Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
served on-tap @The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY, into a snifter
Pours a very bright orange color, like a popsicle or something. Real bright. It's entirely opaque; not necessarily hazy looking, just not clear. One finger or so of sterling white head. A fair amount of lacing. Nothing mindblowing, but it is certainly an attractive beer.
The top notes of this beer start out all nectarine and stonefruit. There's a deeply sweet malt background underneath, but it smells to be in check by the green hop bitterness. When this beer warms, however, it becomes divisive. It features aromas of that love it/hate it hop: Summit. Lots of green onion and gamey meat aromas in this double IPA. They aren't my favorite lupulin smells, but they're always interesting. Lake Eerie Monster isn't as aggressive in the Summit department as, say, Oskar Blues Gubna, so at least there's some balance to the hop bouquet.
I really enjoy Great Lakes' beers, but this one is a miss for me, in terms of taste anyway. Green bitterness meets tangerine pulp meets scallion meets a candified, sugary sweetness. It isn't a ton of caramel malt that is problematic for me, no. It's a bunch of sugar-tasting sweetness. It doesn't taste bad, but balance is typically not something that I am in the mind to credit a double IPA for.
Somewhat remarkably, Lake Eerie Monster doesn't have an ultra-thick mouthfeel. It remains in the vacinity of medium-bodied, which is impressive. Overall, I do think that this is an above average beer for the style. Only barely. It was a good enough drink, even if a disappointment.
Serving type: on-tap
06-25-2011 14:17:17 | More by Reaper16
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4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured bottle best by 7/29/14 into New Belgium globe
A-Pours clear golden one finger creamy white head. Spotty lacing
S-Aroma dank citrus and tropical fruit, slight fresh dough and pine.
T-Taste bitter, dank, resinous tropical and citrus hops up front, fresh dough and a hint of sweetness mid mouth, bitter hoppy finish that lasts.
M-Mouthfeel has a medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.
O-Overall a great DIPA love the sweetness in the taste with a dry finish to make you want more, like a saison.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:00:55 | More by reebtaerG
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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