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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster

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Ratings: 1557
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%

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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Photo of Dogbrick


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head. Thin lacing too. Nice hoppy and citrusy aroma. Medium-bodied and very smooth with a subtle but persistent hops flavor. This reminded me very much of the DFH 90 Minute on tap, which is definitely a good thing. There are also some citrus and pine flavors. The finish is slick and rather bitter. All in all this was a great way to kick off the event, an Imperial IPA as good as I knew GLBC could do it.

Serving type: cask

04-18-2005 04:03:57 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of witster18


4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on mantrip of 2013, my buddy turns to me as the rest of the group goes into a pizza joint and asks me, "Do You Wanna Get Your Sush-On, I just saw a sushi place about two blocks back". So we trekked back to the sushi joint and ordered some food, but come to find out they don't have a license for beer yet so the server tells us they sell beer AT THE RESIDENCE INN LOBBY next door. This stuff only happens in cleveland. I go next door and there is a GIGANTIC cooler full of great beer. Seeing how we were .5mile from the brewery I knew the GLBC stuff would be fresh and it was smokin' new from the brewery.

took a few back over to the restraurant and cracked 'em.

Very impressed. First of all, this tastes like a 7.5-8 percenter, not a 9.1. Which is probably why this little beast sent another one of my friends to the emergency room last year with alcohol poisoning.

Taste is a like an ipa, only with no diacytl notes, and more of a malt profile than you might expect. Very little head - which is expected. Lacing is freakin amazing... maybe the scariest, most unpredictable lacing I've ever seen. Very SCHTICKY!. We could have dragged a bottle of this to the on-deck circle at the Indians game an hour later for them to use as the new, improved "pine-tar". Strong pine notes and strong grapefruit taste. Copper color. Alcohol shows-up late, but still doesn't seem like 9.1. Tastes like there's a boatload of maris otter in there... that earthy yet citrusy malt that I just love. I could be wrong, but I'd be surprised if that's not the base here...if it's not maris it's some odd 2-row... Of course the color is coming from some specialty malts... ... no clue on the hops. simcoe or citra? This beer definitely doesn't do the 'grain bill' any favors.

I'm not a HUGE beer guy. I mean I AM a huge beer guy, but not necessarily a high-gravity guy. Don't usually care for the boozy stuff, but I could easily sit back and pound 3 or 4 of these like we did that day. Just make sure you move onto Dortmunder or something soon - because a six pack of monsters is a very, VERY risky proposition.

Cant' wait to get back up there to the brewery and have some more on tap.

EXCELLENT beer. One of the only 8+ percenters I'll actually order - even though there are quite a few I wouldn't turn down.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 21:55:10 | More by witster18
Photo of thegodfather1076


4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label artwork in the traditional GLBC style. Label gives small back story and description of the beer, a bit of brewery information, ABV info, freshness date(7-29-13), serving temp recommendation. Neck label gives a nice story of the beer and has GLBC logo. 25th Anniversary Cap.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz bottle led to a 3 finger densely packed white head resting atop a slightly hazy honey copper orange color beer filling the 16oz snifter. Head retention was very good at 4min 55sec before fading to a thick coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of floral and slight resin hops along with a huge tropical fruit scent of pineapple, maybe mango, and ruby red grapefruit. Also has a sweet bready malt scent. Very complex!!!

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of piney resin hop bitterness with a very spicy bite on the front end with a honey toffee bready malt sweetness coming through at the midpoint before finishing with a grapefruit bitter back end and finish. I didn't detect any floral aspects that I was expecting from the nose. A bit of alcohol can be detected as well.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This goes down easy for its ABV.

Overall/Comments: A really good DIPA and another great beer to add to the GLBC lineup. An intense and complex offering on both the nose and palette. A must try IMO. Seasonal Offering(May release). Classifed as an American Double/Imperial IPA @ 9% ABV. Consumed 6/20/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 19:58:08 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 8/9/13. 50 degrees. Bottle into goblet.
Aroma citrusy
Head small (1.5 cm), frothy, white, fully diminishing.
Lacing OK.
Body cloudy, light orange.
Begins and ends moderately bitter, no diacetyl, no particularly distinct hop flavor, just a general bitterness.
Medium body, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

The small, short-lived head lowers the appearance rating for me, but this is generally a very good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 12:52:20 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of SerBennett


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply fantastic. Beautiful lacing clings to the tulip glass. Dark orange and clear, decent amount of carbonation. Smells of juicy fruits, floral bouquet, and bitter hoppyness. Mouthfeel is chewy and awesome. Taste is juicy fruit at first that falls into a nice malty and bitter back end that doesn't end too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 18:28:32 | More by SerBennett
Photo of Boto


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a clear golden color. There was about a finger of off-white head. Lots of lacing. The nose is good. Grapefruit, some pine, and malts. The taste is good. A bit of sweetness, and a fairly full body. Get a good bit of the caramel malts, as well as pine and citrus flavors. Pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 18:53:19 | More by Boto
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from one of my favorite breweries, the Great lakes Brewing Company in Ohio. This is an Imperial India Pale Ale, and packs a punch at 9.1% alcohol level.

The beer has a nice orange/cooper color, and pours with a nice off-white foamy head. It has good lacing..I love a beer that leaves a web of foam all the way down the glass when you dink it.

The aroma of the brew is a mix of sweet malt, and the grapefruit and pone you get from good IPAs. It's not really strong, but very pleasant.

The taste leads with a sweet malty flavor, and finishes with the sour bitterness of grapefruit and pine. The flavors are extremely well balanced, and it gives you a pleasing bite on the sides of your tongue.

Lake Erie Monster has a medium body, and what I would describe as "medium" or moderate carbonation. There is a bit of an oily feel to the beer, as it coats the inside of your mouth. You get a warm feeling fairly quickly, due to the alcohol level.

Overall, a great IPA. A little heavier, due to the stout brewing, so it's definitely not a session beer. This is a good one, I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:33:00 | More by davecavemaster
Photo of Zormac


4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- golden yellow cloudy with a one and a half finger bright white head

S- mandarin orange right away giving way to grapefruit and a slight grassiness

T- very sweet up front balanced by a wonderful light bitterness on the finish very mild alcohol in the after taste.

M- full yet mellow

O- this beer taste like a great session beer aside from the 9.1 ABV I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:10:11 | More by Zormac
Photo of Icedogs


4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Imperial IPA of them all. I just tried Heady Topper and I think I still like LEM best. Yes, I am quite biased in favor of Great Lakes Brewing Company because one of my best friends worked there for nine years and I've spent many a fine afternoon/evening at the place. But my preference for GLBC beer is primarily because the beers are almost always outstanding. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:24:34 | More by Icedogs
Photo of JohnF


4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am so impressed with Great Lakes that I am trying any of their beers I can find in PA. Monster was enjoyed yesterday. Beautiful smooth double IPA with a taste good enough to go out and buy a case. This will be a definite beer to keep around. Good color, head, smell, and the taste was over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:12:02 | More by JohnF
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had at Monk's in Chicago.

A. Hazy light caramel, opaque. It has a big foamy white head and good lacing.

S. Slight caramel and banana scent.

T/M. Extremely sweet. Full-bodied. Has a bit of a banana taste, like the scent. Tart. Some dark fruit flavor. Very smooth. Fairly high in alcohol. A bit of pumpkin.

O. It's very potent, intense, strong. Good in small doses.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 03:01:22 | More by Amalak
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland OH.

A: Pours a copper hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Hoppy malt and citrus aroma.

T: Strong malt and hoppy flavors.

M: Heavy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Excellent DIPA – worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 21:34:54 | More by ckollias
Photo of MikeWard


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best before date of 8/11/13, so a few weeks past "expiration".

Poued just beautifully. Golden slightly hazy body, with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head. Some decent carbonation, Lacing was very nice initially, though did disappear about 2/3rds through.

Smell was heavy on the sweet malt, seconded by fruity hops, nd a whiff of the 9.10 alcohol.

Taste, considering being a few weeks past best by, was very pleasing, Seemed to be nicely balanced. Got a good buzz from the alcohol, fairly sweet from the malt, but still some decent hop bite.

Mouth was a little over medium, faintly syrupy on the tongue. Did initially get an odd flavor on the back of the tongue which I couldn't really identify.

Overall, a very decent beer, which would appear to retain at least some hop bite past it's prime. Will be interesting to try this within a month of bottling, but if you are looking for a good balance with both hops and malts shining through, don't be afraid to grab a Lake Erie Monster close to it's best by date. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:18:42 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Fcolle2


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/19/13

Pours golden with a slight bronze hue. A half finger white head leaves a nice lacing

Smell is dominated by sweet tangerine like hops and milder pine hop notes. malt is light and grainy. Some alcohol is also detectable.

Taste is great, there is a nice almost sour bitterness that works really nice with the orange like citrus hops. A little bit of pine and grassy flavors are also detectable. Some nice sweet caramel malt is in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body with high carbonation keeps this pretty drinkable for all the booze.

Overall this is a good ipa, glad I got to try it so fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 05:09:34 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of andrewjraab


4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:14:42 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek


4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a brief ivory head. Nose is subtle citrus dominated by sweet fruity esters including, dare I say, even a hint of strawberry. The taste is a superb balancing of a sweetish caramel malt against a drying pine hoppiness, which carries through to the finish. A nice smooth texture rounds out the package. Definitely one of the better Imperial IPA's I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:50:29 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Photo of barnzy78


4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with freshness date clearly labeled. The ale has a hazy tangerine colored body with a huge, frothy, off-white head that holds excellent retention & leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh with bread, caramel, tropical, mango, pineapple. On the palate there are notes of tropical, mango, papaya, loads of caramel, bready, toasted grain, plenty of malt cuts the seemingly not-so-bitter bitterness, tremendous balance here. Mouth-feel is super creamy, medium-full body, lower carbonation. I've had this one once before and wasn't crazy over it, but I stand corrected - this is an outstanding DIPA and a must try!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 13:35:04 | More by barnzy78
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium golden apricot to honey in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches along with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops with lighter aromas of caramel malts with honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong caramel malts with some light honey sweetness. After that the hops really kick in with strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith with light to moderate flavors of pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades slowly and lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Slightly sweeter than I generally prefer my DIPA but still enjoyable. There is a pleasant amount of not too aggressive bitterness. Not quite the balance I prefer for my DIPAs - too sweet and not enough hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:09:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sippin' hard in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though it's about a week past the enjoy by date on this bad boi, it is still drinking fairly good. Kind of reminds Raul of his first real love; even when he knew things were past the expiration date, when it came down to gettin busy, it still wasn't that half bad. So, unlike said hoochie, even though this thang is expired, Raul wouldn't mind having seconds.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:29:30 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Poured: 2013/07/08; Best before date: 2013/07/24

A: Dirty blonde/dark straw in color, very clear. Pours top to 2 fingers of off-white creamy head settling down to a thick collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: Big malt nose on this beer; the hops are present in the nose, both floral and spicy, but they are not the main event.

T: Massive malt character but not cloyingly sweet, still within style guidelines and nicely balanced out by a bouquet of hops. Lots of citrus (oranges and tangerines) along with those American bittering hops (spicy and floral). Great finish; nice malty sweetness that dries out with those PNW hops.

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety.

O: Delicious! This is a big IPA that is not afraid to let the malt share the spotlight with the hops, maybe even star the show.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 19:01:00 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Bills453


3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a goblet. A little more yellow than the Hoptimum imperial IPA I recently enjoyed, still a beautiful color though. A wonderful one finger white head that is oily and laceable.

Smell - actually not as strong as I hoped for but still nice. Floral, hops, normal IPA smells.

Taste - much like the smell really lacking quite a bit. I like to be punched in the mouth by my ipas. Decent.

Mouthfeel - what you would expect.

Overall - a good offering from Great Lakes and I have had better Lake Erie monsters, maybe this bottle was a bit old. Great Lakes is my favorite brewery so they get some brownie points.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:43:01 | More by Bills453
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Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BB August 7, 2013

Beer is clear golden orange. Despite a quick pour, I get very minimal head, just a touch of white.

Nose is nice. Very juicy, with both citrus and tropical fruit scents. Mango, apple, some grapefruit. Also some pine.

Taste also contains a lot of fruit, apple and mango. Pine resin sticks out. Caramel malt provides some sweetness to a decent dose of bitter. Booze is noticeable, but not overly so for a 9.1% beer.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, quite good. The apple flavour is a bit strong for me, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:35:53 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Roman5150


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip, dated 8-813

appearance: burnt orange/copper, 1 finger white head

smell: apple, citric, lemon zest, coriander, grapefruit, other spices, subtle bubble gum

taste: Very fruity and floral, lot's of pear and apple and citrusy notes throughout. Has some belgian yeast characteristics, alcohol is not noticeable at all. Very impressed.

mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium to full bodied

overall: A great fruity DIPA, tastes a lot like a belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 03:59:58 | More by Roman5150
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Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus sweetness followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:39:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly malt aroma. Really subdued hops for style. Kinda sweet.
Slightly cloudy. Lighter color than typical for style, but still in the amber area.
Boozy first impression and again really malt forward. Hops appear and with an ample amount and not excessively. Still in the end the malt dominate with the hops more background. Takes on the sweetness typical of style in time.
Big enough feel, but nothing stands out
This tastes and drinks closer to a barleywine, to my tastes. It's so malt forward. It has enough hops and they, thankfully, are not excessive, but the malt carries the day on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:41:47 | More by garymuchow
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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.