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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 187 | 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:
"An imperial india pale ale"

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004)
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-03-2012 00:20:28 | More by LarryMyers
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-02-2012 01:02:52 | More by bigfnjoe
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-01-2012 22:53:00 | More by deanis30
Photo of siege06nd


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very hazy orange with a crisp white head. Decent lacing. About a half finger head.

S. Orange zest, pineapple, caramel, and some very light malt. A little bit of musty earthiness as well.

T. Very thick and juicy, with a big dose of caramel malt, some orange rind, mango, and resinous bittering hops on the end. Very sweet with very mellow hops. A very malt-forward DIPA with a slightly thin hop profile.

M: Moderate bodied with good carbonation.

O. Unlike any other DIPA I have had. Lots of malt-forward caramel and grain characteristics and an earthy bitter hop profile. It's well balanced and not overly bitter, in fact it's mostly sweet. But I expect a stronger hop profile from a DIPA and this lacks the punch that hopheads rejoice for. A well-made beer, but not really to style and ultimately not that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 20:46:10 | More by siege06nd
Photo of jwat


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-01-2012 20:03:02 | More by jwat
Photo of TequilaTom


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-01-2012 12:29:16 | More by TequilaTom
Photo of mdillon86


4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-01-2012 03:31:47 | More by mdillon86
Photo of Shnanign


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-01-2012 01:15:49 | More by Shnanign
Photo of boot11222


4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 23:01:44 | More by boot11222
Photo of Sirwootalot


4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle, poured into Pilsner glass (couldn't find my chalice).

The absolute first thing I noticed about this beer was its heavenly aroma - resinous fresh hops, but with a strong boozy backbone of malt that could very well have been german or english. It pours like a normal IPA, with not a whole lot of head despite surprisingly high carbonation and a disarming clarity. If I hadn't smelled it first, on appearance alone i'd have guessed it was a mid-strength bavarian lager, not a DIPA.

The taste is sweet, drinkable, and intensely aromatic - resinous fresh hops dominate (albeit not by much), nowhere near as caustic or overpowering as in DIPAs like maharaja or abrasive. The beer has a profound backbone of incredibly delicious malt, which tastes almost more like what you'd find in candy than a typical beer. This is a fairly straightforward, non-risky, and very balanced tasting beer - there are few other notes to it besides simple hops and malt, although there's a strong hint of toffee as it sits on the tongue and an aftertaste very much like mild marijuana-induced cottonmouth.

The mouthfeel is sticky-sweet as expected for the style, yet compared to other stronger examples, fiendishly drinkable. For some reason, it dries out your mouth pretty readily, leaving a funky cannabis aftertaste that makes you want to drink more just to make it go away.

Overall, while this is nowhere near the most remarkable DIPA i've had, it's hands-down the most accessible. It's more of a 1.5 IPA, and to me at least that's absolutely fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:17:37 | More by Sirwootalot
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A . Pale straw a amber mostly clear with fluffy 2 finger white head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S pine hops, grass, malt, earth

T. Sweet caramel start with a well balance apex with pine hops and caramel malt fighting for attention. Nice moderately bitter finish. Not too much warming etoh.

M. Moderately carbonated, medium body, smooth and crisp

O. Chiefly pine hopped imperial ipa, well balance just not super complex or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:20:43 | More by williamjbauer
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-29-2012 01:39:42 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-29-2012 00:57:11 | More by 2dogbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-28-2012 23:48:19 | More by CaptainHate
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of the incredibly generous laxer8811 (thanks Mike!), into a FFF nonic. Best by date 7/17 so probably bottled a little over two months ago.

A - Pours a nice clear straw-yellow, with a couple of fingers of off-white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

S - Cotton-candy sweetness, some melon and tropical fruit, and then maybe a little bit of cardboard-y oxidation, unfortunately.

T - Nice fruity bitterness at first, then that same sweetness from the nose. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Some earthiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, but carbonation is too aggressive. Not too drying.

O - I struggled with the first few sips, but it grew on me. I'd have to say I liked it enough and it's pretty good but it's just not in the same league as the big players like Pliny or Abrasive. I'd really like to see how this is when fresh, like within a week or two from bottling.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 20:19:46 | More by djmichaelk
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy orange into a Hoppin Frog pint glass. Nice hop aroma with some grapefruit and piney notes. Taste is very smooth and really enjoyable. I had low expectations with this beer and I am totally impressed with how smooth this beer is. Mouthfeel is moderate and just a really tasty DIPA. I think this beer is way underrated and would definitely recommend. Great job Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:57:01 | More by gradergator
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-28-2012 02:07:36 | More by KingBiscuit
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

06-27-2012 20:11:49 | More by mrebeka
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-27-2012 18:05:30 | More by Doughbodyboy
Photo of Momar42


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - slightly hazy, deep straw yellow. decent head with large bubbles and good lacing down the glass. Looks the part of an IIPA.

S - loses some here. Hops are present just not as robust as desired in a IIPA. There is some citrus and pine, just would have liked more.

T - hops again are more subtle than desired. More apparent than the nose but slight still. The alcohol is also noticeable and that conflicts with the taste some. This beer tastes hot, and I suppose thats to be expected with an ABV of 9+. Enjoyable, but muddled.

M - Hits this pretty well actually. Feels good on the palate and tongue. Coats and is fairly smooth. Finishes surprisingly clean for how big it is.

O - A really good IIPA honestly, that is undone to an extent by the high alcohol and lack of nose. This beer could be backed off to around 8% or so and would likely benefit (but then it might not be a MONSTER afterall I suppose). A stronger hop profile on the nose would help greatly too. Would love to find it on tap and see how it rates that way. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 03:26:43 | More by Momar42
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-27-2012 01:11:30 | More by davidIPA
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-26-2012 23:43:58 | More by Oboogie
Photo of Tucquan


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazy orange-brown with 1.5-finger white head that fades fast but leaves good ringed lacing.

S - Stone fruit, sweet malt, vegetal/onion, hop floral. Nice but not real strong.

T - Characteristic Great Lakes malt profile. Orange candy, mild peat, quite spicy like a Nosferatu, peach and grapefruit juice. Aftertaste is a bit sweet, which balances the lingering bitterness. Alcohol is apparent.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Prickly and resinous.

O - Better than I expected from the smell. The orange and stone fruit flavors and balancing bitterness make up for it. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 21:26:19 | More by Tucquan
Photo of AdamBear


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy yellow gold with a thin and sticky cream colored head.

S-very creamy citrus hops. Medium strength. Great boldness to it. 

T-comes in with a strikingly bitter taste of the creamy citrusy hops. it's a strong and lasting taste. It's almost overly citrusy.

M-bitter! Medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-It's a very bitter ipa. Almost too bitter. The tastes aren't too great really. Theres not too much to this making me enjoy it. A good ipa when selections are very limited but they'd have to be extremely limited for me to prefer this

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 04:11:30 | More by AdamBear
Photo of dorianmarley


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

Appearance is opaque, dark orange with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head and lacing are slim.

Nose is a lot of candy-like hops and sugary malt. There is some banana and oat.

Taste is sweet, sugary and creamy. There is orange zest and banana. The hops have a burnt quality to them: a dull bitterness. The malt is light, but sweet. The sweetness is sometimes too much and cloying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The alcohol and hops make this a sipper.

Overall, this is what you would expect from an imperial, but taken in an unexpectedly sweet direction.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:00:48 | More by dorianmarley
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.