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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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very good

850 Reviews

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Reviews: 850
Hads: 2,676
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 105
Gots: 441 | 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: 2,676
Photo of gregy55902
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the strange yet interesting beer.

A - Soft orange, white head which quickly recedes.

S - Strange 'sweet corn' aroma. Malt and hops come after that.

T - a blast of corn juice hits first, and then a decent variety of bitter, floral, and citrus hops. There is some malt hidden in there as well - maybe it's the source of these cornmeal type flavors - but the corn notes dominate this beer which is kind of offputting.

M - Good carbonation levels, and alcohol is well-hidden.

O - Not very well-balanced as the taste gets overrun with this weird corn-like quality. I am not sure where these notes are coming from. The hops are there but it is also sweet so it would be a stretch to call it an IPA. I would much rather have their Lake Erie Monster DIPA - it is a more bold yet traditional beer. This is not the delicious experience I have come to expect from Great Lakes Brewing. It may be an issue of freshness, but on the bottle it says to enjoy by 8/14/2012.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

7% ABV ~ 80 IBU Commodore Perry commanded a ship in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie...from what I remember.....
Served draught at Great Lakes with a nice full 2-finger white head that reduced and maintained well to the bottom. Left a beautiful sticky lace down the sides of the glass. The body was a orangish gold color that was very cloudy. I'm pretty sure this was served unfiltered, which made it that much better. The smell was pretty much hops & hints citrus, as well was the flavor. Along with the great flavor of hops, there seemed to be some kind of little bursts of pine & bitter orange rind. This brew finished crisp, clean, & dry. Overall a great beer that, like all Great Lakes brews, seemed to stay pretty true to the style.........

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a six of this at my local Harris Teeter for $7.99...had to pick it up.

Pours a nice goldish-amber, similar to almost every other IPA I've had. Pretty, but certainly doesn't blow me away in terms of originality. I poured this baby aggressively into my tapered pint glass, revealing a beautiful tri-fingered head that's leaving gorgeous gobs of frother, pure-white head at the top of my glass, similar to freshly-driven snow. In case you couldn't gather it from my less-than-spectacular diction, this beer has an awesome head.

Citrus envelopes my nostrils as I inhale cautiously. I actually have to restrain myself a bit to keep the tip of my nose out of the frothy goodness that is the head of this brew. Grapefruits, oranges: A regular Floridian citrus summer, in the glass of an Ohio brew, in the hand of a North Carolinian connoisseur.

I needed my hops fix tonight, and I'll be damned if The Commodore didn't deliver. Fruity initially, but this merely serves to deceive my palate as the hops bite down hard on my tastebuds, rendering them nearly useless at ascertaining the taste of any other product save for this tasty stuff.

Nothing special in the area of mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation, although I might have preferred a little more. Fairly smooth. Pretty standard in terms of category.

I could drink this stuff all day. It's dangerously drinkable for its 7.5% abv. But I'll (try to) stay in control tonight.

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Photo of Nicked
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden hue - classic English IPA. Sticky spiderweb lacing.
S- citrusy hops and lovely rounded, buttery malt
T- Here's the big stand out! Delicious and crisp. Tangy, citrusy hops and sweet buttery malt. End is mild and bready. Time for another sip!
M- Medium MF, suits the beer well. Little bit of fizz.
O- Excellent representation of the style. Tasty! I could session this all day. :)

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Photo of Fluke828
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> Duvel Tulip.
Has a "Please Enjoy by Date of: 08/09/11

A-> Pours a very translucent, very pale copper, a very light amber color. About a finger and half worth of head with some pretty solid and sticky lace.

S-> Very high on the citrus notes with a bit of an earthy spice to it as well. Also getting some pineapple and mango as well. Very floral and tropical.

T-> Sweet, spicy, and bitter. The citrus and tropical fruits are definitely present but evened out by a nice pine bite and floral, earthy spiciness that is almost reminiscent of DIPA octane. Bit of a warming sensation along these lines as well but nothing to a detriment, a nice departure from the American IPAs that I love. Bitter balance really shines.

M-> Medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

O-> This was a nice reprieve from my usual IPA suspects that are always in the fridge. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but this was a nice change-up. Really liked the tropical fruit with a floral and pine resin bite that was blended smoothly with a nice malt backbone. A great take on an English IPA

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Photo of Kylito87
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my best friends has always said good things about this beer. So being we brewed our first batch of beer yesterday I still had a few left to review. So heres we goes!

Appearance: Breathtaking! I was able to pour that total beer porn pour with this one into my stemmed tulip. The type of pour where the head comes up over the height of the glass and just sits there in all it's foamy glory. About 3 fingers of clumpy foamy off white head on top of a crystal clear burnt orange body. Very noticeable carbonation in the body of this beer with the effervescent upside down snow storm of bubbles to the top. Very prominant lacing with a resilient cap.

Aroma: Is very upfront with the hops. There is a nice citrus kick with some good earthy resins in there. I slight sweet caramel and fusel alcohol kick in the nose.

Taste: Most of the nose comes through. I am not detecting the alcohol as much in the flavor but it is there in feel. A nice hop bite to begin with and a nice resetting sweet malt hit. Nothing cloying here everything is perfectly balanced and well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The beer has a oily character at first and then a nice dry finish spot on for the style. It doesn't feel like it is too much on the pallette. Even though the alcohol is noticeable I don't think it hinders the experience. The warming feel is nice As far as balance goes this is one of the better examples of the style.

Drinkability: Well the three that were left are gone now. This beer is so perfect in balance and finish you could keep drinking them all day. Overall this is a great beer! I have had nothing but good experiences with GL so I think I will get some more of the beers I have had from them in the past and revisit them.


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Photo of xzqrut
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a nice rich golden color, lively carbonation. Beer gives a very nice 1" head, with excellent lacing all the way down. Smell seemed somewhat faint, but the taste had a nice strong hop finish. Mouthfeel was crisp, lively with the carbonation, very nice IPA.

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Photo of adkirkish
2.22/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Toffee and Caramel malts dominate the aroma. No real hop presence. No diacetyl, no esthers.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin persistent white head.

F: Malt dominates upfront and throughout the body of this beer, but it does finish with a hop bitterness.

M: A mid bodied pale ale w/ medium carbonation. No warmth or creaminess. A bit brash from all the malt. No astringency.

O: For a pale ale, I believe this beer has some significant flaws as to aroma and flavor. Where are the hops? The only real hop presence is in the finish. Highly suggest more hop presence in flavor and aroma. Style suggests moderate to high hop character and was not present. The malt character is great, just needs the hops, which are the bread and butter of this style.

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Photo of boogles
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an IPA, this one doesn't do it for me. I simply needs more hops. I had this recently, but I was not hoping for much, although I was secretly hoping it would be among their great beers, but it's not. Not enough punch, hops, or uniqueness. A mainstream beer made to sell in stores like Kroger, along with some other Great Lakes beers. Nothing compared to the Blackout Stout and some other seasonal releases.

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Photo of schanker21
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing. Very clear. Not hazy like most other IPAs. Lots of bubbles.

S- Subdued citrus and piney hops.

T- Subdued citrus and piney hops. Very watered-down taste to it. This is far below the standards I would have expected from Great Lakes. It's almost like taking an average IPA and filling half the glass with water. Very disappointing.

M- Fine. Smooth, not too much carbonation.

D- Hard to call it an IPA. I'm so disappointed with this after the great things I have come to expect from Great Lakes.


After having another glass of this the next night, I realized that the last one must have been a bad bottle. This one is excellent. Great bold flavor. Very well-balanced hops and malts. Great beer especially for the price.

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale golden/orange, some hues of yellow, about 1 finger white head retains well, decent lacing.

Smell - Pungent citrus, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, mango, orange and even some subtle pine. There is a malt presence as well.

Taste - Floral earthiness right from the start that is also quite bitter, with nice hoppy citrus character. You get bitter pine, and resin and the bitterness that comes along with more of a subtle lemon, pineapple, pear, apricot and even some tangerine. The end seems to bring a combination of citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Another one that I bought as a single to try out and definitely not dissipointed.

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Photo of tdexterc
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As they say, when in Rome… I suppose after 2 weeks in my new Ohio home it’s about time for me to sample my new state’s seemingly most widespread IPA.

A- Sternly poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer develops a decent 1 finger head. Bright white and loosely packed, it disappears quickly and hangs tight in a ring to the edge. The body is a crystal clear light amber.

S- The smell is slightly fruity and inviting. The hops presence is reminiscent of light citrus. It smells both appetizing and refreshing.

T- Relatively well balanced between hop and malt flavors. Could stand to see a bigger hop taste. As it warmed however it began to develop, a more prominent floral hop flavor.

M- A very solid bitterness on the back of the palate grows. This beer is more aggressively bitter than anticipated, and that’s (usually) just fine in my book.

I can see this being a decent stand-in for my Northeast staple IPA’s like long trail, harpoon, and my all time favorite mayflower. Though all that bitterness makes it a bit less sessionable than what I like to see in widely available, standard pub IPA such as this.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JonathanL7980 for this one.

Poured into a shaker pint. It pours a nice golden amber with a lasting white head. It smells heavily of floral and citrus hops but its also balanced out with some sweet malt. This is a really solid sessionable IPA. Its pretty easy to drink and the malt melds really well with the strong hoppiness. Really surprised by this one. Probably my second favorite from Great Lakes so far next to the Blackout Stout.

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Photo of Baraka
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid IPA that is both very hoppy and insanely drinkable, although probably only for hop-heads- the hops are the most prevalent characteristic by a pretty large margin.

Poured Amber with a big frothy head that left decent lacing on the glass. You can smell the hops coming through, but you don't truly realize how hoppy it is until the first sip. While there is a definite alcohol taste that becomes more apparent to me as the beer warms, it's really all about the hops here! While the alcohol will slow you down a bit, I thought it was a very refreshing and drinkable beer

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Photo of Lepley
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to review this one for a while. Picked up a 12-pack from Giant Eagle.

A: Pours clear, orange/gold with about a finger of white fluffy head.
S: Citrus, lemon, grassy, floral, hoppy, grapefruit, a little alcohol.
T: Sweet citrus fruits, lemon grapefruit, orange, piney, bitter, decently hoppy, good bitterness.
M: Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation.
D: This is a great IPA. Not the best but its so well rounded. Its tasty but not so overwhelming that one or two is too much. I could drink this beer all day. One of my favorites from GLBC.

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Photo of jraycee
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish amber with a medium head that leaves nice lacing.
Smell is citrus and flowers with fresh bread.
Taste is good with a piney citrus hops flavor covering a toasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel is good for the style, a little sticky resin feel.
I like this beer. We picked up a fresh case while in OH last week. I'll be sad when they're gone. Next time I gotta stop by the brewery.

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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 MP72
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with a 1/2 inch white head

S-piney citrusy hops

Taste- nice malt backbone with very respectful hop presence. Some caramel too.

M-Smooth and a little creamy ,, light on the palate.

D- pretty good as it is not an overpowering brew and hides it's ABV well.

Very representative of the British style. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of tlinner
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with very thick head and lace. Pungent odor of hops and citrus, spices. Taste is big with piney hops, coriander, and fruit. It's an admirable IPA from a reputable brewery, but a word of warning: it packs a BIG punch. Two or three of these and you'll be on the floor quick. A great IPA, but a bit too sneaky in the abv dept. for my taste.

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Photo of BigDRS
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Pour yields a finger or so head ... not a lot of retention. Color is a pale apricot and the beer is very clear. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell - A bit of citrus and pine hops with some sweetness. The nose is good, but I'm expecting just a bit more punch out of it than I'm getting.

Taste - It starts out a bit light and malty, but opens up to some pine and citrus hop flavors plus just a bit of melon/mango that I occasionally pick up. This isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavors are just so smooth and good.

Mouthfeel - GLBC never disappoints in this category. Another awesome mouthfeel on this one, especially on the back half of my palate. Carbonation is great.

Overall - A great IPA. Around here in Ohio this can be found for ~$8.99/6-pack, so compared to other out of state brews, this is not only a good beer but a pretty good deal as well.

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Photo of Telix
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. This bottle was only a week or two off the bottling line, as I got it from a buddy who gets me a lot of underfills...

A: The color isn't anything special, really, but it's pours quite clear with a nice head and good retention. A good level of carbonation is exhibited with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the nucleation points in the glass.

S: A very nice and strong aroma, indeed. A nice malt mixes with slightly citrus, lemon aromas, and some fresh grassiness.

T: A creamy mild sweetness is complemented with a bit of bready malt, and finished up with clean, sweet bitter hop flavors. Everything is well integrated - the sweetness never overpowers the mild bitterness, and the finish is clean on the palate - but still reminding you it's an IPA. I'd say for non-imperial IPA it's one of my favorites.

M: The mouthfeel is fantastic for a single IPA. Thick and rich, but never syrupy, and with a perfect level of carbonation. The mouthfeel perfectly complements the flavors of the beer and enhances the entire package. For the style, I think it's worth a 5.

D: It's extremely drinkable, due to the great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. I'm nearly done with my glass as I finish this review, actually... and really wouldn't mind another!

One of the best of the GLBC brews, in my opinion.

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

Pours copper with a small off white head. Aroma is wonderful, sweet and fruity (tangerines, grapefruit and melon). Nice flavor to match, starts out sweet with some malts and the fruit, followed by a nice hoppy bitterness at the finish. Great balance of flavors, and it has a nice tart yet subtly sweet aftertaste. Leaves a nice lacing after every drink. Excellent, unique take on an IPA.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright copper color, with a slight rocky head.

S- Strong but not pungent hops, mixed with a nice grapefruit aroma. Malt aromas are in the background aroma.

T- The bitterness and the grapefruit is upfront. Followed up by fruitiness and a malt.

M- Medium body that has a nice carbonation.

D- Alright drinkability, due to the bitterness. I have had no problem pounding through a sixer. Is a great summertime beer.

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a fuzzy golden color with active effervescence and a bit of head. Some lace remains after a few minutes.

Smells very floral, herbs, citrus, and a little bit of spice; coriander and clove perhaps. The taste is pleasing, lots of the notes from the nose, but with a good hit of hops at the end. It sneaks up, but it's there! This beer also feels great on the tongue - just enough carbonation and thickness to belie its true 7.5% nature.

Overall I'd say this is a great example of its style, very agreeable and appropriate for this time of year (it's winter in the Rockies as I write this).

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Photo of biophiliadude
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

A: Orange/yelllow. Slightly cloudy, 1/4 inch head with nice lacing.

S: Cake, citrus, caramel

T: Bitter hops, cake, citrus

F: Light-Medium bodied, bitter but also smooth.

D: A solid IPA, a little heavy on the citrus without the grapefruit/malt sweets to complement but when i'm in the mood for that I now know where to go.

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