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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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90
outstanding

1,952 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 134
Gots: 170 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"An imperial india pale ale"

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004)
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zhooker

New York

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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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.