Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
3/5 rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16oz poured into GLBC pint glass at the venerable brewery.
Thin, off-white head, quickly dissipates. Not much lacing.
Powerful aroma of fruit, red berries, malt.
Thin, medium carbonated, cloying fruit, not much else.
Maybe it's the style, but I expected some chocolate and coffee tones mixed with the raspberries. But not much to write home about.
Now I'm not saying it's a bad brew, but for what it portends to be it is rather average.
Serving type: on-tap
01-07-2012 23:51:20 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served on tap in a small Great Lakes snifter. The pour is dark brown, not quite black, with very little light escaping through. The head is fine and tan and very pronounced. The nose is all raspberries with just a hint of roasty cocoa-like notes.
The beer is medium-bodied and has a nice firm feel. Up front, I get flavors of fresh raspberries and just a hint of cocoa. It's almost like a fruit beer. At mid-palate, more of the porter characteristics arrive. More roastiness and cocoa take over, but the fruit flavors never completely depart and contribute a red wine or port-like character to the porter flavors on the finish. The beer is very drinkable and walks a fine line between refreshing and hearty.
Overall, a really nice twist on a porter that I wouldn't have believed appetizing if I hadn't tried it myself. I spoke to a GL rep who said that it's likely this beer won't be brewed again for a while because all those raspberries really make a mess and the brewers hate working with them. That said, if you like porters and have an opportunity to try this one (and have an open mind), don't pass it up.
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2013 23:25:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.