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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 142
Gots: 230 | 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 +18.2%

davidIPA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Oboogie, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Tucquan, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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

AdamBear, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

dorianmarley, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

HoistinBrews, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mealhouse, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

KCM, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sgoro, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of canoale
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

canoale, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Czar_chasm, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

diehl07, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

egrace84, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of buzzedup
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Very clear. orange honey color

S. very fruity. more fruit than hops on the nose .

T. very crisp. clean, some fruit flavors but the hops are present.

M. very slick in the mouth. good oily feel .

O. this is a very underrated IPA i would put this up against a Doubletrouble or a 90 Min. Has more of a sweet hop taste compaired to a pine tasting IPA. the 9.l ADV is very well masked. this one will sneak up on you on a hot summer day.

buzzedup, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Dethsloth7, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Maseitz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Maseitz, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Billz187
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Billz187, Jun 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jsilva, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

bootdown21, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Three quarters finger of light yellow head that is decently glossy. Body is a clear wheat color that is more orange than yellow.

S - Some banana and clove to go with some smooth hops.

T - Lots of banana now. A bit of an off flavor that I can't pin point. May be just a little past it's prime. Nice orange peel and grapefruit flavors. There is a little booziness to it.

M - Drying with some ok carbonation and body. nothing special.

O - Decent all around, but nothing really stands out apart from the aroma.

RuckusDu, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jak, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mjtiernan, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium amber with an inch of white head that holds to the glass nicely. There is no sediment and the head's half-life is about 30 seconds without swirling. The nose of this beer is a bit of a monster with biting alcohol and pungent citrusy hops. This definitely pushes the DIPA limits with its abv, but could have used more aromatic hops. The taste is mellow with a hearty malt sweetness and complementary hoppiness. This translates to a well balanced, drinkable DIPA, but the alcohol unfortunately puts it over the edge. I can't sit here and relax with a couple 9% IPAs...I can essentially have 1 beer before call it a night if I'm expected to drive anywhere. Therefore, I think this beer could be toned down a bit...while still being big brother to commodore perry.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). Freshness date of July 25, 2012 printed in white ink near the bottom of the label, to the right of the label illustration (“07/25/12 9833GM”).

Appearance (4.0): The head quickly jumps up to about two fingers of off-white head, and takes a very long time to collapse, leaving a rocky, white cap floating on the body and heavy lacing all around the glass. The body, meanwhile, is a crystal-clear orange-golden color, like honey. This is a very attractive beer, thanks in no small part to that lacing.

Smell (4.0): Beautiful, sweet citrus aroma coming out of this first-thing, accompanied by a very unique, dank-like character. The sweetness of the citrus (pineapple, mango) blends smoothly with a sweet caramel note from the malt, which is well-done for the style.

Taste (4.5): This is what I love about Erie Monster: It is legitimately unique, in my opinion. The hops come forward with a very, very interesting mix of spicy and dank, resinous character, shifting into a sweet citrus note that blends well with the caramel malt and picks it up for the ride, before very quickly transitioning to a clean, crisp, very bitter citrus pith character which arrives on the palate and then gives the feeling that it’s expanding to coat the rest of your mouth, thanks to the ABV creeping in there quietly (but ultimately noticeably). This is one of those DIPAs that integrates the alcohol burn into the hop character, too, which is something I look for in the good ones. Smooth, remarkably bitter, and with a full, unique hop flavor, this truly has a great taste.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Almost full-bodied but with an incredibly dry finish, this is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol helps lighten the body on the palate and the hop oils keep your mouth feeling satisfied—a really great mix here. Carbonation is moderate, but lush.

Overall (4.5): I love this beer. If you’ve read this far into the review, it may not come as a surprise at this point but I think this is a seriously underrated DIPA from a very good brewery. Erie Monster is a seasonal release that I look forward to every year. I understand if it’s not a “top-tier” DIPA for most people—it is on the sweet side for West Coast fetishists and almost nothing could pack the aroma or blinding bitterness of something like Heady—but what I love about this beer is that I can’t think of anything else exactly like it. So, great job, Great Lakes! This is my favorite beer from this brewery, without a doubt.

fmccormi, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mark5252, Jun 20, 2012
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.