Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Single bottle (best by July 13, 2010) poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy translucent orange-amber color. Off-white head died down a little while after pouring, but islands of lace all over the glass.
Smell: Strong mango and pine - definitely hoppy.
Taste: Mango, grapefruit hop flavors dominate up front, a hint of fruit-like sweetness in the middle, then a strong hoppy bitter finish that lingers for a bit. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes less pronounced, and the sweetness in the middle becomes more noticeable. I think it becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up - recommended serve temp is 45 F on the bottle.
Mouthfeel: Starts off with a hint of carbonation on the tongue (just a bit spicy) but finishes creamy and smooth. Very nice.
Drinkability: I don't taste the alcohol at all (very well hidden) but I do notice it later into the glass, so a one beer an evening for me with this one. Went well with a meal but I can see myself slowly savoring this one as well. This (for me anyway) is a sipping beer - not for rapid drinking. Overall a very nice beer - glad I bought a 4 pack so I can enjoy more of this later.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2010 22:37:27 | More by damndirtyape
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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.
90 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.