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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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90
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1,880 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 130
Gots: 147 | 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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Ratings: 1,880 | Reviews: 624 | Display Reviews Only:
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jminch

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-28-2012 14:51:01 | More by jminch
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2012 18:20:54 | More by xdefeatsy
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jmich24

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-27-2012 17:32:41 | More by jmich24
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2012 15:02:23 | More by pixieskid
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transmogrified

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-26-2012 22:57:04 | More by transmogrified
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-26-2012 22:23:49 | More by JoshuaGoins
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Nate

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-26-2012 18:06:38 | More by Nate
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Cheezus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-25-2012 04:54:20 | More by Cheezus
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a snifter
2012

About a year ago, I was just getting into craft beer I noticed this on the shelf and was way too much of a wuss to buy it. Later, after falling in love with IPA's I have been anxiously awaiting this beers release.

A- Pours a classic hazy orange with a one finger off white head. Slight alcohol legs and pretty good retention.

S- Incredibly skunky hops. The hop profile is dominates by citrus like pineapple and some grapefruit. Slightly piney but very funky. Sweet backbone but no noticeable characteristics, all hops here.

T- The hop profile is just like the smell but with a heavier influence on the pineapple and skunkyness. It's a very flavorful. DIPA in the hop department. While the hop profile is rather rank and impressive I slightly prefer a west coast IPA.

M- This is a bitter beer and the bitterness will linger around for a while. The aftertaste is hoppy and sticky. This is a slightly warming beer even though I cant pick up and alcohol in the taste.

O- This is a pretty dang good IPA that holds a candle to the best in the great lakes states. I would not say this is quite as good as hopslam but it has the exact same hop flavor in my opinion. Makes sense being that they are only about 200 or so miles apart. Not as good as hopslam but MUCH cheaper and should be a solid contender for your IPA fix.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:47:56 | More by TwelveOunces
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-25-2012 01:40:06 | More by Mark000
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DrewV

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I wanted to re-review this beer because of its seasonality rather than update my review from last year's batch. So, I had to change the serving type. But this review is from the BOTTLE, not a growler.

I just received this year's batch of The Monster. Rather than update my review of last year's (which would make no sense), I'm going to review this year's batch separately.

A: Pours a brassy golden color in the glass with a foamy white 1-finger head. A good looking beer.

S: A very well blended aroma rises from the head. Tantalizing, but not overpowering. Almost mouth-watering. It makes you want to take a sip to find out what's next.

T: A rich bitterness blends with the citrusy tangerine flavor. Maybe a hint of pineapple too. No floral flavors here! This is an aggressive citrusy brew.

M: Thin body, but with enough effervescence to carry the malt across the palate. By comparison, Lagunitas Maximus has a much fuller mouthfeel, which I prefer in a big beer like this.

O: Amazingly refreshing for a DIPA. But its high drinkabiliity can be brutal as the weather warms up in the summer months. Possibly the best overall DIPA east of the Rockies. Great Lakes has done it again. Amazing consistency with their seasonal brews.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2012 01:16:53 | More by DrewV
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wfpalm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-24-2012 13:14:57 | More by wfpalm
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jimelee108

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

05-23-2012 22:17:56 | More by jimelee108
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ng85

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-23-2012 17:54:43 | More by ng85
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Steimie

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

05-21-2012 22:25:27 | More by Steimie
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-21-2012 03:39:59 | More by Ohiovania
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coz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.6%

05-20-2012 20:52:26 | More by coz
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sliks96

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-20-2012 15:20:42 | More by sliks96
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WesM63

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-19-2012 06:31:32 | More by WesM63
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-19-2012 03:34:05 | More by ortie
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-19-2012 02:06:26 | More by Zaphog
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Daehpoh

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden orange with a bit of haze. On the lighter side for a DIPA. Nice thick, sticky head on this one.

The aroma I get is apple juice, sweet apricot, citrus fruits, and some fresh cut grass. A bit subdued for a hop forward beer.

Bold hop flavors up front, grapefruit, mango, some pine followed by honey sweetness and caramel. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Better flavors than aroma.

Medium-heavy body and slick going down with a dry finish. Nice.

Being an Ohio guy, I really want to like this beer but it just falls short for me on the DIPA scale. It is a good beer, but this is a crowded field and there are many better options.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 22:20:10 | More by Daehpoh
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Marti403

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-18-2012 22:02:59 | More by Marti403
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M1A2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-18-2012 19:58:35 | More by M1A2
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-18-2012 03:58:33 | More by meanmutt
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.