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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
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:
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(Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006)
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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MattPfeifer, Jun 15, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh Alberta Clipper. I love you with all the depths of my heart.

I hate that the carbonation level was too high. Full inch head on all 3 pours from the keg at Sams in Durham. God bless Amanda!

Smell has hints of porter, a good helping of dark chocolate, and loads of raspberries.

The taste is about as balanced as a dessert beer can be. Raspberries dominate, but the dark chocolate bitterness keeps all of that in balance. The porter comes in only to make its presence known. Doesnt want to take over. Ive always said this thing is scary good. Perfect dessert beer.

The sweetness from all of the raspberries and chocolate fade, leaving a clean finish that begs you to buy another. Holy hell I love this beer.

VncentLIFE, Feb 25, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pub only on tap
Muddy water black nice light tan head that fades somewhat rocky. Ok lacing.
Smell is faint roast and raspberry but in the pub there's a lot of other distracting smells.
Taste is raspberry, bitter chocolate backed with a less hoppy version of ed fitz. Delicious.
Good body and easy drinking dangerous at 7%
Overall a really good beer and would love to see this bottled on occasion.

sliverX, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Caterwaul, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed at the brewery @ 7% ABV. A winter porter brewed with Belgian chocolate and raspberries.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, carmel coffee, and roasty grains.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown pour with shoe leather edging. A sudsy white head persists well.

Flavor: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, rich coffee, and a light raspberry finish. A wonderful balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy, lingering finish.

Overall impression: One of the best "fruit beers" I've ever had. Just enough fruit impression to let you know it's there but not overwhelming. Great balance and another great porter from a world class brewery.

mattcrill, Jan 29, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

Infamous7100, Feb 15, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

irishmoss, Jan 18, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.


neenerzig, Feb 13, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

jampics2, Jan 31, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I made it up to GLBC to try another pub exclusive beer. Alberta Clipper is a porter made with Belgian dark chocolate and raspberries. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark fudge color, almost black. Produced two fingers width of mocha colored head. Throughout consumption it reduced to a thin layer. Random lacing patterns stain the glass.

S- Reminded me of Edmund Fitzgerald, but with a raspberry sweetness. Initially you pick up moderate amount of raspberries. This quickly is washed away with a subtle amount of chocolate and big roasted aroma.

T- Much like the aroma, but more pronounced. The moment the beer touches the palate, a raspberry sweetness comes forth. I loved the fact that it actually tasted like the fruit, instead of a puree. This quickly transitions into a bitter, chocolate malt flavor. Joining to the end is the familiar roasted malt flavor found in Edmund Fitzgerald.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Could have been a little thicker.

D- I drank two pints of this pretty quickly. Went down very smoothly.

Overall, I'm not one for fruit flavors in my porters or stouts, but this was pretty damn good. Not overdone in anyway, but just a nice twist on what is already a fantastic base beer. The flavors meshed together perfectly. Give me more!

rhinos00, Feb 21, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that they just created in the past few weeks. It is only on tap at the brewery and is less than a week old tapped. It is a chocolate and rasberry porter.

Aroma: chocolaty and roasted grains.

Appearance: not much head atop the beer, just a rich looking dark beer.

Flavor: chocolate flavor and a rasberry aftertaste. Great body, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: little finish, not much carbonation and very smooth.

Great beer!

DuqTroops, Feb 02, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jds16, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

DangerDawg, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

vermilcj, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured black with a nice frothy mocha head that left tons of chunky lace

S- Sweet raspberries and chocolate, good but not very strong

T- Sweet raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, light roasted notes. Tastes like a raspberry truffle. Great balance among the raspberry and chocolate

M- Smooth, medium body, finishes dry

O- A really tasty porter with a nice twist by adding raspberries. Another great porter from Great Lakes.

Hoptometrist, Jan 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 22, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

jay_schrock, Oct 10, 2014
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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.