Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.
A: Hazy, golden yellow color with some orange highlights beneath a dense head of creamy white foam that left nice streaks of lacing. Scarce bits of yeast sediment were visible along with a steady pillar of carbonation.
S: Very lush and floral with juicy citrus fruit aromas and the scent of ground crystal malts.
T: Somewhat hot, peppery and luscious fruity malts from the get-go, this brew has a complex, full flavor. Spicy and sweet doses of citrus and caramel malts roll together with grapefruit and lemongrass imparted by a big handful of bittering hops. The finish is a bit hot and booze with a steady fruit ester flavors that melds with hop resins.
M: Big, bold and full-bodied DIPA with plenty of resins and sticky sweet malts to go with the rush of hot, boozy heat.
O: A very flavorful DIPA but one that bordered on Ameri0can Strong Ale for me. The 9.1% ABV is quite noticeable, as the brew seems to pride itself on hop assertion more than malt balance, which is fine, but it made the malts cloy a bit when it seemed harmony of flavors shouldn't have suffered at all. I'd have it again as a standalone brew to get the full scope of things next time.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2012 19:37:03 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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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