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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 150
Gots: 237 | 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:
"An imperial india pale ale"

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004)
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Photo of Tballz420
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker gold colored brew, pretty clear but certainly some haze. Small white head. Scent is hop nectar, hop juice, and hop syrup. Nice think malty start, very well blended hops, which are certainly large but not overwhelming. Spicy alcohol. Much thinner bodied than i would have thought. Certainly about the hops, but its not overloaded like a lot of the IIPAs. Good brew.

Tballz420, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve! I was really impressed with this one.

A: Pours a golden orange with a slight chill haze and tons of off-white head that laces and sticks to the glass like crazy.

S: Really nice spicy citrus and tropical fruits, with a definitive malt backbone. The hops are front center with a lot of sharp bittersweet citrus fruit esters. The alcohol is noticable.

T: Slightly more subdued hop presence that's covered by a good amount of sweet malt, but not too sweet. Asfar as the hops, the grapefruit really hits the tongue first. The bitterness hits too but it never gets close to where it is on other DIPA's. Pretty quaffable but the alcohol is still noticeable.

MF: More wet than dry, this is definitely a midwest offering in the MF category. Alcohol cuts thru the body and lowers the score a touch.

O: I mentioned the alcohol a few times, and although it wasn't completely distracting it kept me from giving this a higher score. Still a great tasting DIPA.

Scotchboy, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of chilidog
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome DIPA attempt, well done.
Pours golden orange. Nice white head with fair lace.

Aroma of citric hop, spice and grapefruit.

Taste of sweet malts, grapefruit, raw citric with a nice alcohol hint.

Very smooth on the mouth and drinkable. The abv is up as the big drink goes down. Suttle abv while drinking but does sneak apon you nicely.

chilidog, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of b3shine
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft to pint. Looks good, but more orange than normal for a DIPA. Smells great; hops and grapefruit. Tastes okay; nothing like it smells. The 9.1% is overly noticeable. Hot. You can taste hops and grapefruit, but it's second-fiddle to the alcohol. Mouthfeel is fine, but nothing to write home about. I'm definitely disappointed. The only thing good about this beer is its smell.

b3shine, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack Erin brought back from Ohio. Best by 9/6/11, I think they were released last month.

Appearance: A beautiful golden orange with a thick fluffy head that leaves absurdly thick and sticky lacing.

Smell: Sharp grapefruit and spicy, earthy hops notes. There's a sweet maltiness and a bit of caramel. Not the hop bomb I expected, and very sweet smelling.

Taste: Biting, pithy citrus bitterness from start to finish combined with a sugary sweet malt profile. This doesnt lead to balance, just too much sweetness and bitterness, all without a great hops flavor profile-- very earthy, like some fungus on wet bark along with the citrus pith, some pine needles, and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Its weird how something can be so sweet and still feel dry. This beer has a great soft mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

Overall: This beer could be a lot better. I did enjoy it a lot more than my review would suggest though. A very sweet DIPA with a funky mix of hops.

rapidsequence, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at The Party Source yesterday and the best by date is 8/11. It pours a bright gold in color with a one finger bright head. It poured light in body and poured clean and translucent. It smells of light.and muted pineapple with a touch of pale Malta and honey. It tastes of muted pineapple and light citrus hops with a moderately bitter finish. It drinks well for the content and drinks light and not overly dry. It's solid and worth a try.

aasher, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rare treat to see on tap at the rook wood pub!

Pours a ver pretty hazy yellow orange. Almost golden. A nice touch of white head. Smells incredibly hoppy with tons of pine on the nose. Not a particularlyleseant aroma as o find it unbalanced. The taste is much better. Lots of pine and bitterness. Its surprising.y much better on tap then out of the bottle. Very pleasant

Urbancaver, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of bright citrus fruit: tangerines, oranges, lemons, and hints of grapefruit. This is one vibrant smelling beer. The taste has all of the fruit of the aroma with the addition of some nice herbal and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good DIPA that I will surely drink again.

KarlHungus, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear, golden amber/orange color with a finger of sticky, off-white head.

S- Wow, big blast of citrus (grapefruit and orange) with grassy, pine resin-ey hops. Sweet light malt flavor follows on the end with some definitely noticeable alcohol. The aroma really just jumps out of the glass at you.

T- Similar to the nose, bold citrus flavors are dominant nearly throughout. Hops are pretty strong as well, but not overpowering, they hang on and leave a long, grassy, pine bitter finish. Malty sweetness is also pretty noticeable. Alcohol becomes more noticeable in the finish as the beer warms up, but it isn't really that noticeable for 9.10%ABV.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation is on the average to low side.

O- A very good IIPA, balances its flavors very well and doesn't beat you over the head with alcohol. It's sweet, but for an IIPA isn't anything too unusual, definitely worth a try if you can find it.

WillCarrera, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice filtered golden with very little head.

smell is sweet as expected with an imperial but with strong piny hops as well.

taste is sweet with less hoppy bitterness as expected given the smell.

mouth is medium-thick with good carbonation.

drinkability is really good for an iipa which are normally too sweet for my taste.

mryuk, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of marcobrau
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with little to no head. Smells....kinda weird...slight bit of apricot, slightly flowery but mostly plastic. Tastes a bit better; very peppery-spicy hops. Juicy, pithy orange up front followed by rather harsh bitterness that smoothes out over time. Quite strong. There's another very beguiling flavor that I can't quite pin down in the middle; it's not bad, but not necessarily good...it's a tropical flavor, maybe papaya. A complex and somewhat mysterious IPA that might go well with some Southeast Asian cuisine.

marcobrau, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12pz bottle thanks to Nishino, appreciate it. Yellow color, bubbly with a foamy white head. It smells hoppy it something is slightly off to me. My friend said Amarillo but who knows. The taste was hopped up but there was this sweetness that I just could not get past no matter how hard I tried.

ArrogantB, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden copper colored with a lingering, whitish head. Moderate lacing.

S - Piney, resinous hops up front, followed by a subtle bready malt smell. Light boozy alcohol in the aroma. Otherwise clean.

F/M - Bready and slightly grainy malt flavors with a big resinous/piney hop flavor. Light citrus. Moderately firm bitterness. Definite boozy flavor with a slight astringency. Dry finish and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little warming in the throat.

O - Pretty good, but the alcohol flavors are a little detracting and the resinous character is a little too firm for my taste. But still pretty good drinking on a Thursday night.

domtronzero, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange with a two inch head. Leaves plently of lacing.

S- Lot's of malt sweetness upfront with some grass, hay, honey and some citrus and floral hops.

T- Caramel malt sweetness with some floral hops, grapefruit and orange zest. Finishes slightly boozy.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly oily and a sweetness that sticks around.

O- Pretty sweet for a DIPA, but an interesting brew nonetheless. It's slighly boozy as well which hurts the overall taste of the beer. Overall, a pretty solid seasonal offering from Great Lakes.

iadler, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of bigdeuce
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific pour. Really tight head with a foggy, light copper color. Absolutely great looking brew. Has a nice hoppy nose, with all kinds of malty back. Very strong beer, yet very smooth. Very sticky beer, including the lacing down the glass. Lots of hops that are mellowed down by the amounts of phenomenal malt in the beer. Very easy to drink, almost too easy. Reminds me of what a great double IPA is supposed to be. Excellent beer, I wish I had more than 4!

bigdeuce, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey color into my Sam imperial pint glass. AA solid fingers worth of white foam head. Sticky lacing remains. Sweet citrus up front. Notes of pine and hops. Smells really sweet. Taste is sweet but not quite as much as the smell. Pine and hop are far more prominent in the sip. Complete roll reversal to the smell. It feels like it is going to have that dry cut in your mouth but it just never happens. Backend of the sip is fairly bitter and some slight alcohol warmth. Noticeable but not taking away from the overall experience.

Overall this is a quality product. Some hop oil on the tongue would have been a welcome compliment. While the taste is good, I gave it a slight knock due to the sweetness. Definitely one of the sweeter dipa's I've had to date.

TheDudeRules, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to nasty31 for this

pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden with a hint of orange. big thick fluffy head.

bits of mostly tropical citrus and a hint of booze. the nose was its weakest aspect.

lots of hop flavor. a nice mixture of pine bitterness, earthy resin, and slight citrus. very nice backing malt backbone. a nice amount of booze.

very full bodied with a nice carbonation that tickles the tongue.

overall, very good. booze comes out a bit more than id like but drinkable and interesting.

hooliganlife, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter. Bought a 4 pack at D'Vines for $11 plus tax.

Appearance (3): Pours a fairly clear orange or light amber with some gold around the edges. A finger of fizzy head quickly dissipates to just a ring and a small patch. Very little lacing.

Smell (4.5): Simply phenomenal. Bursting with citrus aromas such as grapefruit, sweet mango, and passion fruit. Maybe a touch of pine, but mostly bright citrus notes. There is a little bit of a caramel back bone, but it is barely perceivable amidst the fruity pummeling. A touch of ethanol once it warms keeps it from a 5.

Taste (3.5): Much of the same fruity citrus from the nose, but not as floral and a bit more muddled. There is a lot of very strong flavors here, and it's almost too much. The big citrus of lemon, grapefruit, and orange hit first and then stay through the middle as well. There is a good amount of bitterness in the middle through the finish which balances well with the slightly sweet caramel that comes though here. The finish is a bit sweet and bitter, with a fair amount of ethanol as well. The flavors up front are quite enjoyable, but the residual sweetness and the booziness on the back end make it less enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (2.5): It is mostly slick with a bit of cloying sweetness hanging around the end. Medium to full bodied and medium to low carbonation. There's not a whole lot going on here except for alcoholic fumes hat linger unfortunately.

Overall (4): This beer has a lot of potential and is much better on draft if I recall correctly. The citrus notes are phenomenal but I feel it's a bit too sweet for not being very balanced. The boozy 9% is not well hidden and makes this much less drinkable.

grover37, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is a hazy light orange, with medium, off-white head.

S: Aroma is relatively mild for a DIPA with notes of citrus, spruce, and a general sweetness perhaps of candy.

T: Taste is similar with the citrus hops dominating but also with a strong pine component moving into a muted sweetness.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and a bitter moving into sweet finish.

O: This is a decent DIPA but definitely not part of the elite.

kjc51478, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Dogfish Head style pint glass

A - Some white head formed during the pour; dissipated rather quickly; hazy golden colored body formed; some carbonation was visible

S - Pine and subtle citrus notes; caramel; hints of buttery biscuit; orange and floral notes; high ABV come sup rather quickly

T - Citrus; pine comb on our tongue; fruity & herbal notes on your palate, which were rather soft

M - Thin with some light effervescent feel; crisp and clean

D - Good drink; solid balance of malt and hop ingredients; didn't feel like a heavy imperial IPA and could be a great beer to match for food pairings

ferrari29, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 4 August 2011. Since the brewery's website says its shelf life is 90 days, I'll take that to mean it was bottled in early May.

Pours a bright orangey amber, almost clear. Half-finger whitish head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell is strong resiny pine hops, followed by some citrus (grapefruit) hops. I can't smell the malt, but I can pick up its presence. The hops are center stage, but they don't feel like they're alone. Smell is good, but not super complex, and not super potent.

Flavor is much what I expect: it starts out strong and malty, fairly sweet, with a nice bit of caramel malt, then on comes the bitterness of the hops. The hop flavors are primarily earthy and resiny, not quite as potently piney as they were in the smell. In the finish, the sweetness comes back to contend with the hops for final round. I like balanced IPAs, but I think this one is just too sweet.

Mouthfeel is unique: it feels quite thick, even for a big strong IPA. It has a syrupy, almost sludgy texture. I think some of this has to do with the bitter/sweet flavor combo in the finish; the flavor really sticks to the tongue, and confuses my senses. Medium-low carbonation that momentarily tingles on the tongue but is gone rather quickly. It's so heavy, it almost feels more like an imperial stout than a DIPA. Chewy, and I can't decide if I like it or not. Final verdict: I find it too thick.

A very heavy, rather sweet DIPA. Tasty, but not my favorite example. I'd like more hop character in the flavor, and the sweetness is cranked up way too high.

zeledonia, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Ninjabrew
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad IPA, pretty balanced any drinkable. But I was expecting a lot more flavor and fragrence from something billed as a double IPA, the flavor was just not there but it was nicely balanced like an IPA should be. I really want to know what makes this a double while Stone Ruination is considered a single.

Ninjabrew, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with very little head. A very nice aroma of orange, grapefruit, and wildflowers.

The more IPAs you try, the more they start to blend together in you mind. I am happy to say that this one has a distinct flavor that I have not experienced before (or maybe it's just horribly out of balance and I'm just not very good at this - whatever, I liked it). Your tastebuds are immediately greeted by a quick hit of honey-like sweetness, then there is a splash of hops and spices across your palate. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel is quite creamy and satisfying. It is at this point that the flavor develops a kind of figgy, earthy, jamminess that I can't quite put my finger on. It also has a nice dry finish.

If you are a hophead and you have an opportunity to try this - by all means, go ahead. It's not my favorite IIPA (without putting much thought into it, I think I like 3Floyds Dreadnaught and Founders Double Trouble a little bit better), but it's very, very nice. Cheers!

deadonhisfeet, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster is a very nice double IPA with one or two things I don't like. Could be great if they tweak one or two things.

A: Orange colour and a 2 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Floral hops. It was pleasant but not especially strong smelling. 4

T: Piney hops with some tropical fruit flavours from the yeast. Some unpleasant yeasty flavour comes through in the aftertaste as well as some slight bitterness. 4

M: Foamy and nice. 4.5

O: Nice beer with one or two problems. 4

vandemonian, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter..

A- Amber and sediment infused...obviously unfiltered. Pours with 1+ fingers of off white head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Piny, floral herbal hopiness....a touch of grapefruit....

T- Solid piny, floral bitterness and caramel malt sweetness....finishes with a touch of booze

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium/slightly full feel.

O- Quite good. Solid on all fronts.

Future outlook: Good in every way, but doesn't quite break out in any way...dunno....I'll be happy to have again, but might not rise to the level of being one to seek out given the abundance of great DIPA's available.

DoctorDog, Jun 04, 2011
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.