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

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
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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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.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.