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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 267 | 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:
Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

"An imperial india pale ale"
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look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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2.46/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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