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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster

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2,091 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,091
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 138
Gots: 217 | FT: 3
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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2.17/5  rDev -46.2%

Pours a one-finger yellowed fine head over a cloudy orange-rust liquid. Smells mild. Oranges and woody hop with a hint of lemon.

Tastes wet malt with some hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Mild and clean alcohol sting. WTF, this is suppose to be a DIPA? Caramel and cream with esters of red fruits. Hop flavor is oranges and baby aspirin. Hop bitter is totally drowned by the sweet malt that dominates.

Not to style, but decent tasting. A bit to wet and heavy to be very drinkable. Wow, I'm amazed at how little I have to say about a DIPA, but there isn't much here.

08-30-2010 04:44:33 | More by mentor
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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

A: The pour is a dark amber color, maybe copper, with a finger's worth of moderately dense white head.

S: Um, this is a DIPA? Sweet and cracker-forward malts with some hints of oranges. Hints of pine, if you're feeling generous.

T: More of the same on the palate. A mild-to-moderate level of bitterness with plenty of biscuit and cracker malt flavor. Fairly bready with a bit of sweetness too.

M: The mouthfeel is good, at least. Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: This was really disappointing, I must say. Neither the nose nor the flavor were like anything you would expect from a DIPA.

10-02-2010 18:59:08 | More by womencantsail
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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.38/5  rDev -40.9%

Best by date is 2-Months 8-days away, well withen freshness.

Good looking beer, a large two finger head with good lacing. hazy dark sunburst color. I really like the bottle artwork too FWIW.

Not the most aromatic beer, nothing off smelling just you have to pay attention to get anything from it, and then all you get is a typical light citrusy hop whiff.

Taste is very balanced, there is alot of sweet malts inside this, and the hop profile has a somewhat citrusy character, but its also kinda grassy and floral, and has a somewhat earthy undertone to me.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and low carbinated for the style. leaves a slick coating behind, not the most refreshing, and hurts the drinkability a bit.

_:_ I was kinda dissapointed in this one, maybe if it was called a Imperial Amber ale it would be percieved better, but when your thinking DIPA this is not what you are wanting.

06-17-2010 06:12:19 | More by ChadQuest
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2.4/5  rDev -40.4%

12 oz bottle into into a snifter - best before 7/18/10

Nice looking beer...golden orange and slightly murky

Smell is a letdown. Really working hard to pull out a hop presence and all I'm coming up with is soapy perfume notes and malt. Hmmmm. Decided to hard pour the remainder in an effort to release the demons. Come on new bike! Upon further review, soiled wig. Really not much to speak of.

And...the letdown continues. Tastes like medicine with a very muddled hops presence. I pull none of the tropical fruits or juiciness that some other reviewers found. Rather, there's a metallic bitterness that overrides the experience leaving a post dental visit numbness reminiscent of a good gas and pull of the old chompers.

Airy, cotton candy like mouthfeel feels off. Hard to describe, but this beer just seems out of sorts and incomplete. Overall, a bummer.

05-19-2010 00:31:50 | More by BarrytheBear
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2.4/5  rDev -40.4%

This Monster is undeniably a beauty in the glass. It pours deep gold with orange highlights with a thick pillow of foam that retreats only after leaving some tenacious lacing on the side of your glass.

From there, things start to go downhill. The smell is fine, but it's not one of those beers where it's hard to get your nose out of the glass. There's a bit of caramel sweetness on the nose, with some earth, grass, pepper and a decent amount of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side for the style, but still within the suitable range.

The hop profile is not what I expect from a quality DIPA. It's easier to describe what's not here: no floral, no fruit, no pine, very little spice. Instead we're left with a one-note bitterness that is left unchecked by any other flavors. The malt flavors make a very brief appearance, providing a transient vanilla note at the beginning and a bit of breadiness at the end.

The finish is disappointing: there's a deep prolonged fuggle bitterness, but without the spiciness or pine of a west coast DIPA or the powerhouse hop/malt complexity of an east coast DIPA.

I'm generally a fan of Great Lakes brewery, but this one leaves me scratching my head with one hand and ordering a Dreadnaught with the other.

06-18-2010 22:25:15 | More by chicagobeerriot
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2.58/5  rDev -36%

12oz bottle with a best by date of sometime in august poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. ive been hearing mixed things about this one, but im still excited to try it.

A- this one pours out a deep and somewhat dark golden amber colored body with a modest bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and really doesnt leave behind much in terms of lacing.

S- a pretty tame nose for something called "monster." small amount of caramel and biscuit like malts overshadowed by piny and grapefruit hops. were not off to a great start here.

T- the taste is surprisingly balanced for an IIPA. caramel and biscuit malts up against pine, grapefruit, earthy, and herbal hops. pretty disappointing. the alcohol is well hidden.

M- medium to full bodied. ample carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- sadly, this one left me pretty disappointed. and from one of my favorite breweries also. combine that disappointment with a 3.50/single bottle price tag and you get something i probably wont seek out again.

06-17-2010 15:22:11 | More by jwinship83
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2.63/5  rDev -34.7%

Bottle shared by NoSignsOfPain in which she got in a BIF recently from MikeytotheB Expired 8/30/11 seriously who the fuck sends someone expired beers in a BIF Real nice bro real nice Drank on 10/29/11

Look: Orange in color with 1/4 head and no retention

Smell: Awful malt and candied orange notes not good at all

Taste: Is identical to the nose with the exception of there is a slight bit of alcohol presence in the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: The 3 of us that drank this drain poured it. Not sure if it was off cause it had expired 2 months ago or not but with that being said the beer should not have turned this bad in those 2 months. Avoid this beer especially if MikeytotheB sends you one.

10-31-2011 19:41:17 | More by DarthKostrizer
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -34.7%

Picked up a bottle at a Wegmans while in Rochester NY.

Was eager to try some Great Lakes brews having heard good things about them. Picked this and Commodore Perry. 12 oz bottle with best by August 10, 2010.

Poured into a Sam Adams Imperial snifter, Appearance is nice, bright yellow orange with an egg shell white head. A tad hazy, but overall inviting looking.

Aroma is puzzling, very minimal imperial ipa hop character, lots of candied fruit, touch of strawberry, raw egg yolk, rose and a soapish like smell that I struggled getting past.

The flavor is not much better in that regard, there is a sweet honey cloying character and more egg yolk and lemon meringue dominating the palate. Some fusel slickness and oily character, not intense, but it pushes aside general malt profile and it is difficult to say what or where the hop profile is. The bitterness is still there but the flavor just misses the mark on hops for an imperial ipa.

Mouthfeel is a bit too heavy. I need this style to lean toward dry and more quaffable, even as an illusion for an big beer.

Misses the mark. I admit I also after drinking perused reviews to see how the range of palates saw this beer. My guess is I most of come across a funky batch or mishandled batch, but with a best by date well over a month and half from now, it is only a guess. Willing to try again, but I won't seek it out.

07-03-2010 11:47:16 | More by PBoegel
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2.7/5  rDev -33%

Decent DIPA. Unfortunately, it doesn't really live up to expectations and isn't a standout for the style. It's a nice looking beer. Transparent, light to medium gold, and a tight, white cap. The aroma is relatively weak, particularly in terms of hops. Hops are floral and a bit piney. The malt is a bit strong, contributing lots of caramel. There's some pepper and spice in there, too. The flavor has too much residual sweetness for my taste, but there's some good lingering bitterness. It's just a bit too simple and weak in hops. It needs more of the delicate hop notes of the best in the style. The beer has some good body, though the sweetness really hurts it for me. It's an alright beer, though not something that I'd trade for again or seek out otherwise.

07-28-2010 04:46:17 | More by popery
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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,091 ratings.