Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Sirwootalot:
4.48/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2012 02:17:37 | More by Sirwootalot
More User Reviews:
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.
90 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.