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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 267 | 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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Ratings: 2,265 | Reviews: 647
Reviews by Sirwootalot:
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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle, poured into Pilsner glass (couldn't find my chalice).

The absolute first thing I noticed about this beer was its heavenly aroma - resinous fresh hops, but with a strong boozy backbone of malt that could very well have been german or english. It pours like a normal IPA, with not a whole lot of head despite surprisingly high carbonation and a disarming clarity. If I hadn't smelled it first, on appearance alone i'd have guessed it was a mid-strength bavarian lager, not a DIPA.

The taste is sweet, drinkable, and intensely aromatic - resinous fresh hops dominate (albeit not by much), nowhere near as caustic or overpowering as in DIPAs like maharaja or abrasive. The beer has a profound backbone of incredibly delicious malt, which tastes almost more like what you'd find in candy than a typical beer. This is a fairly straightforward, non-risky, and very balanced tasting beer - there are few other notes to it besides simple hops and malt, although there's a strong hint of toffee as it sits on the tongue and an aftertaste very much like mild marijuana-induced cottonmouth.

The mouthfeel is sticky-sweet as expected for the style, yet compared to other stronger examples, fiendishly drinkable. For some reason, it dries out your mouth pretty readily, leaving a funky cannabis aftertaste that makes you want to drink more just to make it go away.

Overall, while this is nowhere near the most remarkable DIPA i've had, it's hands-down the most accessible. It's more of a 1.5 IPA, and to me at least that's absolutely fine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the best breweries in American alot of the stuff I cut my teeth on back in the day was from this great brewery.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a clingy 1/2 finger white head that had great lasting power.Aromas were of sweet alcohol and resiny hop,neither one stood out more than the other really.Big and sweet on the palate, the alcohol dipped fruit and caramel malt flavors really was more prevailing than the resiny hop.Like alot of DIPA's this is more sweet than hop driven,its a good beer but not what Iam lookin for,bummer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is deep, bright orange in color tinted with a bit of brown. The beer just looks gorgeous. There wasn’t much of a head coming out of the growler, though.

Smell – The hops are classic East Coast (whatever the predominant hops are over there) and very pleasing. There’s also some good spicing and a solid, sweet malty base.

Taste – The malt base is large and full of brown sugars. The sweet fuggle-type of hops are huge and very smooth.

I can see how one could think that this is a “lightweight” because it doesn’t have that gigantic, PacNW-stomping pine sap to it, but this is just as intense with the ingredients that they chose to use. This is a Double IPA by any standard of measure.

Mouthfeel – This one is smooth as silk and incredibly well-balanced. The life was long gone from the growler it came in otherwise I would have probably 5-ed the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Big and smooth with a nice, satisfying dry finish. What’s not to like?

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a GL stemmed glass at Oktoberfest. Nice appearance at a cloudy light peach with a thin but lasting white head. Hues lean toward orange. Very citric aroma and flavor but definitely under wraps a bit. Caramel shown through the hops. Not for hardcore hop heads. Sweetish, sugary flavor on top of the orangey hops. Juicy and sweet mouthfeel with a relatively bitter finish. Drinkability is really too high for this style. Basically, I liked this beer a ton but it certainly wasn’t what I expected. The hops were one dimensional (huge citrus fruit) and the sugars were so high as to make the beer almost fruity as opposed to IPA like. Bitterness was present to be sure but it wasn’t at the level of an average IPA let alone a DIPA. Conclusion, great beer but don’t expect your typical “Extreme” DIPA. Perhaps these brewers should be commended for showing restraint in a time of giant beers.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of seandogg1986
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pudgecat
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of AUSFUR21
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to have my first Lake Erie Monster of the year, I am not a big IPA fan but this beer here is not so over powering with Hops that I can't taste the other flavors. If your looking for a beer to get you were you need to be this is a great beer to start with.

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Akabufflaobilly
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/4/10; bottle date best by 8/10/10

Pours a hazy golden orangish-brown with 2.5 fingers of tan head; some lacing coats the glass.

Main aroma is caramel malt, along with presence of citrus and pine hops.

Caramel sweetness overrides the hops in this one. Though this isn't as fresh as it probably should be, still a nice amount of pine hops.

A bit on the oily side, but less so than many other DIPAs. Some slight astringency on the tongue.

Decent drinkability, but a little too sweet for the style. Will try to get a fresher bottle next year.

Photo of sarahgordon
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 8/10/10. Pours a very hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is rather subdued - some bready malts and sugary melon with peppery hops and some sharp alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts and some fruit followed by a big dank earthy hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable and warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, it's an OK DIPA. It's just not too balanced with the sugary sweetness clashing with a big dank bitterness.

Photo of Shagator
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.