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

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Happy 25th Ann. to this old school midwestern brewery wich I still think is the best of the mid west...and Iam from Michigan!Poured into a becker a deep rich golden/copper with a large fluffy two finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel and doughy malts stand out most in the nose with a shot of spicy hops,to me it's like an amped up Vienna style lager in the nose.a smooth feel to the beer with just the right feel.Flavors of caramel and boozy fruit,the doughiness is alot like a bigger pale bock,the hops give a mildly citric but more spicy finish.This is a cool lager,it's Vienna like at one momint and maibock in another,then a big shot of hops come.Iam warming to this style a little and this beer helps.

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear brassy color, tight tiny bubbled lace holds together well. Aromas of citric hops, alcohol, biscuity malt, grass, mint and peach pits. Smooth with an ample crispness, full-ish body. Agressive hop bitternes, warming alcoholic bite, grassy grain and a hint of yeast make for a pretty damn complex brew especially being that the flavor go well together. Herbal citric hop flavor is semi-pungent, maltiness is big enough to hold its own. Finish hoppy and semi-dry.

I think the IPL is a bit of a confused style, one that I like a lot. I've had many that have a similar likeness to a very clean APA or ones like that that are pretty much an Imperial Pilsner. Either way, a whole lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, cracker, bread, pine, honey, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with good sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice India pale lager. All around nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

A real looker. Deep mellow bronze copper gold and crystal clear body, with super slow rising carbonation, it's as the beer is in suspended animation. Head is creamy tan, and thick with island like clumping in the small glass. A real beautiful looking beer.

Nose is quite nice but if slightly muted. Slight toasty caramel, a dry sense of malts and light brown sugar. Hop angle is quite solid but not overkilled with a minor grassy touch. Thick. Interesting to see where this leads.

A mellow since of caramel, and a good hint of grass like hop. Hop angle fades on the swallow as dense malts take over. Sticky. Good amount of pine like resin leftover on this. Semi arid finish but with a good density. Large hop aroma left in the mid palate after swallow.

Overall a fun brew from the Great Lakes brewery, let's hope there's still 25 more years left in the tank.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a white head. The brew leaves lots of lacing on the glass and overall looks note like what one would expect from a pale ale rather than lager.

Has an aroma of sweet malt, bread, and ripe citrus. The taste follows through with pine, grapefruit, earth and caramel sweetness. The typical bready lager flavors are there in a lesser role, cut by the hops. There is an even level of bitterness, but the flavor ends hoppy.

Overall, this is a great example of a new American style. Known as an India Pale Lager, very few examples of the style if any have ever been drank there.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. best before 9/2/13

pours a dark golden color with an inch thick white lasting head. great looking pour. smell is big on rye notes and dry hops. interesting. Taste is like it smells...somewhat. im definitely detecting dry hops as well as rye notes, but the rye isnt near as strong as on the nose. malt character is also there on the back end. tad of bitterness too. not bad at all. medium bodied with medium carbonation, no issues on drinkability.

overall another winner from great lakes. had no idea what to expect from this one going in, and i like what i got. ill enjoy the rest of the 4 pack.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, pine, citrus hops, and a champagne yeasty character form the initial aroma. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango, and apple surface. There's a hint of caramel sweetness. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals that same champagne-like yeast character throughout, with citrus underlying at first, then becoming bready and toasty at the finish, which is fairly dry. Sour limes, grapefruit pith, and mango fade to bitter, resiny hops, finishing a touch bitter. The balance is toward flavoring hops, but bitterness is well represented.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very flavorful brew. Malt is masked by hops, which are somewhat muddled. Citrus is tough to decipher. Bitterness is a little too intense for my palate.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, "enjoy by 9/2/13"
Brilliant amber color with a creamy, ivory colored head, good retention & frothy lacing at the top of the glass. Fresh aromas of citrus, biscuit, caramel, grass, slight tropical mango. Balanced flavors of biscuit, toasted grain, caramel, mango, grapefruit rind, pine, yeast. Medium body; crisp, dry finish with some pine & grapefruit rind lingering. Excellent idea for a 25th anniversary beer! I want to get some more of this!

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Photo of jbaker67
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange-hued gold with two inches of frothy off-white head that settles unevenly and leaves a ton of lace streaks and spots. Aroma of sweet and biscuity malts, grassy and floral hops, citrus peel, and a bit of a spicy kick. Surprisingly clean. Flavor of sweet malts, tangerine, floral notes, grass, and resin. Light-medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a juicy then dry mouthfeel. Some bitterness late.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a bright golden yellow, with a billowy 2 inch head and lots of good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite grassy and floral, with some light juicy citrus.

The taste is similar. Midly bitter, with some mild lager yeast flavors, there's a bunch of orange and pineapple hop flavors, plus some grassy bitterness and leafy hop flavors.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is a new style du jour, and I love it. This is a worthy entrant into the arena.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Great Lakes beers and this is no different.

Reminds me of a hopped up Dortmunder Gold. The trademark Great Lakes yeast strain is there as is the malt backbone of the Dort...but then there is a pleasant floral/spicey/almost piney hop presence...not overwhelming but just strong enough to add a nice touch...the more I drink this the more the piney notes emerge....

Nicely balanced with a ton of flavor from both the hops and and malt...

Well done....not an all-time great but very enjoyable...if anything slightly overcarbonated as GL beers can be from time to time...just slightly...

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Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brew with both brightness and clarity, this one is a pure copper color. It grows a creamy off-white head to about one finger and never subsides past half a finger, particularly compact and creamy. Lacing clings to the glass in patches after an impressive ring at the top.
The smell has an extremely interesting component that I can't quite place, somewhat herbal with some earth and grains, beneath a piney and grassy bitterness.
The bitterness is stronger, pithier and more resinous in the flavor. It leans a little herbal into the finish as well with a spiciness. It may be the yeast adding that interesting component, which is also present in the taste. The malts add some breadiness alongside the bitterness. The overall flavor softens a little leading into the finish, but does offer a lingering herb and flowery combination.
The body is light, almost medium, and deep. There's a good smoothness to the consistent crisp bite as each sip rolls on the tongue off a steady carbonation. It's clean overall and goes slightly dry into the herbal finish without getting too chalky.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger of foamy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest a bready and sweet smell of a caramel and fruity nature. Along with these aromas are some nice grapefruit and grassy hops as well as a little bit of a hay like and yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready taste with flavors of a smooth biscuit taste mixed with a caramel and light fruitiness along with a rather strong yeasty tastes. Upfront there is a little bit of a hop taste as well being mostly of a grapefruit taste, but having hints of a floral taste as well. As the flavor advances more light hop flavors come to the tongue with some more citrus hops as well as a bit of a grassy flavor as well. At this time some grainy flavors also come to the tongue mixing with the rest to take the flavor to its end. Right at the end a very faint alcohol taste also joins the taste, leaving a rather pleasant, still rather crisp and quite flavorful flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a bit of a crispness and a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall of the 7.t % strength of the brew the moderate body was quite appropriate as opposed to a thinner body more traditionally found with a lager. Overall with the crispness and moderate carbonation the feel was rather nice.

Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew. A rather nicely, moderately, hopped brew that maintains a still crisp lager taste. A very nice drinker.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, big citrus hops, and a touch of alcohol, but a nice balance. A small bite of citrus hops and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a nice earthy citrus hop in the aftertaste. I am truly impressed by this beer, I have not really enjoyed and IPL until this one.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Silver & Gold IPL a couple days ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. While looking for some new beers to try I noticed that this one had just showed up and since I think Great Lakes is a really solid Brewing Company I decided to give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. Enjoy by 8/31/13. . Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the shiny brewing equipment on the label, it has a clean classy look to it. It poured a light orange color that took on an amber color when held to held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is one good looking beer, I have no complaints at all, it looks fine just how it is.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with loads of hops, there's some piney and spicy hop aromas but it's the citrus and tropical fruit hops that seems to stick out the most with pineapple and grapefruit really coming through and it makes for a great hop profile. Up next I get some bready, sweet, and pale malt like aromas. This beer had an awesome aroma, the hop profile was very fruity and juicy and the malts showed up just enough to provide a little bit of balance, I really like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a 50/50 mixture of spicy and citrus hops, the grapefruits still stick out the most with just a slight bit of pineapple in the background. Up next comes some citrus zest flavors followed by some malts that impart a lighter, bready, slightly sweet, and pale malt like flavors. On the finish there's a very light amount of medium bitterness followed by a hoppy citrus zest aftertaste, This beer tasted pretty good, the hop profile was pretty good and there was just enough malts to bring a slight bit of balance to this beer, I really enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, fairly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the body was just where it should be and I liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and very good example of an India Pale Lager, it may be the best one I have had, Shift from New Belgium was my current favorite, but I think this beer is very close to that one and I would have to have them side by side to really figure out which one I like more, but I think it does a really great job at representing the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, refreshing, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially in the summer time, I think it's a nice easy drinking refreshing brew. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really awesome and full of juicy and fruity hop aromas that really worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is and it doesn't need to be messed with. I would buy this beer again, I think it would be a great beer to take to a summer bbq, but the abv is a little too high for me to drink this all day, I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy beers especially hoppy lagers and I think it would be a good beer to give to someone who really isn't a craft beer drinker, it's a little pricey, but I think it's worth it. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I expected it to be good since it's from Great Lakes, but I didn't think it would be this good and now it's
right up there as one of my favorites of the style. Great Job guys, it seems like the last two new beers I have from them were all pretty good and this one might be the best of them, keep up the good work.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver & Gold IPL pours a lighter copper or amber color. Looks crystal clear. It takes on a slightly orange look when held to light. There might be a slight reddish tint, as well. I like the color. It’s topped with a slightly off-white cap. It rises to about half a finger in height before falling back to a surface covering. It holds there for a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

It definitely smells good. The malt base is very biscuity and bread-like. There is a hint of sweetness, but it’s very subtle. Hops smell piney and citric. Grapefruit and orange are the most notable scents. They blend really well with the base. I wasn’t sure how the hops and lager elements would gel, but they sure smell good. Better than expected. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t all that strong. Smells good. I’m impressed.

At this point, it’s not a huge surprise. It tastes good, too! It definitely tastes like a lager out of the gate. The malt base is very biscuity. It does have just a touch of sweetness behind it, but it’s not much at all. The real magic here is the interplay between the hops and its lager qualities. They work well together! The hops have a nice citrus grapefruit and orange flavor together with just a little pine, as well. It is a bit bitter. I like it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overwhelming by any means. Finishes biscuity, hoppy, a little bitter, and dry. Good stuff!

The body is medium. Carbonation is very light and restrained. The bubbles are nice and soft. It goes down soft and easy. I could handle two or three in a sitting easily.

Silver & Gold IPL is surprisingly good. It’s a really nice hoppy lager. It’s honestly much better than I anticipated. Great Lakes may surprise some with this 25th Anniversary release, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. Given that their flagship, Dortmunder Gold, is a lager…this is perfect. I believe Imperial Dortmunder was their 20th Anniversary release. Silver & Gold IPL is fitting for the 25th. Good stuff. Happy 25th!!!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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