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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper
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BA SCORE
89
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006)
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-17-2012 02:35:30 | More by jaidenjb
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

04-26-2013 20:56:55 | More by ejimhof
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-05-2012 21:12:02 | More by Stinger80OH
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz poured into GLBC pint glass at the venerable brewery.

Thin, off-white head, quickly dissipates. Not much lacing.

Powerful aroma of fruit, red berries, malt.

Thin, medium carbonated, cloying fruit, not much else.

Maybe it's the style, but I expected some chocolate and coffee tones mixed with the raspberries. But not much to write home about.

Now I'm not saying it's a bad brew, but for what it portends to be it is rather average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 23:51:20 | More by CaptCleveland
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-22-2014 20:59:04 | More by SpartyJoe
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-24-2012 19:43:21 | More by zoso1967
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color if not black with a fairly small tan colored head.

S- A lot like Ed Fitz but a light on the lighter side along with quite a bit of raspberries.

T- Follows the nose really well. Quite a bit of raspberries here and a good amount of sweetness to it.

M- Fairly light in body and pretty low in carbonation.

D- Going to go with average at best. I'm just not really digging the fruit in this beer or maybe I just expected something on par with Ed Fitz.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2011 21:43:29 | More by nrbw23
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cld253

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-18-2012 23:15:55 | More by cld253
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-16-2012 23:49:47 | More by greg4579
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RMelyon

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-30-2013 23:17:11 | More by RMelyon
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dogfishandi

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 02:34:09 | More by dogfishandi
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Raspberry syrup dominates the nose

Taste: Raspberry syrup with chocolate underneath; slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing for the first few sips but ultimately too sweet; I couldn't finish the glass

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 23:06:13 | More by brentk56
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hwy61mb

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Company on 2/5/2011. This review is from notes.

I enjoyed this beer. It was very dark, with a reddish tint to the small head that dissipated somewhate quickly. The smell was chocolate and raspberry, like the description would suggest. It also smelled like roasted malt. The taste was similar to the smell, which was good, the raspberries really came through at first, and later on, I felt that the chocolate taste was stronger. This had a light feel, with a little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and comes recommended, but I had a pint of the Great Lakes Big Black Smoke afterwards, which completely knocked my socks off.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 17:11:47 | More by hwy61mb
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 12:27:06 | More by dbrauneis
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-11-2014 00:11:21 | More by qcbrewer
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-29-2013 17:20:15 | More by JohnK17
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Rasheedw30

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-19-2014 18:12:15 | More by Rasheedw30
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-21-2014 22:03:06 | More by nmann08
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MrDanno96

Ohio

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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zacky_U

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-28-2014 11:23:56 | More by zacky_U
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-14-2013 23:53:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Gotta give it up to Dave for pulling in some obscure Great Lakes kegs for us. This stuff pours a deep black-brown highlighted in garnet-ruby and topped by a short finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, soft cocoa, light molasses, and a hint of vague fruitiness way in the background. Honestly, I didn't even know this had actual fruit in it until I employed my tongue... The taste continues the traditions set down by the smell, but then adds in a firm bit of black cherry. (It was at this point I asked Dave what I was drinking. Made some sense at that point.) The cherry is on the sweeter side, but not too far over there and never artificial or medicinal. Still, I feel the cherry flavor detracted a bit from the porter base, melding only with the cocoa and jostling for position with everything else. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a somewhat surprisingly tasty brew, a healthy surprise for someone (yup, I mean me) who orders it just by name.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 15:55:46 | More by TMoney2591
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Spider889

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery after the BA Blackout Stout release.

Arrived in a pint glass. Black with a sudsy head. Decent retention but leaves amazing lace.

Smells muted. Very faint raspberry greens and mild roasted malt.

The flavor is great though. The first sip is like a dry Edmund Fitzgerald at first. Char and roast with some slight coffee undertones come through. The comes a cool smooth fresh raspberry flavor. Sweet and a nice addition to the beer with the chocolate - reminded me of fruit pie with whipped cream.

Chalky mouthfeel, but it drinks soft and easy.

Overall this was much better than I was expecting. For what it is I really like it and would happily drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 03:09:30 | More by Spider889
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery notes: "Winter porter with Belgian chocolate and raspberries. 7.0% ABV, 40 IBU."

This porter is dark reddish crown and opaque in the center, more a translucent red at the edges. A thin tan film of bubbles that laces onto the glass. The aroma is really good, roasted malts and maybe some coffee, only hints of the chocolate and raspberries. The latter two components show up in a big way when I tasted the beer, very sweet and close to a chocolate raspberry candy with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Peppery carbonation and full body, at least as full as 7% gets.

This might come across as a gimick beer, maybe it even is one. But it seems to be even better than their standard porter to me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 01:43:51 | More by TurdFurgison
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-30-2014 18:18:53 | More by Chrixsus
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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.