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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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Poured the Monster into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The clear dark golden ale produces two fingers of white head.

S - As soon as i poured the beer in the glass I could smell the sweet hops come through. Upon further investigation some grapefruit, pine and malts are noticed. Very nice aroma on this one.

T - Wow, this beast is truly smooth and flavorful. Everything is well balanced too. The grapefruit sweetness, hop bitterness, and finally the malt. Didn't expect this one to be this good.

M - Nice, crisp and refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - Starting to believe Great Lakes has it down. Pleasantly surprised! Cheers!

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I had this on a couple occasions - the first was slightly fresher than the last so I am reviewing based on that experience.

Enjoyed chilled in a standard pint.

The color is deep golden with light amber hue and 3 fingers of head with small bead -great clarity and the retention is very good. The smell has lots of dank herbal hop odors that smell like weed with slight sweet malt underscoring that with floral and woody fragrance and light caramel accent with mild alcohol ester. The feel is very good with moderately full hop bitterness level yet a little sweetness to balance with light alcohol and mild toasted malt with herbal resinous textures and medium carbonation adds a mild lightening quality wth very low astrgingency level.

The taste is impressive yet very herbal with mild citrus and slight grapefruit flavor with a mild caramel in the malt with a mango and apricot type flavor with slight alcohol in the taste as it warms gradually with low grassiness and mild spice notes with a sweetness that also increases a little too noticeable actually for me without any alcohol warming in the finish which is alos good. I enjoy this - definitely a good amount of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness to satisfy, however could use more flavor from hops and less bitterness...also the feel lacks a dry and drinkable quality which means I really only want 1 at any time.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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