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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 Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle saved for an enchanting Sunday in September, opening day for the NFL. A wonderful day of (if I may compliment myself) great home cooking and (thanks to the Commodore Perry) great beer to match!

A lovely thick trim of pearl white head. It coats the sides of the glass just as thick as densely as it sits over the beer. A beautiful apricot/pear coloured body with perfect clarity. The colour is that of changing, yellow/golden autumn leaves. A small minority of bubbles set out from the bottom and lazily drift (eventually) to the top. A modest but very attractive marmalade coloured appearance.

A deliciously fruity aroma. Pear, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. C-hops dominate. Lightly intoxicating, the alcohol (while considerably modest and undetected) opens the sinuses and calms the senses. Toasty, the hops are deeply integrated with the malts, it smells like a fresh boil.

The mouthfeel is full of both malt and hops. Seamlessly balanced. The hops impart a light bitterness, crisp and assertive on the palate. It also contains a dense, bready malt presence. The alcohol is absent. A strong mineral presence to the water. It can be both quenching and tasty.

The flavour has a faint suggestion of citrus, but is largely malty. It fails to linger much and really doesn't develop much through the tasting. Don't be mistaken - it is nice, it just simply doesn't carry itself like a DIPA. And rightfully so - it isn't one...

At seven some odd percent, this is an incredibly quaffable IPA. It is quenching and full of a modest - but assertive - character. Great Lakes Brewing offer products of great quality - this is no exception. A great, textbook offering of the IPA style, I enjoyed this on its own as a nice after dinner tipple!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light yellow, very pale looking appearance for an IPA.

S - A citrus bomb - grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose with some earthy hops. One of the best noses I've seen from an IPA.

T - The citrus is very prevalent (grapefruit) along with pine and earthy hops and a nice light malt backbone. A very well balanced IPA!!!

M - Medium body with some chew!

D - A very smooth IPA. Could easily sit back and have a few of these at once...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this one.

Pours a clean golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malt tones, and caramel. The taste is hoppy and malty, lots of caramel. This brew is nice, but just not hoppy enough to be a good IPA, but still is tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but to much on the malty side.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color is a mid to dark golden with a frothy two inch head. Great head retention and drink-by-drink step lacing.

S- Sweet and tropical.

T- Good caramel malt backbone to even out the hops. Grapefruit. Dangerous at 7.5%abv!

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- I don't know why I passed this up for so long, even as Great Lakes is one of my more favorite breweries. No longer. Solid, solid, solid IPA...likewise with the brewery.

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Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Big Hunt yesterday.

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. The is attactive, with light sweet malt and light citrus. It's a bit maltier then I normally like to see in my IPA's, but it's still pretty nice. On the palate, this is a nicely balanced IPA, albeit one that I think could use a bit more hoppy bitterness. Still, the beer has plenty of flavor with a noticeable hoppy, bitter bite. I do get a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish that I'm not in love with, but otherwise this is a pretty tasty IPA. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of flavor, and except for the alcohol bite at the end, it's pretty drinkable.

This is a solid IPA, but the competition is pretty stiff in the world of IPA's, and I'm not sure this qualifies as one of the better ones. It's a nice enough IPA, but not a great one. Given all the other options available, probably wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid upfront caramel malt with a smattering of spicy citrus hop aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a strong caramel sweet malt with a secondary spicy hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean with a dry finish.

Overall an easy drinking APA. A bit maltier than I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks to robertdoesbeer for this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz extra from a recent trade from jdoncbus ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

Aggressive pour left a very pretty 2 finger head.. nice sheets of lace atop a polished darker gold brew.

Low citrus hops and a hefty shot of yeasty fruitiness are the aroma .. subtle background of pale malts.

Good bitter though it may be too much of a good thing.. light pale malts.. and some pronounced "fruity apricot" esters .. lighter than expected citrus hops (given the pronounced bitterness) with a light/medium body and good carbonation levels.

Not bad at all ... but certainly above average .. This brew was well within it's "Best By date" .. I was just expecting more. I've only had this beer one other time and notes say "could be less bitter and a touch more malty" and "give me more hoppy flavor and aroma".

Big thanks John.. I love a good IPA and this more than qualifies... cheers.

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

Trying the Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA...."Dont Give Up The Sip"! Great motto! The beer pours a clear straw yellow with thin white head that is lacing in my pint glass. The smell is has a apricot/citrus base with subtle spice. The taste is powered by hops....it starts very bitter, then a apricot shaunters in followed by more bitter. There is a tinge of metallic taste and the ABV is not fully masked. The mouthfeel is a full bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer and highly recommended. This beer definitely is more English IPA than West Coast IPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
10/24/07 date on bottle
A- This beer pours a light copper colored body that is crystal clear showing of the tiny bubbles of carbonation gliding to the surface. There is a sticky off-white head that last and last. The head leaves rings on the glass after each sip.

S- There is a light caramel malt hint with a pungent green hop burst at the finish. There is some note of pineapple weed as the beer warms but it is mostly pungent.

T- This beer has a hint of caramel malt sweetness followed by a big pungent pine and grapefruit bite that finishes the beer. It is not skunky like being light struck but skunky like a fresh huge hop AA flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy note as long as the head last.

D- This beer has a huge hop bitterness that overpowers the hops aroma and flavor. There is some nice support by the malt but the hops are just a bit too pungent. I really like hops but there is just something about this beer that a don't care for in the hops.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for the trade. Bottle dated 3/29/11.

A: An overly vigorous pour into a shaker glass produced a huge 2 inch head. Body is a slightly cloudy golden. Nice lacing

S: Nice hop resins, with orange and papaya notes. Light bready malt notes.

T: A little sweeter than expected, but overall nicely balanced malt body with clean hops bitterness..

M: Clean, lightly astringent. Low carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. Good English-style IPA.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with kirok1999.

A: The IPA pours with with a brilliant golden color, highlighting equally yellow and orange notes with a solid stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. The head neared 1.5 fingers on pour and has laced nicely all around the glass.

S: The nose is orange citrus, full of hop aromas that are mouthwatering.

T: Hops abound, leaping out from the first sip through the final swallow. Orange and pineapple elements are the dominant hop notes, giving the ale a strong citrus profile that finishes long on the tongue. Some caramel malts come through as the ale warms, breaking up the bitterness with some grainier notes.

M: The finish is somewhat muddled, losing the orange and pineapple notes and becoming more muddled. Despite that, the finish and mid-body are excellent.

D: The alcohol doesn't rear its head at all, aiding the drinkability. That abv is reasonably high though so a few bottles will do you in. Nice hop body though, especially for an IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says best by 7/3/12, so we're good.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light effervescence and a light haze. Head is nearly two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking, and stylistically accurate.

Smell: dank and musty aroma of earthy, funky hops with a sweet malt backbone underneath. Not bad, but just a bit too murky for my taste.

Taste: sweet malt with lots of funky hop flavor, as in the aroma. Bitterness is on the low side. Not bad, but it's not very clean; the hops seem muddled and not optimal.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. I like this.

Overall: a decent enough beer, but its flavors are muddled and not ideal.

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/7/11
*From notes

A: A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and nice lacing. It's brilliantly clean and pale sunset amber.

S: Decently fruit forward, yet it's by no means a West Coast style IPA. It's also quite hearty and bready, something that I assume is to be enjoyed not just in the throws of summer, but also the biting Cleveland winters.

T: A touch juicy up front, which fades quickly to a warm, toasted, bready earth. The richness comes through on the finish, which is pretty bitter and dry.

M: Not as creamy as the better AIPA's out there. It's got a sharp edge to it, like it could use a bit of love around the edges.

O: Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA is a solid entry into the AIPA category. It isn't something that will unseat the juicy fruit bombs within the style, yet if you're looking for a rich, bitter and slightly earthy AIPA, you've found your beer.

Well done, Great Lakes.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Spacious effervesce rises lazily within a bright pumpkin orange glow. The head is dull white and foamy with its fair share of pockets and divets on the surface. Retention was fair while the lacing was weak on the hold similar to their burning river pale providing disappointing coverage.

S: Sweet caramel grains and oranges arrive upfront. Piney hops come through at first with some flowery citrus moving in late of light helping. I fond this to be on par with their burning river pale in terms of strength even though this is labeled as ipa which didn't help matters coming off underpowered by style.

T: Dry flowery citrus highlights the open. The malting felt weak at first but is much more greatly appreciated on the hold and mouthful. Toasted malts and alcohol feel provides a glowing warmth along with a flowery citrus moderate in strength. The finish finds a good display of the warm toasted nature coming through with a good deal of bitterness which was unfortunately short lived on the fade and swallow.

M: Fairly full bodied, appearing much more so then I obtained in the flavor. Luscious and creamy on the hold with a light tingle of carbonation adding some life. Warm pine oils and citrus juices line the tongue on longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability factor, some dry warming pine and citrus notes come in late to save this of its dignity. Moderate enjoyment, nothing that I would seek out or probably drink in multiples.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Gold with a fluffy, white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Pine, grass & a little citrus from the hops; slight toffee & bready.

T: Assertive bitterness throughout; very piney hop flavour with a slight grapefruit citrus; toffee, bready malt; some cotton-candy fruity esters & tropical fruityness. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Body is a little heavier than moderate, but well-attenuated, with a dry finsih. Modest carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Practically a double IPA, and some my find the bitterness a little harsh.

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

bax72 hooked me up with this bottle as part of BC2. Thanks!
Clear and dark gold, the beer was capped by a fluffy white head that settled quickly to a thin cap, leaving behind some delicate, transient lace. Floral aroma with mild citrus and fruit notes. Just a hint of toasty, sweet malts as well. Strong bitterness up front became pine resin towards the finish. Solid caramel maltiness with some sweetness that lessens at the end. Hope were sometimes grassy, mostly pine and floral. Bitterness really lingered. Alcohol flavour was faint and gave it a bit of spiciness. Warmth was pleasant. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and chewy malt. Pretty good stuff. The use of hops was a little different than a lot of other IPAs and the balance was quite good for the bitterness level.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member. Sampled on July 29, 2014.

It pours yellow to golden amber with a lingering off-white head.

The aroma has a slight toasted biscuit character but there is a sort of lemon zest, grassy hop sensation.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with a quick breaded malt character but swiftly turns into a floral, lemony hop finish. It tasted better as it warmed.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros to sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice one finger head atop a clear, very prominently golden pour.

S - Smell is where this really falls for me. Far too sweet and malty for an IPA for my liking.

T - Taste is nice with a fair amount of honey sweetness and light hops. Very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a very good carbonation that one comes to love with Great Lakes.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad English IPA. Always like trying beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company.

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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not the best Great Lakes effort. Very orange, looks good. Aroma was a bit of a put off. I may have an old(er) bottle.

Taste, very one dimensional, not balanced, just bitter. Little hop feel, lots of bitterness. Alcohol isn't over the top, but rears its head enough to be slightly disagreeable. Could use some depth to it. A decent price, but the Burning River is so much more enjoyable. Still have 3 more in the 6er, but 1/2 way down, its nothing to write home about.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this 3 days past its best by date.
L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” sudsy white foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.
S: The nose is slightly muted but still has definite spice, lemon, citrus, grapefruit.
T: Caramel malt flavors and light fruit tempered by a refreshing grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is isn't really much racing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, pine, floral notes, hay

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of the carbonation and the beer comes across as very dry. There is a lot of hop flavour mixed with malts and pine notes. It is more of a prickly piney hop flavoured beer than a fruity one. I could only pick up on traces of grapefruit. I could also taste some light fruit esters and some caramel. The beer finishes with a dry hop aftertaste and the pine bitterness lingers.

Drink - I prefer the more fruity/juicy pale ales, but this is still a solid brew. It reminded me of the pale ales made my one of my somewhat local brewers - Les Trois Mousquetaires.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Commodore Perry IPA. Without Commodore Perry, we wouldn't have the Perry Monument at Put-In-Bay/South Bass Island. There's nothing like going to the top of the monument after drinking a few beers on a nice summer day. Well, back to the beer itself....

The bottle says it's best enjoyed before 09/26/2006, but a couple weeks shouldn't make too much of a difference here. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color, with a thick off-white head. The head lasted a long time, with excellent lacing. The aroma is citrusy, with a bit of grassy hops too. The taste is mainly grapefruit and pine, with a slightly sweet middle and a floral bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium, and also a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, the alcohol isn't too noticable in this beer. This is a pretty good beer, but then I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from Great Lakes.

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