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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 639
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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plinythederek, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

G_Rod, Jun 12, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a light amber/orange with a decent head of foam that fell fast to a thin ring and cap and left good lace. Champagne effervescence and great clarity. Nose is sweet, sweet pineapple. Sweet malt, cookie like, caramel and sticky. Some earth and fresh mango. Fresh cut grass. The alcohol shows up on the nose as ti warms. Taste is very pineapple and has a little oil to coat the tongue right away so you don’t think it’s too sweet. Hops are plentiful but somewhat tame except for a good helping of pine. The malt character is sweet, buttery, and creamy with some biscuit. There’s some alcohol to bite and warm a little on the way down. Really the most pineapple in a beer I have ever had. It drinks smooth and refreshing with a full malt profile that is very rich and lasts throughout the drink. It’s almost heavy and just a bit syrupy. The hops stay forward and offer a good bitter on the back palate to bring it to a close with nice dry finish.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

duceswild, Jun 12, 2013
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pudgecat, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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DIPAFAN, Jun 11, 2013
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superfriend, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nolen12, Jun 11, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured into snifter. Crystal-clear orange/gold, with a thick white head from a regular pour that fades quickly into a nice cap of foam that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Smells of tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, with a spicy hop twang behind it that slightly burns the nostrils on a deep inhale. Taste is big sweet clean malts, with tropical fruit hop flavors and a lovely bitter finish over the slightly sticky sweet aftertaste left from the malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, without being too sticky.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

skaboom420, Jun 11, 2013
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JCTewks, Jun 10, 2013
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Ish1, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

coronajm, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

zapahoppa, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz bottle best by 7/26/2013 poured into a Bell's snifter and consumed today, 6/9/2013. Cool label for sure!

Aroma: Not particularly present, mostly an earthy hoppiness combined with some sweet caramel. Not a very impressive nose at all, even as it warms up. (3.5)

Colour: Very nice semi-hazy light amber body with a solid 1cm white head that recedes fairly quickly into a thin white collar. Lacing is there but sporadic. Otherwise a very nice looking beer, just begging to be quaffed. (4.5)

Flavour: Definitely a very bitter, earthy kick up front. The toffee, caramel and honey malt has a very strong presence in the middle, so much that I don't notice any of the early earthy hoppy flavour whatsoever. It finishes with a non-descript sweet bitterness that stings the hell out of my palate. It's definitely intense, but it somehow does not seem to come together in a way that I like. Big DIPA with big malt backbone, but not a great bit of hop flavour at all. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Definitely not lacking here though. Full bodied, resinous and syrupy DIPA that coats my palate and stings it like a swarm of bees. Great carbonation, dry sweet finish that is mostly a non-descript bitterness mixed in with bitter caramel. (4.5)

Overall: Decent DIPA, not my favorite combination of flavours for sure. It does have the intensity of the malt backbone and bitterness, but I feel like its missing something and that would probably be the lack of intensity of the hop flavours that I come to expect from a double IPA. If they were to amp up the aroma hops, it would probably add a great deal more to this beer. (4)

Stevedore, Jun 09, 2013
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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,134 ratings.