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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

361 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013)
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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Photo of Zormac
4.99/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into Pilsner glass Golden Amber color with a 2 finger head slightly clouded

S- Grapefruit Granny, smith apple

T- Sweet exotic fruit can't pin point which one though with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M- Fizzy light crisp and refreshing

Overall- This beer in my opinion is very complex and keeps me going back for another sip to figure out what has me stumped this is a very well crafted beer.

Photo of MilkMan126
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was excited to try this beer since it's a milestone beer made by my favorite brewing co. with the ingredients that make up some of my favorite regular beer choices.

Appearance - Pored in a small pilsner glass. Dark amber with a small head that dissipates but decent lacing. The bottle is fun to read and interesting (typical of GLBC).

Smell - Floral hops. You know it's been well hopped but I can sense a malty sweetness. The alcohol comes through too. Love the smell.

Taste - This beer didn't disappoint. It tastes great starting with the sweet malt and quickly after, the Cascade hop bitter comes in. The alcohol provides a twinge and it definitely reminds you that it's 7.5%. It's a very complex flavor. I definitely taste the Dortmunder Gold commonalities from the yeast and grains. It's really a well hopped Dortmunder Gold on steroids. It also reminds me of some APA's I've had but definitely a GLBC beer.

Moutfeel - I would say medium to full body. The hops linger more than anything - and with intensity. It makes me miss the sweet, bready malt flavors from the grain that came through respectably. It's easy to drink though (especially for 7.5%) so I am very quickly returning to the glass for another sip.

This is an outstanding beer. It's late in it's distribution now but if you come across this milestone beer by a world-class no-nonsense brewer from the hard working town of Cleveland, pick it up! I would pay the extra couple bucks if it came in a 6-pack instead.

This was my first beer review.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep orange color. Strong haze. Two fingers plus of an off white foamy head that leaves a complete lacing

Smell: hops and lager yeast. Neither overpowers the other.

Taste: starts off with citrusy hops. Quickly gives way to a sweet lager yeast. Ends slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: slightly heavier. Slightly bitter.

Overall: great balance that is hard to find in this style. It truly is a hoppy beer and a lager at the same time. Great celebration of 25 years

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Libby globe porter glass. Best by 08/31/13.

Appearance: Deep bright copper color. Thick white head upon pouring slowly died back. First sips give plenty of lacing - thick walls and delicate strands in some places. Bubbles moving up very very slowly through the glass when held up to the light. Great looking beer.

Smell: Loads of aromatic hops. Grapefruit citrus, pine, pineapple, fresh cut tropical fruit, and another smell which I can best describe as a fresh mint family plant pulled or cut in the garden. Wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. Quick hop flavors at the beginning of the sip - citrus, tropical fruit, floral. In the middle you get the malt sweetness. It goes fast to complement the hops at the beginning. Maybe a bit biscuity but it goes so fast its hard to sort it out exactly. The finish is bitter, but not strongly bitter. Citrus tart bitter, with a hint of pine. All of these flavors blend together in quick succession - 1, 2, 3 and then it's gone. The most is some lingering hop bitterness at the end. A well balanced and very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation comes out late in the swallow on the tongue. Some stickiness on the teeth from the hop oils. Above average.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....the hop profile of this beer is all American IPA or even DIPA, and if the bottle didn't say Lager I doubt I would have known it was a lager. But, much like a lager, the hop flavors and malts are crisp in this beer. So perhaps there is a lager to all of this. In a way, it's probably rather amazing that the hop aromas survived a lagering process and the aromatic hop molecules didn't just wander out of the beer. So maybe it really is a India Pale Ale / Lager crossover. Regardless of the proposed style, this is one well done beer. I've had two now completely by themselves without food, and this beer stands alone really well. Further, it's a very drinkable beer. In both separate occasions, I found myself wanting to pour another one. Maybe tonight I will....
A very good beer. Here's to another 25 year Great Lakes!

Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of August 31, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right corner of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 8/31/13 11722GE”). Based on a 90-day freshness period (give or take), that would make this bottle about five weeks old. Hey, it only popped up in our market this past week, so blame the distributors, I guess. Still pretty damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): A solid two fingers of pale tan-colored head rise off the pour, capping a rich, honey-amber colored body with warm, orange tones. The head is thick and fluffy, dying down very slowly while a steady stream of bubbles come from around the glass to refresh it. As the head does down and the body recedes, it leaves spots of lace here and there and a couple of collars early on. Overall, it looks pretty damn good for the style.

Smell (4.25): A very nice balance of hops and malt comes along easily, with a bevy of juicy, rich citrus fruit aromas (the classic notes of ripe pineapple, red grapefruit flesh and zest), with a more subtle, resinous pine note. The malt is nicely toasted and moderately rich, with nutty and almost buttery aromas (freshly-toasted and -buttered white toast), but the hops are so juicy and bright that they steal the show.

Taste (4.5): This more or less follows the nose, and it delivers all of that character in spades: the hops move from juicy citrus to pungent resin and grapefruit zest, delivering an earthy tobacco note with a solid punch of slightly weedy, strongly grapefruit-peel-y bitterness and flavor. Really, really nice. Meanwhile, the malt is moderately rich with a buttery, toasted breadiness up top with undercurrents of pecan-like nuttiness, rich, toasted bread like challah, and fresh-baked biscuits. The finish comes along with that flash of grapefruit zest and resin, and hangs on for a moderate length of time.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Great Lakes always does a good job on the mouthfeel, regardless of style: a soft, full carbonation that foams modestly and barely tingles here and there, complementing a medium-weight body with drying hop oils to lighten the finish. Quite drinkable, but it still retains the heft and richness expected for the size of the beer.

Overall (4.25): Strikes me as a fuller version of Dortmunder Gold with a very solid IPA-styled hop load. It’s got the characteristic notes of what a good lager should be in my mind, with nutty, toasted malts and a clean, snappy finish. Add to that a well-styled, well-structured, and appropriately bitter hop character, and the various parts of this beer add up to an exceptional example of the style. Personally, I really, really dig this beer.

Photo of ChrisB
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, bright, citrusy grapefruit. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel and crisp aftertaste without being syrupy. Very drinkable. One of the better beers I've had this year. A 6 of these could go down very enjoyably which is not something that you can say about all 7.5% beers.

Photo of brewski09
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter

A - Orange. Deep, brilliant orange. clear as you would expect a lager to be. about 1.5cm of light, fluffy off white head. This is a beautiful beer to look at. The head disappears rather quickly, but leaves a tracing of lace down the side of the glass. This really reminds me of looking at DFH 90 Minute, so they scored on the appearance in my book.

S - sharp pepper undertones from Rye malt and an affronting harshness from high alpha American hops. The hops smell beautifully of pine resin and citrus fruits. There is a mild sweet undertone from caramel malts in there too, almost a little like a meyer lemon with all that citrus (it could be a well dosed Sorachi Ace?).

T - bitterness, booze, pine resins, rye malt, sweetness. A great American IPA, except its a lager. The flavor is almost a little too clean because I am used to more yeast profile. My preference is towards a fuller, British yeast profile too. Still, a nice flavor and very well balanced. I may try making an IPL soon.

M - Full, resiny, but balanced with sweetness. GL did a good job making everything stay in harmony here. Either they were a genius or they did lots of batches to make this one work the way they wanted it to.

O - Like the few other IPLs out there, this was very well done. I commend GL for their work and for helping define a new category of beer with the few others out there doing IPLs. I would recommend IPA lovers try this one for sure.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.