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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper
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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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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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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-21-2014 22:03:06 | More by nmann08
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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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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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3/5  rDev -25.4%

04-26-2013 20:56:55 | More by ejimhof
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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-05-2013 03:34:09 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-14-2013 03:06:12 | More by pathman
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2012 01:15:33 | More by Tyrawlings
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-29-2013 17:20:15 | More by JohnK17
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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-14-2013 23:53:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-05-2012 21:12:02 | More by Stinger80OH
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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-01-2013 13:33:03 | More by vermilcj
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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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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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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Great Lakes Brew Pub (Cleveland, OH).

A: pours a deep malty black with a small amount of creamy tan head. There is some decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is mainly raspberries, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of chocolate. It's very pleasant.

T: This beer starts off with some big raspberry flavor. As the beer settles on the palate, the roasted maltlyness of the beer comes through. There are also some smooth chocolate notes in there as well. The finish is a mix of chocolate and raspberries.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is good carbonation throughout and the flavors coat the palate and linger for a bit. The finish is smooth and even a bit creamy.

O: This is a pretty good beer. It's nothing amazing (like some of the other pub only beers I've had from them), but I enjoyed it. It's nice to see that the raspberry is really pronounced in such a dark beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 14:45:56 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-17-2012 02:35:30 | More by jaidenjb
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 17:17:20 | More by sliverX
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-01-2014 01:34:36 | More by TasteTester
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2007 17:05:00 | More by mattcrill
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 01:33:52 | More by VncentLIFE
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 02:18:06 | More by Hoptometrist
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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.