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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,948 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 133
Gots: 169 | 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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Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-18-2014 03:27:58 | More by Drew966
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-18-2014 01:46:32 | More by adambeforevade
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AnthonyD12

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-18-2014 01:07:50 | More by AnthonyD12
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

07-18-2014 01:06:33 | More by boszormeny
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jallen5076

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-17-2014 23:42:28 | More by jallen5076
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Jknapp72

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-17-2014 21:54:37 | More by Jknapp72
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nealw09

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-17-2014 21:50:35 | More by nealw09
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Freshness date of 7/29/14:

Pours deep golden with a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The aroma of citrus and pine blend with caramelized bread.

The taste is of citrus and pine with a firm caramel-ish sweet backing.

It is robust with a chewy body. Alcohol warmth adds to the richness without masking.

A great example of a DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 19:38:09 | More by jwc215
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Rothobinide

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-17-2014 04:36:45 | More by Rothobinide
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-17-2014 03:13:30 | More by n00blar
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logicalparadox

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-17-2014 02:35:53 | More by logicalparadox
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

07-16-2014 21:43:30 | More by Carpentiere
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Steve_Trick

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-16-2014 03:05:45 | More by Steve_Trick
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A light golden orange with good clarity. Two inches of soft oily head form and leave a nice web on the glass.

S - Fruity, grapefruit, figs, raisins, malts.

T - A juicy hop snap up front followed by a nicely balanced malt blend - nice to mash the bitter with the sweet that creates an easy as hell to drink DIPA.

O - This brew is world class. A DIPA that is easy to drink and brings a wonderful hop blast mixed with a nice malt presence. My wife even enjoyed this so this might be a nice DIPA as a gateway for someone wanting to expand their repertoire. Extremely drinkable - I will most definitely try this again.

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Tried this again in 2014 and it is equally as good when I first reviewed. Excellent balance for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 01:06:36 | More by andrewjraab
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LukeK

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-16-2014 00:47:33 | More by LukeK
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Lightly hazed dark goldenrod with a cream colored frothy head that originally stood about two fingers high, but now sits steadfast at a finger width. Tons of thick lacing around the glass.

S: Definitely an interesting aroma... Unlike the citrusy grapefruit aromas that I'm used to in DIPAs, Lake Erie Monster sports a medley of apricots, bananas, and some pineapple and orange perhaps overtop of a very outspoken grain-like sweetness from the malts. I'm surprised, no doubt... maybe even shocked... But, I'm not put-off. This is kind of exciting.

T: Woah, nelly! This is different! A lot of the flavors follow suit with the nose. Tons of fruity flavors upfront: those banana and apricot notes, but I'm also noticing some juicy red apple notes as well. The malt presence here is super-strong and there's a powerful grain-like sweetness that overrides much of the hop bitterness that is really only present in the finish. The lingering flavors are fairly Earthen and dank and do well to offset the seemingly out-of-place sweet and fruity profile. This is certainly unique, to me... and delicious!

M: Dear lord, this mouthfeel is nearing perfection. Velvety, slightly creamy, carbonation is subdued into submission to really allow that silky smooth body to shine. Without sounding too stupid, each sip is literally like a hug for your mouth. Glorious.

O: Honestly, Lake Erie Monster was not at all what I was expecting, but goddamn if it isn't delicious... I'll be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan over stupidly bitter hop-assaults when it comes to DIPAs, and this is far from the aforementioned, but the flavors here are so complex and wonderfully executed that there's no possible way I can be disappointed by the huge malt presence and fruity profile. I don't know whose idea this recipe was, but someone give that individual a firm handshake. This beer is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 00:05:54 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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vonnegut21

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-15-2014 21:46:12 | More by vonnegut21
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core42

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-15-2014 15:20:13 | More by core42
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Scottie71

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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risteardj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.4%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.