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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Alberta ClipperGreat Lakes Alberta Clipper

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very good

106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 81 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 432
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
Photo of CaptCleveland
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Its no Eddy Fitz

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 09/13/2015. Another new one to me from Great Lakes. Acquired a single bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a creamy chocolate brown body. Medium-thickness. Not opaque with some cola color showing near the surface. One finger of light chocolate head that doesn't stick around long.

S - A very interesting aroma for the style. Not so much chocolate or roast forward. The fresh fruity authentic raspberries steal the show. very fresh, fruity, floral, herbal, dirty, and earthy smelling.

T - Taste is a lovely winning combination of delicate milk chocolate and fresh fruity raspberries. Not so much tart, more juicy and fruity. Earthy & floral, milky & creamy.

M - The feel is smooth, milky, & creamy. Lingering raspberry fruitiness. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy-drinking stuff, especially for the moderate 7.80% abv. No alcohol detectable whatsoever. Very nice stuff.

Overall, a very nice marriage of raspberry and chocolate. Very delicious and easy-drinking stuff, though I don't know how many I could handle in a session. Recommended.

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper Porter -----4/5.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love chocolate and raspberry combinations and this beer is nicely balanced with those flavors. Not too sweat either. I am very impressed with the depth and combination of flavor. The feel is a bit thin though for a porter. Don't serve it too cold. Overall I am going to go get more just because of the flavor is what I love but price and the mouth feel is what lowers my approval of this beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Paid the price on this one $3.75 for the single. Into a pint glass.
A - Some ruby color on the edges but a very black porter. Good head on this one a 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Lacing is nice.
S - Good bits of chocolate and roasty malts. Smells not too sweet with a touch of cherry...?
T - Ah I see the fruit aspect is more raspberry forward and it shows in the beer. Semi sweet chocolates, touch of hops, and a slight roasty twang. Good porter shows no dry finish which I enjoy.
M - Creamy medium bodied yet easy to drink.

Overall a great porter I will have to get my hands on more. Love when fruit is used right in a beer,

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Photo of JMAntus
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great chocolate notes. Bitter-sweet dark chocolate. Fresh raspberry notes. Full body. Clean finish. A delicious offering for a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz brown bottle with excellent glbc style artwork. Forgetting the harsh winter and welcoming spring with open arms. Poured into a authentic GLBC stemmed snifter.

A - darkest of browns with dark ruby brown corners. Tan head pours quite nice leaving thin rings of stick on the glass.

S - roasted malt, dark chocolate, juicu ripe raspberries, and a GLBC porter like character. Superb

T - flavor is like those chocolate covered raspberry jelly truffles you get during the holidays. It's spot on. Bittersweet dark chocolate with hints of milk cocoa flowing about. Raspberry notes provide enough tartness yet remain incredibly fruity. Roasted malt and a nice sweetness to balance the bitter chocolate and raspberry tart.

M - medium bodied and carries an excellent texture. Thickness is as I'd expect from GLBC while remaining ridiculously drinkable. I seriously felt as though I could session this all day long.

O - what a fantastic release! I've always held Great Lakes close to my beer drinking ways, but this may be their best new rotating bottling yet. Sticks true to the great porter style while providing a great unique raspberry tartness and still finds a way to balance perfectly. Pick it up!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 10/7/15. Pours dark brown to pitch black. Outstanding head volume, world class retention and normal lacing.

Moderate nose of chocolate, roast, caramel and a hint of raspberry.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments. Superbly carbonated the a nice prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It needs a bit more intensity to achieve that status. It is reasonably intense, complex - but lacks clear flavor separation - and is perfectly balanced. It begins with a blended flavor that has chocolate and roast aspects that is a bit tart. The middle, also tart, produces a subtle bitterness over an underlying sweetness that is in perfect balance. As the finish approaches, the dark chocolate flavor finally materializes and yields to raspberry in the finish. A nice raspberry tartness lingers. Make the flavors really pop, add a bit more body and this one becomes world class.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/13. Poured 6/24 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Had this at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth last month, but I only had a tiny sip, so I didn't bother reviewing it. I remember it having very little raspberry presence, at least on tap. Let's see if I find it any different this time around.

Appearance: True to the style -- crystal clear ruby black/dark brown in color. Head is a quarter inch thick, creamy, and beige colored. Minimal lacing. Looks quite nice.

Smell: Pleasant roast, some chocolate, and subtle coffee. There's also a creamy sweet aroma in there that I, personally, don't really care for all that much... it just comes on a bit too strong. It's not quite a vanilla aroma, just sweetened milk or something like that. I'd prefer if that aroma weren't there, but oh well. There's also a very pleasant raspberry presence, thankfully. This simply smelling like a raspberry porter would be ideal, but by no means does that "creaminess" taint this beer.

Taste/feel: More raspberry than I remember, but still not at all over the top. Very nice balance of roasted malt and raspberry. No bitterness to sweet of, and a slight sweetness and tartness coming through thanks to the raspberry. That slightly unusual milkiness that I get in the aroma doesn't come through in the flavor, which I like -- it tastes like I wish it smelled. Though this beer says it is brewed with chocolate, I don't get any more chocolate flavor than I'd feel I'd get from a beer that just has a particular blend of roasted malts. Something unusual about this beer though is that for a split second when it hits the tongue, it gives me a little "dusty basement" or "wet trunk" vibe, but it goes away almost as quickly as it comes on. After that, it's just a nice blend of roasted malt (with an extremely slight smoke character), raspberry, and as it warms up, a bit of alcohol. The feel is slightly more creamy than I'd expect from a porter, but works nicely with the raspberry. Carbonation is moderate.

My biggest fault with Alberta Clipper is that, while the raspberry seems very well balanced at the start, as I drink on, the raspberry becomes a little faint. There's still a nice tartness brought on by the raspberry all the way through, but I wouldn't at all be mad to have just a little more of a raspberry flavor in Alberta Clipper. At the same time, I can appreciate a brewer who makes beers with accents of fruit, rather than making a beer taste like half fruit, half beer. For that reason, I'm giving Alberta Clipper a 4 overall.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown-black, average to light in color for a porter (like Edmund Fitzgerald). The tan head wasn't too impressive on pouring but it leaves a fairly resilient film.
Smell: Roasty cocoa that blends very nicely with fresh raspberry aroma.
Taste: The roasty notes in the nose are mirrored in the palate, going hand in hand with a bright raspberry acidity. Sweetness and hops presence are average for a porter.
Feel: Medium body, nice carbonation that goes well with the fruitiness.

Overall: It seemed strange to me to put out a spring/summer seasonal porter, but the raspberry addition gives it a fresh summery quality. The raspberry combines with the roasted malt much in the same way as it would with dark chocolate - it is very complementary.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dditto2
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of pat61
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Pours dark brown with a thin, tinely bubbled tan foam collar.
S: Grain, not a lot of roast, some chocolate notes, and a laundry kind of aroma that turns out to be raspberries.
T: Grain, raspberry and chocolate have a medicinal, solventy, chemical taste to me.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is my least favorite beer from Great Lakes. The raspberry and chocolate don’t quite work for me. They do not work well together and initially had me thinking that the beer lines were infected.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

nearly black, more of dark dark murky brown color. nice looking, creamy, light tan colored head with good retention and good lacing.

big raspberry aromas, with just a slight tartness. a little light roast and cocoa, but nothing really jumping out and saying "i was made with chocolate"

follows the aroma. raspberry at the forefront with a somewhat light porter base. a little more chocolate noticable than the aroma, light roast, a nice semi bitter finish and just a bit of tartness from the raspberries.

medium bodied, maybe comes off a little lighter because of the fruit and tartness. good feeling carbonation.

pretty much an average brewpub fruit porter. the raspberries taste a little artificial and its hard to even detect actual chocolate. i was maybe expecting more seeing as edmund fitz is such a winner. i wouldnt order another one of these, but i can see the mass apeal here.

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Photo of juicebox
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of HeyYoMar
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A gorgeous pour with a ruby glow to it. Aromas are pretty fantastic, the usual roasty malts, vanilla, raspberries and slight cocoa. Feel is rather prickly for the style. Flavors blanket the taste buds with a thin layer of chocolate that fades fast with raspberries soon following and lingering eventually giving way to a final touch of vanilla. Not exactly blown away by Alberta Clipper. However, it's very delicious and gets better as it warms leaving my mouth wanting more. Good beer on a comfortable spring afternoon.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.