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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta ClipperGreat Lakes Alberta Clipper

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Its no Eddy Fitz

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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 JMAntus
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +6.5%
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 bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +10.3%
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 +0.5%
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 Infamous7100
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -24.6%
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 -3.8%
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 bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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 smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 -2.8%
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 deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy colored head that takes a while to fully dissipate. The beer itself is a nice opaque dark brown but is actually somewhat clear when held up to the light.

The beer has a very nice and strong raspberry note. The smell also has the usual chocolate, light caramel and tiny hop note. The raspberry smell tends to dominate the other notes, but you can still get them.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The raspberry note dominates the chocolate and malt notes but those notes are a bit stronger. The taste comes off as a chocolate with raspberry filing. The raspberry itself is not too artificial and is fairly tarty but not too tarty. The raspberry is also a bit sweet.

The mouthfeel is a bit smoother and lighter than the traditional porter.The carbonation gives it a nice bite. Anyway, the beer feels a little light for the style.

Overall, a pretty beer. The raspberry note is fairly strong but doesn't overwhelm. I'm glad that I got my hands on this one.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Best before 09/13/15.

Appearance: Black when the glass was full, starting to approach brown with a hint of red to it when the glass was half full. Light tan head died back to a think ring. Some islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Raspberries with a hint of cocoa powder.

Tate: Nice blend of bittersweet chocolate and raspberry up front, then some roasted malts with a hint of smokiness, some raspberry tart, and then a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky but smooth, light carbonation. Not as full bodied as I expected it might be.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a porter style beer blended with raspberries. I do detect styles of Edmund Fitzgerald with this porter, and that may be the base recipe for all I know. Anyway, it's a good beer and a great desert beer. I'll have to see if it pairs well with any other foods, but I'm thinking it may not.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love that GLBC was able to achieve so much raspberry flavor without making this nauseatingly sweet. Well executed porter.

Photo of Ri0
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark brown liquid with tiny tan bubbles coating the glass. 1.5 tan finger fades quickly and does not much lacing.

S - Raspberry jam with some dark chocolate truffle on the nose. Plenty of fresh raspberries and hot cocoa notes with roasted malts in the base porter.

T - Starts off with roasted malts, then dark chocolate covered raspberries. Moves into hot cocoa and milk chocolate. Finish is a nice porter flavor that has some bitterness followed by a bit of raspberry flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and nice carbonation.

O - The raspberry flavor was genuine and the dark chocolate was complimented well, but did not overtake the base porter. I recommend this one if you are a fan of chocolate and raspberry.

Photo of drunkenmess
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with hues of dark crimson. Moderate tan head with adequate amount of lacing. Smells like dark/burnt chocolate and sweet fruit, raspberries I'm guessing from the label description. Taste is delectable and refreshing. Hints of chocolate and slight tartness washed over with a sweetness of berry. Not too heavy for a porter yet enough there to make it one. Finishes sweet with a fruitful after taste. Yummy, GLB company becoming one of my faves... Cheers

Photo of irishmoss
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with an off white head with good retention and decent lacing
S-roasted coffee, raspberries, cocoa
T-roasted coffee, unsweetened raspberries, cocoa, more roasted coffee flavors mixed with raspberry in the finish
M-Medium bodied with average carbonation
O-really well balanced brew, raspberry is very prevalent but not overwhelming. Pretty enjoyable for a fruit beer

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of Barnoloid
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid fruit forward porter. The raspberry flavor comes out fairly big here, without overwhelming the balance. Somewhat less syrupy sweet and thinner in body than expected - there is enough roastiness in here to prevent this being just a one note dessert beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.