus hops - more of an orange/orange zest aroma than lemon but with some more subtle hints of lemon as well. Overall not too intense a smell to this beer though it does become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: This beer has a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness which is contributed by the citrus hops present (this is more of the citrus zest/rind taste). There is a very light amount of malts in this beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and a nice beer but probably too hoppy/bitter to be a sessionable beer in my opinion. The citrus hops are really highlighted in this offering. (1,013 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for this one.

A: Pours light golden color with one finger of white foamy head on top, really dense. Nice foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of carbonation being released to the top.

S: Faint citric hops, a bit of grass and a floral component. LOTS of pale grains and a bit of caramel.

T: Faint grapefruit and lemon, some grainy malt, caramel, and a little bit of smoke, but not good smoke that you sometimes want in a beer. Finish is extremely dry.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, extremely dry.

O: This beer looked amazing, but thats where the great qualities ended for me. The smell was weak and the taste was just off. The first beer from Great Lakes that I have not liked. (706 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a very large creamy beige head. About two fingers. Good retention with some nice lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some floral hops up front with a very distinguishable citrus smell of orange. Also has some biscuity malts. A little bit soft for the high abv.

Taste: Tons of floral, bittering hops. This one packs a bit of alcohol with it. Very big. Also has that big biscuity malt backbone. Definitely a midwest ipa. Lots of citrus, orange with a mix in of grapefruit. This beer is very big.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hoppy with some alcohol showing.

Overall, I had higher expectations for this ipa. It was too big for a regular ipa and too much alcohol showed. Probably will stick to something else, even though this is in MN now. (858 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle as an extra.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is bread, flowers and oranges. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of flower and perfume-flavored hops, some oranges and bready malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (317 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose was slightly hoppy, but overlain with an alcohol sharpness. The color was a bright deep-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish was distinctly hoppy, somewhat citrusy, like grapefruit. It masked its 7.5% ABV well. (339 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (2,416 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass.

Commodore Perry has a mix of copper and medium orange in color with a bright white head about a 1/2 inch up. Rings of lacing on the way down. Scents consist of citrus and bittering hops with a little malt background. It taste the same with the hops coming 1st with a small malt backing, leaving a bitter taste overall. The feel is bitter, medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A long aftertaste with some earthy things abound. Not my favorite IPA but a good one none the less. (520 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a big mountain of soft, white head that has great retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma with some faint hops in the background. The flavor has a big malty backbone that is bready and a little sweet, almost birthday cake like. The hop character is mildly citrusy, but big and bitter, and it dominates the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a nice IPA. I like the big malty backbone. The hops are solid and are a nice match to the malts. This is well balanced, smooth, and very drinkable. (595 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass.

Pours a wonderful brilliant gold, giving a large massive off white head. Head is about four fingers in size with some soapy shampoo like bubbles. Body is a gorgeous gold and crystal clear with some small carbonation going slowly up in places. Head has great staying power. Decent lacing as well upon the glass too.

A simple clean faint hop smell, and some small grain like malt. Gets almost a little grassy. Very clean smelling, real nice. AFter some time there's almost some sweet honey/lemon feel to it also.

Sweet bread upon taste at first almost like a danish, with a good mild hop bitter finish that replaces and then dominates. Beer gets hop assertive after a few sips. Quite hoppy it seems for this style, but it's a good feeling. Hop bitterness transforms a little into some faint citrus oils but there's also a hidden spice of perhaps cumin or maybe even fenugreek. It's real hard to pinpoint, feels like a typical brown/green curried spice you could use, perhaps it even just simple clove.

Real tasty beer another great lakes winner and just good all around. (1,121 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe at Walnut Liquorette threw this bottle into my purchase free of charge since it was my first time shopping at that liquor store. Poured into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color, the head is rocky, and it leaves whipped lace around the glass. The nose brings lemon and bitter grapefruit to the picture, and the infamous diacteyl (buttered popcorn) common in this color shade of IPA. The diacteyl goes along well with the citrus during the taste, but then a sharp bitterness and mildly hot fusel alcohol cuts into the quality of the taste.

It's not a bad effort, just a little off-par compared to the IPA's which are more widely available in my area. (668 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into my pint glass, it's a clear gold with a tall, white head.

This IPA is a little different than your typical face-full of pine and grapefruit. Given, it does have grapefruit, but the flavor starts mellow and then grows through the finish to a big, spicy bitterness. The aroma has more of the citrus and is pleasant, but relative for the style, it could be better. For the strength, this beer is very drinkable and a little dangerous. It's probably a good thing more 7.5% beers aren't this seemingly sessionable. (575 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, well balanced beer. Pours golden with a fine white head. Smells sweet and malty but married beautifully with citrusy hops. The taste is similar, but much more hop forward. Lovely notes of sticky pine, and a very nice finish. I love how everything comes together with this beer, the sum seems more than its parts. Just a great beer for sipping on the back porch on a warm spring day. (395 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark ruby red/ copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring that lasts throught, leaving minimal splotches of lacing here and there.

Piny hop aroma with a touch of citrus peel and a nice biscuit/ caramel backbone. Resinous hop oil, lemon and grapefruit. Very earthy scent

The citrus notes from the aroma are not as prominent in the flavor. Medium body with a slightly chewy resinous hop forward mouthfeel. There is only a slight bit of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. The hops are very earthy and plant like not crisp and floral. The malt backbone provides a decent balance with some nice biscuit notes. This beer is a decent session beer that is kind of one dimensional. Pretty good but not something I would drink regularly. (779 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep amber color that borders on copper with a smallish white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of earthy, citrus and piney hops with a solid caramel and bread malt backbone. The taste holds no surprises that the nose couldn't ferret out. Caramel and bread assaulted by earth pine and citrus. I was a bit surprised to see this listed as an English style IPA as I saw lots of American in there. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet honey like mouthfeel. Great IPA, I wish it were a bit easier to get in my corner of the planet. (623 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brewpub across from the brewery proper in Cleveland Ohio.

Looks good but not exceptional in the glass. A somewhat small white head crowns a lovely clear golden amber colored ale.

The scent is truly exceptional. Sweet and malty with a strong but not over powering C type hop aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. What sets this apart is that both the malt and hop aspects are balanced in a quite strong IPA without one overpowering the other.

The taste begins sweet and a little bready with a tasty clean and unmodified hop flavor from the very first taste. As you drink this the citrus, pine and refreshing bitter aftertaste get a little stronger but does not really change. This never gets bitter and it never numbs the tongue, this is all tasty hop flavors.

The Mouthfeel is good.


Oh yeah this is a strong IPA that I could drink all night except the alcohol level would put a stop to it a bit early. A VERY recommended ale! (957 characters)

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.