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
87
very good

2,404 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 83
Gots: 240 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003)
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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

What, no love for big brother Matthew and his forcing open of Japan? I say boo, sir! Anyway, this younger sibling pours a clear light amber topped by a fairly short-lived cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine, flowers, light greens, and subdued toffee. The taste ups the ante with the flowers and pine, adds a decent amount of orange peel, and tightens the leash around the neck of the toffee. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty good EIPA, but it's way too one-sided for my liking, with the hops coming off as a tad harsh.

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, one-finger head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of hops and some fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted strongly of hops. A very smooth toasted maltiness with a bitter kick. Slight fruit taste, as well.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very fine IPA. It is so hoppy it almost seems like a DIPA.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Two fingers of head holds steady, perfect clarity with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Herbal, minty and a little citric in this hoppy nose ... a bit fruity with some esters and a smattering of toasted bread in the back. Smoothness has depth, thick-ish medium body. Bitter, yes and a bitterness that sticks. The malt is big enough to stand up to this somewhat brute-like hoppiness and the alcohol / fruitiness stakes a swing at the hops as well. While the bitterness and stodgy hop flavor prevails in the end it did have a tough battle to push through. Malt is an even wall of toasted sweetness and the alcohol is quite noticeable with fruity and peppery esters. Finishes bitter/sweet with more bitterness obviously.

A perfect example of "no coast" IPAs that don't get enough attention. Damn tasty and bold enough to rival both coasts.

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

Wow, I never thought the day would come where I could pick up a sixer of a Great Lakes IPA right in the Ohio Valley, recently the microbrews have come into the Steubenville/Wintersville OH areas in specifically the two Kroger grocery stores. With Great Lakes products came Erie Brewing, Magic Hat, Atwater, and more. I'm happy to see this happening here's the IPA and the bottle states 7.5% abv when I visited the brewery back in 04 it was listed at 8%. Appearance has a light bronze copper appearance even a pale peach lighter in color than the Burning River Pale, large off white creamy textured head forms thick and dwindles slow clinging to the edges of the pint leaving even rings of lace with each sip. Aromatics contains heavy grapefruit peel action with a sugary coating much sweeter smelling than actual grapefruit, the malts used here are mildly toasted with somewhat of a spicy rye note even though I now none of that was utilized here. Flavors a bitey somewhat acidic wave of high alpha hops grapefruit peels, pine, and grassy components all dive onto the palate with some initial sweetness quickly gets wiped away. Not as diverse and well balanced as some standard IPAs but at 7.5 this one is on the border of a DIPA definitely some assertive alcohol noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light slippery textured hop oils gliding on the palate definitely sticks to the tongue and carbonation feels natural and carris the brew well pretty moderate. Drinkability is great I could handle a few of these but really I've been enjoying one out of the sixer at a time, spreading them out has been an enjoyable experience between finishing nursing school this week and catching up on cutting the grass this brew is substantial enough to fill my hophead cravings. I believe in my last review on tap I yearned for this beer to be bottled, well I guess I owe a thank you to the folks at Great Lakes, goo job guys.

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

Acquired via trade from mcallister so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. The date of Sept. 19, 2006 clearly marked on the label.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: There’s a very intensely sweet hops smell with a heavy citrus background, but I found it to be a bit pungent.

T: The taste is malty and fruity with only a mild hops background. A little too sweet for my liking and it also didn’t seem like the hops bitterness and malt sweetness blended together as well as they should for the style.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry & sticky finish.

D: It isn’t filling and hides the 7.50% (as listed on the bottle) ABV well. I suppose it would go down easy if you like the taste, I, however, did not. I’ve liked the other beers that I’ve had from Great Lakes (Nosferatu & Edmund Fitzgerald) and this is one of my favored styles, but I just didn’t like this beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper amber with a very sizeable off white head from too firm a pour. Nose is basically like sticking your nose in a can of pineapples. Just thick pineapple syrup. Flavor is very tangy on the start. Then you get a very salty hop hit with slightly vibrant citrus tones. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is even. Drinkable, yes. Even though it leans heavily towards the salty side, it still has a decent leve of balance that keep things going.

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

Thanks to beerhan for this one.

Clear amber orange color with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose brings nice reddish amber malts, earthy malts with almost a carrot like aroma, juicy malts and hints of light fruity hops.

Taste nice toasty malts, reddish caramel toasty malts, light caramel, tons of red malt flavors, earthy grassy, bit herbal hop kick with grassy almost floral hop flavors, a decent bitterness makes way for light fruit flavors from the yeast i think. finishes drier and toasty malts, slight bitterness with earthy grassy hops, herbalish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, drinkable, nice malts blended with a nice grassy earthy hop but light bitterness. A much lighter drinking beer than i expected.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 oline73
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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).

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Commodore Perry." Clearly identifies as an IPA on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 09/10/2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Could be more frothy. Smooth even consistency. Complexion is a bit soft, but not as much as would be ideal. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

A generally appealing look for a beer, but it's not unique or special for an IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it. Doesn't have any egregious flaws.

Sm: Mango fruit and accompanying esters, nebulous tropical fruit, pale malts, floral hop character, and some pine. White grapefruit. I have trouble finding specific notes on account of my broken nose - all apologies, lads.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength. Hop bitterness seems to be partially untamed, which is disconcerting.

T/Mf: Plenty of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit - along with an accompanying untamed bitterness that betrays the beer's lack of balance. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Some pine. Has a strange sweetness up front. I'm really not a fan of the sticky boozy nectary fruit character. Not at all a gestalt build, nor a particularly cohesive one.

Has some fair complexity, but it's unimpressive. Not particularly subtle, intricate, or nuanced. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. I do find some light alcohol presence that goes beyond a pleasant warming sensation and ventures into distraction.

Smooth and wet. Zesty. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy and full-bodied. Filling - even overbearing - for an IPA. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically for it. Lightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I expected far better from Great Lakes, and maybe it's fallen off quickly with a bit of age, but overall I'm pretty disappointed. I'll plan to revisit this one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends based on this bottle. Honestly, I think the whole tropical fruit approach to IPA builds just isn't for me. Fans of that approach to the style will likely enjoy this beer. I'll chalk this up to personal preference.

C

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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