Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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2.43/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
07-01-2013 18:39:28 | More by jampics2
2.96/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
11-23-2013 01:15:11 | More by JamesMN
3.16/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
08-10-2013 22:00:15 | More by WoodBrew
3.24/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
09-23-2013 22:17:04 | More by RonfromJersey
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.