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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 679
Hads: 2,463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 170
Gots: 386 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

"An imperial india pale ale"
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Reviews: 679 | Hads: 2,463
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the glass a clear, dark orange gold with a single finger of thin off-white head.

Aroma of banana, tangerine, and tropical fruit notes.

Tasted of over-ripe banana, juicy tangerine and tropical fruits. Light malts in the finish for good balance. The 9% abv is there and warms the palate.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a moderate carbonation. (354 characters)

Photo of Chris33
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Only fault here is it smelling like an old banana.. Almost maybe like a Saison smell with coriander too. May have got a bad bottle. I always support GLBC (153 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear pure copper with 1/2" white head that dissipates quickly. Retention & lacing are both quite nice.

S: Unreal. Juicy, juicy aromas dominate. Lemon candy & sweet lime. Basically a sweetish citrus explosion on the nose.

T: Comes on a bit malty with a graham cracker character that quickly leads to what I'd call sweet lemon sauce like the stuff they give you with lemon chicken at Chinese joints. Finishes off-sweet & hoppy with a slight bitter note at the very end.

M: Lowish carb & a fairly full body can't seem to stop this brew from being refreshing.

O: Very, very enjoyable DIPA. (644 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The pour is a light orange, thick body, low carbonation beer. The imperial body is unmistakable.

The nose is of grape fruit, and light malts. Light tangerine and other tropical fruits lightly come in here. Not the most aromatic beer ever. A bit of bread on the end as well. A lighter fluffy bread.

Bread, caramel, garlic, cat piss?, some tropical fruits/ citrus notes. Really the cat piss and bread dominate this one.

A really good body and feel for the size of this beer. They got that dead on.

I know a lot of people who love this one. I get texts about how great it is pretty often. For me this is a good but not great double IPA. Great Lakes to me makes some really good beers, but they seem to miss on the IPA style for me. (750 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a peach colored brew, slightly hazy, with a frothy head. The aroma is sweet and spicy, herbal, and flowery. The taste is warming and sweet, with an underlying bitterness. Full in body and very enjoyable. (214 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one has been on the top of my " wants " list since I started getting into craft beer since the Summer of 2012. And now, It is finally in my possession. Let's see if it loves up to the hype.

Look - Whew, you could smell this fucker the second the top popped. Pours a clearish copper/amber mix with a two finger slightly off white head that sticks around and leaves a beautiful amount of lacing as you drink alllll the way up to the thick spider-web coating upon finish.

Smell - This is hands down the best nose I have ever gotten out of a beer. Pineapple, Mango, and Pear juice are straight up on you like a hypothetical Mike Tyson upper cut to the face. Only with pleasure and not pain. The malts balance well too.

Taste - The taste is of a strong tropical fruit juice hit with a touch of the maltiness to keep it interesting and a smack of banana smoothie that lingers around forever.

Feel - Light creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Coats the mouth like a delicious smoothie and could happily have it sit for an hour.

Overall - The was well worth the wait. Where was this brew all my life? perfection in a bottle! (1,135 characters)

Photo of Dontlikebud
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love Lake Erie Monster - until this year's batch. They must have changed the recipe 'cause it now tastes and smells way too much like Belgian Style. Best by date is 10/6/15 so it's not too old. I kept wondering why they released it in July instead of early spring. It must be that they were toying with it somehow. I'm going to try it again (I don't give up on old friends) but as of now I'm disappointed. And bummed. (423 characters)

Photo of 420Dude
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was so happy when they released this seasonally. Me and some friends went to the release party before they made this regularly. Great beer then and still to this day.
Cheers! (178 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright orange. Medium head. White. Light lacing. Others talk about sediment but my bottle was clear.

Smell - It has a little of a sour nose. Grapefruit. Malt. Unique compared to other DIPA.

Taste - Bitter. More malt than citrus .

Feel - Dry finish. Tingle on tongue. Medium. Medium carbonation throughout.

Overall - Much higher rating than I expected to give. Unique DIPA. Not a citrus bomb. I would say it is balanced but it adds a new dimension with the faint sour smell and taste. (497 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: I have had a bottle of this less than a month old and another bottle 11 days past its best by date and both have had floaties even after careful decanting. The floaties are easy to see because the beer pours brilliant gold under a 2” clingy cream colored foam cap.
S: Moderate fruit, citrus, light malts.
T: Begins with strong malt flavors featuring caramel and biscuit followed up with citrus rind, grapefruit, faint peach and hints of melon, alcohol with a drying finish.
F: Medium body and carbonation with an acidic bite from the carbonation on the finish.
O: This would be a world class beer without the floaties. (627 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9/3/14 into a pint glass. Pale, hazy gold with a coarse off-white head. Hops make their presence known with floral, citrus, and a hint of resin, but very little bite. In fact, it's actually well toward the sweet end of the spectrum, which is certainly not typical for the style. This is one of the smoothest DIPAs I've ever had. Medium mouthfeel; slightly sticky - which is good, because the alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden. Very, very well conceived and executed. Kudos to Great Lakes on this one! (525 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden pale ale clouded with a considerable yeast suspension. Lots of fine bits floating in the glass while still looking like a glass of sunshine, relatively active carbonation. Nice thick head that fades quite slowly.
Nose has light sweet malt, a nice hop melange of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Nice amount of bread and malt giving a healthy amount of grain based sweetness and breads. Remarkably balanced with a large malt base that lends itself to missing just how hoop this brew is.
Taste follows with a decidedly citrus bitterness. Lots of bread and honey. No hint of the abv. lots of malt and even more complex hops that bring pine, tropical fruits. Yum.

Nice crisp, light, feel that combines weight that satisfies with smooth carbonation and easy drinkability. Just enough chew to slow you down, while you allow yourself to chase the desire to keep chugging.

Great DiPA that begs you to session and quaff instead of sip.

Love this one. (978 characters)

Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while i enjoyed it, the first time i ever had this beer was in a 32oz goblet while watching the Buckeyes play in National Championship game. so needless to say, i had a lot too many and my appreciation for the beer was limited.

this time around, i'm drinking it fresh and in a .33L tulip glass and it is somehow even better!

Look - this beer is a hazy dark orange with a nice white head leaving a ring around the glass.
Smell - this beer smelled fantastic right after my pour but subsided a bit as my session went on. the smell is a citric wheat if that makes sense.
Taste - it has a grapefruit, pear, fruity taste that lingers well after a sip. it does have an alcohol bite to it, i would believe that this beer is 9.1%.
Feel - it goes down smooth but it still has a slight syrupy feel to it, which i don't love.

Overall - this is a good beer that i do enjoy; compared to other dIPAs it is better than most but it isn't in my top tier. Enjoy By, Ruination (regular and 2.0), Little Sumpin Extra, Lagunitas Sucks, and Carton 077XX are dIPAs i'd put clearly above this. Chillwave, also by GL, is a beer I'd also put above this hands-down. I do like this beer a lot but there are other beers in this style I much prefer. (1,222 characters)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

First an foremost i will info you of my bias towards imperial ipas i like to love them alot. with that being said its not the best and its not the worst , here we go. let me crack a fresh one for you.

T- Taste- It tastes like the steady relationship you wish you didn't have. this is good but its nothing super special. it is the epitome of its style. a deep rich hearty imperial ipa its quite lovely but its no super model. Its kinda sweet then the hops kick in, its very rich its like a hot rich girl with daddy issues. almost everything you wanted but its missing something.

M- Manifestation - Well starts with a sweet hop flavor mid range is crisp and refreshing end note is still sweet. (696 characters)

Photo of AmishLightning
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

This brew totally took me for a loop when I first tried it. It had a fantastic malt character that was almost reminiscent of a strong Belgian Ale. The hops were not overpowering in anyway and complimented the malts instead of dominating the brew. Great thick mouthfeel perfect for the warming imperial that it is. (313 characters)

Photo of Genuine
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Poured a beatuiful deep dark copper white a 2 finger off white head that stayed around for the duration of the pint.

Aroma - Right off the bat you get a tremndous amount of hop aroma, lots of tropical and citrus notes. The 9% abv is noticable on the nose, however welcomed.

taste - Hops, hops and more hops. They take this IPA over and beyond what was expected. Hops on the nose carry over in the taste and help to balance out the big malt presence, which brings some toffee notes along with it.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, well carbonated which makes the hops shine. A nice warming ABV that rounds out this solid IIPA.

Overall - I will definitely get more of this when I'm able to. A solid double IPA and well worth the wait for it. (794 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tart and crisp a little too heavy on the alcohol taste to be consider one of Great lakes best Imperials and for its price point one I will steer clear of unless its on tap somewhere (181 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -4%

8/2..pours bright copper, lighter shade. Ring of white foam. Resin pine nose, musty and damp. Taste is an overwhelming hop, potent bitter, puckering. Beneath is a boozy alchol burn. Oily hop residue stays behind. Packs a wallop for sure. 4 3.5 3.75 3.5 3.75 (258 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

An excellent IIPA from Great Lakes. Pours a hazy yellow amber with nice froth head and great white
lacing. Excellent bouquet of caramel, citrus hops, bittering hops, floral like mead notes, and tons
of sweet malt. Taste is very similar with sweet malt up front, alcoholic warmth on the back mingling
with beautiful citrus and caramel notes. While I am no IPA drinker THIS is one fine brew with
a smooth caramel malt and bittering hops aftertaste and great decently carbonated mouthfeel.

Cheers (502 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

I have to be completely forthright, I feel I have to tell you I picked this up at a Wally World when food shopping for the week while was TDY to Wright Patterson AFB. My selection was based solely on the 9.1%abv (needed a high octane offering) and that it was an Imperial IPA (my go to fav)!!! That being said, I count this among my best "random" picks ever! True to form, the IIPA does not disappoint! Anyone that's read my rambling posts knows I am a true Stone convert, and as such, believe "Enjoy By", is the standard from which all other IIPA's must be judged! Therefore, I am obligated to say Great Lakes "Lake Erie Monster" stands tall! The 9.1% is well hidden and hop bang is sublimed so that you're not wrecking your palate (take note Green Flash), leaving you with an enjoyable experience from start to finish! Do yourself a favor and give this a try! (866 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple weeks past the freshness date. I wasn't disappointed. Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: A bright golden, opaque, with a white one finger head that dissipates down to foam. Light lacing.

S: Honey, mead. A citrus bomb featuring tangerine and banana.

T: A killer citrus hop/malt balance. Picking up some sweet mead, too. Lightly bitter on the finish. I didn't really feel the alcohol at first, but it snuck in later. My wife commented it was a great summer beer.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: An excellent IPA from Great Lakes. I love the juiciness of this one. Tasty little monster. (627 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my absolute favorites. It's not too easy to describe. It pours a rich amber with an off white/ light yellow head and a little bit of lacing. It smells of dark fruits and burning wood. It tastes sweet and nectary. The abv is pretty well hidden. To me this beer feels perfect, very smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall, I think this tastes better out of the bottle. A perfect beer for mid to end summer. Unlike many DIPAs I've had. Love it! (444 characters)

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, very solid beer. It is fairly light on the hops. Has some similarity to a doppelbock with the sweet component. A touch boozy but I like that about it.

Ap: small head - pours a hazy light copper color.

S: Surprisingly not that hoppy in the smell.

T: Complex, well-balanced taste. Finishes up with some citrusy hops, but the maltiness and sweetness, a touch bread dominates the palate at first.

M: light carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O: A LOT less hops than I anticipated, I suspect it was because of the imperial nature, slightly more boozy and had some malt added to balance off the hops. Not what I was anticipating but highly desirable, very enjoyable. (669 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Pumpkin orange with a good clarity, sporting a solid 2 finger antique white head of good retention. Solid display of macro-effervesce with a near solid sheet of lacing.

S: On the nose, dry grass, hay and pine are dominant. Baked bread, with a moderately aromatic sense of hops at first, but quickly fades.

T: dry orange , dry grass and hay for flavor. Bready with strong indications of sticky pine hops. Hopping is moderately strong with some signs of toasted sweet speciality grains blending in with a lingering dry orange-grassy finish.

M: Syrupy, sticky medium full mouthful consistency with a carbonation factor of good. A warming of grassy-orange glow on the inner cheeks from the alcohol and hops.

O: Overall a 9.1abv% gives a generous glow of hops and alcohol warmth with some sweet toasted nature backing. A lingering, dry bittering and aggressive hop nature as well alcohol content gave me flashbacks from the first time i sampled a DFH 90 minute ipa. Very good and comparable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle best by 7/29/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours clear golden one finger creamy white head. Spotty lacing

S-Aroma dank citrus and tropical fruit, slight fresh dough and pine.

T-Taste bitter, dank, resinous tropical and citrus hops up front, fresh dough and a hint of sweetness mid mouth, bitter hoppy finish that lasts.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O-Overall a great DIPA love the sweetness in the taste with a dry finish to make you want more, like a saison. (514 characters)

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.