Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MrDanno96:
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-20-2012 23:57:45 | More by MrDanno96
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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.