Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle best by 7/26/2013 poured into a Bell's snifter and consumed today, 6/9/2013. Cool label for sure!
Aroma: Not particularly present, mostly an earthy hoppiness combined with some sweet caramel. Not a very impressive nose at all, even as it warms up. (3.5)
Colour: Very nice semi-hazy light amber body with a solid 1cm white head that recedes fairly quickly into a thin white collar. Lacing is there but sporadic. Otherwise a very nice looking beer, just begging to be quaffed. (4.5)
Flavour: Definitely a very bitter, earthy kick up front. The toffee, caramel and honey malt has a very strong presence in the middle, so much that I don't notice any of the early earthy hoppy flavour whatsoever. It finishes with a non-descript sweet bitterness that stings the hell out of my palate. It's definitely intense, but it somehow does not seem to come together in a way that I like. Big DIPA with big malt backbone, but not a great bit of hop flavour at all. (3.5)
Mouthfeel: Definitely not lacking here though. Full bodied, resinous and syrupy DIPA that coats my palate and stings it like a swarm of bees. Great carbonation, dry sweet finish that is mostly a non-descript bitterness mixed in with bitter caramel. (4.5)
Overall: Decent DIPA, not my favorite combination of flavours for sure. It does have the intensity of the malt backbone and bitterness, but I feel like its missing something and that would probably be the lack of intensity of the hop flavours that I come to expect from a double IPA. If they were to amp up the aroma hops, it would probably add a great deal more to this beer. (4)
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 22:59:53 | More by Stevedore
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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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