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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 138
Gots: 181 | FT: 2
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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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jampics2

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ my house! I was lucky enough to score a 1/6bbl for the kegerator thanks to Corey @ Rozi's. On tap and kicking ass!!

Off the tap into my Founders snifter. Pours a brilliant copper orange color with great head an lacing. A bit darker than some DIPA's but wonderful and technically perfect.

Smells of mangoes, pineapple, and orange courtesy of the citrus hops. Great caramel candy malt backs it up. Well balanced in it's extremity.

Taste is awesome. This is a better batch than the one that hit bottles last year. The malt is less sickly sweet. Instead, it has a wonderful mango, peach, and pine hoppy bitterness backed with caramel and slightly toasty malt. Superb job this time, boys, I like the new recipe. It's been tweaked just perfectly.

Mouthfeel is sticky and slick. Nice carb but the body is just a touch too heavy for my liking.

Drinkability is good. I can put a few down, but I need help with this keg. Anyone want to come over this weekend and lend a hand? All you can drink ;)

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 22:18:01 | More by jampics2
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moosiz

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into Tulip this brew presents a pillowy cloud of suds atop a glowing golden/orange base. Nice head retention and moderate carbonation are also noted. lots of fine sediment in suspension. Lacing is slippery but leaves some good abstract art on the glass.

Real nice hoppy resinous aroma(straight citron) in the nose backed closely by sweet malty bread and the alcohol finishes out the whiff.

So well balanced. Sweet and bitter mingle perfectly on the tastebuds. again the alcohol is in the background with a nice warming finish.

Slick, creamy mouthfeel upfront with a ever so slight drying effect out the back.

Dispicably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 21:28:59 | More by moosiz
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spritepo

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review -

The aroma of the beer is somewhat disappointing since I expected something hoppy. However, after tasting, the taste is quite complex with fusion of different tastes. The drink will make you trying to figure out the flavors and it will be enjoyable for hours. The color is copper but with little head. It is a great drink to enjoy on a hot summer night.

The taste is quite intruging as I am able to taste combination of hops with a little of honey in it.

Overall, it is a great drink and it is a must during a hot summer night!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:00:51 | More by spritepo
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

growler from party town in florence,ky. what a great place. poured into a dfh style snifter, nice orange color with a moderate head that left some nice lacing.

not super bitter for an imperial ipa. bit of a herbal/spicy hop flavor comes through at first, bit of caramel sweetness, followed by some tropical fruity hop flavor comes through in the end. straight dry bitterness lingers for awhile. some of the yeast flavor comes through as well throughout,somewhat mineral-y is the best way i can describe it.bit of alcohol warmth comes through in the end.

somewhat light bodied. kinda fit the flavor of the beer. pretty drinkable though.at 10.99 for a growler it's insanely hard to beat,but i don't think i'd buy a 4 pack.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2010 02:13:39 | More by wyattshotmaker
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HopCrazy

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer. At 1st I thought it was a bit too sweet, but I came around to really appreciate the balance and complexities that make this beer an amazing brew. The aroma is a lot more subtle than I expected. Orange peel and spearmint. A little on the sweet side at 1st but then as it goes down the hops take control and the finish ends up bitter. This is a party for all areas of your tongue really. The flavors are very nice. I can't help but to think of mainly apricot, then grapefruit, tangerine and grassy garlic, with powdered sugar coating and alcohol warmth on a canvas of toasted malts. I don't know how to explain it except that I love this beer and will definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:13:17 | More by HopCrazy
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bierenutz

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden amber color with a dense head less than a finger's width leaving nice lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops and malt primarily with strong notes of orange and less of grapefruit and honey.
T-Sweet citrus and honey flavors meld nicely with the strong hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste and finish are primarily hops but I find my mouth watering and wanting more.
M-It has a creamy full body feeling with moderate carbonation and the bite/tingling of the hops at the finish.
D-Nice IIPA. I think I'll have the other I bought and then buy a 6'r tomorrow for next weekend.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:11:19 | More by bierenutz
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Andrewtherooster

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer a pours a translucent dark copper, head quickly dissipating to a small ring around the edge and a nice in the middle.

The aroma of the beer is very subtle. I had a hard time smelling much of it, which I was expecting a lot more. I was expecting it to smell dry-hopped, but it doesn't. What I do smell is good--Some orange peel, coriander, cardamom, and other spicy hop characteristics. I'm not saying I think these spices are in the beer. I think these aromas are coming solely from the hops.

As for the taste, it's sweet and caramelly up front. You get some fruity hop character--mango and papaya. The beer bitters as it stays in the mouth, going from that sweetness, to a more earthy or grassy hop flavor. I'm getting hints of arugula, spinach, kale--really big, bitter, grassy vegetable character. There's a steady walnut-like malt presence bracing all of these hops.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a bigger body than other DIPAs. Very little carbonation. Seems to fit the beer very well.

I would easily drink this beer again. It quenched my thirst and my hop-desire substantially. It seems to be a nice hybrid between the ultra-citrusy/floral DIPAs and those of a more grassy or earthy nature. While it's not my favorite DIPA, it's definitely solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 15:25:24 | More by Andrewtherooster
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cooncat

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Lina's in Painesville, OH. $9.99 for a 4 pack. Drink by date of 8-10-10.

Poured at fridge temp into my SA glass. A vigorous pour produced enough head that I had to sip some down to empty the bottle. A good two fingers of head that's leaving solid rings of lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is apricot in color, with good clarity.

The nose is a bit disappointing ... where is it? For a DIPA, the nose is decidedly underwhelming. I can't even give you a description, its so light.

The taste is pretty classic East coast/ Midwest IIPA. Very much hop forward, there is a bitterness that tastes like Chinook, but may be Northern Brewer (one of Great Lakes' favorite hop types). The balance could be Cascade or perhaps even Columbus or Centennial. Pretty strong malt background to balance things, with a sweetness that balances the hop bitternes, in much the same way as DFH 90 minute does. Mouthfeel is medium-full .. not quite chewy, but big enough for a DIPA. As for drinkability, I would say its good ... if your intention is to get hammered. Its always tough for me to give high marks to a big beer for that reason. Nevertheless, I could see doing 2 or 3 of these for a session (an "at home" session).

Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries. They consistently strive to hit the 'middle of the road' of BJCP style guidelines, and "Monster" is no exception. Recommended ... especially if you dig balanced IIPAs.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 00:14:35 | More by cooncat
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a copper/amber color, with a beautiful head going strong. This one looks tasty.

The usual hoppy aromas...notes of citrus, sweet cream, grass, wheat, and more hops.

Bitter in the taste up front...taste like a stronger version of Commodore Perry, which is a solid beer. Some nutty flavors in the finish...walnut, maybe? Alcohol is pretty present...but doesn't stick around and linger long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is bitter...this one has a nice bitter bite to it. It's slightly astringent, but mellows out nicely.

In terms of drinkability, if this were a bit lighter on the alcohol and still as strong on the bitterness, it would be very drinkable. However, I feel that the nice balance that Commodore has is lost in this, what seems like a souped up Commodore, IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 22:44:58 | More by movingtrain
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Isn't it about time we see a Great Lakes Imperial IPA widely distributed? Comparisons to Commodore Perry immediately come to mind.

The beer pours a deep golden, light amber color with ample carbonation and protein to build a froathy and formitable white head. Great lacing and a mild haze round out the look of the beer.

Sharp aromas of complex hop compounds (citrus, resin, garlic, grasses, and a subtle catty tone) gives a rustic and earthy twist to the otherwise clean citrusy scent. Sweeter confectionate sugars seem to have a cotton candy impact on the scent.

Flavors of those malts are ample enough to balance the hop attack. Powdered sugar flavored malts set the sweet tone while the earthy/grassy/citrusy hops leap off and garner attention from mid palate towards the finish. Alcoholic flavors of acetone capture the hop flavor but also give a nail polish-like flavor to the beer, seemingly somewhat soapy. Any esters are moderate or light and largely get lost in the hops.

Medium weighted and sweet to the palate early on. But eventually the hops and alcohols rise to the occation and provide a malty-dry feel very late in the finish. Somewhat minty and cool with the alcohols, the beer has a return bitterness in aftertaste.

Could this beer be a scaled up Commodore Perry? Very possibly so. However, the grassy/garlic/catty notes were not found in the former but are all present here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 07:54:37 | More by BEERchitect
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mondegreen

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Deep opaque amber with a very large head on a hard pour. The foam falls into a rocky layer atop the beer, leaving lots of sticky lacingon the side of the tulip.

S: This beer smells very unique. It is as unique as Oskar Blues Gubna, but nowhere near as potent. I'm getting tart fruit aromas, borderlining on funk. The smell builds anticipation. Just what will this concoction taste like?

T: Very very bitter up front. Trying to see through the bitterness, I get to the sweet fruits. It's an interesting dispay of flavors. I'm getting citrus type fruits, orange and maybe even a little kiwi. The bitterness is lingering and intense in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated. The mouhfeel helps cut the bitterness to let the sweet flavors come through.

D: This is a deep, flavorful beer that begs to be explored. Definitely not my favorite DIPA, but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 02:04:47 | More by mondegreen
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After eagerly awaiting this local Cleveland Imperial IPA offering, I anxiously cracked this one open and poured it into an oversized snifter. It poured the color of pure amber, with a creamy 1/2" white head that reduced to skim of froth on top.

The smell was unlike any other IIPA I've had. While there were some hops, I also smelled clover honey, and a definite fresh fruit smell, maybe pear or apricot. Starts out exceptionally smooth, sweet, and a little fruity, similar to a barleywine. After a second of letting this linger in the mouth, it fades to a biting bitterness that tarts the tongue.

This beer has an excellent mouthfeel, smooth, warming, and tasty, leaving the tongue tingling. If it weren't a monster in the alcohol content, I'd have another tonight! Another seasonal winner from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:07:11 | More by TheHoppiest
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to get hooked up with a few bottles of this down in Columbus from Jaimie at From the Vine. It proved surprisingly hard to track these down even in Ohio, so I was excited to give it a try.

Appearance- Pours a deep shade of translucent orange amber into my snifter. I only get about a finger of slightly orange-ish head off of a fairly aggressive pour though, and it dies back in short order to some thin patches across the top. Some beading carbonation in the body of the beer but no real lacing.

Smell- A nice nose of both fruity and piney hop resin. To me, it smells heavily of orange preserves or marmalade, followed thereafter by a pretty strong dose of pine needle. Some sweet malt seems evident on the finish as well.

Taste- The orange marmalade flavors start off the show and to me taste very much like fresh orange preserves. This is followed up with some very bitter pine needle that finishes on a somewhat aspirin-like note as the beer goes down. As the beer warmed, it became somewhat sweeter with a bit more of the sweet caramel flavors from the malt showing through. That being said, it remained quite bitter and hop dominated.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was solid, slick, and well carbonated and for 9.1%, the beer went down quite easily. Could probably have had a second one in the sitting but definitely would have felt it after.

Overall, a very solid DIPA and definitely noticeable as the big brother of Commodore Perry. I liked it but was not blown away. Thought it was a solid offering that I would have again if readily available but probably won't go far out of the way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 21:56:26 | More by boatshoes
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BeerVikingSailor

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh 4 pak purchased at Mustard Seed Market in Montrose / Akron, fresh from the Distributor truck same day delivered...poured into GLBC pint glass....

Have eagerly anticipated this one for the past few weeks, and was not disappointed one bit...

Poured a beautiful caramel amber, with thick fluffy head and great lacing on the glass; this beer smells terrific and tastes even better! This one has big upfront citrus tropical flavors, nice hop and sweet malt balance, not overwhelming with the hops like some IPA / DIPA's I have had lately...the finish is just perfect for this style...not too sweet and not too puck-up bitter.

The 9% alcohol is well hidden, until I realized I was drinking this one a bit too fast, just delicious! Easy to see why so many good things are said about this nicely done Imperial IPA...just watch it if you drink too quickly on an empty stomach, this monster will bite!

World class DIPA, no slouch in comparison to many others out there, will be picking up several more 4 paks of this one before it disappears until next year! A great value at $9.99 / 4 pk! Nicely done, Great Lakes! Cool new label this year, with Bessie, the Lake Erie (Beer) Monster! Cleveland rocks!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 17:54:31 | More by BeerVikingSailor
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adamette

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought earlier today as a part of a 4-pack from Lena's Beverage in Painesville for $9.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Printed on the side of the glass: For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 08/10/10 6829DM.

A Light caramel colored body which is on the translucent side but a bit murky under a great looking 3 inch, creamy white head. Significant lacing left on the glass after repeated sips gets extra credit from me. 4.5

S Tropical fruits of pineapple, maybe some mango and maybe even some ripe orange smells make this one of the best smelling beers that I have encountered, if for no other reason due to its uniqueness. What I do not smell is the overbearing hops that I sometimes find in Great Lakes beers like the ones that completely ruin Great Lakes Nosferatu, a terrible smelling beer. This one is interesting, inviting, heck, even inspiring! 5.0

T The taste is really consistent with the smell at first and then, from the back of my tongue in the aftertaste comes a strong, bitter hops taste that lingers well into the aftertaste, sure to please any hop head. Are they Centennial Hops? I am only recently beginning to understand the different hop flavors but my guess is that they are. What a great, balanced tasting beer with that great tropical fruit, sweetness in the front followed, like a wave hitting the shore of Lake Erie, by the hops that one expects from an Imperial IPA. 5.0

M Appropriately big, thick, syrupy sweet and organically bitter. The syrupy sweetness is in front with the tropical tastes and the bitterness is in the later taste with the hops. 4.0

D Not that good, with the high ABV, huge tastes but I savored every drop. 3.5

Notes: This is really the epitome of a BeerAdvocate beer in that it delivers in all areas except for drinkability. What I mean is that I will enjoy one of these per day but only this one, in keeping with my motto of "Drink less, Drink better." Really though, this is one great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 07:07:53 | More by adamette
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Beer Trappe while in Lexington. Pours orange amber with a nice fluffy head.

Smells of lots of citrus, some pine, and all manner of hoppy goodness.

Sweet up front with some citrus, pine, and a dry hoppy kick.

Nice body in the mouth with good carbonation.

This is very drinkable. I only wish I had it at home.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 02:20:59 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Kaiser777

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Off to the Great Lakes to tackle the Lake Erie Monster!

A- Very beautiful to the eye with a amber look with hints of a cloudy orange in the beer that releases tiny bubbles that float slowly to the thick almost yellowish foam that has thick bubbles that stick around for a decent amount of time, and a nice thick lace that stays glued to the glass as you drink it.

S- It had hints of orange, grape fruit, that you can tell is full of hops with just a quick smell, which of course sould be being a IPA, also I can get a slight hint of hazel nut.

T- Very delicious and satisfying, with a beautiful blend of hops and citrus, that sets on the tounge with such a delightful taste that it might be one of my favorite IPAs I have ever tasted, to bad it's seasonal cause I could drink this beer all year round.

MF- One word unbeliveable, with the first sip I took I let it set in my mouth then swirled it around and wow, the citrus was like an explosine of fruityness with just the right amount of bitterness which you expect from an IPA.

D- Like I said before I could drink this year round and trough out the night, but being a 9.0 ac/vl you only need a few, but not to say that you could drink these trough out the evening because it is a perfect sipping beer which I have a major respect for, so thanks to one of the home town favorites for brewing such wonderful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:10:00 | More by Kaiser777
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JamesS

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice mid copper color with some nice initial head and a bit of lacing. Excellent scent, a very grassy hop aroma with a wonderful deep malt backing. Huge flavor, a great huge thick deep malt sweetness with a wonderful hop profile: excellent grapefruit at the beginning turning into a bitter pine at the end, and lingering for a long time. Good mouth feel, deep and rich, with just a bit of roughness from the hops. Excellent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:20:02 | More by JamesS
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Beejay

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy orange-brown. Nice full head on this thing, and it is lasting. Looks real nice.

S: Sweet and fruity, grapefruit, some grassy scents, and tropical fruits. I would guess that a lot of the hop aroma is from Amarillo, but who knows. Not so much malt, but the hops are graceful, and tempting.

T: Tropical fruits, a very crisp bitterness, and a lovely malt backbone. Delicate, and delicious with hop flavor that doesn't back down. Fantastic balance.

M: Slightly oily, or syrupy. Medium bodied, and fairly well carbonated, however this does not detract from the experience.

D: Just a delicious, well put together brew. Good balance, nice hop flavor without burning your tongue off with hops. Very enjoyable, and the alcohol is very well hidden. World class.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:14:04 | More by Beejay
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big ups to kaiser777 for picking this up from the brewery

A- very nice hazy peachy orange with golden highlights and very very fine rising bubbles shining through the murk. foam is orange tinted ivory in color and doesn't have that usual wrinkly shriveled top skin that other hop monsters do. looks great anyhow and leaves gobs of sticky crusty hoppy lace as it settles. head holds tight at a dense 1/4in thick disk til the end of the glass.

S- an explosion of tropical fruits. mostly pineapple and mango with grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, and lime in the background. some serious pineapple here. who knows what kind of hops are in here but i'm guessing one is amarillo. some pale toasty and caramel malt barely push through the wall of hops, but there is a distinct balancing sweetness,

T- major citrus and fruit flavor with a sneaky zesty puckering bitterness that gradually increases from sip to swallow. overall this beer is herbal and fruity with a nice caramel sweetness that takes the citrus flavor from raw bitter rinds to something more akin to canned fruit in syrup.. plus a piney bitterness. pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango, cedar, tomato, oregano, lemon pith. finishes with a numbing resinous bitterness that lingers on the tongue forever, blasting away any sweetness. residual bitterness however can be somewhat brash and unforgiving leaving astringent and fuel like qualities on the palate.

MF- full and creamy-oily-soft with tight exfoliating carbonation. definitely one of the most plush and enjoyable feels of any IPA or DIPA that i've ever experienced. goes from juicy and soft to dry and puckering in a flash and begs to be sipped deeper just to roll off and dry out again and the cycle continues.

D- that being said, the D for this monster is greatly increased by the mouthfeel alone. i've had better DIPAs as far as flavor content and balance are concerned, but this one may be the most intriguing. its like that girl that likes you until you start liking her then she flips the script. you say ahh dang that smells so great and feels so nice to drink but then pow you have this sticky resinous mess and the only remedy is another big sip and before you know it, the monster is gone, deep into the abyss of the belly. then, even though there is not one shred of evidence to the 9.1%abv, you just did the equivalent of shotgunning 2 budweisers, my friend, and the monster rises its serpentine head once more from the depths to bite you firmly on your drunken ass. thanks GLBC for finally making this one available.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:13:12 | More by hustlesworth
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a word, balance. A full mouthfeel, and a meal in itself. Enjoyed on tap at Pizza Plant Transit, post-extreme beer fest. Orange-Peachy colour, with lace sheets. Fruity aroma.Some pineapple flavours.Complex and thorough melange of hops, a bit much to drain to cup. Very fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 21:33:35 | More by Sammy
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy orange color with about a finger and a half of white head with some noticeable splotches on top but held quite well. Sticky on the side of the glass adds to the appearance as some sediment can be seen floating in the glass.

S- Smell of a sweet caramel malt sticks out the most as it momentarily switches to touches of resins and pine and earthy hops. Slight amounts of orange pops in and out of the profile.

T- The sweet malt dominates the front of the beer more than would be expected out of a double I.P.A. Fades into an earthy hop tone with that is not as large as may be expected, but still refreshing and smooth. With the hop taste subtle citrus available but certainly not dominating. Back end of the beer returns to the malty profile and ending with slight bitterness and modest detection of alcohol.

M- Medium slightly syrupy/chewy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

D- Not quite the palate killer of most double I.P.A.s making this a much more approachable double I.P.A.

Notes: If you are looking for a huge hop bomb then you will be surprised. This double I.P.A. is more malty, but still very refreshing. Nice switch from some of the other double I.P.A.s that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:43:10 | More by Lolli1315
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BB1313

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Best by date is 8/10/10. Pours a beautiful light golden orange, shines through, no haze. Despite little head and ok lacing, this beer is beautiful looking. Smells like Commodore Perry! The aromas are juicy and full of mango and melon. Malts are present in the nose as well. The taste is very bitter and malty, English influence on this one IMO. Fuggle hops shine. Pine is very present along w/ resin, a little spicy. The harsh bitterness clearly dominates everything that's going on. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, it's on the heavier side of medium-bodied, carbonation is there. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, makes a nice sipper. Pretty hot and the warmth is there. The drinkability is okay, but more than one could be pushing it for me.

This beer reminds me of Commodore Perry to a tee, the characteristics are identical, Lake Erie Monster is just more amped up. I personally would take Commodore Perry over this all day. This is a very solid beer, but I feel a little let down. I was expecting more. Not bad at all, I guess it just comes down to what you look for in a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:48:02 | More by BB1313
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dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12OZ bottle at about cellar temperature. best before date of 7-18-2010.

pours a cloudy golden orange amberish color with a big 3 fingers of off white head. fades to a thin layer which stays for awhile. tons of foamy sticky lace. that seems to be everywhere on the glass.

not a huge hop aroma, but its there. alcohol noticable as well as some caramel malt sweetness. resiny, piney, grassy hops are somewhat noticable, mostly grassy. kind of surprising for this big, well tasting DIPA.

really well balanced taste. lots of tasty caramel malt sweetness that so smoothly blends with resiny, piney, tropical fruity hops. pienapple definatly noticable, as well as a little grassy. hints of alcohol noticable throughout. finishs resiny with a lingering hop bitterness. i really love the hop flavors in this, soo good.

great mouthfeel, oh so smooth and almost velvety. medium to heavy body. resiny on the palate.

for as big a beer as it is, its really goes down easy. i could definatly have a couple of these in a session, if it wasnt for the big ABV. this is a great new beer from a great brewery, get it if you can. goes to show the east coast has got it goin on too when it comes to big ipas.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:11:56 | More by dogfishandi
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12 ounce bottle with best by date of 7/18/10.

A. Huge white head on top of a light amber to dark straw colored liquid. Copious carbonation bubbles rise from bottom of glass. Nice lacing present.

S. Sweet malt and faint citrus hops. Not as expressive on the nose as I thought it would be.

T. This has DIPA written all over the taste - some balancing malt followed by a big shot of hop bitterness and a hit of warming alcohol. Good lingering bitterness on the finish.

M. Nice feel here - not too light or heavy with adequate carbonation.

D. Good for a DIPA but I am not dying for another one. Nice effort here from GLB and happy to have tried this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:46:51 | More by bound4er
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