Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. 2012 version with a best by date of July 15, 2012.
A: A medium to darker orange color that is a bit murky. Glass lacing is huge and sticky.
S: Lots of citrus smells with floral and herbal notes and a large more candy like sweetness.
T: Lighter citrus is the main hops flavor with pineapple, tangerine and lemon coupled with some floral and herbal flavors. The hops get smoothed out by the substantial candy and sugar sweetness that lasts all the way to the finish. Not bitter on the finish but the alcohol pokes through for a lasting sweeter finish.
M: Full, coating, sweet and some alcohol.
O: A sweeter DIPA for sure that is solid but not something you can drink a few of. Of course the ABV helps limit drinkability, but for me it was the sweetness and finish that really limits it. Good beer, not great.
I am updating my review in September 2012. I had a bottle over the weekend that was just too damn good not to up my score. The nose was off the charts pineapple and just so aromatic with citrus. The flavor followed up with the same. This is still a sweet beer, but I got way more citrus and pineapple in this bottle. Note: Bottle was from the 2012 batch, so it was probably 2 or 3 months old, but still I really enjoyed it. Solid DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2012 13:09:22 | More by Kadonny
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a generic nonic glass glowing a solid orangey-gold. It held a white film of a head, leaving spotty lacing as we sipped. There was a mild haze to it without sediment, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave light banana esters, big grapefruit hops, cloying syrupy sugars of peach and white grape fruitiness, crispy pale and light caramel malts, raspberry and blueberry freshness, fresh yellow mustard, and more resiny, piney hops with warmth. Our first impression was that the beer was sweeter than expected for such a high abv brew, but the flavoring was nice and spicy. The taste opened with pale and chalky malts, bright nectary and grapefruit hops, residual dextrin sweetness, and notes of honey. The peak came with an enhanced chalkiness, mustard seed, black peppery bite, light booze, and sweetness of peach and strawberry. We finished with strong phenolic clove bite, more fusel booze, peppery spice, big citric hop spice, bittering pine and earthen hops, and a light mineral water wash. The aftertaste breathed of fusel booze, light echoes of phenols, spice, and sweeter citric hops. The body was medium, with a bit of a syrupy quality to it, and the carbonation was medium. There was prickle from the latter, and a general syrupy coating left all around the mouth. Eventual dryness came from the booze and pale malt toastiness. Each sip was wet and satiating, with nice cream, froth, slurp, and smack. The abv was appropriate, but warming, and the beer drank well.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the great blend to the flavoring. The nose was nicely hoppy and sweet, but sugary enough to resemble a fruit rollup. This is also why we weren't so surprised at the sweetness of flavoring. Otherwise, there was a great and equally as sweet malty base to stand up to the fusel booze and bright bittering citric hops.
Serving type: on-tap
09-10-2012 22:51:59 | More by TheBrewo
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.