Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 163
Gots: 281 | 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:
Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

"An imperial india pale ale"
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Photo of ajones13
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best while on draft so avoid floaties. The taste and smell is outstanding and a world class beer

Photo of DarthVorador
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Way to bitter, barely any subtle hop flavors. Just BITTERNESS!

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: I have had a bottle of this less than a month old and another bottle 11 days past its best by date and both have had floaties even after careful decanting. The floaties are easy to see because the beer pours brilliant gold under a 2” clingy cream colored foam cap.
S: Moderate fruit, citrus, light malts.
T: Begins with strong malt flavors featuring caramel and biscuit followed up with citrus rind, grapefruit, faint peach and hints of melon, alcohol with a drying finish.
F: Medium body and carbonation with an acidic bite from the carbonation on the finish.
O: This would be a world class beer without the floaties.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 9/3/14 into a pint glass. Pale, hazy gold with a coarse off-white head. Hops make their presence known with floral, citrus, and a hint of resin, but very little bite. In fact, it's actually well toward the sweet end of the spectrum, which is certainly not typical for the style. This is one of the smoothest DIPAs I've ever had. Medium mouthfeel; slightly sticky - which is good, because the alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden. Very, very well conceived and executed. Kudos to Great Lakes on this one!

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden pale ale clouded with a considerable yeast suspension. Lots of fine bits floating in the glass while still looking like a glass of sunshine, relatively active carbonation. Nice thick head that fades quite slowly.
Nose has light sweet malt, a nice hop melange of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Nice amount of bread and malt giving a healthy amount of grain based sweetness and breads. Remarkably balanced with a large malt base that lends itself to missing just how hoop this brew is.
Taste follows with a decidedly citrus bitterness. Lots of bread and honey. No hint of the abv. lots of malt and even more complex hops that bring pine, tropical fruits. Yum.

Nice crisp, light, feel that combines weight that satisfies with smooth carbonation and easy drinkability. Just enough chew to slow you down, while you allow yourself to chase the desire to keep chugging.

Great DiPA that begs you to session and quaff instead of sip.

Love this one.

Photo of Jared326
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just a little too boozy for me, and a little too sweet.

Photo of Mikexw
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not what I expected -- very bitter, and the smell and taste were more like alcohol than like hops.

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

way to boozy for me maybe she was old

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

First an foremost i will info you of my bias towards imperial ipas i like to love them alot. with that being said its not the best and its not the worst , here we go. let me crack a fresh one for you.

T- Taste- It tastes like the steady relationship you wish you didn't have. this is good but its nothing super special. it is the epitome of its style. a deep rich hearty imperial ipa its quite lovely but its no super model. Its kinda sweet then the hops kick in, its very rich its like a hot rich girl with daddy issues. almost everything you wanted but its missing something.

M- Manifestation - Well starts with a sweet hop flavor mid range is crisp and refreshing end note is still sweet.

Photo of LJM925
5/5  rDev +24.4%

My #1 pick from Great Lakes and my Favorite IPA. A must try.

Photo of AmishLightning
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

This brew totally took me for a loop when I first tried it. It had a fantastic malt character that was almost reminiscent of a strong Belgian Ale. The hops were not overpowering in anyway and complimented the malts instead of dominating the brew. Great thick mouthfeel perfect for the warming imperial that it is.

Photo of Genuine
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Poured a beatuiful deep dark copper white a 2 finger off white head that stayed around for the duration of the pint.

Aroma - Right off the bat you get a tremndous amount of hop aroma, lots of tropical and citrus notes. The 9% abv is noticable on the nose, however welcomed.

taste - Hops, hops and more hops. They take this IPA over and beyond what was expected. Hops on the nose carry over in the taste and help to balance out the big malt presence, which brings some toffee notes along with it.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, well carbonated which makes the hops shine. A nice warming ABV that rounds out this solid IIPA.

Overall - I will definitely get more of this when I'm able to. A solid double IPA and well worth the wait for it.

Photo of will_run_for_beer
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Didn't enjoy the hop profile. Tasted slinky.

Photo of Hatebreed1911
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Awesome, it is pretty dark and hoppy it is very good.

Photo of misternebbie
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tart and crisp a little too heavy on the alcohol taste to be consider one of Great lakes best Imperials and for its price point one I will steer clear of unless its on tap somewhere

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

8/2..pours bright copper, lighter shade. Ring of white foam. Resin pine nose, musty and damp. Taste is an overwhelming hop, potent bitter, puckering. Beneath is a boozy alchol burn. Oily hop residue stays behind. Packs a wallop for sure. 4 3.5 3.75 3.5 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

An excellent IIPA from Great Lakes. Pours a hazy yellow amber with nice froth head and great white
lacing. Excellent bouquet of caramel, citrus hops, bittering hops, floral like mead notes, and tons
of sweet malt. Taste is very similar with sweet malt up front, alcoholic warmth on the back mingling
with beautiful citrus and caramel notes. While I am no IPA drinker THIS is one fine brew with
a smooth caramel malt and bittering hops aftertaste and great decently carbonated mouthfeel.


Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

I have to be completely forthright, I feel I have to tell you I picked this up at a Wally World when food shopping for the week while was TDY to Wright Patterson AFB. My selection was based solely on the 9.1%abv (needed a high octane offering) and that it was an Imperial IPA (my go to fav)!!! That being said, I count this among my best "random" picks ever! True to form, the IIPA does not disappoint! Anyone that's read my rambling posts knows I am a true Stone convert, and as such, believe "Enjoy By", is the standard from which all other IIPA's must be judged! Therefore, I am obligated to say Great Lakes "Lake Erie Monster" stands tall! The 9.1% is well hidden and hop bang is sublimed so that you're not wrecking your palate (take note Green Flash), leaving you with an enjoyable experience from start to finish! Do yourself a favor and give this a try!

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple weeks past the freshness date. I wasn't disappointed. Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: A bright golden, opaque, with a white one finger head that dissipates down to foam. Light lacing.

S: Honey, mead. A citrus bomb featuring tangerine and banana.

T: A killer citrus hop/malt balance. Picking up some sweet mead, too. Lightly bitter on the finish. I didn't really feel the alcohol at first, but it snuck in later. My wife commented it was a great summer beer.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: An excellent IPA from Great Lakes. I love the juiciness of this one. Tasty little monster.

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, very solid beer. It is fairly light on the hops. Has some similarity to a doppelbock with the sweet component. A touch boozy but I like that about it.

Ap: small head - pours a hazy light copper color.

S: Surprisingly not that hoppy in the smell.

T: Complex, well-balanced taste. Finishes up with some citrusy hops, but the maltiness and sweetness, a touch bread dominates the palate at first.

M: light carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O: A LOT less hops than I anticipated, I suspect it was because of the imperial nature, slightly more boozy and had some malt added to balance off the hops. Not what I was anticipating but highly desirable, very enjoyable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Pumpkin orange with a good clarity, sporting a solid 2 finger antique white head of good retention. Solid display of macro-effervesce with a near solid sheet of lacing.

S: On the nose, dry grass, hay and pine are dominant. Baked bread, with a moderately aromatic sense of hops at first, but quickly fades.

T: dry orange , dry grass and hay for flavor. Bready with strong indications of sticky pine hops. Hopping is moderately strong with some signs of toasted sweet speciality grains blending in with a lingering dry orange-grassy finish.

M: Syrupy, sticky medium full mouthful consistency with a carbonation factor of good. A warming of grassy-orange glow on the inner cheeks from the alcohol and hops.

O: Overall a 9.1abv% gives a generous glow of hops and alcohol warmth with some sweet toasted nature backing. A lingering, dry bittering and aggressive hop nature as well alcohol content gave me flashbacks from the first time i sampled a DFH 90 minute ipa. Very good and comparable.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of PJKSR02
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Disappointed by this one. I'd been hoping to get LEM for some time, and finally found it in Western Ohio. Within its "enjoy by" date. The flavor is overwhelmingly alcoholic. There's not a big hoppiness, or much malt flavor, just alcohol, unbalanced. It's like a beer liquor. The 9+% gives a good buzz, but that's not why you buy a premium-priced brew.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 7/29/14:

Pours deep golden with a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The aroma of citrus and pine blend with caramelized bread.

The taste is of citrus and pine with a firm caramel-ish sweet backing.

It is robust with a chewy body. Alcohol warmth adds to the richness without masking.

A great example of a DIPA!

Photo of andrewjraab
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A light golden orange with good clarity. Two inches of soft oily head form and leave a nice web on the glass.

S - Fruity, grapefruit, figs, raisins, malts.

T - A juicy hop snap up front followed by a nicely balanced malt blend - nice to mash the bitter with the sweet that creates an easy as hell to drink DIPA.

O - This brew is world class. A DIPA that is easy to drink and brings a wonderful hop blast mixed with a nice malt presence. My wife even enjoyed this so this might be a nice DIPA as a gateway for someone wanting to expand their repertoire. Extremely drinkable - I will most definitely try this again.


Tried this again in 2014 and it is equally as good when I first reviewed. Excellent balance for a DIPA.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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