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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster

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689 Reviews
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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,515
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 172
Gots: 419 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

"An imperial india pale ale"
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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard ping glass: color is light amber, head is off white and presents thin about 1/4 inch then dissipates to a ring, a little opaque.

Smell is fruitier esters and some citrus hops then some lighter toasted and light caramel malts.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with fruity forward flavors, they seem to be more fermentation derived with an estery quality, then transition to some subtle fruity hop like citrus rinds and lighter malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice for a 9+% abv beer, some biting hop bitterness and lighter lingering sweetness.

Overall, a good beer, straightforward in its desire to be fruity from fermentation through hops, maybe a bit too sweet for my preference at this strength.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Candied orange, mangos,sweet malts, grapefruits, hints of tropical/citrus, some floral notes. Super scary easy drinking for 9.1%. Get no hints of booze at all. A great offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of jwwjd
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draught in a 12 ounce chalice.

Lingering head with a nice coppery color. A very aromatic brew that hides the high abv very well. I found it to be very balanced and would seek this beer out if it was available in my state.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head stemmed glass. I noticed some sediment on the bottom, something just seemed a little off and funky about this particular bottle. I would definitely like to try this beer again, as I was not getting the tropical citrus as described in the label, and missed the freshness date by only 2 days.

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

Poured from a 12 bottle into a stem glass. Best by 10/04/15.

LOOK: Hazy copper with a thin off white head. Lots of bubbles.

SMELL: Hops, but lots of malt and sweetness. Peach, nectarine, mango, apricot, passionfruit, strawberry, and some other odd tropical fruit, (Kumquat? Dragonfruit?) candied grapefruit peel, honey and bread.

TASTE: Malty yet fruity. Biscuits, bread, and honey upfront, followed by mango, apricot, passionfruit, and grapefruit, and pine. Finishes only lightly bitter. Super smooth.

FEEL: The fuller side of medium, with light fizzy carbonation. Fairly creamy.

OVERALL: Fairly nice, but I wish it would fresher. I can tell the hops have diminished greatly. Would buy again, though, especially if it were fresher.

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Photo of RJIV
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sweet smell emanates from the glass.
Taste follows through. No citrus or dank hop qualities coming through. Sweetness is cloying and overpowering.
Most DIPA's will have the sweetness mask a high ABV, not the case with this one. The beer finishes on a high alcohol note that only gets progressively worse as the beer warms up. This leaves a burning aftertaste.

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Photo of LanceA
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with mild carbonation. Big creamy head. Mild nose of citrus, peach, and pine. It sounds weird, but to me there is a faint chalky odor. Tastes first of citrus, and then very mild bitterness. Short finish. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. On the whole, a balanced IPA--definitely not a "hop bomb."

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Photo of Hibernator
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
12 oz. brown bottle
Please enjoy by 10/06/15
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass

* Steelers vs. Patriots game, kick off to 2015 NFL Season *

Pours a hazy golden orange with an impressive head. Killer sticky lacings clinging all over to the sides of the glassware.

Inviting nose with whiffs of freshly chopped citrus fruits.

Sweet caramel malt backbone with a splendid hop profile punch on the finish. Hints of lime, orange and pineapple. The great part is the finish, which is smooth and leaves you wanting another fresh sip. The 9.1% ABV is ridiculously deceiving.

Big fan of Great Lakes Brewing and this beer was a treat. Time to open another freshy.

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Photo of zac16125
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
best before: 9/25/15

A: Golden orange and quite hazy, small white colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. 3.75

S: Lots of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, some sweet malts, not a lot else; its ok but I don’t love it. 3.5

T: Piney and citrus rind bitterness, balancing malt sweetness, a bit of booze. 3.5

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable at times but not significantly, drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Pretty disappointing, I generally am a big fan of Great Lakes but this is pretty average. 3.5

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Photo of car2052
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice burnt orange with a 1/2 inch of off-white head. Slight haze coming out of the freezer.
S: Floral hops, vanilla, mango, pineapple, and orange.
T: Nice orange-grapefruit profile. Subtle sweetness. Lacks a significant hop punch. Slight tropical flavors as well. Alcohol does not seem to be very present.
M: Medium
O: More on the malty side. Highly drinkable. Not necessarily a hop bomb.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. The color is a rich, orange-honey with a thick, foamy milk colored head and generous lacing. The smell not very hop forward; rather, I'm getting a lot of malt with some sweet fruitiness and pine. Not what I expected from an "Imperial" IPA. The taste is also sweeter than I anticipated with a sweet berry and significant maltiness. It's tangy more than hoppy. It sweetens as it warms. This is a medium-bodied ale with pleasant carbonation and a very nice mouth feel. Overall, this ale was very different from what I expected but I really enjoyed it. It's rather unique.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely copper with a dense, off-white and creamy head that leaves lots of lacing down the glass.
The aroma is tropical fruit, orange juice and sweet candied fruit.
The taste is sweet and juicy with mango and orange up front followed by a middle biscuit-y sweetness and a lingering, resinous finish. Just a hint of the alcohol adds a pleasing warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Quite enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely looking brew: light golden-orange color, nearly transparent, with a modest head.

Aroma reveals that this is a strong brew, with plenty of pale malt sweetness, pine, and juicy ruby red grapefruit. Perhaps a touch of mango as well.

Flavor follows in spades. Malt profile asserts itself heavily - not a surprise at 9.1%. Tons of residual sugars. Throughout, pine, mango, and mandarin orange provide a healthy hop rider to the malt base.

Smooth, thick, and syrupy; really bordering on TIPA territory.

This is the kind of DIPA with such a strong malt backbone that it can weather a few months of age without significant impact. My bottle was one month out from the Best By date, and while I'm sure it affected the aroma, the beer was still very tasty and completely drinkable.

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Photo of Roby923
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rich honey color. Strong alcohol smell definitely not hiding the over 9 ABV here. More sweet than bitter. Was expecting a 'beastly hop attack' but this never came.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was a good beer, but I don't have any interest in purchasing another. Everything I have tried from Great Lakes had been good, but this beer has got to be my least favorite.

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Photo of jds16
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-amber, lingering one finger head. Aroma of tropical fruit, honey, and alcohol. Tastes sweeter than most DIPA, but not cloying. This beer improves significantly as it warms up. Waves of tropical fruits, light caramel sweetness, and a bit of alcohol on the back end. Malty for a DIPA, but it works. Sticky, chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of rjd722
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter, dark amber (slight gold hints) color with a nice white foam head that quickly fades - great lacing though. Big malty, earthy aroma complimented by hops. For a 9.1% ABV this beer is nice and juicy, with big malt tones and tropical hops. There is a bit of a bite and the mouthfeel is slightly "sticky". I've had a few Imperials that haven't been able to mask the boozy taste but this one does a nice job of it. Interesting level of sweetness combined with bitterness in the aftertaste; certainly a nice Imperial.

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Photo of Buck89
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with a bright white head that was short-lived. Aromas of orange, berry, bread and caramel. On the first sip, I get mainly a berry-like taste followed by citrus and a significant malt presence. Alcohol is noticeable but on par with most DIPAs I've had, Slightly sticky finish.

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Photo of Sintech
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle.

I get a lot of malt flavor and quite a bit of alcohol bite. Is this supposed to be a more balanced version of an DIPA? Either way this one missed the mark...


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a tall Great Lakes glass.

Clear dark golden in color, white head. Head fades. Nice strong earthy and floral hop aroma. Just enough malt body in the flavor of the taste. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 10/6/15. Pours a clear medium amber, slightly darker than gold. Normal head volume, slightly below normal retention and quite good lacing.

Light nose of orange, mango and light pine with spruce aspects. Hints of biscuit are underneath.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture and creamy hints. Superb carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It begins with an intense blend of tropical flavor (mango, orange and pineapple) that flows into a pine/spruce flavor with a touch of spice. The middle brings a flavorful mild bitterness and a solidly sweet biscuit to balance that has light caramel notes. The finish is a slow flavorful fade (hop and malt) with just a hint of the 9.1% alcohol on the palate and at the back of the throat.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look is a bright golden orange with a huge soapy white head. Smell is fairly bland with the alcohol being the most prevalent. Taste is a little tropical, wheat and malty. Feel is medium and not very carbonated. Overall not really a fan of this one, wont be buying again.

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Photo of Bone53
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Blue Dust

I thought this was grainy with very subtle tropical aromas and tastes. Being a Great Lakes beer, I expected much more. Still not bad per se, which is why i gave this a fairly good rating. It was easy drinking and no detection of alcohol. Ill give them credit for that

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy harvest gold. Little head and only slight lacing. Many particles.

Smells of melon, some grassiness. All modest.

Burst of malt, some nutiness and dryness. Burning on the throat. Some refreshing citrus and a short finish, although the alcohol lingers. Almost astringent - and it may be the Simcoe hops, which I find to be too heavy handed and require balance - something this beer is not achieving.

Lightly carbonated. full mouthful, more refreshing than heavy

Unusual DIPA. Little too far off style and a bit of a mess.

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Photo of twage04
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly better than average DIPA, lots of tropical fruit hoppyness, lots of booze. The beer would benefit from hiding the booze a little better and maybe hiding the bitterness a little. It was a pleasant beer but definitely the last one for the night. I'll take chillwave over this but chillwave will beat most ipas in my book.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.