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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

75 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 4.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013

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Photo of jampics2
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Happy 25th Great Lakes! So, this is going to be a hoppy Lager w/ American Hops! Cool, I like what breweries like Jacks Abby have done with the style, hoping this builds on the theme for Great Lakes this year that started with Alchemy Hour and continued to Rye of the Tiger.

The beer looks nice in the glass. A bit more amber than I expected, but clear and the head retention is good.

Oh. What? The smell is quite strange and makes me wonder if we're in for something odd here. Big biscuit, caramel, DMS cooked veggie notes, and some strange floral hops. I thought we were going down the American hops route. There's also a bit of booze. Very unbalanced and quite disappointing. Yes, I like double pilsners and I get that lagers normally aren't Americanized, bit Great Lakes promised a hoppy take on Dortmunder with American hops. This isn't a good example of the beer promised whatever label you want to give it. House yeast and metallic notes complete a substandard aromatic experience.

Taste is disappointing at best. Scratch that, this is horrible. A discombobulated mess of a beer - Dortmunder like yeast, biscuit malt, cooked veggies, extremely malt forward but not sweet. Booze and grass. Astringent and sloppy peaks of heat and bitter. Herbal, mint, caramel, a slight note of sulfur. This doesn't work. Again, where is the beer we were promised? Has Great Lakes been living in a bubble where Americanized hop-forward IPL's like those of Jack's Abby don't exist? If you noted citrus in your review, your mouth is broken. There's zero citrus, no pine, just disgusting grassy bitterness.

Body is syrupy and the finish is abrasively bitter and boozy. I had to pour out what remained.

This is a huge miss. A shame that this is the 25th Anniversary of a brewery I normally like. Either Great Lakes is living in a vacuum where lagers with American hops don't exist or they tried to "sell" an imperial Pilsner or Imperial Dortmunder w/ the promise of American hops. Whatever the approach was, this plain sucks. I wish this had been vetted in the pub, I would have happily passed along this feedback - there are SO many other beers that they could have riffed on. This actually made me miss Imperial Dortmunder which, besides the booze, was a much cleaner and focused beer. One of the worst big releases of the year. Disappointing through and through. (2,355 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by 8/31/13, so not the freshest.

Appearance: Golden hue with decent clarity and a thin film of off-white foam.

Aroma: Biscuit, yeast, dank hops.

Taste: Starts with strong earthy bitterness paired with overripe fruity and a touch of rotten vegetable flavor. Unfortunately, it seems that time has taken its toll on the this one. Actually hard to tell that this one is a lager because it doesn't have that crispness in the finish that I'd expect. Some of the 7.5% ABV comes through in the flavor. Aftertaste of earthy bitterness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: Definitely not the beer I was expecting given the description on the bottle. I hope more breweries try out the IPL style though just to see if it can be refined. Would I drink it again? Meh. (842 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not one of my favorites from Great Lakes. This beer poured a clear copper with frothy white head that is lacing quite nicely. The scent is faint but there is bittering hops and maybe a tinge of English malt. The taste is mostly dominated by alcohol...and it is very bitter all the way through the beer....not much malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation....and very dry. Overall not a fan of this one....glad I split a four pack with my neighbor as it was a bit pricey. (499 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In my Sam Adams Perfect glass, the color moves from yellow gold at the bottom to a rich copper amber at the top. Modest two finger level dense head. Bits of drippy lace.

Big aggressive hay/grass aroma. Hints of fresh bread and citrus.

A solid malt foundation hits the tongue, but it doesn't get a moment alone. Massive sweetness hits the tongue, and then a truck full of big bitter bruising hops smashes on top of it. There is a tidbit of juicy fruit squirting out of that sandwich. From swallow through aftertaste it's all big bitterness, and while its good bitterness I could use more tastes in the mix.

Solid and prickly mouthfeel.

Interesting, but not really one of my faves out of the hybrid world of IPLs and Imperial Pils. I'd rather just have the base Dortmunder Gold. Sometimes less is more. (804 characters)

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 9/2/13 poured into a pilsner glass. Amber/orange with a golden halo. Thin head. Smells of American hops, burnt veggies, potpourri, and the 7.5% ABV comes through very clearly. Bitter clumsy taste. Finishes drier than expected - but not as dry as the Tank 7 by Boulevard I was drinking last night. This was my first imperial pilsner and my first from Great Lakes. I've now had the anniversary offerings from Goose Island, New Glarus, and Great Lakes. Are anniversary beers just categorically bad? (538 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent retention and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Bread, bubblegum, tangerine and lemongrass.

Taste
Bitter white grapefruit, tangerine pith and lemon grass. Some sticky pine needles and honeydew melon. Lightly bready backbone with hints of toast and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry and bitter.

Overall
Something just isn't quite working for me here... Between the bready malts, bubblegum and grapefruit bitterness, it just isn't adding up to me. (568 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz into a tulip at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. From notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color. While there isn't much head at all - only a half finger of off-white colored head, if that - it tries its damnedest to retain itself well. Surprisingly plentiful lacing is left down the glass.

S: Not much here, sadly. Some grassy hops, a touch of fruitiness, and maybe some caramel malts. Devoid of flaws, but unimpressive.

T: This starts off with a huge wave of grassy, spicy hop bitterness. Afterwards, it transitions into an almost fruit punch-like sweetness. A slight hop bite returns to dry the finish up somewhat. I'm really loving the fruitiness (seemingly typical of their lagers), a shame it's overly bitter at times.

M: It's about 5% heavier than I like my lagers, but like I said, dries out on the finish quite nicely. Carbonation is medium-high.

O: If it weren't so bitter, it might be among the better lagers I've ever had. As it stands, it's still a good hoppy lager, but bring your bitter tooth. (1,021 characters)

Photo of carlborch
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden, brilliant pour with 1.5 inch creamy, off-white head. The initial nose suggests citrus, malt, and biscuits. Rich palate with medium-full body and extended hop and malt notes. Floral hops and a slight hint of soapiness. Modest carbonation. The head has settled to 1/8 inch, leaving beautiful Belgian lace. Well balanced malt and hops on the palate - some spiciness. The ABV is not noticeable. Fresh. (410 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schizophrenic to its core, is it an IPA? is it a Lager? Maybe its both. And to kick off their 25th year of existence the fine brewers of Great Lakes isn't helping with the confusion- they are exacerbating it!

Like any well made lager, the ale... er- lager pours with a bright straw color and racing carbonation. All that highlights its fluffy white foam cap that builds upon the beer. The only hint of unusualness happens with a modest haze that we'll find point to late addition hops.

Bursts of citrus and grass spring to the nose. With no real caramel scent to ground the hops, the dry cracker-like barley offers up the thinnest of balances to pithy grapefruit, lemon peels, orange zest, leaf and stemmy notes.

Similarly, the short-lived grainy-sweet upstart is soon overridden by sharp and acidic hop notes. White grapefruit, under-ripened oranges, lemons and tart juniper flavor tackle the middle palate and without the carmelly buffer that is normally provided by common IPA. Finishing bitter with the taste of fresh-cut grass, leaf and stem; the beer is a little rough around the edges even if its clean and crisp.

Light in body, the hops make the mouth read the taste of IPA but the beer could be considered more medium if held to more of a lager standard. Early carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue in near champagne-like texture. Then fading quickly into a bone-dry closure of hop-derived astringency and herbal warmth- the beer sure does finish like Lager.

If the beer is a hoppy lager, then it's a fine beer. If its a light bodied IPA, then it's a fine beer. There's nothing about the fusion found here that suggests that it is anything more or less that simply a fine beer. But it is one that makes me think with every sip. (1,746 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,949 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is golden hued and clear with a small white head. Huge lager yeast aroma, with grain, sourdough bread. Nice flavor, though a bit unbalanced by the over-abundance of lager yeast character. Hop character throughout with a gentle bitter finish. Overall, this was decent, but I wouldn't want to drink a 12 oz. bottle by myself. (373 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of turmeric-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Floral hops are balanced by crisp spiciness that seem equally derived from malts and characterful yeast. Spiciness is slowly supplanted by estery fruit as the beer begins to warm.

T: Begins off-dry, with pale malt and hops aromatics of mixed citrus fruit and the floral notes from the smell. Flavors develop further sweetness into the middle, with yeast esters also emerging. Grainy spice develops in the finish, with astringent bitterness that is slightly above average compared to most modern IPAs.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This anniversary lager is of the typical high quality of Great Lakes, full of great intentions and careful consideration of different aspects of balance. If there is a continuum of qualities with Commodore Perry at one end and Rye of the Tiger at the other, this IPL would comfortably be placed near the midway point between them. What this beer bears little resemblance to is traditional pilsner--rather, it is another iteration of this brewery's approach to IPAs, that happened to be brewed with lager yeast. The single greatest complaint that can be leveled upon it is the strength of this beer--excessive, considering the qualities present. (1,405 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,876 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 7.5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey amber color with a slight haze. This is with a small creamy off white head. The head has good retention as a keeps a thin lacy covering all the way to the finish.

Smell: The aroma is mostly about its hops. There are earthy notes as well as piney and leafy hop notes with a touch of pineapple like notes as well.

Taste / Palate: The taste is the same with a smooth feel and mild bitterness in the finish. (597 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep and shiny golden with a cream and sustained off-white head.
A very nice floral and spicy hop profile was evident upon opening the bottle.
The flavor began with a clean and sweet palate and a faint, bitter hop flavor edged in the back of the throat. Where have I tasted this before? Of course, it is their regular dortmunder I am remembering. Only this "imperial" or "double" is much sweeter with a higher ABV. Oddly, there is a faint hint of smoke flavor in the aftertaste.
The mouth feel was somewhat thick and chewy with a medium body and restrained carbonation.
This is Dortmunder gold's bigger brother, I guess. I certainly has the same flavor profile. Well worth trying, but I prefer my lagers a little less sweet. For their 25th anniversary, I expected something more unique. (832 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2013/09/02
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

I've had this fresh on-tap and in bottles through various ages of maturity, and the beer was brighter and generally much more drinkable when young. In general, the close is too harsh with bitterness and light ethanol, meaning that they probably should have toned both down somewhat. Would I try this again? Probably, but only if I had little else "in the cellar," and could enjoy this quickly, when fresh.

Pours a voluminous head of small, beige-colored bubbles, creating a very frothy-looking mass of foam. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.3cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, with complex, moderately thick patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out orange-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, medium in number and intensity.

Aroma is of cut grass and weeds, a bit of woodsiness, mild citrus (lemon and grapefruit), and slight pine, with hints of malt (slightly bread-like) sweetness.

Flavor is of a complex blend of pine-like and woodsy hops with notable accents of lemon and mild grapefruit, the malt largely in the background. Front of palate finds pine-like and woodsy hops with an edge of grapefruit rind and slightly bread-like malts. Mid-palate features medium intensity bitterness with woodsiness, cut grass and weeds, lemon and grapefruit rind with associated juices, and a quite subdued malt presence in the background that's slightly like toasted bread. Back of palate features medium-high bitterness with woodsy and cut grass-like hops, slight white pepper and ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Aftertaste of moderate-high bitterness with traces of mild citrus, bitter herbs, and ethanol, which comes together as a bit harsh and unenjoyable.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that has a mouthfeel that is gently foamy and smooth. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness on the lips and palate. (2,124 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation and one finger head with some lacing.

S-Bread, straw, very lager-like. Not much of the hops here.

T-Very earthy, balance is slightly off, some hops and bitterness. Caramel and other malt. Some pine.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, tad bit of hop resins.

O-The balance of the hops and the Imperial Pils did not go together. (366 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $3.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a bit of a green grape tartness. There is also some hay/barnyard type flavours.

Overall – In interesting beer that has a little something for everyone taste wise. Reminds me a bit of a fall seasonal/Oktoberfest type brew. Probably wouldn't pick this up again, but was worth trying once. (743 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from 12 oz bottle BB 083113

A- pours a slight hazed golden copper color with a nice off-white head that recedes quickly but reveals a nice cap and lacing

S-spice and citrus with with yeast and malt smells like a GL brew

T- its a spicy lager with citrus hops in the mix sweet malts back this one up

M- crisp and dry well carbonated

O- leaned more towards their lager then a PA it was more spicy and malty than hoppy but it was refreshing and worth a try (458 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink by 8/31/13 and poured into a "Perfect Pint" on 8/2/13.

Appearance: Looking like a beer-beer. Amber with a very, very slight haze -- nearly crystal clear. A couple fingers of a soapy, mild tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: More than likely only because I'm being told it uses the same yeast as Dortmunder Gold, it smells a lot like that, but with a significant addition of hops. Also hay-like characteristics that make it pilsner-esque.

Taste/feel: Hm. Well, first off, the front of the tongue is a few flavors that took me awhile to put a finger on. I came to the conclusion that it's a sort of Play-Doh with alcohol. The back of the mouth is where the hops are, with a mild pine note, and sweetness plus bitterness. The taste of alcohol is there throughout the whole sip, and there's even a touch of warmth. Being only 7.5%, I wasn't expecting to feel anything, let alone this much of it. S&G IPL has a nice body to it, with a mild carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

Well, I don't know all of my scores off the top of my head, but this is probably my second least favorite GLB beer (Just behind -- or ahead? -- Lake Erie Monster). It's far from a bad beer, but I'm not sure what to make of it. It smells like an IPA (and a pilsner. And Dortmunder Gold.), but it tastes of dough and alcohol. I'm strangely compelled by this one. Pretty solid, and worth trying, but I won't exactly miss it once it's gone. (1,412 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into SA glass, best by date of 8/31/2013.

Orange-amber, clear elixir, huge 2 finger head, thick lacing.

Malt biscuit right up front, earth, spice, and grassy hops.

The malt bill is front and center. Nice smooth hops but clearly second fiddle here.

Medium to heavy, more thick malt feel. The crisp Pilsner presence is missing.

Great Lakes try at a hoppy lager doesn't really do justice to their 25th anniversary. (436 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 8/31/13. Pint glass.

Wonderfully clear light bronze-colored beer with a thick collar of dense off-white foam.

Sweet maltiness with a toastiness pecked by blatant citrusy hops. Wallops of orange-y rind, aspirin powder, and some tropical tang. Light floral notes and outreaches of pine. Mostly, a citrus bomb, which is interesting with that toasty grain base.

A hop smack-attack. Lots of citric hop with floral notes; a melange of tangelo, grapefruit, melon, and tropical notes. Has a powdery medicinal note, too. Hot breathy booze remains in the finish, which quells almost all of a rough bitterness in the middle. Sweet malts are still balancing. The toast note has its own bitterness to counter the malt sugars.

Lighter carbonation. Slick and semi-oily body, thanks to the hop oils. Feels smooth, that way. But, it carries a little too much noticeable gravity for my taste.

A hoppy lager with a little bit of a booziness problem. Still a damn fine effort from a stand-up brewery. A bang-up brew. A four-pack is an optimal quantity. Good job, Great Lakes! (1,072 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 09/02/2013. Excited to try this newest offering from Great Lakes Brewing Co., a brewery that has quickly become one of my favorites.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light bright coppery orange colored body. Almost an IPA-like appearance. Some fine sediment floating around the glass. About two fingers of doughy off-white head on top. Thick, scattered lacing.

S - Smell is a little different than anticipated: faint earthy hops, some bready malt presence, a bit fruity & floral and a bit of a spicy peppery smell are the most prominent scents here. Bit of soapiness and smells a bit like stale perfume, as strange as that sounds.

T - Taste is of spicy bitter peppery hops, some earth, fresh squeezed peach / mango, clean toasted bready malts, and maybe a hint of rye on the finish. A bit more full-bodied than expected, and exceptionally well-balanced flavors. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, with some coppery / metallic aftertaste.

M - Feel is of bitter hop resins, and some alcohol heat. The bottle describes it well: with a dry finish, yet leaves you feeling refreshed. An exceptionally smooth and drinkable beer.

Overall, a highly palatable and interesting beer. Very unique and well-balanced flavors going on here; this is not at all what I was expecting. Bitter and sweet, dry and juicy, fruity and malty, with a modest 7.50% abv, this is definitely another job well-done from Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL ---4/5. (1,507 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a lovely amber color with golden highlights. It is clear and topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - It has a cooked vegetable smell with some metal mixed in there for good measure.

T - It is very light on the malt. The metal from the smell carries over into the aftertaste. I also get some floral hop flavor. There is a little citrus in there as well.

M - Moderate

O - The IPL is a fairly new style to me. I had my first one about ten months ago and have only had a handful of varieties. I find it an interesting alternative to an IPA. It has a lot of flavor and goes down quite easily. I am kind of a Great Lakes homer, so of course I like this beer. (712 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I pour a finger of off white head. The body is a nice light orangey-amber. Good head retention and a nice go about the lacing.

Smells bready, malty and grassy.

This beer starts off sweet and malty. Thick bread comes in and transitions it over to a surprisingly bitter hoppiness with undertones of sweetness. Hops are very earthy/gardeny with light pine noted.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. (394 characters)

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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.