Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the pub, late January 2010.
Looks like Ed Fitz gone wild! Not really, looks just like Ed Fitz. Black with a cappuccino head.
Smells of chocolate, raspberry, perhaps some light esters from Belgian yeast, but dominated by sweetness.
The chocolate in this beer makes it very reminiscent of Ed Fitz, but the sweet raspberry adds a unique twist. I liked how this wasn't overboard like the Thirsty Dog's Raspberry Leghumper. This has a nice amount of sweet malt, roasted malt, deep chocolate, and raspberry without being cloyingly sweet.
Nice carb, body is just a tad light but very close.
Good beer, nothing extreme, just a nice change of pace at GL.
Serving type: on-tap
01-31-2010 13:43:17 | More by jampics2
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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.