Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta ClipperGreat Lakes Alberta Clipper

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Its no Eddy Fitz

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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,

Photo of JMAntus
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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 GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: dark blackness small tight light head dissipated quickly

S: lots of raspberries soaked in chocolate and maybe some roasted malts but raspberries dominate

T: very raspberry upfront but its gone in a flash left with a muddled muted malt roast taste that is very faint being so overwhelmed by the raspberry

M: very carbonated but otherwise fairly watery

O: its just an ok beer. The raspberries are all over this but you really can't taste anything else the raspberries are so strong they mute out everything else

Photo of Infamous7100
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty decent raspberry porter both flavors work well

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This FINE porter pours a deep mahogany edging towards the darker side of the spectrum with a fine light tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer, a thick ring, and excellent lacing. Nose of subtle dark bakers chocolate, moderate amounts of raspberries, slight char, and dark malts. Flavors surpass the nose with dark bakers chocolate and raspberries on all sides. A hint of coffee and a touch of light hop note comes through on the back making this an exceptional porter. Balanced. That word means a lot and this one is just that without blowing the raspberry note out of the water. Smooth mouth feel, lightly creamy and moderately tart from the raspberries makes for an ideal brew with moderate carbonation finishing on the dry and tart side. Very nice for a porter; like the Edmund Fitzgerald with a nice dose of fresh raspberries that does not make me think of a simple flavoring syrup.


Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and eggshell brown , with secular lacing, and a rather dark brown/deep red body.

Smells like nicely roasted malts being nicely complimented by the added chocolate of this brew. Just a lighter hint of the raspberries. Not much with the hops going on here, but one should not except too much of that going on with an American porter. Enough of my yappin', let's see how it tastes.....

I taste, again, rich roasted malts combined with semisweet chocolate. Not AS pronounced as I'd thought it would be going into this beer headfirst (no pun intended, albeit a good one). The raspberry is more of a backbone to this taste as it turns out. These elements all blend and balance out quite nicely.

The mouthfeel of this beer is cleaner than expected, but you do get just a bit of chewiness to it. Besides that, a clear finish without lingering notes.

Overall, I'll choose a 4.5 for Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co. For those randomly chilly nights of summer, this was a good choice.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 BrewUSA
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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 buschbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer is very dark in color. When held to the light I see some amber highlights on the edges. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

The smell of chocolate and raspberries hit me right off the bat, but the roasted malts are still in the smell, so it still smells like a beer and not candy.

The chocolate seems to be the prominent flavor at first. The raspberry flavor is enough to compliment the beer without overwhelming it. The roasted malt flavors come into play more as it warms and at the end of this beer.

I wouldn't say it has a full mouthfeel, but it is quite substantial.

I have wanted to try this beer for years. My first bottle was not that impressive. This one is better now that I have proper expectations. I think this beer would be better in the winter than on a hot, humid night in June, but this is when I am trying it. Great Lakes, make this a January release and move Conway's to February.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Porterhouse Restaurant & Brew Pub, Lahaska, PA

A: The beer is near black in color; when held up to the light the edges of the glass exhibit traces of red uses. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a good amount of raspberry flavors along with notes of cola and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The raspberry aromas and flavors would make for this to be a good "light" dessert beer and something that would pair well with a chocolate dish.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Bottle Review...
App 4.0, Nose 4.25, Taste 4.0, Feel 4.0, Overall 4.0
Porter brewed with chocolate and raspberries. Poured from a bottle into a Founders tulip. The beer pours out very dark, but allows some light to escape through, resulting in ruby-red highlights. It sports about a finger of frothy mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. I love the nose on this beer. The raspberries dominate, but you do get the chocolate and some of the roasty notes you'd expect from this style.

Medium body with a pleasant flavor that combines tart fruity notes, rich chocolate, and roasty bitterness. Nice firm feel supports all these flavors nicely, and they are well-integrated. Up front I get some of the chocolate, then the raspberries with their sweet and tart notes join in. Around mid-palate, some of the roasty notes kick in and remind you this is a porter. Everything seems to carry through the finish and the raspberry and a bit of the chocolate linger.

I had this beer on tap once and am glad GL decided to put it into bottles. GL has long been one of those brewers any of whose new offerings I always want to try. I don't see that changing anytime soon. Very, very glad to have access to their beers. They will always have a place in my fridge.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.