Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Spider889:
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer was definitely worth the hype. I am fortunate enough to be able to buy this in bottles at a couple local grocery stores. Then had it on tap in NE Ohio.
The beer pours with a decent creamy head. The color is a light amber. The beer left an amazing web of lace down the entire glass. Sadly after my first one, I ordered something different, and wanted my third beer to be another LEM; alas the keg had run out before I could have a second.
The beer smells of rich hop resin and supplies a faint sweetness reminiscent of DFH 90 min IPA.
LEM has a rich, bold hop profile. Certainly an IIPA, but not a hop bomb if that is what you are in search of, however. The beer is slightly sweet and maltier than most IIPAs you will find as well. Again, I am faintly reminded of 90 minute, though DFH IPAs have a unique flavor that no other beer actually matches. LEM finishes with a mild alcohol burn, you definitely notice the 9.1% abv, but the beer is still insanely drinkable given what it is. I don't think I'd ever want to drink more than 2-3 IIPAs in a night, and many I'd hold off to just one. But LEM is easy going enough to drink that 2 or maybe 3 over a couple hours.
The mouthfeel is prickly due to the carbonation and alcohol, and also surprisingly creamy for an IIPA.
Overall this is another high quality brew from Great Lakes and I will look forward to its release with great relish next year!
Serving type: on-tap
06-18-2010 06:12:00 | More by Spider889
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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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