Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhooker:
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-12-2010 06:23:02 | More by zhooker
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3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
One of the best breweries in American alot of the stuff I cut my teeth on back in the day was from this great brewery.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a clingy 1/2 finger white head that had great lasting power.Aromas were of sweet alcohol and resiny hop,neither one stood out more than the other really.Big and sweet on the palate, the alcohol dipped fruit and caramel malt flavors really was more prevailing than the resiny hop.Like alot of DIPA's this is more sweet than hop driven,its a good beer but not what Iam lookin for,bummer.
07-04-2010 01:18:32 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance This one is deep, bright orange in color tinted with a bit of brown. The beer just looks gorgeous. There wasnt much of a head coming out of the growler, though.
Smell The hops are classic East Coast (whatever the predominant hops are over there) and very pleasing. Theres also some good spicing and a solid, sweet malty base.
Taste The malt base is large and full of brown sugars. The sweet fuggle-type of hops are huge and very smooth.
I can see how one could think that this is a lightweight because it doesnt have that gigantic, PacNW-stomping pine sap to it, but this is just as intense with the ingredients that they chose to use. This is a Double IPA by any standard of measure.
Mouthfeel This one is smooth as silk and incredibly well-balanced. The life was long gone from the growler it came in otherwise I would have probably 5-ed the mouthfeel.
Drinkability Big and smooth with a nice, satisfying dry finish. Whats not to like?
07-07-2004 18:52:57 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Served up in a GL stemmed glass at Oktoberfest. Nice appearance at a cloudy light peach with a thin but lasting white head. Hues lean toward orange. Very citric aroma and flavor but definitely under wraps a bit. Caramel shown through the hops. Not for hardcore hop heads. Sweetish, sugary flavor on top of the orangey hops. Juicy and sweet mouthfeel with a relatively bitter finish. Drinkability is really too high for this style. Basically, I liked this beer a ton but it certainly wasnt what I expected. The hops were one dimensional (huge citrus fruit) and the sugars were so high as to make the beer almost fruity as opposed to IPA like. Bitterness was present to be sure but it wasnt at the level of an average IPA let alone a DIPA. Conclusion, great beer but dont expect your typical Extreme DIPA. Perhaps these brewers should be commended for showing restraint in a time of giant beers.
09-05-2006 14:38:14 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
I always look forward to have my first Lake Erie Monster of the year, I am not a big IPA fan but this beer here is not so over powering with Hops that I can't taste the other flavors. If your looking for a beer to get you were you need to be this is a great beer to start with.
05-31-2012 02:21:28 | More by AUSFUR21
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
Notes from 9/4/10; bottle date best by 8/10/10
Pours a hazy golden orangish-brown with 2.5 fingers of tan head; some lacing coats the glass.
Main aroma is caramel malt, along with presence of citrus and pine hops.
Caramel sweetness overrides the hops in this one. Though this isn't as fresh as it probably should be, still a nice amount of pine hops.
A bit on the oily side, but less so than many other DIPAs. Some slight astringency on the tongue.
Decent drinkability, but a little too sweet for the style. Will try to get a fresher bottle next year.
02-18-2011 01:20:10 | More by warnerry
3.48/5 rDev -13.6%
12 oz bottle, best by 8/10/10. Pours a very hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains and laces the glass.
The aroma is rather subdued - some bready malts and sugary melon with peppery hops and some sharp alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts and some fruit followed by a big dank earthy hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable and warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.
Overall, it's an OK DIPA. It's just not too balanced with the sugary sweetness clashing with a big dank bitterness.
08-26-2010 03:20:10 | More by Beaver13
4.93/5 rDev +22.3%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a freshness date of 7/18/10. It also lists the abv at 9.1% and it has a very brief description of the beer.
Appearance: The body has a very cloudy cooper colored body with a more orange like hue when head up to the light. It is also full of fine yeast sediment hanging in suspension. On top sits a light off white head that starts off a tall 3 and a half fingers and then slowly settles to a small cap of creamy foam. This cap lasted all the way down the glass and left lots of spotty lace and lace fingers which slowly slid down the glass.
Smell: Its nose is full of sweet orange marmalade like notes, citrus (orange/grapefruit) hops, a light hint of musty hops as well as some light cereal and bready malt notes underneath.
Taste/Palate: There is a big hit of citrusy orange zest and marmalade like sweetness with hints of grapefruit pith upfront. This sits on a sturdy backbone of bready malt and yeasty notes which rounds out the front and middle. On the back end the hop bitterness bits into the tongue in a good way. The citrus notes get more concentrated like orange oil and now there are some mild, spruce like piney hop notes mingling with mellow warmth from the 9.1% abv. It's full bodied, well carbonated and still nice and smooth.
Notes: The flavor is outstanding and nicely balanced with may disappoint hard core hop heads. For me there is just enough hop bitterness to make me happy. This is also one of the easiest to drink beers around the 9% range. Overall I feel this is an exceptional IIPA!!!
07-07-2010 12:00:23 | More by generallee
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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