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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 141
Gots: 226 | 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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Photo of Kaiser777
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.

Kaiser777, May 27, 2010
Photo of JamesS
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.

JamesS, May 27, 2010
Photo of Beejay
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.

Beejay, May 26, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
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.

hustlesworth, May 26, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, May 25, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
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.

Lolli1315, May 25, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

BB1313, May 25, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, May 25, 2010
Photo of bound4er
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.

bound4er, May 25, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for West Virginia's popped cap! I can now buy good beers in my home state! 12oz bottle from Capitol Market in Charleston, best by 7/18/10.

Pours into a beer mug with a brassy straw hue. Torrents of carbonation interrupt thousands of yeast particles which impart a dark haze on the body. Up top, the head is creamy and eggshell white in color, and retains very well. Thick lacing left behind on the glass. Tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) from the yeast mingle with an earthy, herbal hoppiness that smells a bit grassy at times. Some citrus in the background of the aroma, as is a smallish backbone of caramel malt.

Mmm...I can taste the aggression, but with a name like "Erie Monster", I wouldn't expect this IIPA to do anything BUT come looking for a fight. And it does, hitting the tastebuds with a resinous, piny wallop. Alcohol adds a hit of medicinal off-flavors to the back of the palate, and the malts struggle in vain to keep up with pale & caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is chewy, and a little syrupy, but nicely carbonated and smooth on the finish with a lingering presence of alpha acids and booze. I love how Great Lakes sticks to the traditional brewing practices, but still manages to hit it out of the park with beers like Erie Monster, Blackout Stout, and Nosferatu (among others). Chalk this up as another winner.

wagenvolks, May 25, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub. Pours a golden orange with a thin white head, lots of lacing. Smell is bursting with hops and some type of fruitiness. Taste is of citrus hops, and I think melon. Very sweet, but not as much as some east coast IIPA's. Very drinkable as I finished my glass in just a few minutes.

kwjd, May 24, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded orange bright bodied hue with a large foaming off white cream colored head layers huge with a nice biscuit clouded appearance. Leaves behind chunky sporadic lacing on the sides of my 4.95 pint glass. I like Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH. I couldn't even get a bottle of this down my way and they already had it on tap, nose consists of floral citrus candy coated hops, this stuff is excellent especially for Midwest, Great Lakes region DIPA. Flavor again sugar coated blast of hops I will definitely grab a bottle when I'm able to in order to compare the 2 versions. A touch of clean alcohol and hars bitterness from grapefruit like components but no other off flavors become unbearable throughout the whole drinking experience. Full bodied easy going carbonation body builds with layers of proteins from the malts and hops used here, nothing is offensive in a good way. Drinkability overall when of the best east coast/midwest DIPAs I've come across awesome experience I will find more of this beloved elixir.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Tawny gold in color with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Fresh citrus, sweet malt/honey notes
Taste-Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, fresh, juicy hops that roll over the tastebuds deliciously to the finish.
Overall, aromatic, juicy, fresh and full of flavor. Very drinkable, but beware the Monster's 9.1ABV. Sip and enjoy! Another winner from Great Lakes.

hosehead83, May 24, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. 8/08/10 best-by-date...guessing this was bottled about three months before.

Pours a light, completely-even amber with a soft, bone-white head which leaves a strict ring of lace around the brew.

Scent not quite as bright as expected, but still getting alot of fruitiness, such as peach & mango, to the nose.

Initial sip elicits a sweet, tropical fruit cocktail. Brown sugar & caramel malt come through followed by the bitterness of the hops. Hop is not at the forefront, but instead rounds out the tropical sweetness of the malt.

Even mouthfeel. Full-bodied but not syrupy like others of the style. Hop bitterness only semi-dry and not overly astringent.

Not overly sweet or bitter...never thought I'd find a "balanced" DIPA which didn't skimp on ingredients. Dangerously drinkable, and charters new territory for the style. The best DIPA I've had since Pliny The Elder.

Natural510, May 24, 2010
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trip over to Great Lakes Brewery for a pint (or two) and purchase GLBC's dipa.
The pour is 10oz into a tulip glass.
Honey/yellow color, surprisingly clear for an unfiltered brew.
Nice cream-colored head leaves Belgian lace during tasting.
Heavy floral, fruit aroma; no grapefruit, but pear, peach and honey.
Smooth hops from beginning to end with nice bitter finish. Medium to light body hides substantial ABV.
Overall nice addition to the GLBC stable of brews. I find the hops in their Commodore Perry IPA more to my liking--grapefruit bitter. Could not determine the actual hops, but would guess not Simcoe or anything imparting much bitterness. Being close to the brewery I know this is a favorite of their employees and will be gone before too long.

CaptCleveland, May 23, 2010
Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honored to be the fist in Western NY to review Great Lakes latest. Big props to Pizza Plant for holding an awesome DIPA tasting and being the only place in the area to score some of the Monster. On to the review:

A. Hazy amber/oragnish color with a nice one finger of white head. Not much active carbonation.

S. More fruit than hops here. Citrus, mango, peach, malts, some pine. Hops are there but not as forward as some DIPAs I've had in the past. Great aroma here, very delicious.

T. Once again surprised by what is going on here. Very well balanced for a DIPA. Sweet malts blended with some piny hops, neither one overwhelming the other and blending beautifully. There is a slight smack of booze but at 9% that no shocker. Bitter on the back of the palate. This is very tasty.

M. Is is defiantly a full bodied beer. Thick and robust. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Mild carbonation
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D. Seeing as I had 2 of goblets back to back (1 courtesy of Great Lakes own Ryan) I would say this is a very drinkable DIAP even for the ABV. I can't wait to get my hands on a couple 4pks of this when it hits shelves here next week (hopefully).

Another SUPER solid release from Great Lakes. I have yet to taste a bad beer from this outstanding brewer. This is a very welcome addition to my favorite style of beer and I hope I can get my fill in the limited time it is available.

Pdiddey3d, May 23, 2010
Photo of zimm421
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appears a nice hazy amber to orange color. Has a nice 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

Smells very hoppy, lots of pine and some citrus as well as some malts in the background. The up-front tastes consist of citrus, lots of grapefruit, as well as some pine. There's a good malt balance as well helping to sweeten it up. There's a defined bitterness at then end and in the aftertaste. The alcohol is not too overpowering or even that noticeable, its hidden fairly well. Drinking it at the recommended temp really opens things up, much sweeter and more bitter at the same time making it more balanced.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick, with a decent amount of carbonation. Not too crisp, but feels just about right. Fairly easy to drink, but being at such a high ABV makes it slightly harder. Even though the alcohol is hidden well, it can be slightly difficult to drink. Overall, a great brew, something I'll get as much as I can before it disappears.

zimm421, May 22, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful honey like golden/orange holding up a nice white head.
I get a lot of citrusy grapefruit aroma with some pine notes.
The flavor seem a little off with the bitterness and sweetness acting almost seperately. The flavor doesnt seem to flow very well. Maybe some harsh bitterness from the hops or too rich from the malt.
The mouth feel is just thick like a bitter syrup almost grainy at points.
This beer also hurts in the drinkability from the sweetness and harsh bitterness. It is not something I could comfortably have a few of in a sitting.

JoePat, May 22, 2010
Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/18/10

A: Pours a hazy golden with a moderate foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Fruity hop aroma dominated by citrus.

T: A blast of hops right off the bat. Lots of bitterness with flavors of pine, oak, and citrus. Malt? You won't find it here. A palate scorcher for sure.

M: Full-bodied with high carbonation. A bit rough on the palate with an intense, lingering bitterness.

D: If you like massive hop bombs, this is for you. Looking for even a hint of balance? Stay away.

klewis, May 22, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given a 12 oz bottle by a close friend, best by 8/8/10. Decanted into a pint glass.

Color is a tawny orange, slightly cloudy, with a big foamy white head.

Smells and tastes are really surprising, and in a good way. I expected a hop monster, given the Imperial IPA name, but it was surprisingly sweet. Still very hoppy, but with a grapefruit and bready sweetness at the fore-front.

Medium thickness - good for the style.

Very drinkable. Great balance between the sweet and the hops. I prefer this over GLBC's Commodore Perry.

ndekke39, May 22, 2010
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured slightly cloudy light amber color and formed an off white foam head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, pine and grapefruit. A flavor of hops, pine, grapefruit/citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet with a touch of astringency. A nice beer, not the greatest double ipa, but still a good beer from a consistent brewer.

Wildman, May 22, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, got it from the cooler so hopefully it is as fresh as it possibly can be for me because I'm pretty sure it just arrived to my neck of the woods.

Pours into my pint glass a bright yellow/orange in the Pliny and Hopslam school The head is fluffy and white and leaves some nice lacing.

This one is pure citrus in the smell. The most citrus I have ever smelled in a DIPA.

The flavor continues with the citrus. There a a nice bitterness as well. The hops seem super-concentrated. They give off an acidic sharpness that is more lemon than tomato. The malt is heavy in this one and it provides a semi-leveling sweetness though this one is unanimously hoppy.

The alcohol seems non-existent, another easy drinking DIPA.

This one is pretty good, still is nothing compared to a fresh Hopslam though.

crossovert, May 22, 2010
Photo of rabsten
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like many east coast/midwest hopheads, I've been waiting for this since Great Lakes included it in its annual retailer listing. Described as a very hoppy Imperial IPA in the sales material, I wondered if they were going to surpass their sublime Commodore Perry, or if they even could.

They did.

Lighter amber-to-orange pour into a pint glass, slightly hazy that catches the light and makes the beer almost glow. It doesn't hurt that I'm drinking it as the sun sets and when I hold the glass up to that, they match. Nice. Big orange-tinged, finely-bubbled head that never goes away, providing both a soft initial drink and constant gassing off of the wonderful hop aroma. Lacing all down the glass.

Floral hop aroma dominates in a mouth-watering manner. Slight citrus undertone.

Taste: just like the aroma - funny how that happens so often with a well made beer. Big floral hop up front, grapefruit finish. Some warmth from alcohol but no burn. Very, very nice indeed.

Smooth upfront mouthfeel, with slight acidic finish, not unlike grapefruit juice. Hmmm, citrus aroma, grapefruit flavor, and now this...nah, they wouldn't have. Surely not.

Highly drinkable. Only the big alcohol number keeps this from being a five.

Expy date is 07/10/10. Less than 2 months away for a beer that's just now being released. IOW, it's fragile, a fleeting entry in the I2PA field. Elusive as the monster whose name it bears. Get it whist you can. You'll be happy you did.

rabsten, May 21, 2010
Photo of dancinwillie
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange and hazy. Lots of floaters in the liquid and it's topped by an impressively dense beige head.

Smells like I'm at a brewery. Aroma of cracked grains and malted barley mingle with a citrus presence. The aroma almost reminds me of a citrusy American Wheat Ale, like New Glarus' Crack'd Wheat. At any rate, it smells very good.

At first sip, it seems the citrus nose was a good preview. Lots of candied orange and grapefruit flavor. Nice strong bitterness from the hops as well. A little boozy at first, but that observation seemed to fade upon subsequent sips. And the malt, while present, is somewhat pushed to the background. The deeper I get into this glass, the better this beer tastes! The booze facet has disappeared, and the malt is somewhat more assertive, though still a bit shy for the style (or at least my personal interpretation of style guidelines.)

Slick mouthfeel, and full bodied. This is a nice afternoon sipper.

Overall drinkability is really quite high for a few reasons. It's tasty; it's ABV won't leave me unconscious after 2; and I have to give respect to GLBC for only using barley, hops, yeast, and water. No gimmicks, just beer. Cheers!

dancinwillie, May 20, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 07-18-10.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produced a good white foamy head with some good retention. Left a bunch of lacing behind in ring formations.

(S)- A dry, yet floral-like citrus. A damp wood-like pine.

(T)- A fresh & crisp floral citrus of lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime. A respectable hop bitterness.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. A great hop kick and a light honey-like sweetness turning the citrus into an almost creamy part. Crisp & refreshing.

(D)- A solid to great DIPA. Has everything you would expect from the style. Not overly bitter, but actually almost creamy with the citrus & malt combo. I could have a few of these, but the 9.1%abv might cause to to stop at 2-3.

sweemzander, May 20, 2010
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.