Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dancinwillie:
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours orange and hazy. Lots of floaters in the liquid and it's topped by an impressively dense beige head.
Smells like I'm at a brewery. Aroma of cracked grains and malted barley mingle with a citrus presence. The aroma almost reminds me of a citrusy American Wheat Ale, like New Glarus' Crack'd Wheat. At any rate, it smells very good.
At first sip, it seems the citrus nose was a good preview. Lots of candied orange and grapefruit flavor. Nice strong bitterness from the hops as well. A little boozy at first, but that observation seemed to fade upon subsequent sips. And the malt, while present, is somewhat pushed to the background. The deeper I get into this glass, the better this beer tastes! The booze facet has disappeared, and the malt is somewhat more assertive, though still a bit shy for the style (or at least my personal interpretation of style guidelines.)
Slick mouthfeel, and full bodied. This is a nice afternoon sipper.
Overall drinkability is really quite high for a few reasons. It's tasty; it's ABV won't leave me unconscious after 2; and I have to give respect to GLBC for only using barley, hops, yeast, and water. No gimmicks, just beer. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2010 20:50:05 | More by dancinwillie
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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 1,538 ratings.