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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Reviews: 862 | Ratings: 2,751
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 IPAescotch
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive head, fervent carbonation. Head fades rather quick though. Light lagery color, yellow with some darker amber hues

Fruity with lots of citrus. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Nice bready intro with spicy hop accents. Curry and once again some grapefruit.

Thin but aggressive on the palate.

A good beer at any point in the rotation.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very clear golden color. Very nice looking beer.

Smells great. Lots of hops and citrus.

Taste was not as great as I would have hoped. Basically just hops. Lots of hops. I really enjoy hops and this is not really one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel was huge and I don't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of halo21
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I poured the IPA hard into a pint glass revealing its beautiful snow white creamy chunky head. Its color is a golden orange, clear and clean, and left amazing lacing all the way down.

Smell: Huge aroma: flowery citrus and fruits such as apples up front. Sweet honeysuckle and candied fruits on the end.

Taste: An amazing tasting beer; sweet citrus and orange zest with big apricot. Bittering tart and sweet finish; big hops and great flavors. No metalic tastes often found in super hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: Big and drying, with fine carbonation aiding the creamy head. The size stands up to the flavor.

Drinkability: Low to medium; this is a heavy and hoppy beer. This is not for beginners.

Notes: Great example of an American IPA. Great Lakes come through with a win; again!

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful amber orange, slight haze, 1-finger head that dissipates to thin layer, leaves moderate lacing.

S: Smells like fresh baked bread and toast, with a mild hop spiciness. Caramel, honey, some citrus. This beer smells great.

T: As great as it smells. This comes in with strong malty sweetness, like fresh honey wheat bread. As the sweetness slips away, spicy floral hops come in at the back of my mouth and follow through in the finish. Lots of dry hop, tea flavors. This is one of the best IPAs I think I have ever had, and I consider myself somewhat of a "hophead."

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, slick medium body.

D: I could drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting easily. I don't think I would want to take down a 6 pack, though.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a thick off-white head. Not cloudy at all.

Smell had some subtle floral notes with some very slight grapefruit (which also came through in the taste). Was not getting a lot out of this one.

Taste, as mentioned above, was citrusy (mostly grapefruit). It had a subtle sweetness as well, right before the hops nailed me. Floral hoppy notes definitely stand out. States 7.5 ABV, but it doesn't come through, seems much lighter.

Mouthfeel was smooth and those citrusy notes are all over.

Overall, it was a good EIPA. I enjoyed the sweetness in this one and for some reason would liked it to have a little more, maybe some honey?

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

Date of 05/15/12 stamped on the bottle.

Pours a crystal clear orange with a half finger of creamy head. For such a small amount of head, it does last a while. Smell includes a hint of malt sweetness, but mostly hops - piney and citrus. The taste starts with hop bitterness, but then blends with malt and finishes with dryness. Its actually very nice and not as hoppy as i was expecting. It has a nice light to medium body and a smooth mouth feel. The alcohol is well hidden.

My first English IPA, and it does have a different feel and taste than the American IPAs that i have been tasting. I am enjoying the multifaceted taste as the other flavors of the brew pull the hops into a nice balance. Well done.

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Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see that Great Lakes was bottling this brew this year- even though I had not had it yet! Well, this review is a bit delayed-since I had this brew the week of its release earlier in the year. Overall, this is a very fine IPA. It is a great session IPA. It is not to overpowering on the tastebuds, and the 8% is well hidden. Cheers to you Great Lakes on a great IPA!

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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 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 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 jaypaul522
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark gold. Smell is of hops and fruitiness. Taste of strong hops with fruitiness coming through in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light. This is a good IPA for a widely available beer.

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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 Ksmoove27
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear amber with light head...very little lacing

Aroma - couldn't really grab a strong aroma from this beer...I'll blame it on the environment.

Taste - sweet malt with tropical flavor...nice balanced flavor...can't call the fruity aftertaste but it's not bitter

Feel - light to medium body, light carbonation

Overall - it's ok...a got and move on

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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 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 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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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.