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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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90
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1,983 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 138
Gots: 181 | 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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar

Pours a fairly clear orange amber with a yellow tinted two+ finger cap. Recedes slowly, leaving clingy lacing all over. Some tiny bubbles push their way north.

Big citrus on the nose. White grapefruit and orange rind mesh with pine resin and a hefty caramel malt bill. Definitely sweet and balanced.

The caramel malt is steady throughout. White grapefruit and orange rind greet you up front. The finish is more citrus and a rush of pine resin bitterness.

Medium body. Big and chewy. Some alcohol burn lingers for a while. Mild bitterness, but balanced out by sweet malt.

This is a big, hoppy dipa, but it is very balanced. Almost too much for me to fall in love. A good dipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:37:07 | More by ColForbinBC
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark but transparent yellow with good carbonation leaving a nice medium sized white cap, some bubbles and good lacing

S: Mainly tropical fruits, prominent pineapple with caramel

T: Upfront I garner pineapple, mango and orange peel with light caramel backing. Nice, dry and clean with a subtle but noticable hop bitterness on the end

M: Light to medium body with citrus and tropical notes dancing on my palate

O: Very good, enjoyable and something I would definitely drink again

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 21:45:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-14-2012 13:35:57 | More by JVan
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Jaldama

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-14-2012 08:31:32 | More by Jaldama
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice light amber color body with not a lot of head to it. I can almost taste the beer just by smelling it, the smell consists of pine,and citurs hops. The taste is upfront of bitter hops, then the taste of some fruit comes on the back of the tongue, almost a cross between a mango/pineapple taste. The mouth feel is really good, rolls off the tongue really nice and overall a damm good DIPA,

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:31:34 | More by chefhatt
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gregy55902

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained a 4 pk, and bottles had a best-by date of 7/17/12 although they didn't have a bottling date so I don't know how old these are.

A - Pours a gentle orange color with a hint of reddish hue. Respectable one-finger white head quickly recedes leaving only a ring of foam around the glass. Looks good!

S - Here I knew this beer would be very good. Very hop-forward but it's more of the flowery, juicy, and fruity varieties than the extreme bitterness of some IPAs (like SN hoptimum). Mangos, a bit of pineapple, wet grass and a subdued malt background.

T - Bitterness upfront which was unexpected, but this quickly changes to the fruity flavors mentioned above. The fruity flavors need to be more explosive, but it's good nonetheless.

M - On the lower side of carbonation. Alcohol is there but quite subdued.

O - Unexpected (almost.. 'tangy') bitterness aside, this is quite the good effort by great lakes. Haven't ever been disappointed by them.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:39:16 | More by gregy55902
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fluidmotion

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-13-2012 20:22:18 | More by fluidmotion
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

06-12-2012 03:40:37 | More by dlin0sbb
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nrombes

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-12-2012 03:35:23 | More by nrombes
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bernardo06

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-12-2012 00:40:06 | More by bernardo06
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andrewj17

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-11-2012 04:06:06 | More by andrewj17
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assman79

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-10-2012 22:43:46 | More by assman79
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fishkab

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-10-2012 22:23:11 | More by fishkab
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equincel

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-10-2012 14:46:00 | More by equincel
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jcxhruby

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-10-2012 03:35:40 | More by jcxhruby
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Celt44

New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a Growler from Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. I love most of Great Lakes offerings and this one came highly recommended by one of the owners.

Appearance is a golden amber. Light around the edges and dark in the middle. Nice creamy head and lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma is delicious. I can practically taste this beer with just my nose. Floral and malty...very sugary. Sugar cookie is what I'm looking for.

Taste - Perfect balance of biscuity warm malts and hops. A littlle bite of bitterness with rounded edges.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice burn but not too much.

Overall one of the best DIPAs I've had. Excellent work Great Lakes. This one goes down very easy for a DIPA. I may move to Cleveland just for this.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2012 01:53:17 | More by Celt44
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DTown

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-10-2012 00:13:24 | More by DTown
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

06-09-2012 16:36:06 | More by CEDAMA
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head. Good retention and some lacing.

In the nose is pine and citrus with sweet candied malt and a fruity floral bouquet in the background.

Bitter grapefruit and orange up front rolling into a sweet bread malt. Rock candy and sweet orange come through in the middle before it goes back to bitter with a dry pine finish.

I had this after a Double Jack, and it is a lesser beer, but solid. It is more balanced between sweet and bitter. A very nice II IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 13:21:16 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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docrates

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-09-2012 11:55:22 | More by docrates
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vfgccp

New York

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light apricot gold with a touch of haze. Par white head with ok ret and lace.

S - Ginger, orange zest, pine, booze, broccoli, and a strange savory note.

T - Orange marmalade, resiny pine, wax, and a spicy booze.

M - Relatively smooth, medium body. Touch of syrup. Twang of booze.

O - Resiny hop character with a lot of alpha bitterness. Balance is just ok.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:47:21 | More by vfgccp
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cardern

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-09-2012 01:10:53 | More by cardern
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle, Lake Erie Monster pours an orange/amber hue with about a finger's worth of fluffy white head that quickly settles. Lacing is sticky, and carbonation is subdued. Aroma is a touch off-putting at first. Dank hop aromas of pine and some onion blend with caramel. Taste is much better. Malty notes of caramel and toast up front, with a green element on the mid-palate, followed by a burst of citrus, pine, and cedar. Finish is dry and floral.
Full-bodied and flavorful, with a viscous mouthfeel from the hops. Alcohol is well hidden. This beer is quite easy to consume, and although the nose isn't as balanced as the taste, it's quite tasty. Another rock-solid effort from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:54:28 | More by WYVYRN527
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-07-2012 23:49:46 | More by msarver16
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2012 22:52:05 | More by 4Socialanxiety
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,983 ratings.