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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper
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BA SCORE
89
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006)
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

A: Poured black with about a finger of light tan head. Lots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt and subtle notes. Maybe just a hint of raspberry, but I could just be fooling myself.

T/M: Fairly complex and very smooth with a medium body. Bitter sweet chocolate up front gives way to bitter roasted malt in the finish. The raspberry adds slight sweetness throguhout and a subtle acidic sourness in the finish. The 7% is hidden very well.

O: a solid, tasty beer. Not as good as some of GL's other pub only offerings, but very good nonetheless.

01-20-2012 23:57:45 | More by MrDanno96
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dogfishandi

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

01-20-2012 02:34:09 | More by dogfishandi
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cynical1027

Ohio

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-20-2012 16:28:07 | More by cynical1027
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-11-2014 00:11:21 | More by qcbrewer
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

A: dark brown, near black. Finger width tan head.
S: bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes and subtle fruitiness. Awesome.
T: follows nose impeccably. The raspberries really add something to the chocolatey notes. Throw in the coffee flavor and you really have something.
M: started a bit carbonated but beautifully changed into the viscosity of a milk stout as it warmed. Great.
O: fantastic effort and glad i was able to catch this while it was available. It's like the dessert version of the Eddie Fitz. Kudos to great lakes.

02-15-2012 03:29:02 | More by Infamous7100
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-22-2012 22:41:13 | More by Lanstrum
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-30-2014 18:18:53 | More by Chrixsus
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XUJOE

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-23-2013 02:14:58 | More by XUJOE
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jds16

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-23-2013 05:41:32 | More by jds16
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-22-2014 20:59:04 | More by SpartyJoe
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-21-2013 23:25:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2012 01:15:33 | More by Tyrawlings
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-24-2012 19:43:21 | More by zoso1967
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Irish57

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2013 23:41:22 | More by Irish57
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-14-2013 03:06:12 | More by pathman
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

I made it to Great Lakes this past weekend and was very elated to see a new porter being offered. A beautiful dark brown body with a medium brown head. The head stuck around until a ring remained around the edges of the glass, then clingy patches down the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet roasted malt, a little orange, and a good deal of chocolate. The taste was chocolate with subtle tones of chocolate, orange peel, and even a slight suggestion of coriander. This finishes clean, yet leaves a slight taste in your mouth that wants you wanting more. This porter has a medium body that goes down smoothly. This is a exceedingly drinkable offering, I was so impressed that I broke down and bought a flip-top growler of this to take home. Great Lakes always seems to hit the nail on the head when it comes to style examples, so it’s equally satisfying to see a variation of a style to come out so good.

01-18-2006 15:27:50 | More by irishmoss
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-29-2013 17:20:15 | More by JohnK17
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-05-2013 03:34:09 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2014 18:13:14 | More by DangerDawg
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Another on-tap only "pub exclusive." I first had this at the brewery 2 years ago, and had it again twice recently. Served to me in a pint glass. this beer is a clear, dark brown, mahogany color with ruby highlights when held to the light. has a tan head 1/2 inch when drawn before settling to a nice surface layer with a good tan ring lining the inside of the glass. good lace here too. Roasted, malt coffee, and chocolate aromas with hints of fruit such as raspberry and or plum are present. Has a roasted, malty sweet flavor upfront withe the aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a bit of raspberry. Taste is rounded out by some modest noble hop bitterness. Excellent balance of flavors here! Has a crisp, very smooth, and creamy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Drinkability is superb! A real winner here. I may like this porter even better than the Edmund Fitzgerald. I really wish this stuff would be bottled, even if just as a seasonal/rotating release.

Eric

02-13-2008 05:04:13 | More by neenerzig
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Rasheedw30

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-19-2014 18:12:15 | More by Rasheedw30
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color (almost black) with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces rather quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light notes of raspberry. There is also a light amount of chocolate aroma as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts upfront that are quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and some very light raspberry. Moderate amounts of bitterness hide the sweetness of the raspberry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness throughout.

O: This was not as good of a dessert beer as I had hoped (I had researched some of the beers Great Lakes was pouring in the brewpub and this one sounded very interesting). I did not get the heavy notes of raspberry in the smell and taste, the raspberry was pretty muted in my serving. It was still a very nice porter and I enjoyed it. I found this one very easy to drink.

03-06-2013 12:27:06 | More by dbrauneis
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-01-2014 01:34:36 | More by TasteTester
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Gotta give it up to Dave for pulling in some obscure Great Lakes kegs for us. This stuff pours a deep black-brown highlighted in garnet-ruby and topped by a short finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, soft cocoa, light molasses, and a hint of vague fruitiness way in the background. Honestly, I didn't even know this had actual fruit in it until I employed my tongue... The taste continues the traditions set down by the smell, but then adds in a firm bit of black cherry. (It was at this point I asked Dave what I was drinking. Made some sense at that point.) The cherry is on the sweeter side, but not too far over there and never artificial or medicinal. Still, I feel the cherry flavor detracted a bit from the porter base, melding only with the cocoa and jostling for position with everything else. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a somewhat surprisingly tasty brew, a healthy surprise for someone (yup, I mean me) who orders it just by name.

10-31-2012 15:55:46 | More by TMoney2591
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Spider889

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at the brewery after the BA Blackout Stout release.

Arrived in a pint glass. Black with a sudsy head. Decent retention but leaves amazing lace.

Smells muted. Very faint raspberry greens and mild roasted malt.

The flavor is great though. The first sip is like a dry Edmund Fitzgerald at first. Char and roast with some slight coffee undertones come through. The comes a cool smooth fresh raspberry flavor. Sweet and a nice addition to the beer with the chocolate - reminded me of fruit pie with whipped cream.

Chalky mouthfeel, but it drinks soft and easy.

Overall this was much better than I was expecting. For what it is I really like it and would happily drink it again.

03-09-2012 03:09:30 | More by Spider889
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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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