Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhooker:
3.9/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint, with ample time left before the drink-by date. It's golden honey in color, with a fair amount of haze. A big, light and craggy mound of head formed on top and slowly disappeared, leaving some impressive concentric rings on its way.
The hop-driven aroma is wide and smooth; there is none of the instinctive nose-wrinkling induced by many "super" IPAs. The scents are earthy and subtle, maybe even a little floral. Overall it's a surprisingly nice and welcoming scent, fueled by Simcoes and Fuggles, which avoids the one-dimensionality of many big-hop brews.
The taste is equally balanced. The malts are very sweet, and the hop finish is -- like the scent -- very subtle, avoiding that harsh and chalky bitterness. On one hand, I would expect bigger flavors out of an Imperial and am therefore a little disappointed, but on the other hand, there is a nice balance and drinkability here. The sweetness of the brew is the most surprising aspect.
Because the hops are so subtle, the mouthfeel is enjoyable and, well, tolerable -- something other truly big DIPAs eschew for in-your-face hoppiness. I liked this brew more than most most Imperial IPAs. It hides its 9.1% well. But on some level, I feel like I am being cheated out of a certain bombast I expect from a seasonal Imperial. Still, recommended.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2010 06:23:02 | More by zhooker
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4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured bottle best by 7/29/14 into New Belgium globe
A-Pours clear golden one finger creamy white head. Spotty lacing
S-Aroma dank citrus and tropical fruit, slight fresh dough and pine.
T-Taste bitter, dank, resinous tropical and citrus hops up front, fresh dough and a hint of sweetness mid mouth, bitter hoppy finish that lasts.
M-Mouthfeel has a medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.
O-Overall a great DIPA love the sweetness in the taste with a dry finish to make you want more, like a saison.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:00:55 | More by reebtaerG
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.