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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 156
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
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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4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a remarkably clear golden orange, less than a finger of head, mild retention, beautiful rings of lacing.

Smell is appropriate- pine and citrus hops with a bit of thick, malty sweetness. Definitely could be a bigger blast of hops but certainly pleasing.

Tastes fantastic! I'm proud of my hometown brewery for this one. Juicy citrus and floral hops up front balanced very well by the pale malt. Almost no caramel which is interesting but really highlights the hops. Bitterness comes soon after, and gives way to very citrusy hop flavors. Orange, grapefruit. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very good for an imperial IPA- medium body with light quasi-prickly carbonation. I love it!

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 8/15/12 poured into pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold/orange color with a one-finger white head. Retention is good. Can see some yeast settlement in the liquid, as well.

S: Heavy citrus smell, especially pineapple and mango.

T: Nice slightly sweet sugar cookie malt base supports a nice strong onslaught of hop flavors. The hops are mostly of the citrus variety (oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.) However, there is a blast of pine at the end. With all the hop flavors present, it isn't too bitter. There's a shot of alcohol and a bit of metallic taste at the end, but bitter hops finish it off.

M: Wow...very creamy. This body is a great medium for channeling the strong hop flavors, and it keeps them around for a LONG time after the drink goes down.

O: GLBC makes some of my favorite beers, and this one is no exception. This is a top-tier IPA, for sure. The taste is surprisingly complex. Most DIPAs just assault the palate with hops, but there's more depth here.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (best by 7/17/12) enjoyed on 7/7/12 in a tulip.

Pour: Hazy orange with 3 fingers off-white head.

Smell: Straight grapefruits and oranges. Yup.

Taste: Completely follows the nose with bitter grapefruits. Some pine, but this is one fruity DIPA, almost too much so. Malts make this a little too sweet which I think promotes the overly fruity aspects.

Mouthfeel: Very, very juicy. Super refreshing, in a wake up and have some orange juice kind of way.

Overall: Good, but too much fruit juice for me.

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.