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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 190
Gots: 138 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ebenicr, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

thebuck, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

tallfellapgh, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%

Pours a clear, reddish-amber color with a medium sized frothy, off-white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with the hops consisting of grassy, grapefruit and spicy pepper. Then you get more citrus and biting grapefruit. As it warms you get some of the malt base with a a toasted biscuity maltiness and emerging alcohol.

The tastes begin with the toasted biscuit maltiness a bit of caramel sweetness. Then the grassy, leafy hops combined with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice which adds a ton of bitterness. The finish has some spicy alcohol and spicy hop character as well.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is thin, brash and biting.

Overall this was a miss for me. For how much I love great lakes lagers and darker beers, I have found their IPA line-up to be quite underwhelming. There is too much alcohol, brash hops and a thin mouthfeel which just doesn't work for me. As a big fan of Amber Ales (imperial or generic), I cannot recommend this.

claspada, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

RES, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

SaxmanRick, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

mwar, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

TCJosh, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Drinking_Mantis, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

wyatt13, Nov 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a thick finger slightly brown head. Clear with slight carbonation. It leaves a thick ring of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice bubblegum, spicy hops, orange, malt.

T: Lots of hops up front join with a bit of bread in the middle followed by a nice mellow hoppy, spicy, slight caramel note finish.

M: Medium.

O: Sweet, spicy, then dry, Nosferatu is a mellow gem. It gets better as it warms, smoother and balanced despite the heavy hop presence. A must try and one of those few beers I would buy on a regular basis.

ianjsullivan, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Lanstrum, Nov 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

LJWalker, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sparx1100, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ejimhof, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

tmars13, Nov 26, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Single finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy copper body. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, resins but overall mild. Flavors are pretty tough to handle at first. Very boozy and tart/sharp. Mosty mollases caramel, red apple, fig and tart grapefruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one may have been infected. A little too funky. Also the booze were hard to get used to verging into barleywine realm.

kylehay2004, Nov 25, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Freshest by date 11/25/12 poured into an over sized wine glass at around 40-45 degrees.

Appearance- Auburn red in color with a small off white head and low carbonation.

Smell- Strong caramel malt smell with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste- Strong malt presence balanced out with hops, but caramel is definitely the primary in this brew, nice bitterness with a slight aftertaste.

Mouth feel- Nice medium mouth feel.

Overall this is one of the better red ales that I have had and I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes a malt forward IPA.

HANGOVER, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tut2528, Nov 24, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Served from the tap at the pub, three finger head in a ten ounce goblet

Appearance, deep copper amber, like a Full metal jacket

Smells of hop, malt, and perhaps a coarse, burnt oak

Tastes of oak, hop, and warm malts

Mouthfeel: Creamy and luxiourious

Overall, this Imperial Red is well worth your time. Have a go! I don't think you'll find this in a six pack though.

If I had the chance though, I'd put it in my fridge.

This is my favorite red ale.

BierStein711, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

MidwestBA, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,983 ratings.