Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DrewV:
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
NOTE: I wanted to re-review this beer because of its seasonality rather than update my review from last year's batch. So, I had to change the serving type. But this review is from the BOTTLE, not a growler.
I just received this year's batch of The Monster. Rather than update my review of last year's (which would make no sense), I'm going to review this year's batch separately.
A: Pours a brassy golden color in the glass with a foamy white 1-finger head. A good looking beer.
S: A very well blended aroma rises from the head. Tantalizing, but not overpowering. Almost mouth-watering. It makes you want to take a sip to find out what's next.
T: A rich bitterness blends with the citrusy tangerine flavor. Maybe a hint of pineapple too. No floral flavors here! This is an aggressive citrusy brew.
M: Thin body, but with enough effervescence to carry the malt across the palate. By comparison, Lagunitas Maximus has a much fuller mouthfeel, which I prefer in a big beer like this.
O: Amazingly refreshing for a DIPA. But its high drinkabiliity can be brutal as the weather warms up in the summer months. Possibly the best overall DIPA east of the Rockies. Great Lakes has done it again. Amazing consistency with their seasonal brews.
Serving type: growler
05-25-2012 01:16:53 | More by DrewV
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4.36/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
on mantrip of 2013, my buddy turns to me as the rest of the group goes into a pizza joint and asks me, "Do You Wanna Get Your Sush-On, I just saw a sushi place about two blocks back". So we trekked back to the sushi joint and ordered some food, but come to find out they don't have a license for beer yet so the server tells us they sell beer AT THE RESIDENCE INN LOBBY next door. This stuff only happens in cleveland. I go next door and there is a GIGANTIC cooler full of great beer. Seeing how we were .5mile from the brewery I knew the GLBC stuff would be fresh and it was smokin' new from the brewery.
took a few back over to the restraurant and cracked 'em.
Very impressed. First of all, this tastes like a 7.5-8 percenter, not a 9.1. Which is probably why this little beast sent another one of my friends to the emergency room last year with alcohol poisoning.
Taste is a like an ipa, only with no diacytl notes, and more of a malt profile than you might expect. Very little head - which is expected. Lacing is freakin amazing... maybe the scariest, most unpredictable lacing I've ever seen. Very SCHTICKY!. We could have dragged a bottle of this to the on-deck circle at the Indians game an hour later for them to use as the new, improved "pine-tar". Strong pine notes and strong grapefruit taste. Copper color. Alcohol shows-up late, but still doesn't seem like 9.1. Tastes like there's a boatload of maris otter in there... that earthy yet citrusy malt that I just love. I could be wrong, but I'd be surprised if that's not the base here...if it's not maris it's some odd 2-row... Of course the color is coming from some specialty malts... ... no clue on the hops. simcoe or citra? This beer definitely doesn't do the 'grain bill' any favors.
I'm not a HUGE beer guy. I mean I AM a huge beer guy, but not necessarily a high-gravity guy. Don't usually care for the boozy stuff, but I could easily sit back and pound 3 or 4 of these like we did that day. Just make sure you move onto Dortmunder or something soon - because a six pack of monsters is a very, VERY risky proposition.
Cant' wait to get back up there to the brewery and have some more on tap.
EXCELLENT beer. One of the only 8+ percenters I'll actually order - even though there are quite a few I wouldn't turn down.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 21:55:10 | More by witster18
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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