Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.6/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Almost completely opaque... not unappealing, per se, I guess I just wasn't really ready for it. Huge orange and copper body, even with some nearly red tints outlining the edges. Big-bubbled head, sloppy and dingy white in color; quick to reduce to a skin with a fair amount of wet spots that are left dripping down the sides of the glass.
Lots of faint citric hops in the almost, almost with a dank-ish character to them... Juicy, in a strange way with a fairly sizable malty underbody. Toasted, baked bread with a solid amount of caramel and Munich-smelling malt. It smells decent, sure, but does little to distinguish itself as a lager, or even as the "hoppy lager" it claims to be. It's hoppy, sure... but so what?
The first sip is pretty thin and crisp with a raunchy bitterness and a rush of hops that quickly creeps in; peppery, mildly dank, and full of wet, herbal hop oils. It's more "hoppy" on the palate than on the note, though some citric character was lost in translation (there is, however, a faint citrus pith and peel character that adds more to bitterness than actual flavor, it seems).
Once the hops run their short-lived course, the malts squeak their way into the mix; lots of toasted bread and only a very, very light amount of caramel malt here. Not as sweet as the nose implied, which, in my mind, is a good thing. Crisp, clean, bready finish from the yeast, although this beer has little else to discern it as a lager. Dry mouth feel, thin bodied and heavily carbonated.
It's a decent beer, and perhaps I'm being a little hard on it because I expect great things from Great Lakes, but there are too many other, rising "IPLs" out their now to ever really justify picking this one up again (especially with the price). Vapid lager qualities and not too standout-ish in the hop bill, either. It's okay, it really is, but I expect more from these guys.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 20:11:58 | More by tectactoe
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3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
The Great Bottle Purge of 2014 is pushing along nicely. Shelf space is beginning to appear in my reefer, the floor is well sorted, the stovetop has the on-deck beers and my tolerance is astounding. I have no idea where I got this, but I am ready to drink it!
From the bottle: "How do you choose between brewing a commemorative lager and a commemorative ale to celebrate 25 years of exceptional beer?"; "You don't. Our Silver & Gold IPL is brewed with Dortmunder Gold Lager yeast and loads of hops, the best of both worlds for the best fans in the world."; "25 Years 1988-3013"; "Our silver anniversary isn't about gold medals. It's about 25 years of passion and heart. Silver & Gold IPL represents our past and present, from original brewmaster Thaine Johnson's Dortmunder Gold recipe and engineer Charlie Price's vision for our Brewhouse to our ever-growing family of beers. Silver & Gold IPL is for our neighbors who've shared pints and stories, for the fans who've challenged us to be exceptional from day one, and for us - a bottled reminder of how far we've come. Brewed with a complex blend of American hops and a mixture of specialty malts, Silver & Gold IPL is bold yet well-balanced, dry yet refreshing. With respect for tradition and a nod to the future, we toast to the next 25 years."
I did not see any settling, but I still poured sort of gently, getting a finger of tawny head with good retention in the process. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. The Unholy Trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus did not suddenly show up. Instead, they were already here, just based on the beer's name! They are such punks. Nose had a scent of tropical fruits, especially coconut and papaya. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was nothing like the nose, sadly. It was much more bitter, more towards citrus rind and some grass. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Finish was dry, with some fusel alcohol heat.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 03:08:15 | More by woodychandler
3.89/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 8/31/13 enjoyed 3/30/14
A- Rich copper in color and clear. A one finger head reduces quickly to leave a light halo.
S- Sweet malts, tropical fruity hops. Smells great!
T- Strong sweet bready malts come on first with a hoppy kick in the middle. A dry peppery hop aftertaste lingers on.
M- Lighter than medium bodied. Nothing crazy or unexpected. Goes down smooth.
O- A great tasting IPL. Easy to drink with a huge helping of hop bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 21:01:22 | More by Emnmarko
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.