Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by giblet:
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this poured with two fingers of head. steady carbonation, nice hoppy aroma, and nice orange color. this is a good beer. not quite a super great beer. falls just short of balance for an I.IPA. still a top ten to fifteen in this category. nice dry hoppy finish. great lakes is awesome.
suckem up and movem out.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2012 18:52:47 | More by giblet
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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
4.31/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: Awesome label artwork in the traditional GLBC style. Label gives small back story and description of the beer, a bit of brewery information, ABV info, freshness date(7-29-13), serving temp recommendation. Neck label gives a nice story of the beer and has GLBC logo. 25th Anniversary Cap.
Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz bottle led to a 3 finger densely packed white head resting atop a slightly hazy honey copper orange color beer filling the 16oz snifter. Head retention was very good at 4min 55sec before fading to a thick coating and ring. Excellent lacing.
Smell/Aroma: Smells of floral and slight resin hops along with a huge tropical fruit scent of pineapple, maybe mango, and ruby red grapefruit. Also has a sweet bready malt scent. Very complex!!!
Flavor/Taste: Tastes of piney resin hop bitterness with a very spicy bite on the front end with a honey toffee bready malt sweetness coming through at the midpoint before finishing with a grapefruit bitter back end and finish. I didn't detect any floral aspects that I was expecting from the nose. A bit of alcohol can be detected as well.
MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This goes down easy for its ABV.
Overall/Comments: A really good DIPA and another great beer to add to the GLBC lineup. An intense and complex offering on both the nose and palette. A must try IMO. Seasonal Offering(May release). Classifed as an American Double/Imperial IPA @ 9% ABV. Consumed 6/20/2013.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 19:58:08 | More by thegodfather1076
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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