Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta ClipperGreat Lakes Alberta Clipper

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006

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Ratings: 246 | Reviews: 73
Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice cap of tan foam
Aroma-Roasted coffee, chocolate not
Taste-Dark chocolate, caramel, tart raspberry. nicely blended and balanced.

Photo of schoolboy
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this a few weeks ago on tap and then the bottles started coming so I bought a pack. I was immediately impressed with this ale. Blind tasting it I put it as a great porter with raspberry. It is luscious.

It opens typically dark and not too thick looking. The aroma is a beautiful clean fruity porter smell (malty and somewhat roasty),

The taste is exceptional. Raspberry and chocolate are is concert with the hops and malt. It is a perfect union. The aftertaste lingers nicely. The whole thing is a great experience.

Highly recommended.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Best before 09/13/15.

Appearance: Black when the glass was full, starting to approach brown with a hint of red to it when the glass was half full. Light tan head died back to a think ring. Some islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Raspberries with a hint of cocoa powder.

Tate: Nice blend of bittersweet chocolate and raspberry up front, then some roasted malts with a hint of smokiness, some raspberry tart, and then a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky but smooth, light carbonation. Not as full bodied as I expected it might be.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a porter style beer blended with raspberries. I do detect styles of Edmund Fitzgerald with this porter, and that may be the base recipe for all I know. Anyway, it's a good beer and a great desert beer. I'll have to see if it pairs well with any other foods, but I'm thinking it may not.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty decent raspberry porter both flavors work well

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with thick, frothy tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and a light raspberry touch (at least at first). The raspberry aroma gets stronger as it warms. Some chalky aroma as well.

Taste: Very nice integration of chocolate, molasses and raspberries that produce both sweetness and tartness. A light raspberry taste lingers after each sip.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation with a body that is smooth, creamy and strangely somewhat light. I expected it to be fuller but then decided that it fit. The finish is not quite as dry as I would prefer, but the light tartness makes up for that.

Overall: This is a very unique early summer seasonal that is perfect for a cool summer evening after a busy, warm day.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A refreshing, even light Porter. I enjoyed the raspberry for once (normally dislike in beers) even tho it has an artificial feel to it. The body is very thin, not bad, just thin. The chocolate however..totally missing. I guess if there is such a thing as a "summer Porter" this one is it. My only hang up is the price, way to high and I'm not talking retail. If Great Lakes brings this one back to reality, then it's a fine summer beer for someone who doesn't want bullshit or an IPA.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid fruit forward porter. The raspberry flavor comes out fairly big here, without overwhelming the balance. Somewhat less syrupy sweet and thinner in body than expected - there is enough roastiness in here to prevent this being just a one note dessert beer.

Photo of Bone53
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brown with a beautiful ruby red color when put up to the light, with a one finger beige head

Smell: Subtle chocolate and roasted malt aromas with perhaps the slightest hint of tartness. Not as much raspberry presence in the smell as i would have thought, which is probably a good thing

Taste: I definitely pick up the raspberries more in the flavor. Chocolate upfront, raspberry tartness in the middle, and more Chocolate and light roasted malts in the finish

Mouthfeel: This aspect is clearly the downside to this beer. It's very light and watery on the palate. Im done with the bottle before i can really savor it

Overall: I'm biased towards porters and Great Lakes anyways, so i was pretty certain id atleast enjoy it. That i did, but id grab an Eddy Fitz before this any day. its pretty light in flavor and mouthfeel for 7.8% abv., but that's not entirely a bad thing. No heat whatsoever, goes down almost too easy if that makes sense. Wish it was more chewy so i could savor it, but in the end its a damn good beer other than an IPA to kick back on a warm day. Cheers!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by 10/17/15. Served in a Great Lakes nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like raspberry syrup, roasted malt and some chocolate. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's also the addition of some char and grainy malt. The raspberry flavor and aroma seems artificial to me, and not like fresh raspberries at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, although I think I'd like it even more if the raspberry flavor wasn't so artificial/syrupy. With that being said, I think it's definitely worth picking up. $9.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of Jojosaute
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow let me say I love this beer.
A- a cloudy brown with a very light tanish white head. Poured from a brand new keg so it was quit a bit of head. Small lacing more like bubbles. But I'm drinking it from a rocks glass.
S- cocoa and raspberry slight roasty/ coffee nose
T- similar in taste to the Edmund fitz accept with a chocolate raspberry kick. The Edmund has a syrupy sweetness but this Is a fruity sweetness. Not over the top but you know it's there and it sits in the back of your throat a bit.
M- very rich and full but smooth and can be easily drank
O- I think that Great Lakes has some shining examples of what beer should be. I continually try and love their beer. This is no different. From first sniff to last sip this beer leaves a lasting impression. Great nose of cocoa and raspberry. With the taste following up with the same. Get some while you can !

Photo of BrewUSA
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Summery: Taste is pretty good. Feel is a bit light and watery. Worth a try if you like raspberries and/or porters, won't likely blow anyone away~

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of chocolate malt on the nose, roasted coffee, dry Graham cracker and a slight fruity ribbon. Lots of dry chocolate malt on the tongue an then a fruit center. It's a candied fruit like the chocolate covered cherry variety but it is hard to distinguish that it is raspberry. This is really thin but at 7.8% it drinks smoothly.

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of beige head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and raspberries. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, slight smoke, caramel, and yeast. Big scent of sweet raspberries. Also some sweet hints of cream and sugar. Hops are pretty light. A pretty nice rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a nicely roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and raspberries. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, char smoke, toast, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Fruity and sweet notes of raspberries. Sweet notes of sugar and cream. Light background earthy hop notes. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on an American Porter. Nice mix of charred dark malt notes with raspberry sweetness. A nice fruity companion for the great Edmund Fitz.

Photo of madelfonatree
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - Little to no head. Light for a porter. No lacing. Dark, jet black body.

Smell - Raspberry. Bubblegum. Chocolate.

Taste - Watered down. Raspberry. Chocolate. Coffee. Dark Chocolate.

Feel - Very light, watery. No carbonation.

Overall - I was hoping for Big Luscious and got Big Bland. You can't find Big Luscious anywhere though.

Photo of Beerma
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok the sample was enough for me!

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
2.82/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Way too thin, over carbonated and poor raspberry taste

Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby edges. The nose that a pretty decent roast component. The flavor profile includes the aforementioned raspberries but I'm not really getting any chocolate. i would like a bit more roasted malt flavor as well.

Photo of mrebeka
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass; decent looking porter. Not one of my favorite GLBC offerings. I've enjoyed other raspberry porters and stouts' but the flavoring in this is a tad artificial. Felt a little too thin overall as well. Expected much better from this one.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany, a two finger or so tan head forms and has decent retention. leaves behind a small lacing. opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: dry and roasty, robust porter scent. chocolate and a slight sweetness.

Taste: opens with notes of roasted grains, hinting at espresso but not quite getting there. a light raspberry syrup sweetness comes in along with some chocolate milk.

Mouthfeel: medium body, roasty bitterness masks the sweetness of the raspberry.

Overall: a great welcome for Great Lakes away from the Bavarian Purity Law. I have always had respect for their simple and pure style representations, but why not throw in a wild card every once in a while. a nicely balanced and well rounded beer.

Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slight, soapy, tan head that dissipates quickly. Toasted malt and a touch of raspberry and cocoa in the nose. Black. Starts with toasted malt and LOTS of raspberries - bright and tart. Then chocolate comes through after this with a touch of low bitterness. The finish is lingering dark chocolate and raspberry.

This is quite nice. Chocolate and berries are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this doesn't disappoint.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love that GLBC was able to achieve so much raspberry flavor without making this nauseatingly sweet. Well executed porter.

Photo of drunkenmess
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with hues of dark crimson. Moderate tan head with adequate amount of lacing. Smells like dark/burnt chocolate and sweet fruit, raspberries I'm guessing from the label description. Taste is delectable and refreshing. Hints of chocolate and slight tartness washed over with a sweetness of berry. Not too heavy for a porter yet enough there to make it one. Finishes sweet with a fruitful after taste. Yummy, GLB company becoming one of my faves... Cheers

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep mahogany red body color, very dark and opaque with a great ruby red hue. Head is vanilla tan colored, four fingers and sits with a creamy and frothy top looking very inviting. Excellent body color and appearance, great looker.

Mild sense of fruit raspberries with hinting porter character. Light vanilla sweetness, and toned down char, soft sensing milk chocolate, but very quiet. A real nice contrast, makes me wonder if the palate though will deliver.

Luckily palate does deliver. Light bodied milk chocolate and raspberry that flows up and builds gradually. Aftertaste brings more of the char, slightly husky grain quality, but lighter texture and a mild fruit sweetness and balanced tartness that slowly builds after the swallow. Very good balance between fruit and dark chocolate qualities, with a lighter milky sweet body without any lactose character.

Pretty nice take on a fruited porter.

Photo of 1jmane86
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Them raspberries first then the chocolate after taste..very smooth Great Lakes very smooth shoutout to my boy Andrew Skewers!!

Photo of dolomite128
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark brown / near black pour into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Head dissipates to a thin rim of foam. Aromas of raspberries and toasted / roasted graham cracker. Milk Chocolate and mild coffee aromas in the background.

Taste hits you hard with tart then sweet raspberries. Chocolate ramped up to a more semi-sweet variety. Roasty malts and some nutmeg round out a well-balance body.

Mouth feel is substantial and appropriate for this style Porter. Flavorful waves of balanced fruit and roasty malt make it seem bigger than it likely is.

Overall a well rounded beer which components work well together. The tartness of the raspberry really works well with the light nutmeg / graham cracker and semi-sweet chocolate flavors.


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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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